FAQs

Here you’ll find India’s best veterinary and legal advice on dogs and frequently asked questions on VOSD procedures

What should you do if your dog is not eating and started vomiting?

If the dog is not eating it can be a symptom of one of many things and can be simply that …Read more.

How to detect if your dog is unwell and what should you do?
  • A common symptom that the dog has fever cited among dog owners is dryness of the nose. This is however not an accurate reckoner of fever….Read more.

How to check your dogs’ temperature?

The only sure way of taking a dog’s temperature is using a thermometer…Read more.

What temperature is normal and how can you bring down a fever?

Unlike humans dogs’ normal temperate range is higher. 99-102 degree Fahrenheit is considered normal for dogs…Read more.

How to stop severe bleeding in dogs?

An injury can occur in a dog from play, from their curiosity, accidents or a dog fight. In most cases these injuries are skin deep, there will be some bleeding..Read more.

What are the foods that dogs should not eat?

Most people will gladly share their food with these dogs. And there lies a large problem…Read more.

Poisoning from Grapes and Raisins in dogs (symptoms and treatment)

Grape and raisin (dried grapes) are highly toxic to dogs and even small amounts can be fatal. Since they are a common food item the chances of poisoning are high. …. Read more.

Anxiety in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Anxiety in dogs is very common since they are social, emotional and responsive animals. They adapt easily to their surroundings and mostly are very friendly and are creatures of habit. Changes in the immediate …. Read more.

Should you Spay/ Neuter your pet dog? And when?

Spay/ Neuter (or commonly called ABC for Animal Birth Control in the case of India Stray Dogs) is a surgical procedure to remove the reproductive organs of male and female dogs. Surgery can be …. Read more.

Urinary tract infection in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

The term urinary tract infection describes a variety of conditions infecting the urinary tract. The conditions that UTI describes include:…. Read more.

Poisoning in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Dogs come into contact with several substances and can eat many things that are toxic.  If left untreated poisoning can be fatal and learning and treating it might save your dog someday….. Read more.

How to routinely examine your dog and what to check for?

Since dogs can’t tell you about how they feel examining your dog routinely for any changes from normal, thereby identifying and addressing medical problems before pronounced symptoms appear….. Read more.

Vomiting in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Vomiting or throwing up is a common side effect when a dog is sick. It could apply to almost every illness in a dog…… Read more.

Seizures & Epilepsy in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

A convulsion/seizure is an occurrence when a dog’s muscles rapidly contract and relax……. Read more.

Diarrhoea in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Diarrhea is when your dog has an abnormal stool (loose stool). This could occur once or frequently. Either way, it is best to pay close attention to this illness…….. Read more.

When would a dog need rescue and how should you be prepared?

The first step of rescuing dogs is to learn the basics of giving care that will save the dog. Keep essential medicine and equipment with you and keep your actions clear……… Read more.

Aural Hematoma in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Ear hematomas develop when the tiny blood vessels in the floppy part of the dog ruptures. The vessels bleed under the skin and form a fluid-filled pocket………. Read more.

Maggot Wounds in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

The bad thing about maggot wounds is that they are surprisingly common. The good thing is that unless a large part of the dog’s body or organs have been eaten away they are very easy to heal……….. Read more.

Skin disease in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

There are 4 types of things that would cause skin disease in a dog.  All conditions (other than truly auto immune conditions) can be completely reversed………… Read more.

Kidney/ Renal failure in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

The inability of the kidneys to remove waste products from the blood is kidney failure. The bodies of animals produce toxins all day, everyday………… Read more.

Parvo-virus (Parvo) in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

It is one of the most frequent killers of dogs and is almost always fatal because of the stage at which it starts getting treated………… Read more.

Tick Fever in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Tick fever is a broad, generic term that identifies a group of diseases. This group includes Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis…………. Read more.

