The Effects In Using Pet Allergy Medication

Did you know that not only humans can have allergies? Yes, even pets in the home can have allergies too. And the best way to treat is through pet allergy medication. Allergies are actually the most common problem that your dog may experience. The effects of allergens on them are not through nasal symptoms, but from reactions to their skin.  That is why you can usually see them scratching any parts of their body. Substances that cause allergic reaction to your pets are just the same allergens which causes allergic reaction to us such as dust, molds and pollens. The symptoms this includes are scratching, licking constantly, biting, and chewing at feet. The common areas that are affected are groins, under legs, flanks, feet and most especially in the ear.  The areas where the allergies can usually be seen are thickened and may have a strong foul odor.  Foods may also be a source of allergies.

Pet allergy medications incorporating antihistamines are very safe on dogs, but the side effect of this medication is a somewhat sedation on the animals. Another medication is the corticosteroids, it has compounds which reduces inflammation as well as itching. This medication is for extreme discomfort only because it has side effects which is known as 3P’s; polyuria means increase in urination, polyphagia means increase in hunger or appetite and polydypsia meaning increase in thirst, side effects also include changes in behavior with the long term use of corticosteroids.

Here are some all natural pet medication, such as giving your dog food rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.  Probably the same as bearded dragon food. Omega 3 is found in fish oils while omega 6 is found in evening primrose. They have an anti-inflammatory effect that helps prevent symptoms from dry skin to sores. In addition, feeding them foods rich in detoxifying agents and supplements supports the fast healing of wounds that are acquired from continuous scratching. Keeping them clean by bathing them twice a week, until symptoms decrease, if severe, will be a big help as it will lessen the bacteria and fleas on your dog. Bathing your dog regularly will cause harm to them instead of making them healthy and clean because the normal microflora of your pets might be also removed.  If there is no normal flora left on your pet’s body, there will be no naturally agents to fight against the bad bacteria that your pet will soon get. So it is important also to use all natural pet medication for it has no side effects, it is typically a better buy.

All natural pet medication will also be found for many types of dog ailments, such as rashes, dry skin, skin allergies, arthritis, etc.  What is pet medication arthritis?  It is a medication which helps in the treatment of damaged cartilages, decreases inflammation and eases pain. Arthritis by the way is a disease same as in humans, but they should not be treated the way humans are. They have their own pet medication arthritis that is available in stores. The signs and symptoms that your pet is having arthritis are as follows: sudden change of daily routine, sleeps more, less interested during your playtime, and decreased alertness, weight gain, having sore joints because of difficulty in standing or sitting. If you suspect any of this in your pets seek advice from your veterinarian and ask help for the medications needed.

Hypothyroidism in Dogs and Choke Chains

Molly is a great dog. I tell everyone I know how great she is. I think she is the perfect mix of Labrador and blue heeler. She is a mild mannered, well behaved and a loyal friend.

We met Molly in a grocery store parking lot. There was a family sitting on the tailgate of a truck with a cardboard sign that read “FREE PUPPIES” in black marker ink. Just about the time we stepped up a little girl of about 4 years old picked Molly up. The lady holding the cardboard sign told me that Molly’s momma was a Blue Heeler and they think daddy was the neighbor’s black lab. She continued to tell me that if they couldn’t find homes for all the puppies they would have to take them to the shelter. After hearing this, a man picked up a little black male puppy and delivered him to his wife and child waiting in the car. The little girl holding Molly pleaded to her daddy “Can we take her home?” Daddy replied that they would wait until mommy came out of the store to let her decide. I left my phone number with the family on tailgate and said to them “If mom says no, call me and I will come get her”. We drove off chatting about how cute she was and soon forgot the whole event. As soon as we pulled up to our house my phone started to ring, it was her. We rushed to unload the groceries and I hurried back to the store to pick her up. As a puppy she was the sweetest dog. She did jump up some and was a little mouthy in the beginning but with some redirection and a few well intentioned “no”‘s she quickly overcame those behaviors.

Molly had a blooming social life at a young age. Before her first birthday, she  had been to meet all the family at their houses including barbecues, trips to the lake and sleepovers. She had gone to countless parks and festivals. Everywhere she went, she wore a choke chain. We spent many hours taking walks and when we did, we would work on her loose leash walking using the choke chain. When she pulled at the end of the leash, she would get a swift jerk of the leash. On days I was in too much of a hurry to train her, she would just pull against the leash trying to reach her destination as fast as possible, choking herself the entire way.

