Labrador Rescue Kent & Borders

01580 720408

Registered Charity No. 1067495

Why we need donations

Christmas is coming and your donations would be appreciated. Here’s why:

People often ask what we use donations for. Here is one example about Albie’s story.

Albie needing a cuddleAlbie was rehomed by Lab Rescue to a lovely young couple in July 2017. He was not vaccinated and the couple made an appointment with the vets to get him checked over and vaccinated. As soon as that was done they were going to insure him.

Albie appeared to be a normal friendly dog so we were shocked by the vet’s report. Both his back hocks were in a very bad condition and he also appeared to have bad hips. X -rays were arranged and they showed bits floating about in one hock, the other worn away and hip dysplasia in his left hip.

Our immediate reaction was that Lab Rescue would take Albie back, but the family had fallen in love with him and wanted to keep him. They were prepared to do whatever was necessary to make him more comfortable and as pain free as possible. We offered our help and support, as this was going to be a long and expensive process. Lab Rescue paid for his X-rays and Albie is now having a course of hydrotherapy. He is on medication and this will increase over time. His owners have been fantastic, they will go to any length to ensure he has the best possible life.

Albie’s condition will not get better, but we can ease his pain and make his life more comfortable by medication and hydrotherapy. He loves life and to look at him you would think nothing was wrong, it is only on closer examination you can see his problems.

Albie will continue to need treatment and may need surgery to improve his quality of life, but we hope that will be in the very far future.

Albie is only one of several dogs that we are helping financially to improve their quality of life. In a perfect world, all our rescue dogs would be healthy, but sadly that is not the case, but rest assured that Lab Rescue will be there to help with whatever treatment is necessary, both for Albie and his friends.

So, please give whatever you can afford to help support our continuing work.

 

 

Winter Weather

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY FOR YOUR PETS
Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders issues advice to owners

With the weather forecasts hinting at snow, Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) offers some tips to keep your pet in tip top shape during the cold weather.

Check your dogs paws and ears as they can get frostbite, also paws can be irritated by the salt and grit put down on roads and paths.

Keep your pets away from antifreeze, as it can be fatal causing kidney damage if drunk. Cats and dogs are drawn to it because of its sweet taste.

Like humans dogs and cats who suffer from arthritis find the cold weather aggravates it, so keep your pet warm, even give them a heat pad to help ease the pain.

Dogs with short hair can feel the cold. They are OK when exercising but if you are out and standing still a lot with your dog, do consider getting your pet a coat, and one that is highly visible

“Some people get caught out”, warns Maggie Hinks, LRK trustee, ”You need to think about your pet, check your dog as you would your child, making sure they do not touch chemicals, get frostbite and are warm enough.”

Christmas Hazards

PINE NEEDLES, BAUBLES, CHOCOLATE, BOOZE AND ANTIFREEZE – JUST A FEW OF THE HAZARDS THAT CAN HARM YOUR HOUNDS THIS CHRISTMAS
-LRK issues top 10 dangers for your dogs at Christmas -

Christmas can be a nightmare for dog owners as there are hundreds of hazards that could harm your hound warns Kent charity Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK).
Here is a list of the top dangers for your dogs at Christmas time: -


In at number one is chocolate which can be fatal if eaten by a dog. Chocolate contains a toxic element called theobromine which dogs are particularly sensitive to. Humans can process this toxin, but dogs are unable to. Even the smallest amount can kill.

“It is better to be safe than sorry,” says LRK trustee Maggie Hinks, “and to make sure that all chocolate is out of reach and kept in a closed cupboard.”

If a dog has eaten some chocolate it may suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea, and muscle spasm. It will then have convulsions and could even die.

At number two we have car anti-freeze which is sweet tasting and irresistible, but fatal to dogs (and cats). Mop up any spills as even a small amount could kill.

At number three LRK ranks your Christmas decorations as posing a problem to your hounds... real trees may be the bees knees but pine needles can very easily get into your dogs paws and will require a trip to the vets. Glass baubles can either get stuck in a dog’s throat or if broken can also get into its paws. Tinsel and foil are not good if eaten by your pet.

Popular Christmas plants – Poinsettias, Amaryllis and Mistletoe come in at number four. Their red glow isn’t just appealing to humans; many dogs will find these plants irresistible too. It’s therefore important these plants are kept out of reach, as they are poisonous and can cause mouth or stomach irritation from just eating a small part of the plant. Mistletoe berries, in particular, can be even more toxic than poinsettias.
At number five we have cooked turkey bones which might become lodged in a dog’s throat or perforate its intestinal tract.

