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Boston Terrier Care Tips:
1. Health Care:  Follow your veterinarian's recommendations for vaccinating your Boston Terrier Puppy when you first get them, then get booster vaccinations for them when needed. Consult your veterinarian about worming your dog, heartworm medications, flea and tick control products, and any other medical conditions.  Problem heath areas:  Boston terriers are prone to cataracts (the lens of the eye becomes cloudy), hypothyroidism (a condition that causes the body to slow down) and skin tumors.  Some get epilepsy or Kushings disease.

2. Feeding:  It is best to feed your Boston Terrier high-grade dog food from a major dog food company. Make sure the food is appropriate for the dog's age. The first ingredient should be meat if you want a quality product. Crude protein should be no less than 30 percent, and crude fat no less than 20 percent. Fiber content should be 4 percent or less.

3. Grooming: The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. This breed sheds seasonally. This breed is an average shedder but their hair is so short it does not create grooming problems or leave a mess. Wipe the face with a damp cloth every day and clean the prominent eyes carefully. Check both the ears and eyes for grass seeds. Check your dog's ears regularly for ticks or mites.  Ticks may also lurk in the ears. Clean them gently with Q-tips or dog ear cleaning solution.  Be careful not to harm the dog.  The nails should be clipped from time to time.

4. Exercise:  Walk your Boston daily if you don't have a fenced yard or make sure they get plenty of exercise playing with balls and toys. This breed is happy to go on short walks and doesn't need a vigorous workout .  They should not go on long walks because they do not have the stamina for them.  Bostons should never be convined to an outside kennel.

5.  Housebreaking:  Boston Terriers can be difficult to house break.  Have patience, this breed can take a while to train but are perfect house dogs after proper training.

6. Socialization:  Socialize your Boston Terrier at a very early age to be with other dogs and people. Some males have aggressive tendencies toward other dogs as is typical in other breeds.  It is very important to socialize the dog often and early in their life.

7. Life Expectancy:  Be prepared to enjoy as many as 12 years with your Boston terrier, as this is the average life expectancy of the breed, although many live longer  

Unusual Traits & Important Suggestions:
> Boston Terriers don't like extreme heat or cold.  Even though Boston Terriers are very active, enjoying a romp around the yard and playing fetch, they're primarily indoor dogs because of their sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. For this reason, Bostons should never be confined to an outside kennel. Be careful when exercising your Boston Terrier in extreme hot or cold weather because they she can develop breathing problems. Watch for heat exhaustion and avoid leaving your dog in a hot car for prolonged periods of time.

> Boston Terriers rarely bark.

> Boston Terriers are prone to snoring, yet they want to sleep in your bed under your covers!

Boston Terriers are very sensitive to harsh tones so watch the tone of your voice when training or speaking to your Boston Terrier.

> Tip: As with all dogs, when you bring your puppy home, don't sleep with him and spend every minute of the day with him. Especially if you plan on being separated from him later in his life. Your dog will not know what happened, and suffer from separation anxiety.  Then they will tear up things when you leave the house - like getting into the trash can, pillows, etc.
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10 Things In Your Home That Can Kill Your Boston Terrier:

Dogs are very curious animals and as omnivores and natural scavengers, can get into and eat just about anything.  However, there are many toxic substances found in your home that could
potentially kill your dog. The following is a list of ten common household substances that you should make sure to keep out of your Bostonís reach.

1) Antifreeze:  Many people do not realize it, but common antifreeze kills many pets each year. It smells and tastes very sweet to your dog and is very appealing to him. Ethylene glycol is toxic however, and each winter, many animals are killed by it. Symptoms of toxicity include seizures, vomiting, stumbling and lethargy leading to kidney failure. Make sure to keep your antifreeze out of your dogís reach. If you suspect that your dog has ingested antifreeze, take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.

2)  Chocolate:  Chocolate contains a substance called the obromine which is toxic to dogs. Baking chocolate and dark chocolate is especially dangerous. While it usually takes a somewhat
large amount of chocolate to kill a dog, poisoning and death does occur with smaller amounts ingested. Signs of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, increased urination, and increased activity. This can progress to seizures and unusual heart rhythms. Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate.

3)  Bleach: As you might imagine, household bleach is toxic to dogs. Keep all products containing bleach out of your dogís reach. Symptoms of bleach poisoning include drooling, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Do NOT induce vomiting if you suspect your dog has ingested bleach and contact your veterinarian immediately.

4) Tylenol:   As little as two regular strength Tylenol tablets can kill a small dog. Dogs lack the proper liver enzymes to break down acetaminophen. Signs of toxicity include drooling, lethargy, and abdominal pain. If you suspect your dog has ingested Tylenol, call your veterinarian immediately. 

5) Watch Batteries:  If your dog ingests a watch battery, it can cause a potentially fatal ulceration in the
stomach within 12 hours. All other alkaline batteries are toxic to dogs as well. Symptoms of toxicity include drooling, lack of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy. If you suspect your dog has ingested a watch battery, contact your vet immediately.

6)  Moth Balls:  Moth balls are very dangerous to dogs. They contain an insecticide that causes central nervous system excitement and seizures. When metabolized, ingestion of moth balls can lead to liver failure. Symptoms of poisoning by moth balls include vomiting and seizures. If your dog has consumed moth balls, do NOT induce vomiting. Seek veterinary care immediately.

7)  Fabric Softeners and other Detergents:  All sorts of household detergents are toxic to dogs at one
level or another, but fabric softeners fall into the highly toxic category. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, lethargy, burns to the mouth, drooling,
muscle weakness, and even coma. Do NOT induce vomiting if your dog has ingested any detergent. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

8) Mouthwash: Mouthwash can contain boric acid which is highly toxic to dogs. Symptoms of poisoning by mouthwash include vomiting, drooling, seizures, and coma. You should take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if you suspect poisoning by mouthwash or other household item containing boric acid like contact lens solution or denture cleaner.

9)  Peach Pits:  With most fruits, the pits and the seeds are toxic to dogs. Signs of poisoning include drooling, vomiting, and lethargy. If you suspect your dog has eaten a peach pit or the pit or seeds of any fruit, take him to the veterinarian immediately.

10)  Household Plants:  Many common and popular household plants are highly toxic to dogs. A partial list of toxic plants includes poinsettias, lilies, ferns, devilís ivy, aloe, and ivy. Symptoms of poisoning due to ingestion of toxic plants include vomiting and central nervous system excitement. Many of these plants are fatal if ingested. Please contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your dog has eaten a toxic houseplant. With diligence on our part, we can help prevent our dogs from getting into substances that are toxic to them. Many veterinary school websites offer lists of things that are toxic to dogs and what you should do if your dog ingests such things. As always, if you think your dog may have eaten something dangerous, contact your veterinarian immediately or take your dog to the closest emergency clinic.

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Boston Terrier care is about the Boston Terrier Dog who is energetic, happy, loving and expressive. Their shorthair and lively disposition will spread warmth through any household. They get along well with people, children and other pets. Our Max is best friends with our chocolate lab and cat as well as us. Boston terrier care includes good common sense in caring for dogs.  Bostons sould never be confined to an outside kennel.  Bostons belong in your home.  The Boston Terrier makes a wonderful pet!
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