K-9 First Aid Class

I am now certified in canine first aid, including CPR, after training by the Colorado CPR and AED, based in Denver.

Don Ponce, and Eric “Odie” Roth (author of K-9 Medic, How to Save Your Dog’s Life During an Emergency), provided training last weekend in Nebraska for anyone interested in becoming certified in dog first aid.

While most who attended this workshop already work with animals full time, including rescuers, shelter workers, pet sitters, dog walkers and others, the course was open to the public. Anyone with an interest in dogs was welcome to take the training.

Students were given hands-on, guided instruction using dog mannequins which were created to simulate actual emergency situations, much like human training models which have been in use for years.

While training is necessary to become certified, anyone can learn valuable knowledge that could save a dog’s life some day, just by reading Roth’s book.

To learn more about this topic and to order the book, visit their web site at http://www.K9FirstaidandCPR.com

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Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer

Every year we hear about pets collapsing due to the heat of summer. Common sense should tell us that’s easily prevented by simply following a few tips:

1. Provide plenty of water.

2. Provide shade. Better yet, keep your pets inside on hot days.

3. Never leave a pet inside a parked car! Temperatures can rise very quickly to dangerous levels. Just watching the news should tell anyone that many dogs have died or came close to it because they were inside a car for “just a few minutes.” Because of awareness campaigns these days, you could also return to your vehicle and find a window broken by someone rescuing your pet, and in many places, an owner could also be charged with cruelty. On warm days, just leave Fido at home.

4. Dogs left outside or taken on long walks can also become sunburned. Be sure to use a safe sunscreen (check with your vet) on vulnerable areas, like the nose, ears, and any place where the fur is thinner. Short haired dogs, or those recently shaved, are most susceptible.

Other safety issues include the following:

5. Getting lost. Be sure your animal has identification in case they get loose.

6. Car accidents. When riding inside your car, it’s safest to put a harness on a dog, much like a seat belt, or confined in a pet taxi. For cats, the pet taxi is your best bet.

7. Injuries. Summertime offers more opportunities to be active outside, so be prepared for any confrontations with other animals. Prevent this if at all possible, but if your dog happens to get “involved” with another dog, or some other critter (think snake, badger, porcupine, etc.), you would do well to have a first aid kid on hand, along with your vet’s phone number.

8. Poisoning. Watch for things like yard care chemicals, antifreeze leaks, toxic mushrooms in the yard, poisonous plants, etc. Best bet is to not allow your dog to wander into other yards where these items may be found. Here are some phone numbers to keep handy in case you suspect your pet has gotten into something:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435

The National Animal Poison Control Center 1-900-680-0000 or 1- 800-548-2423

Angell Animal Poison Control Hotline at 1-877-2ANGEL

Have a fun and safe summer!

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Supplementing commercial diets

Your pet’s health
Waterford Today
Commercial diets that are supplemented with glucosamine, chondroitin and essential fatty acids are available which help maintain normal joint function and healthy skin and coat. Your vet can advise you on a suitable diet for your pet’s needs, and by
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Beer For Dogs?

Now, non-alcoholic beer for dogs
Times of India
A Seattle company is brewing beer for dogs, which is a non-carbonated mixture of meat-broth and malt barley, with glucosamine added for joint health.
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Obesity in Pets, Joint Health and Glucosamine

Obesity in pets causes serious health issues
Springfield News Sun
The weight can also increase the likelihood that the pet will struggle with osteoarthritis of any joint, with the hips being the most common joint affected.
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How to take care of a dog knows, Vets say that Cosequin Glucosamine are their first choice in chewable tablets as a supplement for a dog’s joint health


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Canine Oral Care, Games For Old Dogs

Kane Biotech Successfully Completes Pilot Animal Study on Pet Oral Care Product
MarketWatch (press release)
Furthermore, no difference in food or water consumption and in body weights was observed, suggesting that all dogs were considered to be in good health. The pet oral care market in the US is estimated at $450 million per year.


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by Susan Israel Have an aging canine? Keep your older dog young by trying out some of these games! While it’s said that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,’ engaging your older dog in mind and body-enhancing games can revitalize his health and
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Caring for your senior pet
Aiken Standard
Their life span is so much shorter than their owners, which increases the need for us to do all we can to keep them healthy and happy as long as possible. Typically, the rule of thumb is that the larger the pet, the shorter the life span.
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Canine Osteoarthritis Therapy – Learn About Your Dog’s Joint Health
If your dog suffers from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, or another joint problem, set an appointment with your doctor to talk about regenerative medicine, a.

Enhanced by ZemantaPet Health: The Most Common Medical Problems In Dogs And Cats
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Almost half of dogs with arthritis and nearly 40 percent of cats with the joint disease are also overweight, and there is a similar link between diabetes and high blood pressure in pets that are also overweight. The report analyzed data from the 2
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Dog nutrition Five simple truths that can extend your pet's life …

Dog nutrition Five simple truths that can extend your pet's life …

Most commercial dog food is low in nutrients and high in additives. Don't be fooled by the multi-million dollar commercial dog-food industry.

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[Page 5] wolves eating berries – Food & Nutrition Forum

[Page 5] wolves eating berries – Food & Nutrition Forum

Please provide your sources that domestic would die on a vegetarian diet and that plant matter isn't necessary in a wolf's diet. You also have to …

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Pamper your dogs with customized meals

Pamper your dogs with customized meals

I tried serving premium dog food to Neo but he would sniff and walk away. delicacies and salads that pet's relish and gain nutrition as well.

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What your dog food manufacturer doesn't want you to know – Seattle …

What your dog food manufacturer doesn't want you to know – Seattle …

Whenever I walk into a behavior consultation with a client, one of the many things that I have to examine is the dog's diet. While dog food manufacturers would.

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