Humans might like to have some grapes or dried fruit with their cheese, but at number six grapes, and raisins found in mince pies, Christmas pudding and cake, can be fatal for dogs.

At number seven LRK says it might be tempting to dress up your dog in costume but they can annoy animals and pose health and safety hazards. If you do put your dog into costume make sure it can breathe, see and hear. If possible avoid masks on your pet. Remove any small or dangly accessories that could be chewed or swallowed.

As family and friends come to celebrate don’t forget your dog will not always want to be in the thick of it, so make sure your pet has a safe place to relax and be away from all the noise and bustle..(number eight)

At nine, as we drink more alcohol and use it in our cooking, this too is intoxicating for our pets, so don’t leave it out where dogs can get at it and don’t feed your dog any sauces that have been made with alcohol.

And finally at number ten, don’t forget to take your dog on his normal walk, a lack of exercise can make the dog out of sorts and not so friendly.

FIREWORKS FRIGHTEN OUR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) offers advice on how to calm dogs that get distressed and traumatised by fireworks during Diwali and around firework night.

'Many dogs are sensitive to sounds as they can hear much higher frequencies than humans' says LRKtrustee Maggie Hinks 'let your dog hide, if that is what they want to do. It might be tempting to try to coax them out of their hiding place instead make them as comfortable as possible'

LRK advises owners to exercise their dogs before it is dark, and to make sure that they have eaten before the fireworks begin. Dogs may become unsettled and not eat during fireworks.

  • Check that your house and garden are secure and that your dog cannot escape.
  • Make sure you shut all doors and windows in your home and don't forget to draw the curtains. This will block out any scary flashes of light and reduce the noise level of fireworks.
  • Try to act and behave as normal, as your dog will pick up on any odd behaviour. Remain calm, happy and cheerful as this will send positive signals to your dog.
  • Distract your dog from the noise by having the TV or the radio switched on.
  • Keep a collar on your dog, just in case they do accidentally escape.
  • If you are intending on leaving the house on fireworks night, make sure you get someone your dog is familiar with to dog sit that evening

    Don't
  • Take your dog to a firework display, even if your dog does not bark or whimper, don't assume he or she is happy. Excessive yawning and panting can indicate that your dog is stressed.
  • Tie your dog up outside while fireworks are being let off.
  • Assume your garden is escape proof. If your dog needs to go out keep him on a lead just in case.
  • Leave your dog on his own or in a separate room from you.
  • Try to force your dog to face his fears - he'll just become more frightened.
  • Forget to top up the water bowl. Anxious dogs pant more and get thirsty.
  • Change routines more than necessary, as this can be stressful for some dogs.

BBQ Danger to Labradors

HAVING A BBQ THIS WEEKEND OR ENJOYING THE GARDEN? - LABRADOR RESCUE KENT AND BORDERS WARNS OF DANGER TO PETS

According to Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) there is a rise in injuries and poisonings to dogs over weekends, particularly, if there is a spate of hot weather.

We have heard of a number of unusual injuries to pets at this time of the year as BBQs and summer parties increase”, explains Maggie Hinks of LBK, “Dogs swallowing kebab skewers, eating cooked bones or getting burnt either from piping hot food or from the BBQ itself is not unusual. 

Dogs breaking their legs on trampolines or having their tails slammed in patio doors is another hazard.  All of these summer dangers can be prevented says Maggie, it's the owners who need to remember what to do and not to do.

Here are some tips from LRK to keep your dogs safe in the summer BBQ and summer party season:

Keep food and drink out of reach.  Don't give your dogs alcohol  not a good thing to do: cooked bones  - can shatter easily and be a choking hazard, as well as splinter and get lodged in your pets digestive tract; sizzling sausages may be tempting, but can burn your dogs stomach, cause ulcers and dehydration;

Keep your dog away from the BBQ as hot coals can cause nasty burns, and it is putting temptation under their nose.  But also remember citronella candles as well as fertilizers and weed killers are all toxic to pets.

Tasty leftovers in the rubbish bin can be sniffed out by your dog but remember if your dog scoffs tin foil, plastic wrap, matches or skewers they could do themselves a lot of harm, so clear up and put rubbish away securely.

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Charity Information

Labrador Rescue Kent & Borders
Registered Charity No. 1067495
Telephone 01580 720408

Head Office
1 Wheatfield Close
Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 3NA

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