Polish Lowland Sheepdog

       Information

"From breeding to training...what you need to know"
 

ANTIFREEZE

Anti freeze is deadly to PONs and other animals.  If your PON ingest any amount call your vet immediately. It can be absorbed through their feet so be very careful when walking your PON through parking lots. 

TICK REMOVAL
1.  With tweezers, grasp the parasite close to the skin and pull it straight out.
 
2.  If you must use your fingers rather than tweezers for this operation,  cover them with a tissue during the  procedure and wash them after the tick has dispatched.
 
3.  Do not twist or jerk the tick;  this could cause the creature's head to separate from its body, leaving its
mouthparts  lodged in your skin.
 
4.  Was the bite with antiseptic and place the tick inside a plastic container marked with the date in case it is later  needed for verification of illness.
 
Placing vaseline, soap, or any other ingredient on the tick to have it remove itself is an old wive's tale.  It may mean the tick will just dump his saliva into you before departing increasing even more  the possibility of disease.   Ticks are not easily killed but  can be killed by placing alcohol in the container.  Throwing them out  or into water more than likely will not do the trick.  They are very hearty...best yet, stay away from areas where ticks hang out such as wooded areas , especially where deer roam and check yourself and your PON when you come in.  They are especially bad this year.
 
I have lived here 27 years  , never had a tick on me, and so far I have found two pinhead size ticks on me this year after mowing.  They are hard to see!

Emergency Suggestions

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

 

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center---1-888-426-4435

   This site will provide you with information about toxins to dogs to avoid 

        as well as help you in an emergency.   It is worth checking out before you

      have a problem so you won't have to call them in an emergency.

AKC--CAR  Pet Recovery Service---1-800-252-7894

       This is AKC's recovery program for lost animals.  You can enroll your

        tattooed or chipped pet at this site and if needed call it to help recover a

        lost pet

Need help for  a PON in an emergency situation? Hurricanes. thunder storms,extreme heat,  and even tornadoes may be headed your way?  

Is your PON having surgery and you need a surgical collar to prevent

him from licking the wound or more? Did you know there are many

 surgical collars to choose from?   Do you need a list of toxic plants?

Toxic plants vary in their ability to harm your PON.  Do you need an emergency phone numbers after your vet closes where you might get

help?   Did you know antifreeze can kill quickly and its ingestion or

absorbtion is a true emergency.  Hopefully the suggestions and

 information given below will help  prevent Polish Lowland Sheepdog emergencies. 

THUNDER STORMS AND SEVERE WEATHER

PONS are often aware of changes coming in the weather before you will be.  

Their intuition is strong  and what you do may strongly affect them.  Even when

 you are frightened yourself it is best to remain calm, use a regular voice, and whateveryou do don't baby them.  Even if your PON is behaving strangely, do 

not become upset with him.  Turn on a radio or television acting as normal as you can.  Indoor play activities as a distraction often will work well...what PON 

doesn't love a ball game.   You can also build your PON a cave by moving him to

a room with fewer windows, more insulated thus quieter, or  by covering his

crate or kennel  with a sheet so that he feels he has a safe shelter .Keep 

things as normal as possible.  Even when you are fearful, you must act strong

and show him there is no reason for concern.  The bottom line is act normal. 

 Most PONS will not have problems if you do not show your fears. 

 

If you live in part of the country where tornadoes and other very strong 

storms exist, train him ahead of time by command to go where you would want

him to go in case of severe weather...then it will seem normal to him.  More

 than likely the PON will want to be where you are...remember he is a herding 

dog and he 

wants to be with his herd. 

At last it has ended...only water everywhere now!

Hurricane Suggestions

 

There have been several suggestions made to help prepare ourselves and our pets for the hurricanes or any storm where power and other

 problems may be an issue. There is no questions hurricanes are hitting places this year where they have not been seen in years.   If you have others send them to me and I will happily add them to the list.