It never felt good to me to have to choke my dog on a walk to try to make it more enjoyable for both of us. I had never taken the time to enjoy the practice of really training my dog, I only tried to find the quickest training solution available. Nowadays, Molly is a very good dog who follows commands and does exactly what she is told to do, but I know that there was a less harsh way to train her on the leash.

Over the past few years, Molly has put on some extra weight but we had always looked at it as just being overweight until one simple question. Has she been tested for hypothyroidism? Well, that explains it. It seemed like a no-brainer when the vet said it. Over the past year Molly has put on 20 lbs. despite our efforts to put her one a diet. She moves around a whole lot less lately. When she is awake she either stands or lays down now and I assume it is because it is uncomfortable for her front legs to support her weight when she is sitting. She seems a little grumpy at things that haven’t bothered her before but I blamed it on her aging. We now know that the truth is she has a medical condition causing her to be uncomfortable.

I do not know that the choke chain was the sole cause of her hypothyroidism, and that it could be breed related, but I feel like I played a part in giving my dog her illness. It seems like anyone could see the connection when they have the slightest knowledge of a dog’s tracheal anatomy. The thyroid is located just below the voice box near the trachea and controls a dog’s metabolism. When Molly would pull on her leash the choke chain would squeeze on her neck near the thyroid gland, potentially causing damage.

Luckily, the treatment for hypothyroidism in dogs is inexpensive, but it will be lifelong. I am happy that, in a few months, Molly will feel much better. I know that I will never, ever again use a choke collar or any type of equipment that will potentially cause trauma to my pets.

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How To Identify Lyme Disease In Dogs

Is your dog experiencing lameness, high fever, muscle and/or joint pain, and swollen lymph glands? If yes, you should seek advice from your veterinarian as those are dog parasites symptoms. Those symptoms could be the first manifestations or the first symptoms of Lyme disease. You should be very observant of your dog’s actions and conditions because these may indicate a disease or illness that needs prompt medical attention and treatment.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, which is a corkscrew-shaped bacterium known as spirochete. Dogs become infected with Lyme disease because the bacteria are transmitted to the dog’s blood due to a tick bite.  The ticks are called Ixodes, also known as deer ticks. If the tick should remain attached to the dog’s skin for at least 24 hours, there is a good chance the bacteria will be transmitted to the dog.

Lyme disease was first known in Lyme, Connecticut in United States on 1975. Lyme disease is generally found in the Northeastern States, upper Mississippi region, California, and some areas in the South.  Lyme disease can cause detrimental effects to your dog if not given quick intervention and treatment. Thus, it is very important for you to determine the first symptoms of Lyme disease.

How can Lyme disease be diagnosed?

Lyme disease can be diagnosed by physical examination, medical history, and blood tests. The veterinarian will draw out some blood and will perform blood tests to check if the dog has been exposed to Borrelia burgdorferi. If your dog has been vaccinated for the prevention of Lyme disease, a special blood test will be performed.  The most common blood test used to confirm Lyme disease is ELISA test and western blot test is also used after ELISA as a follow-up test.

The veterinarian will also assess your dog’s status and what symptoms it manifests. Identification of symptoms will help the veterinarian to make a diagnosis if your dog manifest early Lyme disease symptoms, early disseminated Lyme disease or chronic Lyme disease symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

There are three stages of Lyme disease, and each stage has various symptoms that will guide the veterinarians in diagnosing Lyme disease. As a dog owner, you have to know the basic dog parasites symptoms so that you can detect early if your dog has Lyme disease.

Early Lyme disease- is the first stage in Lyme disease and its symptoms usually appears several days or weeks after exposure to the bacteria. Early Lyme disease symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Chills and fever
  • Fatigue or lameness
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Skin rash (Erythema migraines)

Early Disseminated Lyme disease- is the second stage in Lyme disease, and the symptoms occur several weeks to months after the tick has bitten your dog. The symptoms in this stage are manifested because the bacteria are spreading throughout the body, and it begins to infect certain parts of the body. Early Disseminated Lyme disease symptoms include:

  • Facial paralysis on one side of the face
  • Fever, stiff neck, and severe headache
  • (Meningitis)Pain in the legs or body

Chronic Lyme disease- is the third stage of Lyme disease, and its symptoms appear weeks or even years after infection. The following symptoms occur when the antibiotic has not completely eradicated the bacteria or the dog has not received any treatment. Chronic Lyme disease symptoms include:

  • Joint swelling
  • Chronic pain in muscles
  • Neurological disorders

 

A Review On Dog Skin Cancer Symptoms

Canine skin cancer has a higher rate than in humans.  It usually occurs in dogs that are middle age and up, though puppies have skin cancer too but in very low rates.  About 20-30 percent of dogs having tumors are malignant and the rest are benign.  Benign tumors grow slowly and others may not really grow or change, they rarely cause pain, and are removable.  On the other hand malignant tumors are very fast growers, and by the time they are noticeable the dog skin cancer symptoms are already progressing.

