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Golden Retrievers For Dummies

From Golden Retrievers For Dummies by Nona Kilgore Bauer

Before bringing home your adorable Golden Retriever, take steps to dog-proof your house and surrounding areas. Know the signs of a serious medical problem or pet emergency, so you can contact your veterinarian and, if needed, give the right amount of pet safe medications to your Golden Retriever.

How to Dog-Proof Your Home

Dog-proofing your home, yard, and garage is essential for keeping your Golden Retriever (and your house!) safe. Go through this list to create a pet-friendly place:

  • Keep medication bottles and cleaning supplies out of reach.

  • Don’t toss dental floss where your puppy can get into it.

  • Unplug electrical cords.

  • Beware of coins, socks, needles, and tinsel.

  • Watch out for stringy stuff like yarn and sewing gear.

  • Do not use roach or rodent poison or other pesticide in areas accessible to your puppy.

  • Keep the toilet lid down and never use toilet bowl cleaners.

  • Keep the diaper pail lid shut tight.

  • Hide all trash.

  • Hide your underwear.

  • Beware of certain chemicals, such as treated lumber products and flea control products.

  • Watch out for windows.

  • Hide the antifreeze.

  • Store weed killers, pesticides, and herbicides out of reach.

  • Ban cigarettes or at least keep those ashtrays clean.

  • Watch out for poisonous plants, such as Lily of the Valley, Oleander, Rhododendron, Japanese Yews, and Poinsettia.

  • Beware of herbicide hazards.

Symptoms of Dog Emergencies

Keep this list handy to recognize your Golden Retrievers symptoms that signal a dog emergency or serious health problem so you can contact your veterinarian. Also, learn the types and dosages of medicines that are safe for your Golden:

Emergency!

  • Diarrhea for more than 24 hours

  • Bloody diarrhea, diarrhea with vomiting, fever, or other symptoms

  • Vomiting for more than 24 hours (save the vomitus)

  • Excessive panting, drooling, rapid pulse, dark red gums, frantic glazed expression (heatstroke)

  • Abdominal swelling, discomfort with labored breathing, restlessness, roaching the back, drooling, gagvomiting (bloat)

  • Very pale gums, shivering, lowered body temperature (under 100 degrees) (hypothermia)

  • Depression, shivering, weak pulse, listlessness, lowered body temperature (shock from loss of blood orinjury)

  • Sudden swelling around the head or other body part

Signs of serious health problems

  • Poor appetite

  • Prolonged or pronounced limping

  • Shortness of breath

  • Extreme lethargy or sleeping habits

  • Frequent urination

  • Sudden weight loss

  • Excessive water intake

  • Straining to move the bowels

  • Lumps or black mole-like growths on any body part

  • Unexplained change in attitude: fearful, shy, or aggressive

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