  • Make sure your PON and other animals are in the safest place they can be.  They no doubt will want to be with you.  
  • Make sure their tags or identification are on them.  
  • Buy several bags of ice ahead of time while it is available.  You may well be without power for several days and it can be used to help
  •  keep the PON cool.  PONS also love to eat ice cubes when it is hot.  Wrap them in a towel if used to lie against to prevent freezer burn.
  • Fill several soda bottles with water and freeze them.  I have used
  •  the smaller bottles with young pups  who cannot yet adjust their
  •  heat in extreme weather.  Wrap a towel around them and let them use them to cool down their bodies.  Keep an eye on this process so they do not become too chilled.
  • Fill the  clean tub(s) with water which can be used to flush toilets
  •  and even drunk in an emergency if purified.  
  • Fill a kiddie pool with water to let the PON swim and cool down.
  • If you can purchase one of the battery packs that will run when charged without electricity and can run a small fan. 
  • Remember when stocking water ahead to stock enough for several
  • days for your pets.  Flood water is not safe to drink.  Also
  •  remember to stock food in a safe dry place, using a container which will keep the food dry if water should get in.  Any medications should also be stored in a safe, dry place. 
  • Keep a leash handy.   Should you have to evacuate it will make it
  •  much easier to find and control your pet. 

Click on the W below to read an excellent article by one of our very

own PON owners who has ridden through several hurricanes with his PONS.  How bad will it be where I am?   Be aware of what may or may not be safe.  A great read for everyone!

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TOXIC PLANTS AND CHEMICALS

Ingesting or absorbing either of these requires immediate medical advice

 from your vet!   Beware of chemicals that your PON may find.  Do not allow them to drink from toilet bowls, especially if you use chemicals to clean.  Beware of cupboards that can be easily opened making chemicals available...even some makeup.   Do not allow them to walk on grass or fields that have been recently sprayed with any chemical to impede growth.  Absorbtion through their feet can cause serious problems.  Beware of insecticides.  Some may be toxic if ingested and they may be extremely allergic to them  if inhaled or exposed to them.   Carbaryl (also called sevin)

is used a great deal in agriculture and many PONS react poorly to it.  It is

often sold as home gardening dust or spray.  For a list of TOXIC PLANTS CLICK THIS LINK:

TOXIC PLANTS

One size too big , but it works...right size on way

POST SURGICAL COLLARS

Recently my PON had cruciate ligament repair surgery.  Like many of us I had hoped he would leave the stitches alone, but his curiousity got the best of me and I wanted to take no chances.  Along came a friend who recommended what I now know as the "Comfy Cone."  It has worked remarkably well  .  It is held on by his collar and  latches to various sizes by a very strong velcro.   He sleeps well with it on, and it is easy to put back on .  I don't leave it on him all the time...when I am around or we are taking his therapeutic walks now, it is removed.  But if he is alone and overnight I have found it works very well.   I got my first one at a local pet store, but then discovered I could get it for less money elsewhere.  I chose Drs. Foster and Smith.  I have since seen it advertised many other places.   There may be a few cases where itwould not be the best choice, but for my PON's recovery it has been perfect.  Click on THE WHOLE DOG JOURNAL to see a review of

the various post surgical collars. 

HEAT STROKE

On hot days PONs should have a cool place to relax and plenty of cool water. You can freeze pop bottles(wrap them to prevent freezer burn) and let them lay next to them.  PONs also love to lay directly in front of fans. They love to crunch ice cubes. 

 

Under no circumstances should they be left in a car.  Even in the shade

 a car will heat up faster than most people realize even if the windows

 are part way open.  Your PON will have no way to cool down and may quickly become the victim of heat stroke in five minutes or less.  It is best to leave them home when shopping...let them stay home and be

 safe and comfortable.

 

The initial signs of heat stroke are frantic, noisey breathing, bright red tongues and mucous membranes, thick and tenacious saliva, and a high rectal temperature of over 104 degrees (normal is 100-102.5).  As time continues the dog may vomit, stagger, have diarrhea which may be bloody, go into a coma, and die.

 

If you expect heat stroke take steps immediately to cool him down...of some help may be air conditioning, a cool(not frigid) tub of water, or a garden hose.  BUT THIS IS A TRUE LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY...GET HOLD OF YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY!  Better yet don't take chances...keep your PON safe.

 

NOTE:  Black or other dark colored dogs because they absorb the heat are even more suseptible to heat stroke.  Save outdoor time and

exercise for all puppies and adult dogs for cooler early mornings or later evenings during the hot weather.  Also keep in mind that nighttime temperatures may still put your dog on risk if it remains high.

HALLOWEEN

We often think of Halloween as a time of costumes, candy, trick or treat, etc.  BUT for our PONS it may be a time of strange behaviors, strange looking people, and an opportunity to indulge in goodies which can even be deadly.  To help keep your PON and other pets safe:

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