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Health & Nutrition

Dogs - Health & Nutrition Dogs have certain health and nutritional needs. Some of these needs require the assistance of a veterinarian, but some can be taken care of by any dog owner armed with some information.

Finding a Veterinarian
Find a veterinarian that both you and your dog are comfortable with.

Vaccinations
What shots are necessary? Should your dog receive any vaccinations that aren't required?

First Aid
Learn more about how to help your pet when he is injured, including what medical supplies to keep on hand, how to treat minor cuts and scrapes, what to do if he encounters a skunk, and how to respond when your pup is hit by a car.

Common Health Issues
Some health concerns are quite common in all different dog breeds, such as fleas, ticks, obesity, allergies, ear infections, and cancer. This section addresses those topics and also gives information on issues that are specific to senior dogs, like arthritis, canine cognitive dysfunction, blindness, and deafness.

Reading Food Labels
Understanding dog food labels shouldn't be as hard as it sometimes seems. There are specific things to look for and easy ways you can make sure your dog is getting the nutrition that he needs.

Types of Food
Once you learn a little more about the five main types of dog food (dry, canned, semi-moist, home cooked, and raw), it shouldn't be too hard to decide which one works best for your dog.

Bones & Treats
Giving your dog a bone or a treat can be fun for both you and him! Learn what bones and treats are safest and healthiest for your pup.