The first aid practices you learn today could save your pet tomorrowThe relationship between pets and their owners is loving and strong, that's why most pet owners spend time making sure that all of their pets needs are met.  The bond between people and dogs has existed for thousands of years, and many dog owners view their pets as another member of the family. Regular checkups with the vet and proper grooming are important for dogs, but sometimes health problems and accidents happen.  During an emergency you may not have access to important veterinary supplies, so you need to make sure that you're prepared to properly care for your dog before the proper medical authorities can help.
 
Pet Care Dos:
 
Most people know that chocolate can be deadly for dogs, but others aren't aware of the dangers onions, garlic, and other common foods pose.  When you notice that your dog has eaten something that's dangerous the first thing you should do is remove them from the area and remove any more dangerous objects and foods.  Check to see if your pet is still breathing and acting normally.  If they aren't they should be rushed to an animal hospital, and if it's possible bring a sample of the poisonous material.  If your dog appears fine you can call the Pet Poison Helpline at (800)-213-6608 for help.  Even though people on the hot line may be able to solve your poisoning problem over the phone, you should always take your dog to the vet afterwards.  They'll be able to check your pet for any other health problems related to the poisoning.
 
Pet Care Don'ts
 
-Never induce vomiting or give your dog any other foods or "home remedies" unless your vet or somebody at the Pet Poison Helpline tells you to do so.  Some things you may be tempted to give your dog could end up doing more harm than good.
 
-Don't give your dog more food in hopes of "canceling out" the poisoning. 
 
-Don't leave potentially dangerous foods within reach of your dog.  If you have a dog that likes to explore cabinets you could secure them with childproof locks in order to keep them out and safe.