Labrador Rescue Kent & Borders

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Registered Charity No. 1067495

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.

You don't want a hot dog!

DOG CHARITY ISSUES TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH DOGS THIS HOLIDAY

With Bank holiday travel chaos predicted, Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) urges dog owners travelling with their pets to ensure that they and their hounds are prepared for travel.

Make sure your pet is confined to the rear of the car or in a purpose built travelling cage or dog guard.  Smaller dogs can be clipped in with a special harness attached to a seat belt. The one thing you do not want is a loose dog in the car, says LRK trustee Maggie Hinks, It not only distracts the driver but it is at risk from injury itself if the driver needs to break suddenly.

If the weather hots up, remember to bring plenty of water so that your dog can rehydrate and stop frequently for fresh air.  “When you park your car, park in the shade and do not leave your dog in the car as this can lead to heat stroke and death.”  Adds Maggie.

If a dog has heatstroke it will be distressed, collapse and have convulsions.  Seek veterinary help immediately, cool the dog down by wrapping it in a wet towel, give the dog water, and put the dog in a cool place.

To sum up  when travelling with dogs

*confine your dog  *bring plenty of water  * stop for fresh air  *keep cool

Chocolate Dangers

DON'T LET YOUR DOG EAT EASTER EGGS!

- LABRADOR RESCUE KENT AND BORDERS WARNS OWNERS THAT CHOCOLATE CAN KILL -

Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) is urging dog owners to be extra vigilant over the Easter period and to ensure that their pets do not get a chance to gobble up any Easter eggs,  as chocolate 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 Easter eggs are 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.   

If in doubt contact your vet as soon as you notice something wrong, but try to make sure that temptation is not there in the first place.  You would not want to see your dog in such pain,   warns Maggie.

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

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1 Wheatfield Close
Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 3NA

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