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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #020 - Dental Health
June 15, 2007
Save your dog's life with dog first aid!
Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.
You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong wellbeing.
With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.
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Table of Contents
Dental Health Care
First Aid Tips
Dental Care Dental hygiene is one of the most important aspects of pet care.
Many guardians go to great lengths to provide the best foods, tasty treats, and fun toys, but forget about their companions' mouths.
Keeping your dog or cat's teeth and gums healthy will go a long way to preventing not only bad breath, periodontal disease, and an uncomfortable or even painful mouth, but also more serious chronic conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, heart conditions and joint problems.
Some short First Aid Tips
Fits or Seizures When your dog is having sudden, uncontrolled spasmodic movements, often with champing of the jaws and usually accompanied by salivation, urination and defecation, then he's having a fit or a seizure.
Your dog may also fall onto its side.
Keep an eye on violent twitching of the muscles under the skin of the head, neck and limbs. First thing you should do is to remove the collar and ensure that the dog is away from any danger (e.g. fireplaces, stairs, unstable tables).
Make sure he can breathe by holding the head and keeping neck extended if possible.
Do not put your fingers inside the dog's mouth.
Keep the environment darkened and quiet and prevent all sudden noises like doorbells and slamming doors.
Most fits are over quite quickly (although it seems a long time!) Make a note of the exact signs before, during and after the seizures and call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Sudden earache Your dog will scratch his ear and may hold his head to one side.
He may rub it along the ground, shake his head, whine and be reluctant for anyone to touch his ear.
If this is a sudden onset, there may be grass seed, foxtail, or another foreign object in the ear.
Do not put anything at all in the ear and contact your vet.
Ear problems must be attended to early, before secondary changes occur, making the condition more difficult to treat.
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