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Dog Care Tips : How to Determine if Your Dog Is Overweight Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Determine if Your Dog Is Overweight

Let’s discuss how to tell if your dog has an obesity problem. Obesity is a very common problem in dogs, especially as they get older, and that can lead to more problems such as back and joint issues. The easiest way to tell is to feel over the ribs. On both sides, you should be able to feel each rib ridge and if there’s fat over top of those ribs, you’re not going to be able to feel them. On fluffier dogs like this one, it’s harder to tell If…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Choose Dog Treats Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Choose Dog Treats

Let’s talk about choosing dog treats. There are lots of dog treats on the market and not all are made alike. There are lots of them that have filler, and lots of preservatives, lots of salt, and so these can cause weight gain. Lots of problems associated with that, especially if they’re getting many treats per day. And so choose treats wisely. You want to use a good quality treat. There are some treats that actually are vitamin fortified which can work very well also. Essentially for lots of patients…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Treat a Dog With a Cold Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Treat a Dog With a Cold

Let’s talk about treating a dog with a cold. Cold is a very non specific term. And humans, we think of colds as being anything from the flu to just upper respiratory viruses alone, and in essentially it’s the same with a dog. If you’re dealing with a cold, what we have in a dog is going to be generally an upper respiratory infection, a lower respiratory infection, something like that. Just feeling kind of bad. A lot of these in dogs are viral and/or bacterial. And so the first…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Get Fleas Off Your Dog Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Get Fleas Off Your Dog

Let’s talk about how to get fleas off of your pet. Check with your veterinarian’s office. There’s several products on the market that will kill fleas that last monthly, that work very, very well. So prevention is the key. If you have fleas on your pet, applying one of those products to kill the fleas that are there is a very good idea as well. Flea combs work very well. These are fine toothed combs that you can run through the hair and basically these will pick up eggs and…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Treat a Dog’s Diarrhea Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Treat a Dog’s Diarrhea

Let’s discuss how to treat a dog with diarrhea. Diarrhea is very common in dogs. Dogs love to chew on things and eat things off the floor and get into all sorts of things that cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can be benign and resolvable, but yet at the same time, it can lead to other things, especially if there’s vomiting. Always check with your veterinary office first to find out what the diagnosis is and how best to treat diarrhea in a dog. There are medications that can be used to…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Check the Gums of Your Dog or Cat Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Check the Gums of Your Dog or Cat

Let’s discuss how to check the gums on your dog or cat. The first thing to know about checking gums is to keep out of harm’s way. A lot of cats, especially, don’t appreciate looking at their gums. And so, just be careful. You don’t want to get bit. The next thing you’re looking for, really, is gum color. You can lift the gums up – the lips up top over the gums – and you can see the nice, pink color and that is normal. You can also press…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Prevent Worms in Dogs Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Prevent Worms in Dogs

Let’s talk about how to prevent worms in your pets. Puppies especially are born into having worms. Basically from their mothers. And so almost every puppy that comes through our door is going to be de-wormed several times as they’re little. That’s not necessary as they become adults. Once you get rid of those worms, and you start regular heart worm prevention, that’s going to pretty much prevent worms from coming back. Check with your veterinarian’s office. They will help you determine what heart worm prevention is best for your…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Give a Dog a Shot Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Give a Dog a Shot

A lot of pets require shots at home, especially diabetics. Diabetics require insulin shots once or twice a day at home and it can be a challenge initially when people are uncomfortable around needles. The nice thing about dogs though, is that they have a lot of skin and a lot of surface area to give shots under. Shots at home like insulin is not given in a muscle, it is given under the skin. And so dogs have a relatively large amount of skin per their body size. The…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Medicate Your Dog With a Pill Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Medicate Your Dog With a Pill

Let’s talk about pilling your dog. Pilling your dog can be dangerous, so be very, very careful. You don’t want to get in harms way if you can help it. There are lots of treats these days, and one in particular that you can put the pill in and close over and it’s a treat form of a medication. If you have to actually manually give your pet, your dog a pill, the best way to do it is if you can’t use any treat or peanut butter or something…

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Dog Care Tips : How to Check the Heart Rate of Dogs and Cats Dog Care 

Dog Care Tips : How to Check the Heart Rate of Dogs and Cats

Let’s talk about determining heart rate in your dog or cat. The heart in the dog sits about mid-chest and you can feel it. If you put your hand over top of it, on either side, you’ll feel a beat. Dogs vary on their heart rates. When they’re – a small breed is going to have a higher heart rate than a larger breed. A large breed is about sixty to eighty beats per minute. A smaller breed is going to be about a hundred and twenty to a hundred…

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