Getting To Know Your Dog

When dogs are happy to see us, they are almost always by our side, licking our faces, with us early in the morning, guiding us through our darkest hours. They are respected for their loyalty, dedication, courage and courage. Millions of Americans own and love these four-legged canines. Every now and then on TV we see a lucky dog ​​getting a five-star treatment with massages, manicures and pedicures, his own hotel room and cleaning service.

Because of our incredibly strong emotional attachments to our pets, it’s easy to believe that they think, feel and act a certain way, just like we do. But the truth is, they don’t. Feelings toward dogs, like those toward humans, can damage the relationship between pet owners. It’s important to realize that while you may feel love for your dog, and it may feel love for you, the two of you experience love differently. Therefore, you should behave differently around your dog.

Respected celebrity dog ​​trainer Cesar Millan says building a healthy relationship with your dog isn’t about fixing the dog, or letting him do things for you. It’s about you, the owner, who intends to get what you want out of this relationship. If you only focus on how you feel when you interact with your pet, things can get confusing and often try to fill in the gaps with dominance. This tendency causes pets to behave disobediently.

One of Cesar’s famous quotes is, “I heal dogs. I train people.” This quote highlights an important part of dog psychology that helps owners maintain strong bonds with their dogs. So the key is to train yourself not to rely on your own feelings to get what you want from your relationship with your dog. Make an intention and be consistent. In this way you transform into a pack leader, who restores and maintains obedience to your four-legged friend.

Just like you, your dog needs balance in life; a balanced diet, regular exercise, social time with other dogs and all the other good things that come with a healthy lifestyle. We dog lovers sometimes get caught up in our feelings. This allows us to forget to act in what is best for our animals.

Dog Bite Treatment – An Overview

Dog bite treatment should be mandatory knowledge for anyone living around dogs. Many believe that most dog bites happen far from home, by dogs that the person biting them doesn’t know. But in fact it is not. Most experts agree that about half of all dog bites come from dogs known to the person being bitten — perhaps the family dog ​​or the neighbor’s dog.

An interesting report entitled “Fatal Dog Attacks 1989-1994” states that only about 22% of “deaths from dog bites” involve a stray dog ​​in the owner’s home. This goes against popular belief.

The first step in properly treating a dog bite is assessing the situation. You have to ask yourself, is this a small thing? Serious dog bites should be treated differently than minor bites.

If the wound bleeds slightly, clean the wound first and then try to stop the bleeding. But if the wound is bleeding profusely, the bleeding must be stopped first. In the event of a serious injury, you should of course call 112 immediately.

If the wound is bleeding, stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, and if the bleeding stops or slows down significantly, extensive cleaning is required. If it bleeds again, apply pressure to the wound again. If you cannot stop the bleeding, ask the patient to see a doctor as soon as possible.

The doctor assesses the risk of infection, tetanus, and rabies. Antibiotics, such as Augmentin, will likely be prescribed for 3 to 5 days to prevent the infection from developing. In some cases, a tetanus shot is given.

If the victim of a dog bite from a child has not previously had 3 or more tetanus shots, the tetanus shot is most likely required. However, if they have a severe bite, which is considered unclean, and the patient has not had a tetanus shot in the past five years, doctors can give an injection just to be safe. Also, doctors are likely to give one even if the wound is considered clean and the patient has not received a booster injection in the past 10 years.

Today, rabies infections from dog bites are rare, as all dogs are required by law to receive regular rabies vaccinations. Rabies is more common in wild animals: raccoons, skunks, bats, etc… However, there is still a “rabies risk” from dog bites and it should not be taken lightly. Better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t be surprised if your doctor doesn’t suture the wound. If there is a fear of infection, she will not stitch the wound because of the time it takes to clean the wound. Known clean wounds or cuts on the face can be sutured.

While not necessary, it is always wise to document the bite with photos and diagrams. It helps to assess the wound’s progress in the healing process and is especially useful in lawsuits.

Some pre-existing medical conditions increase the risk of infection and require special attention to ensure patient safety. Some of these include: chronic disease, chronic edema of the extremities, diabetes, immunosuppression, liver dysfunction, previous mastectomy, prosthetic valve or joint, splenectomy, systemic lupus, and more. Be prepared to tell your doctor about such pre-existing conditions

I think it’s safe to say that everyone is bitten by a dog at least once in their life. Knowing how to do proper dog bite treatment is something all families should have. A little knowledge of the subject can save you a lot of pain and sorrow.

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