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What to Do If Your Dog Breaks a Bone

If your dog breaks a leg, your goal is to stabilize your hurting pup — a broken bone is very painful — until you can get him to a veterinarian.

Fractures are sometimes obvious, such as when the leg is lying [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog Gets Burned

Dogs are most often burned when hot liquids or caustic substances such as strong acids or cleaning solutions are spilled on them. Dogs may also get too close to a candle, stove, or fire. Some dogs can [more…]

What to Do When Your Dog Is Choking

Dogs are ever curious — second only to exploring with their noses, they use their mouths to investigate new and interesting things. Dogs can choke on just about anything that is the size of the opening [more…]

How to Help a Drowned Dog

Most dogs are excellent swimmers. Occasionally, however, a dog drowns because she gets caught in something underwater or gets overwhelmed by an undertow. Sometimes a dog who is an experienced swimmer drowns [more…]

How to Help a Dog Injured from Electrical Shock

Occasionally a dog, usually a puppy, will bite down on an electric cord and suffer electrical shock, often accompanied by burns. The dog may be unconscious and have burns around her mouth and on her tongue [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Eye Injury

The eyes are very delicate and easily injured, especially in dogs who love to play in the great outdoors. How you deal with a foreign substance in your dog’s eye depends mostly on how big it is and whether [more…]

What to Do If a Fishhook Sticks Your Dog

Every now and then, a dog playing near a fishing pond will get stuck with a fishhook left by a careless fisherman. As you can imagine, a fishhook can be very painful, particularly if the hook is in the [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog Encounters Foxtails

Foxtail plants grow by roadsides and in fields throughout much of the United States. Dogs sometimes inhale or swallow their seeds as they run and play outdoors. [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Heatstroke

The temperature doesn’t have to be very high for a dog to suffer heatstroke. Dogs are descended from wolves, animals that live in northern climes and thus have not developed natural mechanisms to fight [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog for Poisoning

Substances toxic to dogs abound — in your house, your yard, and the world in general. If your dog ingests a poison, contact your veterinarian immediately for instructions. If you cannot reach your veterinarian [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog Gets Stuck with Porcupine Quills

Porcupines roam around the woods on sunny days, and sleep in fields and meadows at night. And, some curious canines just can’t mind their own business. The result is usually a face full of painful porcupine [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog Has a Seizure

Seizures in dogs can be caused by many things, from trauma to tumors to poisoning. In some dogs, seizures occur periodically for unknown reasons in a condition called [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog is Bitten by a Snake

The most common venomous snakes in North America are the rattlesnake, the cottonmouth, the coral snake, and the water moccasin. If venomous snakes live near you, learn to identify them and stay away from [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog has a Spinal Injury

If you suspect that your dog has suffered a spinal or neck injury, be very cautious about moving him or you can further damage the spinal cord and cause permanent paralysis or even death. [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Sprain or Strain

Just like you occasionally do, your dog can overextend and end up with sore muscles. A sprain is a torn ligament and a strain is torn tendon, but the results of both injuries are the same — swelling and [more…]

How to Identify Signs That Your Dog Is Sick

Your dog can’t tell you that he’s not feeling well, so it’s up to you to notice the signs that he’s sick or hurt and to do something to get him healthy again. Signs of illness in your dog include [more…]

How to Judge a Puppy’s Personality

Each puppy has a discernable personality that can be judged at 7 weeks of age. When you’re choosing a puppy from a litter pay attention to personality type: [more…]

How to Test a Puppy’s Temperament

Before you bring a new dog into your home, consider how the pup's personality will mesh with your own — and with those who share your household.

The three temperament types you'll find among dogs are are [more…]

How to Train Your Dog with Treats

The age-old question is “To treat or not to treat?” Training without treats can be done, but it’s not much fun, and in a life filled with daily responsibilities and stress, you may as well enjoy the process [more…]

How to Train Your Dog with a Clicker

A clicker is a small hand-held device that makes a sharp cracking sound when you press it. Pair this sound with a food reward — always — and you have a dog-training power that would make Pavlov proud. [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Aggression

If your dog shows severe aggression — bared teeth, hard eyes, a growl that begins in the belly, and a bite response you’d expect from a trained police dog — you need to address the issue immediately. These [more…]

What Types of Coats Can Dog Have?

Dog fur comes in short coats, long coats — and everything in between — and ranges from curly to straight, puffy to wiry, bald to long. Some dogs come equipped with dreadlocks and a few have no hair at [more…]

How to Introduce New Dogs to Pet Cats

Some dogs don’t think twice about cats and get along with them well; others see cats as prey and great chase opportunities. Cats can strong opinions about dogs as well, so be careful in introducing an [more…]

How to Introduce Dogs to Small Pets in a Household

Some dogs have strong instincts for chasing and killing small animals. Terriers, for example, have been bred for centuries to strengthen their instincts for going after vermin — that’s why they’re called [more…]

Adding Distractions to Your Dog's Come-When-Called Training

Teaching your dog to come to you when you call her begins with in-home training — and the help of a friend. The next step is to add distraction by taking your pet outside to a confined area — such as a [more…]

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