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Making good dogs GREAT!

Spring is just around the corner, we swear! Warm weather is wonderful for you and your dog because it means spending even more time outside, going for long walks, hikes, camping, and visiting.

All of this time spent in the great outdoors means your dog is more likely to be exposed to parasites as well as other frolicking dogs and their potential contagious diseases which is why it’s critical to make sure your Mojo has a vet visit to ensure good health now and to update vaccinations and parasite preventative measures.

How likely is your dog to catch a contagious canine disease or parasite? There are too many determining factors to hazard a guess. What you should be asking is what these illnesses and pests do to your pet and understand why preventative measures are so important. Sometimes it’s a matter of inconvenience, similar to a human having a cold, but other times the results could lead to chronic health problems or death. Here are some of the things that you should talk to your vet about as you make your fair weather plans.

Boarding facilities require that dogs be vaccinated against rabies, canine distemper, and kennel/canine cough because each is highly contagious. Canine distemper and cough can both be transmitted through saliva droplets in the air and shared Healthy Dogssurfaces like water bowls – much like humans transmit a cold virus. Canine cough has a high rate of recovery, but you don’t want to tax your dog’s immune system unnecessarily. Canine distemper, on the other hand, is often fatal. While rabies typically requires an open wound to cause infection, other animals and humans are also vulnerable to the disease, which can be fatal. Canine distemper and rabies can both be contracted through wild animals as well as other dogs.

Heartworm, ticks, and fleas are parasites, which are living things that require a host animal to live off of. Fleas are common and more of a nuisance than anything else due to the fact they are easily treatable. Similar to head lice for humans, fleas live on the dog’s fur and multiply quickly. They can, however, cause health issues for dogs such as allergic reaction, as well as carry disease. Ticks are typically easily dispatched once discovered, but since they can also be transmitted to humans, prevention is the best method of treatment. Ticks and fleas are both picked up outside, and from other dogs. Heartworm, transmitted from dog to dog via mosquito bite, is the most serious of these parasites as treatment is typically expensive and not guaranteed.

Notice that prevention is the best course of action in every instance? Call your vet today to make sure your dog’s vaccinations and medications are updated!

Do you want your dog to not eat that dead bird or chase after wild animals this summer, or at least come back when you call? It’s never too late for training! New Approach Canine offers a variety of training classes for you and your dog. Whether you need to start with the basics, brush up on previous training, or correct bad behaviour, come see us! Help your good dog be great by calling (519) 208-5559

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These three components are the perfect formula for a healthy and happy dog. Training is important not just for discipline but also to help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by establishing boundaries. Daycare keeps your dog well exercised but more importantly keeps him/her socialized. Grooming is not just about aesthetics. More importantly, a good groomer may recognize things like skin conditions or suspicious lumps and bumps

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