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How to Recognize Hot Spots on Your Dog

A hot spot is a small to large area of your dog’s skin that’s red, raw, and oozing serum (fluid that seeps from the blood). Hot spots occur most often in dogs with allergies and commonly appear on the [more…]

How to Handle Your Dog’s Bad Breath

Doggy bad breath usually is a sign that all is not well in your dog’s mouth. If your furry friend has a bad case of dog breath, it can be the result of poor dental hygiene. About 70 percent of dogs have [more…]

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Experts and owners theorize about why some dogs graze on grass like cattle do. Some people think it’s a sign of an upset stomach, and the grass is soothing. Some dogs just like the taste of it. Others [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Licking

If your dog constantly licks herself, she probably has a good reason for it — and she may need to be checked out by a veterinarian. Any time you see your dog licking repeatedly at one spot, take a look [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Bald Spots

Most dogs shed a little hair every day. But if your dog develops a bald spot on his back or side, the hairless patch points to a health problem.

Patchy bald spots where you can see through to the skin or [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Diarrhea

Most dogs get an occasional bout of loose stools. Although uncomfortable and undesirable, diarrhea may just be the body’s way of clearing the intestine of something disagreeable. [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Constipation

A constipated dog spends longer than usual defecating, and the resultant stools are small, round, and hard. You can bet that if your dog is constipated, he’s uncomfortable. [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Gas

If your furry friend’s flatulence has you thinking about investing in a gas mask, it may be time to think about changing your dog's diet. Diet is the main reason for farting. A sudden change in diet after [more…]

How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Feces

Why do some dogs eat other animals’ poop? No one really knows for sure, although there are a number of theories. Some think that dung-eating dogs are fulfilling a nutritional need. Others believe that [more…]

How to Give Your Dog Oral, Ear, or Eye Medicine

At some point, you’ll need to give some type of medicine to your dog. Knowing how to medicate your ailing canine is important because, if you don’t, you won’t be able to get him the medicine he needs when [more…]

How to Make a First-Aid Kit for Your Dog

Ideally, you have two first-aid kits for your dog — one for your car and one for home — so that you can start helping your dog immediately in an emergency when she’s hurt or injured. [more…]

How to Check Your Dog’s Pulse

To check your dog’s pulse, you need to locate the femoral artery, which lies just below the skin on the inside of the back legs, between two large muscles where the leg joins the body. [more…]

What Your Dog’s Gum Color Tells You

Look at your dog’s gums while she is at rest. Lift your dog’s upper lip and look at the color of the gums above an upper canine tooth — the gums should be pink. [more…]

How to Approach an Injured Dog

When you come upon an accident scene in which a dog has been injured, always be sure that you are safe before you try to help the dog. Every year people are killed on roads and highways because they put [more…]

How to Examine an Injured Dog

When you come upon a scene in which a dog is seriously injured and appears to be unconscious or in shock, your first step is to carry out an A-B-C assessment — check the dog’s airway, breathing, and circulation [more…]

How to Administer CPR to Your Dog

If your dog is not breathing or doesn’t have a pulse, you can administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an effort to save your canine companion’s life. [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Wounds

In the course of their lives, dogs are likely to get injured now and then. Your pet may run into a tree branch or rub against a sharp object. Your dog may even get in an occasional fight and wind up with [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog Is Bleeding

Some dogs don’t notice when they’re hurt and your first clue may be the blood trail she leaves. To stop bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a piece of gauze or cloth for several minutes. [more…]

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…]

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