February 13, 2018 Category: Celebrating Dogs

When you add a furry member to your family or move to a new home, it's important for your dog to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. That might seem simple enough—but do you really know how your dog behaves when you're not home? Your neighbors probably do!

Following these tips will help you manage your dog's behavior, keep your neighbors happy and possibly even introduce you to a few new friends along the way.

Make introductions.
Some people love dogs, while others are afraid of them. Introducing your dog to your neighbors is a good way to gauge their comfort levels and understand their expectations. It's also an opportunity to teach your dog to see your neighbors as friends and not potential threats.

Train your dog.
No one wants to live next to a rambunctious dog that can't be controlled. Taking steps to make sure your dog is well-trained and well-behaved is a sign of kindness and consideration to both your neighbors and your pup.

Go for a walk.
Taking your dog for routine walks around the neighborhood is a smart way to help her release pent-up energy that might otherwise get her in trouble. Giving your neighbors a chance to pet her also presents a great opportunity for you to make new friends!

Respect the law.
Pet laws can vary from one community to the next. Understand and follow all the laws in your area.

Just scoop it.
Scoop the dog waste out of your yard at least once a week to avoid causing unpleasant smells in the neighborhood. When possible, keep your dog’s business in your yard, but if your dog goes potty on a neighbor's lawn, make sure to bag it up immediately.

Follow up.
Don't assume your neighbors are happy with your dog's behavior—ask them. Find out if there's anything your dog is doing to disturb or irritate them, then take steps to fix the issue. Taking a proactive approach to dog ownership can curb many potential issues before they begin, and can go a long way to building trust with your neighbors.

Being a good neighbor also means making sure your dog is up-to-date with her vaccinations and is protected from parasites all year-round. Ask your veterinarian about the 3-in-1 protection of Trifexis® (spinosad + milbemycin oxime). It's a monthly beef-flavored tablet that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations, prevents heartworm disease, and treats and controls adult hookworm (A. caninum), roundworm and whipworm infections. Trifexis is approved for use in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age or older and 5 pounds of body weight or greater.

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The use of ivermectin at higher than FDA-approved doses at the same time as Trifexis can result in serious side effects. Treatment with fewer than three monthly doses after the last exposure to mosquitoes may not provide complete heartworm prevention. Prior to administration of Trifexis, dogs should be tested for existing heartworm infection. Use with caution in breeding females. The safe use of Trifexis in breeding males has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with pre-existing epilepsy.

The most common adverse reactions reported are vomiting, depression/lethargy, itching, decreased appetite, and diarrhea. To ensure heartworm prevention, observe your dog for one hour after administration. If vomiting occurs within an hour of administration, redose with another full dose. Puppies less than 14 weeks of age may experience a higher rate of vomiting. Like all medications, keep Trifexis out of reach of children.

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