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Avoid Playing Fetch With Sticks

This weekend try replacing throwing sticks with some of these alternatives...

There are many fun games you can play with your dog with tips and tricks to train them along the way. Knowing which ones are safe can be beneficial to your dog’s wellbeing.

A popular game to play but also one that should be avoided is playing fetch with sticks. This can be dangerous for dogs and may result in splinters and other injuries. These injuries may then lead to serious infections and in the worst case senarios , surgery.

Dogs may also accidently impale themselves while trying to catch sticks in their mouths or result in the stick being lodged down their throats... OUCH!

Alternatives to throwing sticks include throwing a frisbee, dog toy or a ball. But do make sure your objects are a suitable sized to ensure the dog doesn’t choke on it.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.