Rabies and Tetanus vaccinations if you’re exposed to a dog bite

The simple fact is Rabies and Tetanus have NO CURES, have 100% human fatality after symptoms appear and both lead to excruciatingly painful deaths………….. Read more.

Are ticks on your pet dog serious?

Ticks are very bad news – for any dog –  they often cause tick fever and many times it is fatal. A single tick that has tick fever can create………….. Read more.

Canine Distemper in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)
  • It is one of the most frequent killers of stray and pet dogs and fatality is very high

  • It is deadly and very common. So you might miss a rabies shot but don’t miss one for Distemper………….. Read more.

Mange in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Mange is a type of inflammatory skin disease caused by tiny parasitic mites on dogs. Nearly all dogs carry mites in small numbers throughout their lives………….. Read more.

Wet eczema / hot spots / acute moist dermatitis in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Acute moist dermatitis is commonly called wet eczema (we’ll refer to it as wet eczema). It appears as a spontaneous eruption on the skin as a small area…………. Read more.

How to stop profuse bleeding in dogs

If you find a dog with profuse bleeding from a hit an run to the limbs or from a knife or similar sharp object especially that has cut the main…………. Read more.

How to safely inject your dogs if you need to

Giving an injection many times can save a dogs life and can be simple and safe, as long as you know the correct procedure…………… Read more.

Maintaining an essential medical kit at home or when travelling outdoors

If you have a dog, or rescue dogs, keep a treatment kit handy with you with the following essential supplies:………….. Read more.

Flea allergies in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

Most skin conditions are mistakenly called ‘mange’ when they are actually skin allergies. Mange is not easily transmittable………….. Read more.

Hip dysplasia/ arthritis in dogs (causes, symptoms and treatment)

This is a common condition in old dogs .They get arthritis and this causes very severe inflammation and pain. Assuming the dog is about 20 kg take these steps………….. Read more.

How to keep your dog ticks & flea-free!

Ticks and fleas are not just a nuisance – they are a major cause of disease and death in dogs. This commonly overlooked by dog parents………….. Read more.

VOSD Dog Care™ Best Practice: Treating Maggot Wounds

The bad thing about maggot wounds is that they are surprisingly common. Unfortunately, any number of ‘home’ treatments complicate situations for dogs………….. Read more.

When & why to use Ivermectin in dogs?

Ivermectin is wrongly used 99% of the time including by vets. It is reno-toxic too. It’s oral/injectible use is only in the case of mange, however, both sarcoptic…………. Read more.

Managing emergencies with a dog (video) Part 1

The entire proceedings of the conference including presentations and video’s of speakers will be made available here.………… Read more.

Managing emergencies with a dog (video) Part 2

The entire proceedings of the conference including presentations and video’s of speakers will be made available here..………… Read more.

A checklist of Stray Dog rescue

You’re driving your car when you see a dog on the side of the road. With a sinking feeling, you realize he’s alone. What should you do?……… Read more.

Can you bring pups you have found to VOSD?

VOSD only accepts dogs within the terms defined in the VOSD Standard Operating Procedure v3.0 (also given here https://goo.gl/SfcTDy) As you can see this does not include pups or a whole litter. We have hundreds of gravely ill and injured dogs and pups have very high mortality in such an environment and we can’t endanger them any further.

As and when we are able to isolate the pups from the adult dogs and carry out with such rescue this will be announced on the VOSD website and social media pages. 

Why can’t you find a phone number and how can you request for help?

VOSD currently does not have Emergency Dog Rescue Services. We are able to provide rescue support only where local volunteers are able to take custody of the injured or sick dog and stabilize the dog with proper treatment from private vet clinics or other NGOs. After that we can take a decision to bring the dog to VOSD Sanctuary on a case by case basis. We don’t have a rescue team or ambulances to cater to emergency rescue situations and hence can’t help. We hope to restart dog rescue services soon. We don’t have a helpline number. Best way to reach us is by writing to info@vosd.in 

How can you adopt a dog from VOSD?

