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There are many people, including myself, that simply cannot fathom living without the love of a four legged companion. Being a dog or cat care provider, you have a lot of different responsibilities ranging from care and feeding to training and grooming. Even if you do not have the money to send your dog to obedience school, there are different ways that you can take care of the training on your own so that your pet can grow to be an amazingly well trained and behaved pet. It is just a matter of finding the right publication and sticking to all of the tips and tricks that are listed within.

There are many books on the subject of training your canine friend but they are harder to find for your feline friend. There are some good ones out there so do your research to find a good one.

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A cat’s overall health can be seen from a number of outward physical signs.

Eyes: A healthy cat’s eyes are clear and bright. Tearing, redness, or swelling may indicate infection or allergies.

Nostrils: A healthy cat’s nose is usually dry. A runny nose, nasal discharge, or sneezing may be signs of a respiratory infection or other problem.

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If your pet could talk, they could tell you how they feel. Since they can’t, it’s up to you to keep a watchful eye on their behavior and appearance. Talk to your veterinarian if you notice any changes in the way your pet looks or acts.

Changes in behavior:
1) Sleeping more or less than usual
2) Drinking more or less than usual
3) Urinating more or less often
4) Vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation
5) Anxiousness, restlessness or confusion
6) Flinching when touched
7) Reluctance to jump on furniture

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In 2010, we ran a piece in the Healthy Pet Network Newsletter on tips and resources for those that had the desire and passion to help animals but were relatively new to this worthy endeavor.

Many people have not had a chance to read and access the information so with this being such a relevant issue today, I thought it a good idea to update and release this article.

Rescue Tips and Resources

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Do you know what to do if you encounter a dog in an emergency situation? Whether it’s your own dog or a dog you’ve never seen before, your actions can save a life. Here are some steps you can take.

Two Crucial Steps

In every dog health emergency stay calm and think. Approach an injured dog cautiously. Dogs may become aggressive when they are fearful or in pain. If the dog bites you or you become injured yourself you won’t be able to help.

Dog Emergency 1 — Traffic Accident

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