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Top Tips For Bathing Your Dog

The often painful process of washing your dog can be made so much easier with a few simple tricks. Dr Mel shows you some of her favourites...

"Does your dog get a little bit on the nose sometimes? Well when it comes to bathing dogs, there's a few golden rules.

Start when they're young so they learn to enjoy having a bath and aren't afraid of the water.

If they are anxious, it's a good idea to trim or file their nails first, in case of scratching.

How often to bathe is a common question. Outdoor dogs exposed to dirt and bugs will need a wash about every four to six weeks. If you bathe too often, it can dry out the skin, leading to scratching and irritation.

Remember to use a shampoo specifically for pets.

Always dry off properly with a towel or hairdryer and use the time to bond with your dog.

Wash your dog immediately if they've had any contact with toxic chemicals, oils, sprays or any other kind of irritating materials.

Of course some dogs will hate having a bath no matter what you do, so don't feel bad if you have to call in the experts."

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.