Care of Your Companion Dog

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Care of Your Companion Dog

At the outset, please remember that adaptation of a dog is a long-term commitment – a dog is for life not just for the holidays. Before deciding on adopting a dog please ensure that the following needs of the dog can be taken care of:

  1. Good food
  2. Clean water
  3. Exercise and Freedom
  4. Grooming and Brushing
  5. Veterinary care in case of illness or injury.

Here are a few suggestions to ensure you develop the right kind of relationship with your dog and get things off to a good start.

A dog is a pack animal and regards everyone in the home as part of the pack, animals and humans alike, so it is important that your new pet learns his place in the pecking order. If he (or she) does not, then he will become confused and strain the start of a lifelong friendship.

The best place for your dog in his new pack is at the bottom of the pecking order i.e. all humans are the boss or the ‘top dog’ in your pet’s eyes.

This state of affairs is quite easy to achieve as long as you follow these golden rules :

  1. Ground rules need to be implemented straight away otherwise the dog will only obey instructions when it wants to and ignore them if it does not like the idea. Worse still, a dominant dog can respond with aggression when forced to do something it does not want to do. Always ensure your dog sleeps on the floor or in its own bed, never on the furniture or the bed you sleep in. Ideally place the bed in an area where the dog can rest undisturbed.
  2. When feeding a dog, always ensure it is fed after everyone else. In the dog’s eyes, whoever eats first is the top dog, so if it always has to wait until you have eaten, it will always look to you as the boss. Following this rule will make the dog less inclined to beg at the table as well. Feeding time is also a good time for basic training; making them sit before getting the food, leading on to making them wait until told when to eat, is all good obedience training. In a household with young children, it is often helpful to let the children feed the dog as this will increase their social standing in the dog’s eyes making the dog behave better with the children.
  3. A dog will play games for fun, but it will also learn from games who is strongest. To a dog, whoever wins is the dominant or top dog. The most important game to win is any tug of war with an object – direct trial of strength. Any toy used in games must be back in the owner’s hand at the end of the play. If not, the dog will read the score as a canine victory, and behave accordingly. Avoid at all times wrestling with your dog, as they will invariably beat you, and it tends to make them aggressive.

 

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If Your Dog or Cat Ever Does This, Go To the Vet IMMEDIATELY!

What Exactly is “Head-Pressing”?

The term “head pressing” is actually pretty descriptive—the affected pet stands close to a wall or other hard surface (furniture, the corner, etc) and literally presses the top of her head against it. It almost always signifies significant illness.

What are the illness/diseases that can cause this behaviour?

Many diseases can have head pressing as a clinical sign, but most often we associate it with hepatic encephalopathy, a condition that occurs in pets with liver disease. The liver is meant to remove toxins from the blood stream. When it doesn’t function properly, ammonia and other toxins build up and create this neurologic syndrome of head pressing.

Many breeds are predisposed to liver shunts, a condition in which blood bypasses the liver. Head pressing is a common clinical sign in these pups because of the hepatic encephalopathy that occurs secondary to the liver shunt.

Other conditions that can cause head pressing are:

Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
Tumours in the brain
Strokes or vascular accidents in the brain
Head trauma.
Inflammatory and infectious types of meningitis and encephalitis
Any kind of trauma to the head or brain can potentially cause head pressing.
Are these disease and illness hereditary?

Some diseases, like liver shunts and hydrocephalus ARE hereditary. Pets with these conditions should not be bred. The other causes mentioned are not hereditary.

Any other symptoms people should look for?

Depending on the underlying cause for head pressing, other symptoms will likely be apparent. In the case of the most common presentation (hepatic encephalopathy), owners will likely see signs of liver disease including:

Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes and gums)
Weight loss
Increased urination
Increased water intake
Lethargy
Mental dullness (particularly after a meal)
Are there any Preventions?

Not specifically. Many of the conditions that lead to head pressing are just luck of the draw. By keeping your pet healthy, up to date on vaccines, and on appropriate external and internal parasite control, you can avoid some of the infectious causes of encephalitis, however.

What is the prognosis of an animal that displays this behaviour? Does waiting to seek treatment make a difference?

Prognosis largely depends on the underlying cause. There are treatments for many of the conditions that lead to head pressing, and often pets can make a full recovery.

For most veterinary illnesses, the sooner treatment is sought, the better.

Any other information readers need to know?

You should not be concerned if your pet rubs his or her head against you for affection or attention. This kind of head butting is completely different from head pressing, which is an obvious effort to press the head into firm stationary objects.
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Our volunteers were accompanied by the local Sub Inspector to visit the location. The cows were carefully loaded in the trucks and we ensured that their travel was comfortable. They are currently at at the Velachery Shelter under recovery!

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You can also pick up the bowls from the shelter at Velachery.

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This section of the pipe was L-shaped. We cut the pipe and sent in a hose through the horizontal section to make her come closer towards us. Once she was at the junction where she could be vertically carried, we removed her safely!

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