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How To Have Happy Allergy-Free Pets In Spring

HOW TO HAVE HAPPY ALLERGY-FREE PETS IN SPRING

Dogs are one of the reasons why Jordan’s life is very meaningful. Through the years, having pets at home has allowed him to gain expertise in the pet arena and now writes for Coops And Cages and in other blogs, sharing his own personal views on pet-related issues with bloggers like me and to the rest of the world. In here, he talks about the symptoms, cures and ways to prevent allergy in pets for the spring.

Spring is meant to be a joyful season for everyone. The slightly hot weather condition offers the perfect excuse to finally be able to jump out of the house and get a whiff of the scents of lavenders, roses, peonies, hyacinths and lilies. Nothing really beats the refreshing fragrance of spring. This too offers a spectacular visual display that can only be seen in this season. The grass is greener, the flowers a rainbow of colors, and the skies as blue as can be. It’s the time when children finally get to play with their neighborhood friends at the nearest park and bring along their pets with them. Ah! The wonders of spring season until that pet of yours starts to have allergies. Yes, your pets just like you could be hypersensitive to allergens especially during certain seasons such as this.

Symptoms of Allergies in Pets

There are several types of pet allergies. These could be brought about by fleas, food, inhaling certain agents present in the air or by simple skin contact with allergens. Pet allergy symptoms

may vary depending on what is causing it and the kind of pet that you have. These are just some of the classic symptoms of allergy in pets.

 

  • Itching
  • Excessive scratching
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Runny and itchy eyes
  • Eye and ear infection
  • Vomiting
  • Scabs in skin
  • Rubbing
  • Licking of skin

 

Ways to Prevent Spring Pet Allergy

 

 

In order to prevent allergies in pets, you must be able to pinpoint its real cause and observe if these only occur during certain times of the year. This spring, these tips will help keep allergies at bay.

 

1.    Bathe as often as needed. Allergens such as dust and pollens could stick to pet’s skin or coating which could cause irritation or sneezing when inhaled. These are very much prevalent during this particular season. Since it can’t be helped that your dog or cat will likely spend some of its time out in the yard, the best way to remove these from its body is by giving it a nice bath. Some pets contract allergic reactions from simple tick or flea bites too so use shampoos that are especially made to kill these.

2.    Clean the interior of your home. If your pet lives inside your home, collecting dust is simply not ideal for an allergic pet. Wipe furniture and vacuum your carpet to collect seen and unseen dirt. Flowering plants inside the home is okay just as long as these are placed inside a closed room where your pets are not allowed to linger.

3.    Boost your pet’s immune system. Pets that suffer from allergies tend to have weakened immune systems. To help combat this problem, take care of pet’s health by giving it health boosting supplements. Vitamins A, C, E, Zinc and Selenium help prevent free radicals from wreaking havoc in your pet’s health. Observing a diet ideal for your pet should also give it some of the needed nutrients to keep it strong.

4.    Watch out pet’s diet. Aside from environmental allergens, your pet may also suffer from allergy due to the consumption of certain foods. It can be tricky to determine what foods are causing your pet to have scaly or itchy skin. To help you determine the particular food that your beloved pet is allergic to, limit its diet to a particular carbohydrate and protein serving for several weeks. If this does not show symptoms of allergy, then the foods are safe to eat. Introduce other foods and if any of these cause itching or scaling, then you will have to eradicate this from its diet.

Treatment Options for Allergic Pets

If the prevention tips above fail to ward off the allergy, your veterinarian may recommend these remedies to control it.

1.    Antihistamines. Some people use human antihistamine medicines when trying to treat allergy in their pets. While some of these may work for certain pets, these may not be recommended for your cat or dog. For example, diphenhydramine can be used in dogs but when given to a cat, this could cause vomiting, diarrhea, sleepiness, and loss of appetite. Visit your veterinarian instead for the right prescription and do not make the mistake of raiding your own emergency medicine kit when trying to cure your pet’s allergy. Some known antihistamines for pets are clemastine, chlorpheniramine, cetizarine and hydroxyzine.

