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Does Your Doggie Paddle?


Swimming can be great exercise and entertainment for dogs that love to get in the water! From overweight or arthritic dogs that need some low-impact exercise to shed the pounds while protecting their painful joints, to high-energy dogs that benefit from the extra resistance of the water in helping to wear them out, water play can provide a lot of benefits for pooches.

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Topics: Swimming, Dog Safety, Water hazards, Hot spots, Ear Infections, Dry Drowning, Playing Fetch, Dehydration

Popular Dog Chews That Are Actually Dangerous to Dogs


Dogs have an innate desire and need to chew. Unfortunately, they’re not always great at picking the best things
to chew on. This is where you come in. 

It can sometimes feel like there are as many types of chews and chew toys as there are dogs to chew them. And just about everyone has a personal pick for their dog, no matter what they hear to the contrary.

The truth is, there are some types of chews and chew toys that are best avoided if you want to keep your dog safe. Even if you decide that you still want to give your dog the following chews and toys, you should at least know the inherent dangers and risks.

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Topics: Dog toys, pet safety tips, Chewing, Playing Fetch

How to Find Non-Toxic Dog Toys and Tell If a Toy is Safe

 
You may have read scary reports about toxins such as lead turning up in dog toys, or shady manufacturing processes for dog chews and toys brought in overseas from places like China. But there's one thing you probably haven’t heard: How to tell whether the dog toy you just bought, or are about to buy, might be toxic.

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Topics: Dog toys, pet safety tips, Chewing, Playing Fetch, Toxicity in dogs

Why Sticks Are Not 'Free' Toys For Dogs


Think sticks are good, free toys for dogs? Read this.

Do you throw sticks for your dog to fetch? Do you let your dog chew sticks? Lots of people do, and lots of dogs love to fetch and chew sticks, right? You see it all the time at the park, on the beach, and in yards. I personally get nervous though when I see dogs chewing and chasing sticks, and I know that many of my veterinarian colleagues and our technical support staff do, too. Do you know why? It’s because we see the results of dogs chewing and chasing sticks!

Here's just a sample of the types of injuries that sticks commonly cause:

  • Splinters in a dog's tongue and/or gums
  • Punctures of the roof of a dog's mouth, or even their throat
  • Impalement in a dog's eye
  • Penetration of a dog's chest, with resulting damage to their heart and/or lungs

Every year many dogs suffer significant pain and injuries from sticks, and that some dogs even die from their stick-related injuries. It’s true – and it happens far more frequently than you might expect. Want some proof? See the many stories at the end of this article.

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Topics: pet safety, Dogs, Safety, Chasing, Throwing, Chewing, Sticks, Impalement, Dog-friendly products, Playing Fetch

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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