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The Dangers of Walking a Dog Without a Leash

Hi everyone, I’m back on another mini crusade here at For Dogs when it comes to the way some people treat their dogs, be it with love and kindness or with arrogance and neglect. And those who don’t know the difference.

This post, as you probably got from the title is all about the dangers of walking a dog without a leash anywhere that might place that dog’s life at risk. For all the PC brigade who were ready to jump on this because they think that this was going to be a post about how a dog not on a leash might be a danger to people, sorry to disappoint. When I see an idiot walking along the street with an apparently obedient dog trotting alongside without a leash I want to go over and brain them to knock some sense into their thick skulls.

Never mind the danger to people. That’s for another post. This one is purely about the danger to the dog!

This is something plenty of people just don’t think of because they’re so wrapped up in the current trend of being scared shitless whenever they see a dog because they immediately think its going to bite them or their kids. The reality is that it happens less often than the media hype is out to make you believe, but as I said, that’s a topic for another post.

Back to the dog’s safety for a minute. Here’s a thing that maybe you might not be aware of. Or you probably do, but anyone who walks a dog without a leash in a street obviously does not. That is a dog does not understand what a car is. Shall I repeat that for all you morons who think otherwise?

A dog does not understand what a car is.

A dog does not understand that if it sees another dog on the other side of the street and runs across to say hi and a car happens to intercept it that it will be seriously injured or could die. We know this, but a dog does not. A dog cannot comprehend that a piece of metal cruising along the street weighing over a ton and traveling at even a moderate speed is a potentially lethal object that can maim or kill it.

Now, all those supposed dog lovers who think they are loving and kind to their dogs and believe that their dogs are so obedient that they will never in a million years run in front of a car, you are arrogant beyond belief and you will likely get your dog killed and than you will get mad and blame the car driver or blame the local authority for not putting up a fence or you will blame the guy across the street who is innocently walking his dog (who, incidentally IS on a leash and is still alive). You will blame everyone but yourself because you cannot comprehend that your dog just did that. Why? Because he’s never done that before?

You can’t get through to these people. I come across them every day and when I open my mouth and mention that they should really have their dog on a leash for its own safety I get reactions ranging from total apathy to, “its not a dangerous breed” right up to incensed rage that how dare I presume to tell them how to walk their damn dog!

Well how dare they be so arrogant and so moronic to believe that they know what is best for their dog? No one can predict what a dog will do in a certain situation. Even the best trained police dogs will have an unpredictable moment every now and again.

Dogs are dogs, they’re not humans and they don’t think like us.

The sooner these arrogant bastards wake up to that fact, the better I’ll feel when I take mine for their walk, suitably tethered I might add. There are too many dogs injured or killed by cars when it could have been so easily prevented by a short length of chain or leather and an attitude of sensibility and understanding.

Ok, end of crusade. I doubt if anyone will take a whole load of notice, at least not anyone who is willing to make a difference. Those that will never listen probably wouldn’t be reading this anyway.

Terry Didcott
For Dogs

Danger For Dogs in Hot Countries

There is a danger for dogs in hot countries,especially the Mediterranean ones such as southern Spain, that I’m going to talk about here comes in the form of a tiny mosquito that flies only after sundown and before dusk, is harmless to human beings and most other animals. It is potentially lethal to dogs.

The mosquito, whose proper name is the Phlebotom mosquitoe, is often referred to as the sandfly mosquito and the disease it passes on to dogs is called Leishmaniasis, commonly referred to as sandfly disease. If it’s not treated by a vet your dog will die. Worse news is that in southern Spain, where I live near the coast, there is a 35% chance of a dog catching the disease.

Leishmaniasis acts in a similar way in dogs as AIDS does in humans. It breaks down the dog’s immune system so that he has no defence against otherwise harmless diseases. Once contracted, a dog with Leishmaniasis will usually begin to deteriorate slowly over a period of a few weeks,when more fur than usual will fall out, the paws will enlarge and bleed, the claws will grow at an unnatural rate and the dog will be less inclined to want to eat, but will often drink more than usual.

Once the disease has taken a firm hold and in the absence of any medication, the dog’s health will start to deteriorate more rapidly, losing weight and becoming listless until finally losing interest in anything much and sleeping for unnaturally long periods. Ultimately, he will go to sleep and not wake up.

If you can catch it quickly enough and get a vet to confirm Leishmaniasis, a series of medications can be given which may prolong your dogs life by several years. However, the medication is expensive and if you are already on a tight budget and especially so nowadays in the wake of the economic problems, this can become a painful dilemma for owners. There is a new treatment called Milteforan which is now available and is given daily on food for 28 days. It is more effective than Glucantime, you can administer it yourself and it has no side effects on the liver or kidneys. After 28 days continue treatment with with Alopurinol for a few months just to be sure and then hopefully no further treatment.

There are some things you can do to prevent your dog contracting Leishmaniasis. Fitting your dog with a Scalibor collar against ticks and fleas will also help to deter the mosquito, although it is not a guaranteed repellent. Keeping him indoors after the sun has set will reduce the risk and having mosquito netting fitted on all your home’s windows and openings is another good measure of prevention. If your dog needs to go outside after dark, make sure it is only brief.

There is nothing you can do to be completely sure of preventing your dog contracting this horrible disease, but taking the above preventative measures will give him the best chances of remaining free of the disease. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leishmaniasis for more details on this disease.

Terry Didcott
For Dogs