VOSD does NOT adopt out dogs. VOSD is a permanent home for our rescued dogs. It’s for this reason:

  • Dogs in our care are so because these could NOT be adopted out by several agencies over several months. This may be due to reasons of health, age, aggression, breed etc. A lot of these dogs come in with life-threatening conditions and/or need lifelong maintenance. 
  • Since we only take in these dogs and once they come in – they are assimilated into our population. It takes time for the new dog and for the existing ones to create that space. Once it is done it is extremely distressing for a dog to be brought out of that system where he is used to his playmates and his routine. 

Our system is effective to the point that more than 450 dogs have come to us from all over India. 

That said there are several agencies in Bangalore and other cities that you can adopt dogs from and there are hundreds of dogs waiting to get adopted with them. You can as easily give them a chance. 

Adopting a dog from VOSD

Thanks for wanting to adopt a VOSD dog. However, we regret to inform you that we do not have any dogs for adoption. This is for one or more of several reasons:Read more.

Volunteering with VOSD

Once you complete the process VOSD will be in touch with you to find the best fit for your time. We accept very few volunteers after strict scrutiny…Read more.

Can you visit the VOSD Sanctuary

VOSD Sanctuary: VOSD has a philosophical construct of not leaving any dog behind and the dogs that can’t be released after treatment (at our partner’s facility)…Read more.

Reporting puppies to VOSD

VOSD only accepts dogs within the terms defined in the VOSD Standard Operating Procedure v3.0 (also given here https://goo.gl/SfcTDy)…Read more.

Registering a Rescue (What is the VOSD helpline number?)

You can still register a rescue call with us for all dog cases which are not urgent. We work with our partner team Enablers United to support dog rescue and treatment cases….Read more.

Write for VOSD: Submission Form

VOSD Blog is India’s leading platform for information on dogs that includes medical advice, alternate therapies, information on breeds, behavior of dogs,….Read more.

REPUBLIC OF DOGS™ a day at the VOSD Sanctuary

VOSD has been a ‘closed’ space more or less for many years, except to news crews, people we know closely and a few very old volunteers….Read more.

VOSD Dog Care product: Superfood

The only product in India with the goodness of Spirulina and pure egg protein. Suitable for dogs having difficulty in consuming sufficient feed to meet protein…Read more.

VOSD Dog Care™ products: Refer a Friend

Refer your friends and win fabulous discounts for yourself and your friends!…Read more.

VOSD Media kit

If you are a journalist or a news organisation you can get in touch with VOSD:…Read more.

VoSD registered rescuer program: Registration for Bangalore Dog Rescuers wanting to transport their (own) rescues to VoSD

VoSD registered rescuer program: Registration for Bangalore Dog Rescuers wanting to transport their (own) rescues to VoSD…Read more.

VoSD CRM 2.1: The world’s 1st CRM for Animal Rescue, now available on subscription to all rescue & rehab agencies across the world

‘The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD)’ has developed the world’s 1st CRM specifically for rescue organizations….Read more.

The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD) Bangalore, announces a first of its kind Blood Bank for Stray Dogs and Pet Dogs!

The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD) today announced a ‘first of its kind’ service for animals – a blood bank for stray dogs…..Read more.

VOSD Services

VOSD is reachable only electronically. This allows us to streamline our communication across mails, Facebook posts and messages etc. And allows us to address your queries in a time bound professional manner. For the resolution of your query you may receive a call back from our officers. 

