K9 Health

  • The Poison-Proof Dog, Part 2

    The Poison-Proof Dog, Part 2

    K9 Health 01/14/2014 at 2:42 pm

    In our last issue, we began a discussion of how best to protect working dogs in law enforcement from accidental poisoning. We put particular focus on the dog, especially on normal vital signs, in hopes that by recognizing normal values we could more swiftly identify the abnormal ones. In this […]

  • The Poison-Proof Dog: Part One

    The Poison-Proof Dog: Part One

    K9 Health 11/22/2013 at 4:18 pm

    Recently, the American College of Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care reported that each month, six percent of canine emergencies in the U.S. are accidental poisonings. Would you be ready to deal with an intoxication if your dog was involved? Would you know what signs to look for if your […]

  • E-Collar Basics

    E-Collar Basics

    General Topics, K9 Health 11/14/2013 at 9:11 am

    Electronic is an interesting adjective that Webster’s defines as: 1. of or having to do with electrons; 2.operating, produced, or done by the action of electrons or other carriers of semiconductors, vacuum tubes, etc.; or 3. carried on by or making use of electronic equipment. The word “electronic” conjures up […]

  • Fit for Duty: Handler and Dog

    Fit for Duty: Handler and Dog

    General Topics, K9 Health 09/19/2013 at 10:29 pm

    “Lack of activity destroys the good conditioning of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” ~ Plato K9 handlers across the country are challenged daily with high stress deployments. Dealing with the stresses takes a mental and physical toll on both the handler […]

  • Aren’t There Just Good and Bad Dogs?

    Aren’t There Just Good and Bad Dogs?

    K9 Health 07/17/2013 at 2:52 pm

    Part 2 in a series Don’t you remember dogs that were perfect and didn’t have any training? They were just “good dogs.” Why are some dogs so good and others so “bad”? Won’t my puppy grow out of her hyper behavior? If I start training too early, won’t I break […]

  • Finding The Trainer You Need

    Finding The Trainer You Need

    K9 Health 07/10/2013 at 2:39 pm

    Part 1 in a series There is no single national or state agency for licensing or certifying dog trainers or behavior professionals. Various universities, specialty schools, and other organizations provide programs and certify graduates. In their training, veterinarians have different levels of training pertinent to behavior. Some veterinarians have only […]

  • Early Spay and Neuter

    Early Spay and Neuter

    K9 Health 07/01/2013 at 10:19 pm

    Pet overpopulation is a profound problem.  Veterinarians began neutering (castrating or spaying) pets and strays to combat this ever present reality.  Neutering has become so widespread that people (veterinarians included) have come to think that it is for the health of our pets, not as just population control.  I am […]

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