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Content is not warranted or endorsed by The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club but is intended as a reference guide for living with Norfolks. next next previous previous Reverse sneezing is common in dogs. Episodes can last for a minute or two as the dog's eyes bulge, his neck stretches and he spreads his elbows apart. You can stop an attack by massaging the dog's throat or briefly pinching off his nose to make him swallow. In extreme cases, medication can reduce the number of episodes. Nobody knows exactly why the episodes occur, but they may be related to allergies, nasal irritants or nasal inflammation. Attacks don't last long and are not life-threatening.
Pool safety is important! Some dogs, especially young, elderly, or otherwise debilitated dogs, cannot swim. Even dogs that once were excellent swimmers can lose their ability with weakness. Others may become disoriented should they accidentally fall in while drinking. Recognize the danger and exercise caution: pool fences and alarms are very useful. Invisible fencing may be of use to restrict the entire pool area. Dogs can slip under a pool cover and drown, not being able to get out of the pool via steps. Safety first: do not allow your dog unattended access to your pool! Did you overdo your dog's nail trim? Bleeding toenails can oftentimes be remedied with some household ingredients. A small amount of flour packed onto the end of the nail will often quell the bleeding. Also try rubbing a bar of soap on the end of the nail for the same effect. Nothing, however, beats having a stash of styptic powder, which you can buy at your local pet store or at your vet's office. Positive Identification of your pet is best achieved via a micro chip (readable by the most common readers), tattoo or DNA registration with the AKC. If your pet wears a collar and tags, make sure the collar is fitted correctly so that your pet cannot catch the collar on an obstacle that could cause strangulation. A properly fitting collar should allow for one finger to comfortable fit between the collar and the pet's neck. After a major storm, remember to keep your pet restrained until you are certain your dwelling and yard is safe. Weakened ceilings, falling trees and electrical lines, etc. are just as dangerous to your pet as they are to you. Snakes and mosquitos are abundant after a storm, and other wildlife habitat has been disturbed, and wildlife may not behave normally. The stress of a major crisis extends to your pets, and you may be well served to leave your pets with trusted friends or family until you have re-secured your home and yard. Hurricane and other Emergency Preparations should include your pets. Consider the safe evacuation of your pet, as not all storm shelters will allow pets. Research through your civic emergency agency a safe haven for both you and your pets and PLAN for the safe evacuation of both. In the case of Tornado threat, bring your pets into the centermost area of your home (usually the basement or bathroom). Place your pets in crates for additional protection. Allow a quart to a half gallon of water or more per day per dog, depending upon your dog's weight. Always keep at least three days of dog food on hand so that in the stress of an emergency you will not have to alter your dog's diet. Changing diet in times of stress can cause intestinal upsets. Most pet deaths in auto/RV accidents are pets traveling loose in the vehicles or in crates that break open easily. If a vehicle crashes into something, your pet's crate is its seatbelt, and your beloved friend is much more likely to survive if it travels in a crate or using one of the approved pet seat belts. Hot weather affects the digestive system in dogs. Be sure to avoid feeding your dog immediately before or immediately after exercising in hot weather. Be certain you understand the registration organization for your new puppy. Puppy Mills and unscrupulous breeders will offer puppies as "registered", implying the litter is registered with The American Kennel Club, when in fact the litter is registered with some other registration organization that may not require the same ethics and record keeping that The American Kennel Club requires. Every home with animals should have a prominent sign on the house to alert fire department personnel of the presence of pets in the house. This can help improve the likelihood of their rescue.
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