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Signs And Symptoms That Your Dog Is In Pain

  When people are in pain, it’s pretty hard to miss most of the time. We complain about our aching back. We yell out because we’ve stepped on something pointy. We limp because it hurts to put pressure on a leg. We lay down in the middle of the day in complete silence and darkness because we have a migraine. Dogs, unfortunately, aren’t always quite so easy to read. First off, to start with the obvious, they can’t tell us if something hurts because of that whole not-talking thing. And while things like limping or whining every time they put

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Dog Care

3 Things To Do When Your Dog May Be Poisoned

Chocolate cake. Tulips. Wine. These are just a few of the seemingly harmless household items that can be harmful if ingested by your dog. As a Pack Leader, it’s important to be aware of the many common substances that can be poisonous for your dog, as well as steps you can take to both prevent and treat dog poisoning. Common causes of dog poisoning Safe for humans doesn’t necessarily mean safe for dogs. In fact, many of the foodstuffs, medications, and products you keep in your house can be highly toxic to your dog. Below, we’ve listed some of the

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Dog Care

What You Need To Know About Snakes

There are many different venomous snakes. Know the kinds of snakes you have in your area and what the dangerous ones look like. It’s not always easy to tell what kind of snake bit your dog, but if you do know, it can help your veterinarian determine the best treatment. In North America, there are four principal kinds of venomous snakes: rattlesnakes, cottonmouths (aka water moccasins), copperheads, and coral snakes. Snakes you may encounter in North America Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats. They can be found in deserts, forests, and wetlands, from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes

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All About Dogs

Motion Sickness

We adopted a rescue, Molly, around 8 months of age, which was in July 2007. She was emaciated, flea-bitten, and had a lampshade cord wrapped very tightly around her neck. She was so weak, she couldn’t stand and weighed around 14 lbs. She is now a very happy and healthy dog at about 26 lbs. I have been working with her to get her used to riding in our car. She shakes so badly and then throws up. I’ve given her Dramamine, and it doesn’t do anything. I took her today to get her nails trimmed (which I haven’t learned

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All About Dogs

Shake, Shiver, And Tremble: Why Dogs Do It

  Every dog owner has experienced their pooch shaking off water after a bath or a walk in the rain. But what about other instances of dog shivering, shaking, or trembling? A dog tremble, shake, or shiver can mean all kinds of different things — some good and some bad. Let’s break down each of them. Happy or Positive Shakes and Shivers Drying Off We already mentioned this one, but it’s worth noting that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your dog shaking off excess water after getting wet — other than getting your house and you wet, of course!

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All About Dogs

Before Disaster Strikes: Have A Plan For Your Dogs

When a natural disaster strikes, your emergency plan can help keep your family safe — but does your plan include your dog? It’s just as important to consider her special needs in advance as it is those of the rest of your family. You may not be able to predict the specific circumstances of the disaster or know how long you may have to evacuate, but by creating a general dog emergency plan, you will have precautions in place that help you react in a way that best protects your pup. ID Your Dog This is probably the most important

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea In Dogs

Signs of diarrhea in dogs It is important to understand that diarrhea in dogs can take several forms. Stools can range from abnormally soft to watery. Other clinical signs may be present such as straining while defecating, gas, abnormal odor, or blood and mucous in the stool. Many cases of diarrhea are self-limiting, but others require treatment. Bloody diarrhea with severe straining may be an emergency especially for small dogs. Diarrhea along with vomiting can be signs of serious intestinal obstruction that may even need surgery. Weakness, pain, vomiting, or agitation are serious signs that the dog needs medical attention.

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Bites, Wounds, and Cuts

How To Treat Dog Bite Wounds

  Bite wounds are a common cause of trauma in dogs and typically result from altercations with other dogs, cats and wildlife. Bite wounds are puncture wounds and while they may appear small they can spell big trouble for your dog. Their deceptive nature lies in the fact that while the external wound can be small, the same wound can be deep, extending through the skin and into the subcutaneous tissues and muscles. There is a high risk of infection with bite wounds because of the numerous bacteria that are normally harbored in an animal’s mouth. Because the surface wound

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Rehabilitating A Dog That’s Been Bitten

It’s probably in every dog lover’s top five nightmare scenarios — your dog is attacked and bitten by another dog, possibly seriously enough to require veterinary care. It can be traumatic for everyone involved, human and dog. So what’s the best way to deal with the situation, when it happens and afterwards? If it hasn’t happened to you yet, the first thing to remember if it does is to stay calm and quiet. Yelling or otherwise panicking will just make it worse because it will fuel the aggression between the dogs. But do try to get the biting dog off

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Dog Care

Caring For A Broken Toenail

If you plan on trimming your dog’s nails, ask your veterinary staff to show you how to trim nails to keep them close to the quick (live part of the toenail). But be aware, just about everyone who tries to trim their own dog’s toenails will at one point clip them too short. This may result in what seems like severe bleeding. To perform first aid on a fractured or broken nail, try to determine if there is a loose piece that can simply be trimmed with a nail clipper. If a fractured end or nail fragment is attached merely

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