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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #006 - First Aid: Chiggers!
April 15, 2006

Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

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Issue 6

Table of Contents

Miniature Dogs

Dog Food

Mites: All about “Chiggers”

Miniature Dogs

Are you interested in having a miniature dog as your next family pet? There is nothing more adorable than being able to literally hold your miniature dog inside of a purse or carry her on your shoulder. Not only are they cute, but because they are so small, these miniature dogs are very close and caring to their owner.

However, you must be careful to have your miniature dog around children. Because miniature dogs look and feel just like a toy to kids, it can be very dangerous when the children start to play rough with a miniature dog. Unfortunately, if you do have children and want to have a small dog breed as a pet, then you are going to have to study up on the best way to care for them.

There are many books that you can find in your local bookstore that can teach you all you need to know about living with, raising, and training your miniature dog breed but the best courses that are also the most up-to-date can be found online.

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Dog Food

Are you giving your dog the best nutrition he or she needs? Probably not. Most dog owners think nothing of the type of dog food they are feeding their lovable pets. More times than not they go for the cheapest hard-type dog food that their local store provides.

There are a lot of dog owners who also feed their dogs only human food. Both practices can be hindering your dog from reaching optimum nutrition and health. As animals, dogs are different from humans and need different nutrient ratios. In addition, simply serving your dog only dry dog food does not have all of the vitamins the dog needs.

The best sources of healthy dog food to buy your pet may not be at your local grocery store or pet store at all. In fact, you will find many online dog food stores that will provide you with choices that you might never see at your local dog food shop. By shopping online for your dog food you will find many varieties of dog treats, dog canned foods, dog gourmet foods, and unique dog recipes.

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Mites: All about “Chiggers”

Chiggers, although very hard to detect, can be a severe nuisance when they come in contact with human skin or dog skin. The resulting irritation can be very unpleasant.

A chigger is actually a type of mite. They are mites that are usually orange, red, or yellow in color. A larval chigger (mite) feeds on dogs and other animals. Their host’s blood enables them to grow and mature into nymphs.

The nymphs then develop into adult chiggers or larger mites that lay eggs and begin the cycle over again. The adult chigger (mite) feeds on plants, therefore the larvae are usually found in wooded areas.

These types of mites can be found in almost any part of the dog’s body, although they most often settle toward the head, neck, ear canals, earflaps, and abdomen.

Consult with your vet if you think your pet encounters this unusual type of mite. He or she will probably a type of insecticide preparation to the affected areas as well as prescribe an antibiotic steroid cream to soothe the itching and bring down the swelling.

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