2.    Anti-inflammatory agents. Itchy skin could become very intense for your pet, making it scratch its skin until it bleeds. An open lesion could easily attract bacteria and fungus which could easily cause skin inflammation. Anti-inflammatory agents in the form of skin sprays or creams may help control this and speed up the healing process. Some veterinarians may choose to supplement this with the use of oral antibiotics.

Fish oil. Veterinarians initially experimented using omega3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil to address canine allergy problems. This was proven to deliver anti-inflammatory results in skin lesions and improved itching symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis. Today, this remedy is not just recommended for the use of dogs but can be safely ingested by cats too. Aside from allergy health benefits, consuming fish oil could also help with other types of health problems in pets such as high cholesterol, kidney

1.    problems and arthritis. Take note that fish oil capsules are not made equal. In order for this to effectively treat pet allergy, this must be given in high doses. Buy concentrated fish oil capsules with higher potency instead of the usual 500mg variety.

2.    Hyposensitization. For pets suffering from atopic allergy, hyposensitization could help build your pet’s immune system. This is equivalent to the allergy vaccination shotsreceived by people. Through blood or skin testing, allergens are identified and with this, corresponding vaccine is administered to pet in a biweekly or monthly basis. Results may not be immediate and could take a year before your pet experiences significant relief from itch.

Final Thoughts

Allergy can take away the sun out of the spring from your pet. Since it can’t cure its itch with saliva alone, it’s your obligation to be sensitive to its needs and notice if this is showing tell-tale symptoms of allergies. If you suspect that it does, don’t hesitate to visit the vet right away. You may not be able to cure this in a matter of days but with the help of an expert, you can help your pet have a happier spring and recover easily from the itch, sneezing or skin inflammation caused by the allergy.

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

 

 

 

 

 

Avoiding Heat Stress

Avoiding Heat Stress.

 

Over the summer holiday period we spend a lot of time out and about in the sun with our pets.  However, too much sun can cause severe damage and heat stress to our furry friends. To ensure that our pets are well looked after during the summer months we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat stress and follow these guidelines to keep your hot dog as cool as a cat!

Symptoms of Heat Stress

 

Heat stress can be a killer.  If you pet is overheated you may notice the following symptoms:

 

  • Appear initially excited but then appear to lose their balance
  • Muscle tremors and spasms (can lead to seizures)
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Collapsing and lying down
  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive panting

 

If your pet is affected by heat stress emergency first aid is vital and you will need to get them to a vet quickly.  While contacting your vet cool your pet by placing it in a room temperature water bath or by hosing it down. Next, place your pet in front of a fan and apply ice packs to its head.

As always, it is better to prepare your pets for the hotter weather and prevent them from getting heat stress than to have to treat them for it later.  Follow the guidelines below to keep your pets cool this summer!

 

Cool Walks and Exercise
You don’t want to overheat your dog by exercising during the hottest part of the day so walk your dog early in the morning or later in the afternoon.  Also opt for walking in a park instead of on the road, as hot bitumen may burn your dog’s paws.  Be careful not to over-exercise your pets during the summer months and on extremely hot day keep them indoors.

 

Icy Solutions

We all know that ice blocks are the perfect cold treat for a hot summer’s day and guess what? Your pets will love them too!  Freeze some ice cubes in a tray overnight and add them to your dog’s water bowl in the morning for a frozen treat that your dogs will love. Remember, when temperatures soar, you pets can dehydrate very quickly.  So make sure they always have plenty of water to drink.

 

Shady Tails

To escape direct sunlight, make sure your pets have access to plenty of shade, such as a kennel or shade tent. Smaller animals, such as rabbits, birds and guinea pigs are vulnerable to heat stress. Make sure their hutch or cage is in a shady and well-ventilated area. Keep them cool by placing a frozen water bottle in their cage.  They can rest their bodies against it to keep themselves cool.  Dog shelter

 

Fighting the Fur

Getting your pets clipped for summer will help them keep cool, especially if your pet has a long or a thick coat.  Leave them with at least a centimetre of fur so they have some natural protection against the sun.  Also use a shredding brush, such as Grip soft Brushes for Dogs and Grip soft Brushes for Cats to regularly to remove unwanted hair. Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet!

