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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 Stock a First-Aid Kit for Your Dog

You can find most of the items you need for your dog's first aid emergency kit at your local pharmacy; the rest you can purchase from your veterinarian or from a dog supply catalog. [more…]

How to Deal with Your Dog's Meal-Time Aggression

If your puppy can’t accept you near her food bowl, don’t make a power struggle out of the feeding ritual. Instead, use these steps to help her accept you as less threatening: [more…]

Dog Anatomy from Head to Tail

Some canine anatomical names may be familiar to you — dogs have elbows and ears and eyes — but other names may be downright foreign. Many anatomical terms used to describe parts of a dog are similar to [more…]

How to Cure Your Dog’s Car Phobia

Carsickness, which manifests itself in excessive drooling or vomiting, can be attributed to either true motion sickness or a negative association with riding in a car. [more…]

How to Muzzle an Injured Dog

Whenever you approach an injured dog, always start by protecting yourself from being bitten, which means muzzling the dog first thing. If a dog is in severe pain and is afraid, even your canine best friend [more…]

How to Decide When — or If — to Put Your Dog to Sleep

Any dog lover knows that few events in life are more traumatic than having to euthanize a beloved canine companion. Exercising the power of life or death over your four-legged friend is almost overwhelming [more…]

Immunizing Your Dog with the Right Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a routine part of veterinary visits. These immunizations prevent health problems that can cause illness, deformity, and even death for many dogs. [more…]

How to Get Rid of a Flea Infestation

You've noticed the telltale signs of fleas on your dog. You've examined your pet to confirm that — drat! — you have a flea infestation on your hands.

Follow these steps to completely free your dog and your [more…]

How to Check Your Dog for Fleas

Fleas are parasitic pests that can make your dog’s life miserable with the constant need to scratch itchy flea bites, which can then lead to inflammation and infection. Preventing an infestation or getting [more…]

How to Get Rid of Ticks on Your Dog

Ticks are bad news: They transmit several diseases that can cause severe illness and even death in both dogs and humans, so keeping your dog tick-free is a top priority. [more…]

How to Get Rid of Worms in Your Dog

Several kinds of worms — including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms —can live in your dog’s intestines and cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, or anemia. [more…]

How to Prevent Heartworm in Your Dog

Heartworms are parasites that live in dogs’ hearts and cause heart failure. Preventing this disease is critical because treatment of adult worms in the heart requires intensive care and can be life threatening [more…]

How the Dog Neutering Process Works

Neutering a male dog involves surgically removing the testicles with a relatively simple operation. Spaying a female is more involved than castrating a male, because it involves opening the abdomen and [more…]

How to Prevent a Flea Infestation in Your Home

Fleas are amazingly successful at reproducing. If your dog brings a male and a female flea home, these two fleas can populate your home with 250,000 descendants within a single month, and every single [more…]

What to Keep in Your Dog's First Aid Kit

Always keep the following items handy in case your dog needs minor medical attention. It's best to even create a special first-aid bag or medicine chest exclusively for your dog: [more…]

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