You are responsible for taking care of your dog.
Health care includes:
Routine Procedures and Maintainance
- One Time
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.
An Emergency Plan
Here are websites with information on these subjects:
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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