KNOW YOUR DOGS ENEMY
Fleas are the number 1 enemy of all dogs! I'll bet you thought I was going to tell you ticks were the number 1 enemy. Actually it's my opinion that fleas and mosquitoes are running a close race to be the greatest enemy your K-9 has. Fleas because of the skin problems and mosquitoes because of the introduction of heart worms to your pet.
Test your knowledge by taking this test from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
1.} Fleas account for nearly half of all skin conditions seen by veterinarians.
2.} Vacuuming can help reduce the number of fleas.
3.} Fleas can survive prolonged freezing temperatures.
4.} Fleas prefer bright, direct sunlight
5.} The best place to find fleas is at the base of a dog's tail.
WARNING ABOUT CHOCOLATE
Chocolate may taste delicious to you and you probably can't get enough. However, chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs. I'll bet you didn't know that did you? So make sure that you keep the chocolate out of the reach of your dog during the holidays when we humans tend to consume it most (i.e. Valentine's Day, Halloween, etc.).
FIRST AID KIT FOR YOUR DOG
Be ready for just about any minor emergency by gathering the following items for your own K-9 first aid kit. However, seek advise from your veterinarian when major medical emergencies arise.
Answers to quiz: 1=T, 2=T, 3=F, 4=F, 5=T
If you are losing the war on these pesky critters, the problem may be the environment in which your dog stays. Ask you veterinarian for advise.