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"Dog heart rate refers to dog heart beats noted per unit of time. It is referred to as "beats per minute"(bpm). A normal adult canine heart rate is 70 -120 beats per minute, while a puppy heart rate is up to 180 bpm. In general it is caused by the rhythmic pumping action of the heart. It is an indication used by a veterinarian when determining any underlying medical condition. Because a dogs heart has a significant effect on the overall physiology of the body, the canine heart rate not only can indicate a dog heart problems, but is also an indication of other systemic dog health problems. An irregular canine heart rate is a symptom itself along with other symptoms for various canine heart diseases and canine congestive heart failure. Dog heart rate is detected either by the dogs pulse rate or by auscultating (listening) heart sounds/murmurs with help of stethoscope. An irregular heart rate in dogs (faster/slower/missing beats) represents a severe heart problem, which should be confirmed with a cardiac examination and tests. Specific and symptomatic treatment along with support and care is essential for regulating abnormal dog heart rate."

Being a Leader

When dogs are constantly pushed around, "corrected," or forced into submission, something terrible happens--they lose their ability to focus, to learn, and are ultimately pushed to breaking point.

For some dogs, this may show itself as aggression or a fearful response. Other dogs shut down completely and enter a state of "learned helplessness."

Just like an employee might lose focus, get burned out, or become less productive due to poor management, dogs also suffer at the hands of poor and punitive leadership.

If you can build a bond with your dog based on mutual trust rather than trying to dominate or force your dog into submission, the odds are that your dog will love to work for you and with you.

When you work as a team with your dog as a humble leader, the possibilities are endless.. ~ Victoria STILLWELL

What is a zoonotic disease?
Zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases, are those diseases that can be transmitted directly form animals to humans.  For example, some worms, can be transmitted in the environment.

What is a vector-borne disease?
Vector-borne diseases are those transmitted by fleas or ticks among other parasites that infest dogs and cats.  They can affect pets and people.  Ticks can transmit a large number of "vector-borne" diseases in North America including ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, relapsing fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.

Parasites that may affect your pet:
  • Coccidia
  • Ear Mites
  • Fleas
  • Giardia
  • Heartworms
  • Hookworms
  • Mange Mites
  • Roundworms
  • Rapeworms
  • Ticks
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Whipworms

Companion Animal Parasite Council  map parasite/disease prevalence:

Safety Begins With You!   Be responsible ... Teach others  how to properly approach and treat a dog.

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