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Porcupine Quills

If you live in a specific area where there are porcupines abound your dog may find his or her way into the painful experience of being quilled by one of them. The experience is not pleasant. Despite what many people think porcupines will not go out of their way to quill someone, instead they will …

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Punctures

Many dogs suffer puncture wounds when they are doing the simplest of things, such as playing in their yard. Other dogs suffer puncture wounds when other animals attack them or when their owners are not being as careful as they should. Puncture wounds don’t have to be all that serious, but they do need to …

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Shock

Shock is a state of being that often occurs after the body has experienced something traumatic. Many people use the term shock as in being scared or unable to comprehend a situation, but medical shock is very serious and knowing what to look for when your dog is in shock could be the difference between …

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Skin Irritation

Dogs are like people, their largest organ is their skin, and with this large organ can come a lot of irritation. Irritation can occur for many different reasons based on the individual dog and their breed. Skin irritation is one of the most common issues that dogs and dog owners face, and is also one …

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Hypothermia

Hypothermia is more common than a lot of people realize. We all hear about dogs who get too hot and suffer from symptoms of heatstroke, but did you know that your dog can also suffer from hypothermia, which is experiencing body temperatures that are too low for typical functioning to continue. All animals can experience …

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Insect Bites

It’s important to acknowledge that insect bites hurt your dog as much as they hurt you. In fact, an insect bite will often cause secondary problems in dogs such as hot spots and infections. Insect bites don’t have to be a huge deal, as long as you know how to deal with them. Your dog …

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Lacerations

Lacerations, or cuts, happen to the best of us and the same can be said for our dogs. Sometimes all of the wrong circumstances come together and our furry friends get cut and they need treatment from us or even their vets. Knowing what to do when your dog suffers a laceration is an important …

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