Those without dogs often jokingly equate dog owners' concern for their pets to that of a new parent. "Well, of course," any dog lover will tell you. The love can be overpowering, the worry and anxiety is every bit as real, as is the frustration that your little one can't tell you when something's wrong. When it comes to keeping your dog healthy, the most important first step is the right attitude. Also key? Knowing that a healthy pet requires more than a yearly visit to the vet for shots and a checkup. Your dog's well being requires daily maintenance.
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- Vaccinate your pets for World Rabies Day 2013
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