Posts Tagged ‘puppy safety’

4 Tips for Teaching Puppies Not to Nip

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Puppies are a fun addition to your family, and their cute nature and endless playful antics make them a sought-after companion. Puppies spend most of their time exploring their surroundings and chewing objects with their needle-sharp baby teeth, which unfortunately means they will end up biting your hands or feet from time to time. This may seem like a cute way of playing, but this kind of behavior won’t be so cute when they get older! Here are 4 helpful tips to help teach your puppy what is acceptable biting behavior: Let Him Know It Hurts Although it seems counter-intuitive,…

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Pesky Spring & Summer Pests

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A common nuisance of summer, mosquitoes have the potential to spread disease as well as causing itching. West Nile Virus, common in humans, is the most well-known mosquito-borne disease, and it rarely affects dogs. One disease that is seen in canines and transmitted by mosquitoes is heartworm. Heartworm is a severe, potentially fatal, disease that is caused by parasitic roundworms. Those worms infect the heart and the arteries of the lungs of multiple mammal species, including dogs. Though heartworms can infect more than 30 species of mammals, including cats, foxes, and ferrets, canines are considered their ultimate hosts. When a…

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Canine Cough in Dogs

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If you’ve noticed your pooch has a hacking cough with or without a runny nose, he or she may suffer from the Bordetella bronchiseptica virus, also known as the canine cough. It is an easily contracted, common bacteria that can occur in a range of animals, including cats, rabbits, and, rarely, humans. Many cases are mild and require no treatment, while others just need a round of antibiotics. Bordetella is transmitted through the air or direct contact with infected animals. It also can be contracted through contact with infected surfaces, such as kennels and food or water dishes. Due to…

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Fleas, Pesky Little Creatures

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Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home, Step by Step Is your dog or cat is scratching a lot lately? Have you seen something small and black jump from the sofa onto your arm? Don’t freak out, take charge of the situation. Call the Veterinarian Is your pet on a flea control program? If they are, read the instructions again. It’s easy to miss a step. Ask your veterinarian what they recommend. You want a product that treats fleas at every stage — from egg to adult bug — and one that works well in your climate. Most flea treatments…

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The Truth …… Can Giving My Dog Ice Water Cause Bloat?

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Written by Dr. Karen Pearson, DVM Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort Can giving my dog ice water cause bloat? Simple answer… no. Longer answer….Gastric dilatation-volvulus(GDV) or bloat is a result of the dog swallowing too much air, fluid or both and the stomach “twists”.  It is not caused by a spasming of the stomach as the article would suggest. The stomach would actually have to twist to cause the bloat and not allow air to escape from the stomach. It is much more likely the dog gulped water down too quickly and with the big gulps, swallowed a lot of air…

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Snake Bite Risks To Dogs!

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Do you know much about your dog’s risk of getting a snake bite? We generally think of poisonous snakes in the jungles of Africa or South America, but poisonous are common in North America, especially in the southeast and southwest United States. Although the northeast has less poisonous snakes to deal with in the area they are still here and a concern for pet owners. Coral snakes have short fangs and tend to “chew” venom into the wound.  Vipers have longer fangs that they use to inject venom deeply into the underlying tissues.  In general, poisonous snakes can be identified…

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Practice Basic Pet Summer Safety

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    Practice Basic Pet Summer Safety The weather has finally started to warm up. Here are some basic safety tips to help keep your pets safe this spring and summer: Never leave your pets in a parked car Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees….

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The Danger of Chocolate To Pets

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For a human, a few too many Easter eggs can be seen as a bit indulgent and lead to an afternoon on the sofa in a self-inflicted chocolate coma. But for a dog it can be potentially life-threatening and, in the most extreme cases, result in death. Dog owners are warned to be on high alert this Easter and ensure the chocolate is hidden away to ensure dogs are not harmed as a result of chocolate poisoning. With more instances of discarded Easter Eggs or half-eaten Crème Eggs lying around at Easter than at other times of the year, it…

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Taking the bite out of Fleas & Ticks

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TAKING THE BITE OUT OF FLEAS AND TICKS Fleas are truly devoted to their work. In one day, a single flea can bite your cat or dog more than 400 times. During that same day, the flea can consume more than its body weight of your pet’s blood. And before it’s through, a female flea can lay hundreds of eggs on your pet, ensuring that its work will be carried on by generations to come. Flea bites may be merely a nuisance to some pets, but to others, they can be dangerous. They can cause flea allergy dermatitis—an allergic reaction…

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How To Recognize Heat Exhaustion/Stroke In Dogs

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Summertime is here, the heat is upon us and you may be planning vacations, weekend getaways or just some fun hikes with your dogs. You may be able to recognize the dangers of heat exhaustion or heat stroke in humans (i.e.: headache, dizziness, fatigue, disorientation, hot Dry skin, rapid heartbeat) but how do you recognize it in dogs? How is heatstroke in dogs prevented? How is it treated? Help your dog this summer by educating yourself and becoming aware of your dog’s surroundings and by using preventative measures to ensure your dog’s safety. I would recommend that you learn what…

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