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Winter Dangers and Safety Tips for Puppies

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Puppies enjoy brisk walks and snowy days as much as human children. But there are dangers lurking with winter weather, too. Refer to these articles to learn what to watch for to protect your baby dog. Learn the danger signs, how to perform first aid--if need be--and what to expect from the vet should a winter risk turn dangerous. Junior relies on you to keep him safe and it's easy to do with these tips.

Puppy Frostbite

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Puppy frostbite won't kill puppies but it can be painful and cause injuries. Puppies may be smart but get so wound up during play that they don't want to come in from the cold. Other times, they could get stuck outside in the wind or wet, so that even a thick, wooly coat doesn't protect them. After all, you're proud of your pet's good looks and don't want to risk him losing an ear tip or that proud wag in his tail. The fur might even hide the damage until it's too late. Read this article to recognize the danger signs of frostbite, how to prevent it, and what to do--just in case.

Puppy Hypothermia

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Puppy hypothermia can kill your pet. This condition refers to lower than normal body temperature. Even a thick fur coat won't protect puppies if they're exposed to very cold weather for prolonged periods of time. Wind and wet weather are not the dog's friend and can strip away the protective layer of warm air trapped by a dry, clean coat. Puppies have less ability to fend of the cold, but even older pups and adult dogs are at risk for hypothermia especially if they don't have the proper shelter. Read this article to learn how to prevent hypothermia, recognize the warning signs, and know how to perform first aid. It could save your puppy's life!

Puppy Drowning & First Aid

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Summer weather may be the right time to go swimming, but winter ice on swimming pools or ponds also results in puppy drowning. Small pets won't know any better than to pad out onto the ice until it's so thin, the puppy breaks through into the cold water. Often these pets aren't able to climb out of the frigid pool, and drown. Because of the low temperature, they also may suffer hypothermia even if you're able to fish them out in time. This article describes exactly what you need to do to give a near drowning victim puppy first aid and save his life. You'll also find tips on how to prevent puppy drowning so you'll never need the first aid knowledge. Read all about it here.

Antifreeze Poisoning

Antifreeze poisoning tastes sweet to puppies, so much so that they'll eagerly lap up spilled liquid from the floor of your garage. It doesn't take very much--only a teaspoonful or so depending on the baby's size. He might act a bit woozy or drunk, and since puppies often act like goof-balls you might not even notice he's in trouble. In fact, those initial signs go away but the poison keeps working on the inside. Antifreeze poison kills the kidneys. If you catch your baby dog in the act of drinking antifreeze you can make in vomit but then get him to the vet. He won't get over it on his own, and needs emergency care to survive. Learn how to recognize and prevent antifreeze poisoning in this article.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide gas is colorless, tasteless and odorless. But it's also deadly to both you and your puppy. Learn what symptoms you may see and how carbon monoxide poisoning is treated by reading this article.

How to Administer Rescue Breathing

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Puppies get themselves into all kinds of trouble and if they stop breathing due to drowning, or hypothermia, you won't have time to drive to the vet's office. Learn how to administer rescue breathing to your puppy in case of an emergency. This first aid technique isn't hard to do, and you can save your puppy's life. Learn all about it here.
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