Go Pet Friendly is a wonderful resource for those of us who like to travel with our pets. But whether traveling or not, I always gain valuable information from this great site.
Update: 01/28/17 - With Canine influenza moving slowly towards the Boston area, this seemed like a good time to feature this post on how to check your dog's vital signs.
Here's a related post we wrote about canine flu and the vaccinations for it.
I found myself making a note to reread a post, "How To Check Your Dog’s Pulse, Respiration, and Temperature," that appeared on the site's "Take Paws" blog this past spring, because I wanted to reinforce what I had learned.
While we rely on professionals to diagnose serious illnesses, we all should know how to do a basic assessment of a dog's vital signs. This post does a great job of telling you how to do just that.
You might be able to spare your pup the trauma of a scary visit to the vet if you assure yourself that all his vital signs are normal and that he's just tired from something like an extra long dose of exercise and not sick.
As you can see, some puppies (like our Poppy when she was only a few months old) are not at all upset by vet visits. She has been known to kiss the vet tech and fall asleep on the exam table! But most dogs would rather have you, the human they trust the most, doing things to them than some stranger.
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photos: ©2016 Penny & Ed Cherubino