The following are the services that VOSD provides

FOR RESCUERS

  • Report a dog to be rescued (currently suspended)
  • Seek legal advice -send mail to info@vosd.in or visit www.strays.in
  • Surrender a dog – a dog you rescued/your pet that you cannot manage
  • Surrender an old street dog to VOSD Hospice
  • Legal help on abuse: Get detailed information on animal abuse and laws you should try to search on the www.strays.in. If you’re looking for information on filing police complaints or have queries regarding your rights, and those of your dogs in your neighborhood please check this document first

FOR PET OWNERS

  • Advice & opinion medical condition related to your dog: write to info@vosd.in with details of dog’s condition, prescriptions and photos of the dog
  • Buy products for your dog on VOSD Dog Care (shipping all over India, currently undergoing some changes and will be online soon)

CONTRIBUTE TO VOSD

  • Support VOSD by sponsoring a VOSD Dog
  • Intern or Volunteers with VOSD – register as volunteer by visiting www.vosd.in We will email you when volunteering opportunities arise.
Legal & Operational framework for dogs in Apartment/ Societies / RWAs

Many large Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) and Managing committees (MC) write to us asking us to take away all the stray dogs from their societies/gated community/ buildings etc. Read More

Facing hostile neighbours and RWA

Facing hostile neighbours if you feed or otherwise take care of dogs is not new. But it has to be dealt with in a firm manner. First stay calm.. Read more.

What to do when you suspect dog cruelty?

The simplest way forward will be to approach the owner as a neighbor and concerned citizen. And offer to help.. Read more.

India is not alone in having a Holy Cow, even the Chinese won’t eat it

Meat is ethics, culture, religion and economics rolled into one, and strangely, morals and politics, too.. Read more.

Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules 2017

For the first time in India, there are a comprehensive set of rules notified by the Central Government (therefore applicable across ALL states) called.. Read more.

Dog Breeding & Cattle Market Rules 2017

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on 25 May 2017 issued a series of notifications under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960... Read more.

Jallikattu Judgement by the Supreme Court of India (Part III)

“When we look at the rights of animals from the national and international perspective, what emerges is that every species has an inherent right to live...Read more.

Jallikattu Judgement by the Supreme Court of India (Part II)

The Supreme Court of India banned the use of bulls and bullocks in performances such as jallikattu, bullock cart racing, etc….Read more.

Jallikattu Judgement by the Supreme Court of India (Part I)

The Supreme Court of India pronounced a landmark judgment in the matter titled “Animal Welfare Board of India Versus A. Nagaraja & Ors.”...Read more.

The Supreme Court of India bans Jallikattu and Bullock cart racing

There has been a battle raging for many years (see bottom of this article for previous VoSD articles) between the horribly abused Jallikattu bulls...Read more.

Delhi Police directive for the protection of street and pet dogs

For everybody that stands up for animals and Animal Rights, the following two Police..Read more.

AWBI circular clarifying what is lawful and unlawful for pet and street dogs

A Revised Circular has been issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India on Pet Dogs and Street Dogs...Read more.

Use of Elevators by Pet Dogs in Apartments - judgement of the Mumbai High Court (part II)

This is the SECOND PART of our 2 part series on the subject,‘THE USE OF ELEVATORS BY PET DOGS’….Read more.

Cows for the slaughter: In the land of the holy cow & that officially prohibits cow slaughter*

India is the land of the ‘Holy Cow’, and cow slaughter is strictly forbidden by law across India, except in the states of  West Bengal & Kerala…..Read more.

Use of Elevators by Pet Dogs in Apartments - judgment of the Mumbai High Court (part I)

If you are a pet parent, and live in a multi-storeyed apartment complex, and your Apartment Owners’….Read more.

Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules judgment by the Allahabad High Court

The Allahabad High Court has passed an order that is opposite to the ambiguous views of the Karnataka High Court, the Bombay High Court, the Shimla High Court.Read more.

Experimentation on Beagle Dogs in India – A data analysis of CPSCEA (GoI) data from 2007-2011

The scope of this study is restricted to experimentation on beagle dogs in India. It arises out of the authors interest in dogs...Read more.

Municipal Corporation directive to make Shimla “Stray Dog Free” stayed by Supreme Court

Shimla has an interesting history with dogs – the Municipal Corp created a dog pound to remove the dogs from the streets….Read more.

