December 15, 2009 10:37 PM

On today’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show, the renowned heart surgeon introduces his audience to a very special guest: his 11-month old Labrador retriever named Rosie! “She’s very playful, active and extremely friendly,” Dr. Mehmet Oz tells PEOPLEPets.com. “She’ll go up to anyone for a belly rub or play session.”

Dr. Oz, who lives in northern New Jersey with his wife Lisa and their four children, already have four cats, one rabbit and some pet fish, so what prompted him to get a dog? “Our youngest child really wanted a puppy,” Dr. Oz says, explaining that Rosie came from a breeder in Pennsylvania. “We named her Rosie because it was the only name that the whole Oz family could all agree on!”

As adorable as she is, Rosie has another purpose for being on the show: to help Dr. Oz and another special guest, veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, demonstrate critical life-saving tips every pet owner should know.

“Dr. Becker has long been considered ‘America’s Vet,’ ” explains Dr. Oz, “and as pets continue to be cherished members of households across the country it is important for viewers to understand the issues that affect the health of our pets, how to prevent illness and how to save them in case of an emergency.”

In today’s episode titled “Pets 911,” Dr. Oz and Dr. Becker demonstrate three things that could save a pet’s life in an emergency: performing the Heimlich maneuver on a choking dog or cat; tending to an open wound; and properly administering CPR to a dog or cat that has stopped breathing.

“Pets are part of our families and they bring so many good things into our lives,” Dr. Oz says about incorporating pet health information into his show. “By educating people about the health of their pets, we are also encouraging them to be mindful of their own health as well.”

To find out when The Dr. Oz Show airs in your area, check your local listings.

See more pet safety tips on PEOPLEPets.com:
Bundle Up! 5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Warm This Winter
Traveling with Your Pet This Holiday? 6 Tips for the Car Trip

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