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Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks. Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-heartedl Thanks. When you bring a dog into your family you make a commitment to his health. These suggestions may help you keep your pooch healthly through every state of his life. You are responsible for the health and happiness of your dog. Keeping your furry friend in good shape will involve regular vet visits to help prevent illnesses and diagnose any problems early, when they are generally easiest to treat. Whether your new pet is a puppy or an older dog, your first task should be to find a vet. You want to establish a veteri- nary relationship with your new pet very shortly after you bring it home. Having a vet ensures that your dog is getting the pet health care he needs and that you have someone to contact in case of emergency. DOG HEALTH CARE AT EVERY AGE Young Pups During the first few months of your puppy's life, vaccina- tions are very important. During a puppy's first visit with a vet, it will receive the first of a series of puppy vac- cinations, and your puppy will need booster shots every three weeks until they are four to five months old. These vaccines protect your puppy against distemper, hepati- tis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and rabies. get them spayed or neutered prior to six months of age. Early spaying or neutering prevents accidental preg- nancies and diminishes the likelihood of health and be- havior problems like mam- mary cancer (in female dogs) and marking (in male dogs.) More early life necessities for healthy pets until two years of age, your dog is con- sidered a puppy. These for- mative years are the time to develop good dog health care habits. For instance, you should start protecting your dog from fleas and heart- worms, which are poten- tially fatal parasites that can live in the heart of dogs. Depending on the part of the country that you live in, your pet may need to be placed on flea control and will be started on heartworm prevention. Dental health is also very important to keep your dog's teeth strong and healthy. The current recom- mendations are to brush their teeth daily and have their teeth cleaned by a vet- erinarian yearly. Adult Dog (ages two through seven) During adulthood dog health care revolves around preventing health problems and treating any problems that arise. You will want to take your dog to the vet ev- ery year for a physical exam. This will allow the veterinar- nations. Rabies vaccina- tions generally need to be given every one to three years, and your vet may determine that your dog needs other vaccinations as well. Even though heart- worm preventatives are 100 percent effective if given as directed, most vets like to repeat a heartworm test every year or two to make sure we haven't had a break in the coverage. Senior Dog They reach this point at seven years of age. That is when we may start recom- mending yearly blood work to look for any disease pro- cesses, like kidney disease, that are just starting to show up. If your dog develops any health problems, you may need to visit the vet more than once a year. In addition to regular health care visits, call your vet immediately if your dog is acting unusual or show- ing worrisome symptoms like inactivity, changes in appetite, limping, lameness, having uncharacteristic ac- cidents in the house, vom- iting, diarrhea or severe itch- ing. Regular check-ups and following your vet's advice will help ensure you have a happy and healthy pet. Please keep ALL my pooch friends safe and healthy. Don't forget my favorite feast, St. Lucy, the saint for Another early health care ian to look for things that eyes on September l't; need is spaying and neuter-you might have missed at I'll be working the chapel, ing. If you are not planning home, talk with you about so please drop in and say to breed your dog, you should any issues and boost vacci- hello. That's all for now! Delia Bartucca, an eighth grade student at the Coakley Middle School, recently won the National Irish History Award. Bartucca advanced past the district and state levels of the competition to be placed in the National. Delia credits her success to her teacher Terrance Martin, for his support and guidance. FLORENTINE Bar-Bistro 333 Hanover Street, Boston, Massachusetts (617) 227-1777 The Post-G ette is now on the Web! Check us out at www.BostonPostGazette.com. 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