Karnataka High Court order directing the BBMP to cull strays that are a ‘menace’ or ‘cause nuisance’ stayed by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India on 6 Feb, 2013, stayed the order passed by the Karnataka High Court on the 7th of December, 2012…..Read more.

Know your dogs’ rights: AWBI Identity Cards for street dog feeders & colony caretakers – Their relevance, and how you can get them

It is by now, trite, that the manner of dealing with stray canines, and controlling their population, is set out in…..Read more.

Central law versus State law in the context of culling of stray dogs

This is an analysis occasioned by an article in the Bangalore Mirror of 19th October, 2012, titled, “Police have power to kill strays”,….Read more.

Election Commission of India bans the use of animals in election campaigns

The Election Commission of India, established under the Indian Constitution in the year 1950, and vested with the power to superintend and control the conduct of elections….Read more.

Lawful and scientific manner of dealing with street dogs in residential areas

If you feed stray dogs or otherwise tend to them it is likely that you face resistance from some in the residential locality to stop this activity….Read more.

Unlawfulness of restrictions on pet dogs imposed by apartment owners’ associations, housing societies, and RWAs

This is a query that comes very often. Pet parents are told by their ‘neighbors’ that their pets are causing problems namely, noise littering and spreading disease...Read more.

Responsibilities of AWOs and Municipalities for management of stray dogs (video)

The entire proceedings of the conference including presentations and video’s of speakers will be made available here for Activists for Stray Dogs to leverage on….Read more.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Dog Rules 2001, Indian Penal Code & Court action: Part III

The entire proceedings of the conference including presentations and video’s of speakers will be made available here. This is the 3rd video of the this information...Read more.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Dog Rules 2001, Indian Penal Code & Court action: Part II

The entire proceedings of the conference including presentations and video’s of speakers will be made available here. This is the 3rd video of the this information...Read more.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Dog Rules 2001, Indian Penal Code & Court action: Part I

The entire proceedings of the conference including presentations and video’s of speakers will be made available here. This is the 1st edition of the this information...Read more.

Prevention of Cruelties to Animals Act, Dog Rules 2001, Indian Penal Code & Court action – Proceedings of the VOSD Conference

The entire proceedings of the conference including presentations and video’s of speakers will be made available here….Read more.

‘Dog pounds’ are illegal in India: Case of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC)

This is a series of posts on Kashmir where getting a head-start into writing has been a nightmare since it seems a highly personalized polarized situation…..Read more.

How to Check a Dairy: AWBI Guide digitized and distributed by VOSD

The Voice of Stray Dogs is making available a set of old AWBI Guides – very valuable but now sadly out of print and circulation…...Read more.

How to Patrol Markets For Wild Animal, Bird Sales & Sale Of Animal Products: AWBI Guide digitized and distributed by VOSD

The Voice of Stray Dogs is making available a set of old AWBI Guides – very valuable but now sadly out of print and circulation…….Read more.

How to File an FIR with the Police: AWBI Guide digitized and distributed by VOSD

The Voice of Stray Dogs is making available a set of old AWBI Guides – very valuable but now sadly out of print and circulation…..Read more.

Ban docking & ear clipping

The President, Veterinary Council of India informed the Chairperson, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) that pursuant to…..Read more.

Feeding of stray dogs in residential area - judgment of the Delhi High Court

In the backdrop of continued ‘conflict’ between those feeding their community dogs and neighbors/ Resident Welfare Associations….Read more.

Stray Dog Feeding guidelines by Govt of India

Treatment of strays by government servants: If any Govt. Servant indulges in act of cruelty to animals he will be making himself liable for action under Prevention...Read more.

Citizens rights to spay/ nueter and upkeep of stray dogs - judgment of the High Count of Haryana

Responsible feeding of dogs in a locality should go hand in hand with spaying/neutering and vaccination too...Read more.

Information & Laws about dogs in India

You will find the richest sources of data in population, rabies control and other issues pertaining to strays here….Read more.

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