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Important Reminder for SDWR Volunteer Raisers: Heartgard & Seresto Collars

Heartgard can only be obtained by a veterinarian and ONLY AFTER the dog has been tested negative for heartworms. Heartgard is a monthly medication that is given to dogs to prevent heartworm larvae from developing into adults. Heartgard does not kill adult worms. When you give your
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A Guide to Service Dog Etiquette

Service dogs are in public settings to enable their handler to have the freedom with a disability that they otherwise wouldn't be able to do. They are not there to work for or get attention from anyone except their handler. These dogs do amazing and complicated jobs 24/7. Read our best suggestions below on how to interact with service dogs and their handlers in order not to offend them or interrupt their lifesaving work.
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Psychiatric or PTSD Service Dog Handlers to Get Tax Credit in Canada

Great news for those with (or looking to obtain) a PTSD Service Dog! The 2018 Canadian federal budget proposes expanding the current medical expense tax credit to recognize costs for psychiatric service dogs. C
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Myths and Facts About Parasites & Your Service Dog

Commonality of parasites in animals is not at all unusual. Fleas, ticks, worms, etc. can happen to any dog or beloved pet, but it is important to keep yourself educated and informed on the symptoms and causes for these parasites. Below we have listed some common misconceptions about these invasive critters that can affect your faithful service dog along with the facts and ways in order to prevent them and/or treat them. Is it important to keep a watchful eye o
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting… A Service Dog!

It was 9 months between my acceptance into the SDWR program for a Diabetic Alert Dog and the ‘delivery’ of my wonderful and amazing service dog, Winston. The same gestational timeframe as a human baby!   During that 9 months of waiting for his delivery, I had many emotions. Unbridled enthusiasm and excitement for the posi
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Artwork Donated to SDWR by Painting Dog

Melissa kindly donated this piece painted by her Dutch Shepherd dog named Kludde. He began painting in early 2016 and she decided to donate one of his paintings in support of our group. Kludde comes from a line of w
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4 Ways The Cold Weather Can Impact Your Dog

Having a service dog is something that you need to assist you all year round. However, if you live somewhere where the winters are particularly cold, the weather can be challenging for your pup. Not only do winters mean that humans are more resistant to going outside (and less likely to go on walks), but the elements themselves can have a hard impact on a dog's body. If you have a dog and you want to know how the cold weather can
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Why is My Dog’s Nose Dry?

Our service dogs can't tell us when they aren’t feeling well, so it is entirely dependent upon us as dog owners to pay very (VERY) close attention to the way our dogs are acting, behaving, and any other signs and symptoms they are showin
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Are Heated Dog Beds Safe for Your Dog?

With the winter months well upon us and cold weather for the next few months ahead, we have our pets in mind. We want to keep our service dogs safe and warm during the winter. More and more responsible pet owners (especially
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How to Speak with Children About Disabilities

How do I talk to my children about disabilities? There isn’t – and never has been – anything easy about being a parent. Raising children is one of the most challenging jobs you’ll ever take on. Not only from a minute-by-minute standpoint where you are fully responsible for their health and well-being around the clock, but also from a psychological, philosophical, and
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