 

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world’s leading online retailer of frontline plus for dogs.

 

 

Canine Atopy: The Facts

Canine atopy and what it means to your pet.

When you own a dog, he quickly becomes part of the family.

An indispensible part of home and hearth, he shares in your day to day life and holidays.

Before long you can’t imagine life without him.

So when you realise your dog is suffering, it’s peculiarly distressing. You know he’s not his usual bouncy self, but can’t put your finger on why. He’s lost his appetite, he’s engaging in the kind of annoying behaviours you’d assumed he had outgrown. At times you’re tempted to believe he’s simply being naughty, but that isn’t the case.

Watch him closely. Does he have a runny nose? Is he continually scratching at his ears and tummy? Do his eyes look dull and watery? Does he lick at his paws for no apparent reason?

If he answers to all of these symptoms, your dog could be suffering from canine atopy.

This condition is extremely common- second only to flea allergy in frequency- yet many owners have never heard of it.

What is canine atopy?

As Skin Vet Clinic explains, canine atopy (sometimes known as atopic dermatitis) is caused by an allergic reaction to substances in their living environment. Many substances (better known as allergens) can trigger a reaction; they’re often the same allergens that prompt human conditions such as hay fever and asthma. Since it’s caused by an inherited tendency to develop antibodies, an extreme case may appear to be allergic to everything. It’s believed to affect up to 10% of all dogs.

It doesn’t usually develop until the dog is between 1 and 3 years old, and- like the human equivalent- can be seasonal at first. Though attacks are often triggered by summer and autumn pollen, this can broaden until he reacts to other kinds of pollen, household dust, plants, feathers … you get the idea. New reactions are prompted by the substances he comes into contact with, and it becomes a year round condition. While it affects dogs across the board, certain breeds are more susceptible: golden retrievers, Dalmatians and boxers are particularly prone.

What can you do?

Since it shares similarities with other skin conditions, canine atopy can be tricky to diagnose; the vet may have to do tests to rule out other candidates.

Once they’ve confirmed your dog has canine atopy, they need to discover what he’s allergic to.

This may involve intradermal testing (where a number of allergens are injected into the dog to see which provoke a reaction) or a blood allergy screen test.

As The Barrier Animal Care Clinic makes clear, there are two chief ways that your dog’s atopy may be managed. The first, medical therapy, entails the use of various drugs, e.g. antihistamines and steroids. Other important elements are medicated shampoos and a flea control programme. The second method, immunotherapy, is the creation of a desensitisation solution. By injecting this substance into your dog, the theory is that over time the dog will develop immunity. It’s to be regarded as a coping method rather than a cure.

Taking care of your dog                       

You should have discussed with your vet which foods, shampoos and other supplies are best suited to your dog’s needs. By smart research and shopping around, you should be able to identify what will work best. Pets Funky is a reputable online pet boutique with an enormous range of dog supplies. You may find their range of skin creams especially useful to ease his itching.

A good way of boosting your dog’s mental and physical well being is by enrolling him in dog training classes. Clever Dog Company offers a great range of classes for puppies and dogs of all ages, going from the basics to more advanced training. When my friend’s dog Lady had been laid low by canine atopy, she started going along; a month later, she was like a completely different dog.

As you can see, it’s important not to allow your dog’s life to be governed by his condition.

By getting canine atopy diagnosed early on, seeking appropriate treatment and giving him plenty to do and think about, you’re ensuring he leads an active, enjoyable life.

 

 

 

 

Homemade Dog Food for Dogs with Allergies.

Have you ever wanted to make homemade dog food for dogs with allergies?

