There are several ways dogs can get into trouble in the water, just like people. Exhaustion, muscle cramps, panic, swallowing water and hypothermia are all dangers. Inability to find the steps in a pool, or suddenly encountering a rip tide in the sea can also be life-threatening. So, if you take your dog swimming, please keep an eye on him.
Puppies can get hiccups after eating, playing or drinking. Don’t worry – it’s quite normal (not to mention very cute). If the hiccups continue for more than a day, however, it might be a good idea to take your puppy to see a vet, just to be safe.
Bring a piece of your worn clothing to the vet if you have to leave your dog overnight or if she is having a procedure where she has to spend a day at the vet’s office without you. Personal items that carry your scent will be comforting to her in the strange environment of a vet’s office.
If you don’t have a t-shirt or other piece of clothing that smells of you, then bring a small soft toy that is a favorite of hers and rub it all over your skin before leaving it with her.
Roll the window down only enough for the dog’s head to fit out. Never lower the window as far as the dog’s chest level because she can jump out if she sees something to chase. Also, she could be thrown out of the car if you happen to be hit from the side.
“Animal fat” is a catch phrase used in dog food manufacturing that can include low quality, inexpensive fats, even including old cooking grease discarded by restaurants. Look for fat ingredients from specific sources – “chicken fat” or “beef fat,” for example.