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MSNHow to Avoid Dog Bites

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

License and Identification Please…

One way to spoil your dog is to regularly treat her to a new collar. While you’re pampering her with a new accessory, check to ensure that her license is up to date, that her identification tag bears current, readable information, and that both are securely attached to her new collar. The ID tag should state her name, your telephone number and residential city and, if possible, the word “reward.”

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Taking Care of Veterinary Bills

Being a responsible dog owner means ensuring that you are financially able to take care of routine veterinary checkups, as well as any medical emergencies that may arise during your pal’s life. According to the American Pet Product Manufacturer Association’s 2005-2006 National Pet Owners Survey, dog owners spend approximately $805 per year on veterinarian care. This translates into taking pets to a veterinary office two or three times a year for routine visits, spending approximately $211 on preventative care, and approximately $594 on surgical expenses.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Put Safety before Festive Fun

Pumpkins, tombstones, skeletons and witches mean that Halloween is close at hand. If you survive that, it’s on to the next in a string of holidays; Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s. Whether you embrace the festivities, or run screaming from an army of relatives who invade your peaceful home, remember that the holidays pose special risks to your dog.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.