It is a really great option when you consider all of the irritants and allergens that commercial dog food may contain.

While you probably have never considered it, many of the ingredients contained in commercial dog food have zero nutritional value for your dog, home made dog food is the way forward.

So what is really in commercial dog food?

Have you considered reading the label?

When you see things like “by products”, then you should be concerned.  By products can be any number of things, but generally, they can be categorized as whatever is not consumed by humans, including scraps trimmed away from choice meat cuts, fat, bone, intestines, ligaments, hooves, beaks, horns….  if this disgusts you, it is because this is truly disgusting.

Unfortunately, pet foods are not as closely regulated as human food.

When you make homemade dog food for dogs with allergies, you are truly in control of exactly what goes into your pet’s food.

Many different types of foods can be cooked and added to your dog’s food, and it is also possible to make generous batches of the food and then freeze it into separate portions to ensure that you have enough to last you for quite some time so you don’t have to make homemade dog food for dogs with allergies from scratch each and every day.

The basic ratio in homemade dog food for dogs with allergies is about 45% protein, 30% carbohydrates and 15% fat.  The protein can be just about anything that is lean, including beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish or eggs.

Carbohydrates can be vegetables, just so long as you do not add things like garlic and onions which can be toxic to dogs.  The fat can be an essential fatty acid such as fish oil or flax seed oil.

The oil can help to reduce inflammation and skin irritation which should be one of the main objectives in homemade dog food for dogs with allergies.

Your dog will really enjoy your homemade dog food, and will probably be excited at meal times.  Can you imagine eating the same food twice daily for the rest of your life?  This is what we subject our dogs to when we purchase the same commercial dog food over and over again.

It is really not that difficult to blend and create your own homemade dog food, using low cost ingredients, that your dog will absolutely love.

Start by asking at your local supermarket about stewing meats or lower cost cuts of meat that you can purchase in bulk.

You can decide whether you are going to feed your dog raw or cooked; however, if you decide to go with raw, you will have to ease your dog into it slowly because his stomach will not be accustomed to it yet.

Sprinkling a garlic powder and a couple of teaspoons of essential oil over your dog’s food just before serving it.  The garlic powder helps to repel fleas and the essential oil reduces skin irritation.

Dont be put off homemade dog food for dogs with allergies is not that hard.

 

 

 

Pet Insurance Online-Keep Your Beloved Pet Healthy and Secure

Pet Insurance Online

Your pet has been a loyal companion by your side for quite some time, but often they do get sick and need scrutiny attention. How are you going to afford the doctor bill in case the expenses exceed what you expected? That is when pet insurance comes to the rescue. You can compare pet insurance online quickly and easily. Their modules alleviate you of the large expenses associated with pet medicine. There are many insurance companies that offer a wide range of benefits to pet owners and you can compare insurance according to the best rates available.

The dog has been said to be man’s best friend. You want to treat your best friend right by taking care of their health. Your pet is a hardcore companion and sometimes they do get ill with different diseases and conditions. Having insurance for your pet will alleviate some of the cost associated with pet healthcare and give you a sense of relief in knowing that you do not have to pay the full veterinary bill up front. The pet insurance you choose will give you a rate and premium that you pay each month.

When you compare pet insurance online it makes the task of finding this type of insurance easier since it is not readily advertised.

When you requirement your pet they are there. Shouldn’t you be there for your pet when they requirement you? Do a pet insurance comparison and see what types of cover you can get for your pet today. Often the rates are cheap and the monthly payments low. You will be glad that you did when it comes time for your next pet healthcare exam. Make sure however, that the veterinary clinic accepts the type of insurance you have and ask your insurance company for a list of providers.

If you genuinely care for your pet, you will want to ensure that your pet has the ideal medical handling whenever she requires it. This is because it’s well-known that pet healthcare cover is really low-priced these days. Many individuals can afford a blanket pet care cover policy if they want one.

 

Author Bio

My name is Lisa.  I am a tech writer from UK.  I am into Finance.  Catch me @financeport