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Halloween is upon us, and, while it is not usually a time for big bangs and displays of light, you might encounter the odd firework or two.
Now, we all know that dogs and fireworks don’t go together, and that dogs hear things a lot louder than humans do, so we thought we’d put together a list of tips to help you and your dog through any unexpectedly bright Halloween celebrations.
The first, and perhaps the easiest thing to – but something that only works if you know the fireworks are coming – is to make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise during the day.
Make sure your dog has a safe and comfortable place to take refuge inside your house.
Try to keep your dog in a calm state – this means keeping stimulation to a minimum. Cover the crate or draw the blinds and keep him/her subdued with lots of tummy scratches. A Kong or favorite chew toy will be a good distraction, and a healthy activity for your dog.
If you must use a sedative, make sure it is something prescribed by or recommended by your vet.
Finally, make sure you prepare yourself for fireworks. Humans can easily transfer their feelings, shock or anxiety so try keep your cool.
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Left to their own devices, and with a free supply of water, a dog will drink as much water as they need to without needing to be prompted.
However, leaving a dog with access to an unlimited supply of water is not always an option… so how much water should you leave for your dog?
The type of dog you have, the size of your dog, age of your dog and general health of your dog all come into play when figuring out how much dogs drink. The basic rule is that your dog should drink an ounce for every pound s/he weighs, but this is just that, a basic rule.
There are dog breeds, like Mastiffs, that produce a lot of saliva and drink a large amount of water.
Naturally, play time and warm weather will make your dog drink a little more than normal, but it could also be a sign of illness or infection – your dog may be trying to flush out toxins.
If you’re not sure, your vet will be able to give you some advice so your pooch stays well hydrated.
Drinking a lot of water is fine, but keep an eye out for drinking far more than normal, or a lot less than normal – both signs that you need to visit your vet.
How much water does your dog drink? Do you give him/her free access to water or do you fill up a bowl as needed?
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By the time your dog gets to about 2years old, s/he should have had their teeth looked at by a professional who will be able to give you an indication of how frequently to go for follow up treatment based on their findings.
It is a good idea to make home dental care a regular part of your routine to keep your dogs’ choppers in good health and your veterinary costs down.
Avoiding bones that splinter easily, and rather stick to things that are softer than your dogs’ teeth like rubber balls. Look out for treats and chews that help reduce plaque and tartar build up.
The rough texture of dry food will keep your dogs’ teeth clean, as will dry biscuits. Dental chew sticks can also be found at your local pet store.
Of course, you can also brush your dogs’ teeth. Although your dog may resist the ‘activity’ at first, but with enough repetitions it will eventually become part of normal life. If your dog protests too much you might need to go for a check-up, as there could be gum sensitivity. Make sure you get a toothbrush and toothpaste that is approved by the AVDC – a flavor like chicken will make the task a bit easier for you to administer. Dental wipes are also available as an alternate option.
To get your dog used to brushing start with massaging his or her gums for a few minutes and gradually build up to 30 minutes, holding the head firmly but not fighting.
Your dogs’ breath will also give you an indication of tooth and gum health. A particularly foul-smelling stench, loss of appetite or excessive vomiting and drinking can indicate that it is time to pay a visit to the vet. Pink gums (rather than red of white) are a sign of healthy gums.
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