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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
May 15, 2010

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 well being.

With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.

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Water Safety For Your Dog

Summer is a great time to enjoy the water with your dog. Whether you like boating, fishing or just taking a dip in the pool, your dog probably wants to do these things with you. But, do you know how to keep your dog safe in the water?

Many dogs are natural swimmers but that doesn't mean that yours is. There are many dogs that have some natural fear of the water. That means that you can't just assume that the first time you take your dog out to the lake or even the swimming pool that he will hop in and start dog paddling.

You should also keep in mind that dogs come in all shapes and sizes. It's not easy for some dogs to swim because of the way they're built.

A Newfoundland or a Portuguese Water Dog, or a Labrador Retriever, have dense, water-resistant fur that sheds water. The Newfoundland and the Lab carry a little extra fat that can keep them warm in cold water.

The Lab has a tail like a rudder to help him in the water. The Portuguese Water Dog has webbing on his paws that helps him paddled in the water. Not all dogs are built to be champion swimmers like these dogs.

If you plan to have your dog near the water the first thing you should do is get him a proper life jacket for dogs.


They do make life vests for dogs!

They are made from the same material as the life vests for humans. You can order them online or you may find them in a pet superstore.

NEVER allow a dog to swim unattended. If you have a pool you should always keep a gate to the pool closed or keep the pool otherwise off-limits to your dog.

Swimming is a lot of fun for dogs but dogs can and do drown. Please be careful about allowing your dog near water.

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