VERO BEACH — The world of animal rescue is a difficult place. It's sad to see so many animals finding themselves in need of a safe haven. Due to the over abundance of dogs and cats, there are a wide variety of shelters trying to house and rehome pets. The three main varieties are open admission shelters, limited admissions shelters and rescues.

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VERO BEACH — Register now for The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County's puppy and dog training classes. Registration runs until June 27. Dogs ages eight weeks and up are accepted. Pet parents can choose from Wednesday morning classes beginning on June 25, Thursday evening classes beginning June 26 or Saturday afternoon classes beginning June 28.

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VERO BEACH — Florida's summer weather can be challenging for our canine companions. The combination of heat and humidity make it difficult for us to enjoy the outdoors with our dogs.

Dogs cool primarily by panting. Salvia evaporates off their tongues, cooling the blood supply. Humans cool through evaporation too. However, we have sweat glands all over our bodies.

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VERO BEACH — Nail care for your dog does not need to be a traumatic event. Careful training can teach your dog to accept toe nail trims. Last week I wrote about training your dog to allow his feet to be handled. We are starting with slow, simple steps. Perhaps by now your pup allows you to touch his feet and gently squeeze his toes.

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VERO BEACH — I would like to share information about maintaining the health of your dog. There are quite a few health necessities that can improve and continue their quality of life and well being.

I recommend every dog see their veterinarian annually. In Florida, dogs need annual heartworm tests. Heartworms are transmitted by our state bird, the mosquito!

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