Here’s the list of benign skin tumors

LIPOMAS

They are fatty tumors and mostly common on soft skin in dogs.  They are removed by needle aspiration though it is not necessary to remove it unless your dog is not comfortable with it.

PAPILLOMAS

Also known as dog warts. They are smaller than lipomas but firm.   They are usually caused by a virus.   They are common in puppies but usually disappear as the puppies mature.   It can be removed by needle aspiration.   For fingerlike warts there is usually nothing to worry about.

MELANOMAS

They are the most common skin tumors in dogs.  They can be malignant or benign. About 85 percent melanomas are benign.Others- are wax gland cyst (adenoma), basal cell tumor, and hair follicle tumor.

Malignant skin tumor

SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA

The most common skin cancer on dogs.  It starts in the cells then surrounds the organ completely.  This carcinoma looks like a non-healing wound on a dog. The breeds that are prone to this cancer are Shih Tzu’s, Standard Poodles, Mastiffs, Basset Hounds and Blood Hounds.  The treatment needed is surgery.  If surgery is not possible radiation therapy can also be a choice.

MAST CELL TUMORS

It usually arises from mast cells that are malignant.  They are known as “great imitators” for the reason that they copy the appearance of benign lesions.

HEMANGIOSARCOMA

A soft tissue that surrounds the blood vessel.  They are classified as dermal or subcutaneous or underneath the skin.  The dermal hemangiosarcoma appears to be red or black in color while subcutaneous are soft and movable.

FIBROSARCOMA

Also a soft tissue tumor that arises from the fibrous connective tissue of the skull, spine, pelvis and ribs.  They are common on old male dogs.

Dog skin cancer symptoms can include lumps.  They might be red or flaky in appearance.  Canine skin cancer results in itching, this is why dogs won’t stop chewing and scratching the affected area.  Dog skin cancer symptoms depend on the location of tumor, the type of cancer and if it metastasized.

  • Systemic dog skin cancer symptoms are:
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting can be bloody or not
  • Abnormally sleepy or lethargic
  • CoughingWounds that do not heal
  • Sudden enlargement of lymph nodes

 

Dog Health Insurance

Dogs are man’s best friend, and they are treated as a member of the family. Dogs have specific needs as well, and as they grow up their needs rise up. They can become financial burden to you if you do not plan ahead, and dog health insurance is the answer to your problem. Insurance will help you in managing your payments that you can possibly encounter when raising a dog. You should always keep in mind that raising a dog is a responsibility that you should accept and providing properly for all its needs are very important.

Health insurance for dog is very helpful to you as your dog may encounter different health challenges. Puppies need several vaccinations, and as they grow there might be accidents or diseases that may require you to send them to the veterinarian for proper management. Dog health insurance guarantees the well-being and healthy future of your dog.

If you are looking for dog health insurance pet protection, you can surf the internet to look for an insurance company for your pet or you can ask some of your friends who have already insured their dogs.

Here are some tips that will help you in choosing the appropriate health insurance for dog:

1) You must know the background of the insurance company.

You must not sign up with the first insurance company that you find. You should do your research and get to know it and the benefits that your dog can avail from it. It is very necessary to choose an insurance company that has been serving pet owners and their pets for quite some time. This will give you a hint that this insurance company is serving its clients well. This is one way to be sure of enjoying continued service from a provider.  If possible, you should also take a look at the feedback from its members.

2) You should be able to identify how much will you be paying for the insurance for your dog.

First, you have to inquire about the total cost, or scheduled payments for the insurance and any terms.  This will guide you in the proper payment of the insurance so that you will not miss paying for it and your dog can avail the benefits whenever necessary. This will also prepare you ahead of time for the required disbursement.

3) Determine the details of what will be covered in your pet’s insurance.

It is very important as well to identify what will be covered to your dog’s insurance so that if your dog needs vaccination or hospitalization, your dog can readily avail it. Another advantage is that you have removed any unforeseen financial burden by planning ahead.

