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Service Dogs
Health Care
Service Dogs
What Service Dogs Do
Is a Service Dog for You
How to Get a Service Dog
The Right Dog
The Right Source
The Right Trainer
The Right Training
Your Goals
Your Resources
Getting Ready for a Service Dog
Equipment
Health Care
When You Get a Service Dog
Working in Public

Health Care
You are responsible for taking care of your dog. 
 
Health care includes:
Routine Procedures and Maintainance
  • Annual
  • Monthly
  • Weekly
  • Daily
  • One Time
Preparedness
Preparedness and being informed are the key issues here.  Knowing where to go for information quickly, when you need it can save your animal's life.  Develop a plan, write it down, collect necessary addresses, phone numbers, equipment and supplies.  Keep the list where you can get to it quickly.
 
Emergencies
First Aid
An Emergency Plan
Disaster Preparedness

Here are websites with information on these subjects:

Homework:
This is a mandatory exercise for anyone with a dog.  If you already have a dog, and have not taken these precautions, DO THIS NOW.  If you are getting ready for a dog, it is very important to participate in this exercise before you bring the dog into your life.  Parts of the exercise, such as knowing your dog's normal temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and heart rate at rest you will need to have a dog present to complete.  Other parts, such as creating instructions for emergencies with the contact information for your veterinarian and another person who knows and can handle your dog, should be done by the time you get the dog.

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Education and Support for People and Service Dogs