Here you’ll find India’s best veterinary and legal advice on dogs and frequently asked questions on VOSD procedures
VOSD Vet Advice
If the dog is not eating it can be a symptom of one of many things and can be simply that …Read more.
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.
The only sure way of taking a dog’s temperature is using a thermometer…Read more.
Unlike humans dogs’ normal temperate range is higher. 99-102 degree Fahrenheit is considered normal for dogs…Read more.
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.
Most people will gladly share their food with these dogs. And there lies a large problem…Read more.
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 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.
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.
The term urinary tract infection describes a variety of conditions infecting the urinary tract. The conditions that UTI describes include:…. Read more.
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.
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 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.
A convulsion/seizure is an occurrence when a dog’s muscles rapidly contract and relax……. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have a dog, or rescue dogs, keep a treatment kit handy with you with the following essential supplies:………….. Read more.
Most skin conditions are mistakenly called ‘mange’ when they are actually skin allergies. Mange is not easily transmittable………….. Read more.
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.
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.
The bad thing about maggot wounds is that they are surprisingly common. Unfortunately, any number of ‘home’ treatments complicate situations for dogs………….. Read more.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Please fill this form for the surrender for a pet dog http://store.strays.in/product/vosd-pet-dog-surrender/.Read more.
You’ll need to follow this link for the Rescued Dog Surrender form: http://store.strays.in/?product=surrendering-a-bangalore-rescued-indian-or-pedigree-dog.Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Refer your friends and win fabulous discounts for yourself and your friends!…Read more.
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…Read more.
Every day we get about 10-15 people writing in with one request – can VoSD open in their city?…Read more.
‘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) today announced a ‘first of its kind’ service for animals – a blood bank for stray dogs…..Read more.
VOSD Legal Advice
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
- Report a dog to be rescued (currently suspended)
- Seek legal advice -send mail to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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.
The simplest way forward will be to approach the owner as a neighbor and concerned citizen. And offer to help.. Read more.
Meat is ethics, culture, religion and economics rolled into one, and strangely, morals and politics, too.. Read more.
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.
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.
“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.
The Supreme Court of India banned the use of bulls and bullocks in performances such as jallikattu, bullock cart racing, etc….Read more.
The Supreme Court of India pronounced a landmark judgment in the matter titled “Animal Welfare Board of India Versus A. Nagaraja & Ors.”...Read more.
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.
For everybody that stands up for animals and Animal Rights, the following two Police..Read more.
A Revised Circular has been issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India on Pet Dogs and Street Dogs...Read more.
This is the SECOND PART of our 2 part series on the subject,‘THE USE OF ELEVATORS BY PET DOGS’….Read more.
If you are a pet parent, and live in a multi-storeyed apartment complex, and your Apartment Owners’….Read more.
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.
Shimla has an interesting history with dogs – the Municipal Corp created a dog pound to remove the dogs from the streets….Read more.
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.
It is by now, trite, that the manner of dealing with stray canines, and controlling their population, is set out in…..Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The President, Veterinary Council of India informed the Chairperson, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) that pursuant to…..Read more.
In the backdrop of continued ‘conflict’ between those feeding their community dogs and neighbors/ Resident Welfare Associations….Read more.
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.
Responsible feeding of dogs in a locality should go hand in hand with spaying/neutering and vaccination too...Read more.