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10 Safety Tips for Labs

If you have a lab, you know what it is like to have an animal become part of your family.  Unfortunately these beautiful creatures can get themselves in some pretty dangerous situations. Here are a few tips to help protect the furry portion of your family.

1. Watch their weight.

Labs will eat almost everything you put in front of them at any time of day. This can cause them to gain weight quickly if they are overfed. As you may expect the extra weight can cause many health issues. One of the most common effects of obesity in labs is Hip Dysplasia, which is deterioration of the hip joint as a result of malformation. Labs are particularly prone to this and genes or factors of their environment can cause it. Keeping your pup at a healthy weight can help eliminate one of these factors.

2. Apply a Flea and Tick Preventative

Most labs love to spend time playing outside. We can’t protect them from all of the hazardous elements of the outdoors, but using Flea and Tick Preventative to ward off Lyme disease and Tapeworm will make great progress toward their health.

3.  Use a Heartworm medicine

Another factor of the forest comes from mosquitos, worms, and other parasites. Luckily, there is medication to inhibit these pests from infecting your lab. Heartworm medication is especially important. Since Heartworm is caused from mosquitos, it is commonly associated with warm weather. While this thinking is valid, treatment should be continued through winter months to ensure total protection.

4.  Make sure your canine responds to his or her name

Labs love to run, play, and explore. Sometimes all of the excitement encourages them to travel away from home.  Even the most cautious owners lose track of their pup at times.  If the lab is familiar with it’s name, a simple call to them could result in their safe arrival home. This is especially important with puppies. Familiarity with their name could help your innocent puppy steer clear of the road and prevent a disastrous situation.

5.  Keep away from chocolate

Dogs will sprint just to pick up any crumb that falls within reach. Chocolate is no exception, and we all know how delicious it is. Unfortunately, this is quite dangerous for your lab. Chocolate is toxic for dogs and could even cause death.

6.  Eliminate Grapes or Raisins

Just like chocolate, grapes are toxic for dogs. Many dog owners love to feed their pets fruits, and the dogs seem to love the taste. While your dog may love the taste, steer clear of grapes and raisins as they can cause complications and fatality.

7.  Keep away from rawhide

On the thought of sensitive stomachs, rawhide can also cause some minor complications.  Be aware of how your dog eats rawhide. If he or she is eating it fast they could be swallowing large portions at once. This could cause choking, vomiting and even intestinal blockage

8.  Avoid Small Toys

We all love to spoil our pups and there are not many things they love more than new toys. When selecting toys, make sure to get larger toys suitable for labs. They are larger dogs and therefore have larger mouths; a small toy could cause them to choke. Also like rawhide, some dogs also swallow smaller portions of their toys

9.  Beware of Ice

Ice-skating is a favorite winter activity. With the whole family on the pond, why not bring your lab too? This is definitely something to be careful with.  Since dogs have such sensitive hips, sliding on the ice could make them lame them cause Hip Dysplasia.

10.  Get a high bowl

Labs are taller dogs. A bowl low to the ground is not favorable for their health. Constantly hunching over to eat and drink could cause bloating in your lab. This condition is very serious and 50% of bloating cases result in death.

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