Be sure to know what will be the exclusions of the insurance.  Determining the exclusions of the insurance is also necessary. This will you prepare in advance of the payment for the diagnostic test, surgeries, checkups, or medications that may not be covered by the insurance.

Guide To Buying Food For Dogs

Guide To Buying Food For Dogs

For those of you with a dog one of your biggest worries is what is the right food for your dog?  Of course you want your dog to have the right nutrition to grow strong and healthy.  You want to find the right balance between what he likes and what is good for him.  There are dozens of brands of dog food lining the shelves at the grocery store and pet stores are even worse.  To help you choose the right dog food, and understand how crucial good food is to your dog’s development and growth here are some tips to buying the right dog food.

A Simple Guide To Buying Food For Dogs

Feed by Nature

Dogs were wild at one time and in the wild they hunt and eat wild animals, meaning they live on raw meat, bones and the marrow, organs, and tissues.  They will eat plant matter but only in very small amounts, domestic dogs today are still carnivorous.

Puppy to Adult

Puppies are mammals and thus for the first few weeks of their lives they will live on their mother’s milk.  They start being weaned between 8-12 weeks old and they will start eating solid foods.  As your puppy grows they will go through different kinds of food to make sure they are healthy and growing.  Your puppy should see a vet and they will tell you the right foods based on your puppies health, age and their breed.

Make Your Own vs Buying Food

As a pet owner you have two choices buy your dog food or make it.  Both have their advantages and what you end up doing will ultimately be up to you.  However either way you choose make sure you meet your dog’s nutritional requirements.

No two dogs will have the same dietary needs so talk with your vet about what is perfect for your dog.  If your pet’s energy is good, his breath is fine, his coat is shiny with not itching, clean teeth and no problem doing his business on walks, then chances are your dog food is meeting his needs.  If your dog is healthy and happy you will know.

Foods To Avoid

Pets like people, like foods that aren’t necessarily good for them.  As much as you want to make sure that he has food that is both good for him and that he loves you have to be careful not to give him things that aren’t good for him.  Here are some foods that are great for humans, but not so good for dogs; avocado, chocolate, raisins, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, nuts, salts or any products that contain caffeine.  Here is a video outlining all the foods that your dog can’t eat.


Talk to your vet, give your dog the right foods and you will have a happy, healthy companion.

 

Grooming Tools and Toys for Your Dog

Grooming Tools and Toys for Your Dog

Regardless of the breed of dog you have, all dogs need some type of grooming done.   Most experts recommend you start grooming your dog while they are young.  Grooming becomes common to them and part of a regular routine.   Here are some of the tools for grooming and keeping your companion, healthy and looking good.  Not only does your dog need to be groomed regularly but there are other toys and things you will need to keep your puppy healthy and happy.

The brushes that are commonly used to groom dogs are as follows:

Bristle brushes

You can use these on all breeds of dog, but if you have a dog with a longer coat get a brush with wider and longer bristles.

Wire-pin brushes

These are meant for long haired dogs but you shouldn’t use them on short haired dogs.  You can use them on dogs that have thick or very curly coats

Slicker brush

Great for detangling your dogs hair because it has really fine bristles.

De-shedder

If you have a dog with medium to long hair that sheds a lot when the seasons change, think of huskies or retrievers.

Bear in mind that your dog’s fur and skin are a lot different from your own, not only do you need the right brush but you need a shampoo and conditioner that is meant for their type of coat.

Toys

Dogs need toys, the toys do more than just keep them happy it gives them a chance to be physically and mentally active.  A dog that has toys to play with won’t chew up your furniture and demonstrate other destructive behaviors.

Some of the most popular dog toys are the following:

Tug toys

Dogs love playing tug of war games, but watch your kids when they play with your dog.  You don’t want your dog getting too aggressive, especially around your children.

Fetch toys

Balls, Frisbees and of course sticks are excellent toys to play fetch with your dog.  Make sure that they are made of soft plastic so you don’t have to worry about broken teeth.  Dogs love chasing tennis balls, but make sure they were made for your dog and not the game.

Chew Toys

These are good to keep your dog occupied when you aren’t home, and it will also keep them from chewing the furniture.  Get toys that are made for chewing so they don’t break apart and your dog ends up swallowing large pieces and choking.  Very hard chew toys can end up damaging their teeth so be very careful when buying chew toys.

Dogs aren’t that different from people in that they like being warm, and comfortable with everything they need within easy reach.