Pancha | My neighbor's dog
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Take good care of your pet by knowing what is good for him and what’s not good for him. To start with, flea and tick collars can be toxic to your dog. Really, when you put a flea and tick collar on your pet it is like putting pesticide around their neck. What a dreadful thought! If you are looking for ways to keep the fleas and ticks away there are topicals that you can put on your pet. These are applied to your pets back between the shoulders. Even though topicals are a good preventative, oral preventatives are better. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a good oral preventative. An old way to keep fleas off your pet is a flea comb. Believe it or not, if you use a flea comb on your pet regularly it will help keep the fleas away. Also, bathing your dog once a week will also help do the trick. Make sure you also wash your pet’s bedding. Flea eggs can be in the bedding so it is important to keep it clean.

Xylitol can also be toxic to your dog. Xylitol is a sweetener used in different candies, gums, etc. Xylitol can cause acute liver disease and it can also cause coagulopathy which is the inability to clot the blood. The first sign of toxicity is usually vomiting and then in 30 – 60 minutes hypoglycemia can occur. Lethargy, stumbling around, collapse and seizure are signs of hypoglycemia. If your dog has ingested Xylitol take him to your veterinarian immediately. It is important to get him to your vet so that he can be treated.

Pets can also get a sunburn and can also get skin cancer. Put sunscreen on your pet where he doesn’t have hair. For example, his tummy, ear tips, sides of his mouth, etc.  Make sure you use a sunscreen made for pets.  Sunscreens made for humans can contain ingredients that can hurt your dog.  If he gets sunburned, you can put Aloe and Vitamin E on the sunburned spots to help with the pain.

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