Welcome to Kevin the Collie’s Dog Training and Health Tips. This site was created for Kevin, a handsome Rescue Dog who was found straying in London aged 9+. Happily we found him at the Mayhew Animal Home and he came to live out his old age with us until he reached the end of his life nearly four years later. Kevin loved going for walks with his adopted Mum and Dad and finding dog friendly places for us to go. In spite of his earlier experiences he was a friendly dog, who won the heart of everyone he met. He loved socialising with all the other dogs and people that he met in the street, at the park and especially in the pub! We are pretty certain that Kev’s former owner spent a lot of time in the bookie’s, as he seemed to make himself at home there – or maybe they played cards, who knows?
His health was not good and Kevin suffered from painful and chronic ear infections which eventually caused his end. As a result we have lost of information for other dog owners whose pets have similar illnesses.
We have lots of tips for keeping your dog happy and healthy so please have a look around.
When you adopt or buy a dog or puppy you need to have a veterinary surgeon to turn to in an emergency. They do a wonderful job, and you should never ignore an animal’s illness. However, it is a waste of money to attend the Vet’s surgery for minor ailments when the problem is one you can solve at home.
If your dog or puppy’s symptoms persist you can still contact the vet. Dog health need not always be a costly worry to the wise pet owner, and you can now buy pet medications online.
Allergies are an increasing problem for dogs and their owners, causing distress and discomfort. Read about steps you can take to relieve your dog’s allergy symptoms.
Some dog breeds do not like being handled: pitbull dogs and bull terriers for example. This should be a key behavior that is taught in dog training so that the dog understands you are entitled to treat him for his own good. After a country walk it is a good idea to give your dog a quick grooming or rub down, and check for any lumps or bumps that he may have picked up along the way. Kevin gets twigs and sticks caught round his rear and his bushy tail. Left unchecked, these can cause the fur to mat around them. The dog will worry at it and probably lick the area bare, leaving it open to infection. You can avoid this with a few minutes’ attention.
Ticks are nasty. They have a one-piece body and the harpoon-like mouth barbs attach to a host (your dog) for feeding. The tick’s Crablike legs and a sticky secretion help the tick to hold on. Long-haired dogs often suffer badly from ticks. When attempting to remove a tick, the aim is to prevent the mouth section from coming off and remaining embedded in the skin. The home remedy is simple and cheap – petroleum jelly, which is what you would get if you went to a pet shop and paid for a proprietary tick remover! The most effective way to remove a tick is to put a big lump of petroleum jelly over the area where it has attached itself. Leave this for at least ten minutes. Once the tick’s grip loosens, you can wipe it away with a tissue.
Ear mites – if your pet has ear mites, then place two drops of corn oil into its ears (you can use an eye dropper), massage the ear gently then clean with a cotton ball. This will suffocate the mites. Repeat for 3 days. Regular ear bathing with oil is recommended by vets, to avoid a buildup of wax and irritants. Never use cotton buds to clean a dog’s ear – in fact do not use cotton buds on other pets’ ears either.
Constipation – when a dog or puppy is constipated try this home remedy first. For a large dog, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of mineral oil to its food. For a small dog reduce the dose to 1 to 2 teaspoons. Do this for two days and the problem should clear up.
Diarrhoea – if your dog has diarrhoea mix one heaped teaspoon of carob powder with a little water and mix into your dog’s dinner. Use half a teaspoon for a puppy or miniature breed.
Urinary tract infections – mix 30-40ml of cranberry juice into your pet’s food. This will boost the acidity of its urine, reduce bacteria and help relieve the discomfort.
And if you’re not sure what’s wrong – say your dog seems ‘off colour’ – then here’s a tip we use all the time. Add half a dissolved aspirin or children’s liquid analgesic to your pet’s food. It can perk up a Collie in minutes.