the bluebonnet norfolk terrier club Tips On Living With Your Norfolk
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 DataDawg 2015 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 Fresh Water is invaluable to your pet over the hot summer months. Be sure your pet does not have access to stagnant water, as stagnant water provides a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, algae and insects. Fireworks and lost pets: Pets are often injured by and/or frightened of fireworks, and many shelters fill up with dogs that have escaped the confines of their home or owners who have taken them to public fireworks displays. This July 4th, take extra care that your pet is confined within your home during any fireworks over the July 4th holiday Don't use over-the-counter medications on your dog without consulting a veterinarian. Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness in the winter. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms. Newspaper and straw are great insulators. To help maintain body heat for your pet and livestock in the winter, spread a deep layer of shredded newspaper or straw in their bedding area. Also remember to provide fresh water daily, as outside water sources are likely to freeze. Be very careful of supplemental heat sources. Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your dog. Make sure all fireplaces have screens, and keep portable heaters out of reach. Be prepared for winter Emergencies. If you lose power in the winter, shredded newspaper or straw make good insulation for pets to snuggle up in to help stay warm. Make the bedding deep enough so that when your pet lies down in it, the bedding comes up around the pet to help keep it warm. If your pet's humans need extra insulation, stuff newspaper under your clothing to help insulate your body Dogs cannot talk to us when they are sick. As a responsible dog owner, it is important to pay special attention to your dog's well-being during the winter season. Winter Safety Reminders: During winter weather, remember to take precautions for your pet. Secure all anti-freeze containers away from your pets. Make sure your pet does not remain outdoors for extended periods of time in severe cold. Limit arthritic pets' outdoor activity, as cold, damp weather aggravates arthiritis Be sure pets have fresh drinking water available at all times. Wash your pets feet after they come in contact with salt or chemicals used for de-icing Pets in short coat may need a sweater or coat in dry cold, or waterproof coat in wet cold. Be sure pets have adequate nutrition to maintain body heat - extra calories may be needed. PET POISON ALERT: LIQUID POTPOURRI PACKS A PAINFUL PUNCH Want a fresh and fragrant home? Before setting out that delicious-smelling potpourri simmer pot, please take heed. Many liquid potpourris contain essential oils and detergents that could prove hazardous to your furry companions, based on an analysis of calls to the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center.  Pets can be poisoned by a number of ways. Besides ingesting toxic substances, they can breathe in toxins present in the air. The most common inhaled toxins are carbon monoxide and smoke from fires.   Carbon monoxide is typically associated with confinement in a running vehicle but can also occur in a home with improper ventilation and faulty furnaces. If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to carbon monoxide, remove him from the scene and place in an area with fresh air. Contact your veterinarian or local emergency facility for further instructions. Take caution with roses or other blooms containing thorns which could prove harmful to pets if played with, bitten, stepped on or swallowed. Be sure to keep your pets clear of your workspace, since they can develop serious infections from thorn punctures. Hot Pavement can be very painful to your pet's feet. Before you walk your dog on a hard surface of any kind in the summer, place your bare foot or hand on the surface. If the surface is too hot for you to keep your hand or bare foot down, it's too hot for your pet to walk on without burning its pads. If you need to walk your pet on a hot surface, put boots (available in different sizes) on your pet to protect the pads.
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