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Is It OK To Let My Dog Lick His Wound?

Is It OK To Let My Dog Lick His Wound?

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftipsDogs will naturally lick any wound on their bodies they can reach with their tongues, as it’s just instinct for them to do so. Because this is such common behavior, many people believe that when a dog licks a wound, it will promote healing. There is some evidence that dog saliva has some antibacterial, plus the rough surface of a dog’s tongue can loosen dirt which may have gotten into the wound.While licking may have some positive aspects to it, the harm it may cause outweighs the good. Licking can cause irritation and this can open the…
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Balto The Sled Dog And The Race To Nome

Balto The Sled Dog And The Race To Nome

Ellen Britt for CNT #explore Diptheria. Most people today vaguely recall this as one of the human diseases that they and their children are now vaccinated against. But in the early 1920’s, before the development of the vaccine, the word diptheria struck terror in the hearts of parents, as it was a major cause of illness and death, especially in children. In the U.S. alone, there were 206,000 cases recorded and 15,520 of these cases resulted in death. In January of 1925, Curtis Welch, the only doctor in Nome, Alaska, started seeing cases of the deadly disease. Dr. Welch had…
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Does Your Dog Have A Favorite Person?

Does Your Dog Have A Favorite Person?

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftipsMany dogs have a member of their human family they regard as their favorite person. It would seem to make sense, that for these dogs, that person would be the one who feeds them the most and also gives them the most attention. But this is not always the case. Actually there are several things that can come into play that can influence your dog’s choice of his favorite person. One – Breed Some breeds tend to be more “one person dogs” than others. These include English Bulldogs, Collies, Beagles, Boxers, French Bulldogs, Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cavalier…
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Preschoolers Do Better In Families That Have A Dog

Preschoolers Do Better In Families That Have A Dog

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftipsAccording to a study published in the journal Pediatric Research, preschoolers who have regular interaction with a family dog in the form of playing with the dog and accompanying the family on walks with the dog, see gains in social and emotional development.These toddlers were thirty percent less likely to have problems with their conduct and difficulties interacting with other children compared to toddlers who live in families who did not have a dog.New FindingsThe interesting thing about this study is that most of the research on the benefits of people having dogs come from participants…
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What To Do If Your Dog Is Stung By A Bee

What To Do If Your Dog Is Stung By A Bee

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftipsOur canine companions are at risk for bee stings as they are naturally curious and will chase after anything that moves, including insects. Bees are no exception. Most of the time, a bee sting is just a rather painful, but ultimately minor irritation for a dog.Stings can be dangerous for your dog if he’s stung multiple times or in the mouth or throat, as swelling can occur and potentially obstruct his airway. These stings need the attention of a veterinarian.Bees VS WaspsMost commonly, it’s either a bee or wasp that has stung your dog. Bees have a…
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How To Care For Your Dog’s Paw Pads

How To Care For Your Dog’s Paw Pads

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftipsWhen it comes to caring for your dog, chances are that you may not think much about his paw pads. Most owners keep their dog’s nails trimmed but never go beyond that.First of all, just what are paw pads?These are the fleshy pads on the bottoms of your dog’s feet, consisting of fatty tissue covered by a layer of pigmented skin, usually either black or pink. These pads work like shock absorbers when your dog walks, runs and jumps. They also help with your dog’s balance and help him get traction on surfaces.Take A LookIf you…
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It’s A Dog’s Life: Why Dogs Sleep So Much

It’s A Dog’s Life: Why Dogs Sleep So Much

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftipsDoes your dog always seem to be napping? If so, that’s perfectly normal, as dogs spend nearly half of their day sleeping, thirty percent awake and lying around and about twenty percent of the time actually awake. Sleep in dogs accounts for twelve to fourteen hours out of each twenty four hour day. The amount of sleep your dog needs will vary depending on his age, size and health as well as his breed and general level of activity. Sleep For SeniorsSenior dogs don’t have as much energy as younger dogs and can tire easily, so they need…
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Road Trips With Your Dog – Seven Tips For A Fun and Safe Journey

Road Trips With Your Dog – Seven Tips For A Fun and Safe Journey

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftips Many dogs love to ride in the car, so why not take him with you the next time you are going on a trip? With a little prepration, your dog can make a great traveling companion. One - Before you leave, make sure you have everything with you that your dog needs to be safe and comfortable, including a container of fresh water, drinking and eating bowls, a sturdy leash and other necessities. Two – Be sure to feed your dog about three hours prior to leaving, as this will give his digestive system time to…
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Why You Should Never Throw A Stick For Your Dog

Why You Should Never Throw A Stick For Your Dog

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftips Playing “fetch the stick” with your dog is one of those fond memories that likely goes back to childhood. Yes, dogs love to run after a stick, grab it and bring it back to you (maybe!) only to have you toss it and start all over again. In fact, dogs will likely find sticks to drag around the yard and chew even if you don’t throw one for them.So what’s wrong with an innocent game of fetch?It’s not the game of fetch that’s the problem. It’s the stick.You should never allow your dog to run around with…
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Dogs In Ancient China

Dogs In Ancient China

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftipsThe ancient Chinese had a complicated relationship with dogs. Even though dogs were their earliest domesticated animal, they both revered dogs and used them for work and even for food.The Pekingese, an affectionate, compact toy dog with a rolling gait, was developed for ancient China’s ruling class, dating back to the 8th century and the Tang Dynasty. They were called Lion Dogs, because despite their small size, they are very muscular and are fiercely loyal. Lion Dogs could be owned only by royals and were kept inside the emperor’s palace. To steal one of these dogs would…
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