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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
August 15, 2011

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 Dog 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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Your Dog's Health

You can do your own regular Dog Health checkup once a month but you should also book your dog for an annual medical examination with your veterinarian.

Here are some tips that can help maintain his or her good health.

Fleas: Adult fleas live on your dog and contaminate the animal’s environment with immature flea stages. Look for black specks in your dog’s coat call “Flea Dirt”. Your veterinarian can recommend effective flea control products like Revolution (selamectin) to control fleas and prevent future flea infestations.

Mites and Ticks: If your dog has mites or ticks, ask your veterinarian for help or you can bathe him with an appropriate insecticidal shampoo. Pull ticks off the tweezers right at the base of the skin, twisting the mouthpiece free.

Types of Worms: Regular worming of your dog should control most internal parasites. Some worms require special medicines, but your veterinarian will diagnose this and advise on the more severe infestations.

First Aid Kit: All dog owners would be advised to have a basic dog first aid kit, the contents of which should assist in reducing a dog’s pain and distress as well as help to prevent the situation from worsening while you contact the veterinarian.

Bites and Sting Relief: Wasp, hornet, and bee sting are common and cause pain and swelling. The usual sites for these stings are the face and mouth. Like humans, some dogs can be allergic to stings and react badly. If there is acute swelling to the mouth and throat, urgent veterinarian care will be needed.

Giving Tablets: Some dogs can be devious about keeping pills in their mouths, and spitting them out later. If you pet does this, a good counter-trick is to try hiding the tablet in a chuck of meat, or a piece of bread, and even coast the pill in melted cheese.

1.Go to your dog; do not ask him to come to you. With one hand, open his mouth gently, and with the other drop the tablet well down the tongue.

2.Hold the dog’s mouth firmly closed and hold its head up slightly. Stroke his throat and wait for him to swallow and lick his lips. Then praise him for swallowing.

Stretcher for an Injured Dog: If your dog is in a traffic accident, do not panic. Use a blanket or coat as a stretcher to remove him carefully from the source of danger.

When to Visit Your Veterinarian: Every dog owner should take his or her dog to a veterinarian for medical checkup at least once a year. If the animal is in an accident even with no obvious injury or bleeding, take it at once for urgent veterinary help. Many vets are linked to a 24-hour emergency service. Your dog may have internal injuries or fractures, which only a professional can diagnose.

Visit the office also:

For expert dietary assistance, For the best breeding advice, If you dog staggers or falls over, If blood is present or dog vomits, If in acute pain/abnormal swelling.

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Tips to Save YOU money...

1. Trimming your dog's nails and grooming his or her fur at home saves money spent on professional groomers.

2. Practice good dental hygiene. Daily brushing of your dog's teeth has significant returns.

3. Don't skip vaccinations or flea and tick prevention . Vaccines protect pets from painful and tragic diseases such as rabies, and fleas and ticks carry harmful diseases such as the plague that may also be spread to people in contact with pets.

4. Buy fewer toys , and trick pets into thinking those toys are new, time and time again.

5. Be creative with ways to make toys more interactive. Consider buying Buster Cubes or Kong toys for dogs to give them more stimulation while they eat or enjoy treats.

I hope these tips help your budget and most importantly the health and happiness of your dog.

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