Safety First

The safety of your new best friend is very important. Although you can't protect him from everything, there are certain things you can do to help him out.

Identification: Inevitably, some dogs run away. It doesn't mean they don't like where they are, it's mostly an impulse. When dogs run away, they sometimes get lost. When this happens, it's imperative for the dog to have some sort of identification tag so he can be returned home. Without ID, the chances of a safe return are slim. To go a step further, consider getting your dog micro-chipped. This little chip that rests just underneath he dog's skin, contains all of your personal information so if her were every to get lost, animal control officers could scan his chip and bring up your information. This is even better than the standard ID tag because it can't get lost or scratched. Prices are usually around $50 but if you keep your eye out you can find some shelters doing it at discounted prices (My dog got his for $15!). It's just another way to ensure your dog's safety.

Supervise What Your Dog Eats: There are a lot of foods and plants that can make a dog very sick. Just because you eat it doesn't mean your dog should. Some foods for your dog to avoid are: vet with puppy

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee, tea and other caffeine
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Baby food
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Fruit pits
  • Raw fish
  • Potato leaves and stems
  • Raw eggs
  • Onion
  • Garlic (in large amounts)

Although dogs love to chew bones, chicken bones are a big no-no. Once swallowed, the brittle chicken bones can splinter in the dog's stomach and cause many intestinal problems. If swallowed, it varies whether the bone will make it safely through the digestive system or cause harm. It ultimately depends on the dog. But some dogs have died from swallowing chicken bones.

There are also numerous plants that are toxic to dogs. For a complete list visit: ASPCA

Regular Vet Visits: It's recommended to take an adult dog to the vet every six months for shots and an overall checkup. Young puppies usually visit the vet every two to three weeks for the many boosters and vaccines imperative to their health. Don't put off vet visits, especially when it comes to puppies. Regular checkups are important because they monitor your dog's health and the vet may find something you would have otherwise overlooked. Early detection on any problem is key and this is possible through regular checkups.

Federally Accredited Veterinarian, Dr. Michael Woodworth talks about Vaccines for dogs:

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