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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
February 15, 2012
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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Valentine's Day – a time of love and affection with your significant other, and a day of untold dangers for your furry little four-legged friends. This Valentine's Day don't forget about your dog's needs! More dogs get poisoned on Valentine's Day than on any other holiday.
We all know how bad Toxic Foods like chocolate is for dogs. The seemingly harmless sweet is toxic even in small amounts, and it's mostly because of the high theobromine and caffeine content of the cocoa bean. However, did you know that different types of chocolate are worse for dogs than others?
Dry cocoa powder is nearly 800% more dangerous to your dog than white chocolate, for example. As it gets more refined, it loses a lot of its theobromine concentrations. This still doesn't mean that you should risk leaving any type of chocolate around your dog, so keep all chocolate boxes out of reach this Valentine's Day and you may save your pooch's life.
If your dog has a tendency to get into anything no matter how hard you try to hide it, surprise your special someone with some white chocolate treats. A small dog (about 5kg) would have to eat somewhere close to 6 pounds of the stuff before showing severe symptoms. Just an ounce and a half of milk chocolate would have the same effect.
How about flowers?
They're safe right?
Sure, if they aren't daisies, tulips, chrysanthemums, or lilies, all common in Valentine's day bouquets. These aren't usually fatal but can still be toxic to dogs, especially smaller dogs, depending on the quantities eaten. Of course, whether or not your dog tries to eat them will vary – some dogs love flowers; some dogs couldn't care less. Either way, take special care to make everything as hard to reach as possible.
You can also look for pet safe flower bouquets that have toxic flowers specifically removed. If not, manually take out all the dangerous flowers before you leave it lying around. This is a safe practice in case you forget to put the arrangement out of reach later on. Vomiting and stomach upset are sure signs that he ingested something that isn't agreeing with him.
Candlelit evenings are pleasant and romantic, but before leaving the room make sure to blow out all the open flames. Not only is it a good fire-prevention strategy, but it can prevent your dog from harming himself on the flame. A lot of animals are inexplicably attracted to candle flames, and it's easy for them to burn their snouts or singe their whiskers. All it takes is a few extra seconds to Dog Proof Your Home and keep your house safe for your pets.
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