Saturday, 29 September 2007

Choosing an Allergy Free, Healthy Dog

When buying a dog, make sure that the dogs eyes are clear. Paleness of the eyes is a sign that the dog might be suffering from some underlying disease. The nose should be moist and the gums are pink. The skin of an allergy free dog should be smooth, without scales, free from fleas, ticks and no visible redness. The coat should be shiny, soft and full. If you go to the breeders home, observe the parents of the dog as this would helpful in giving you an idea more or less what kind of dog it will be when it grows up.

These signs of a healthy dog are just a few of the things to consider before bringing a dog home. Research any breed thoroughly before getting that puppy.

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Many children and even adults are highly allergenic to almost everything. If your one of those, you need a hypoallergenic dog breed. According to veterinarians, it is the skin dander that causes the allergic reactions and not the length of the coat. Among the dog breeds that don't shed include Bichon Frise, Toy Poodle, Mini Schnauzer, Shih Tzu and the Maltese Terrier.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Is Benadryl Safe for Dogs with Allergies?

According to VetPets, Benadryl (Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride) is a fairly safe drug to use in most pets. It primarily stops the itching and calm down allergic reactions caused by insect bites and stings. Common side effects, Tylenol, its active ingredient makes your dog sleepy. Caution is advised for pregnant pets. Always discuss the use of Benadryl for your dog with your vet first as some human over-the-counter drugs are toxic and can be fatal to pets and it may also interact with drugs that your pet is taking. Your veterinarian will also give you the safe dosage range based on the weight, age, condition of your dog.

Benadryl generally does a fair job for itching in dogs but may only work temporarily. It is not usually effective for long term use. The best way to treat your dog is to find out what the cause of your dogs allergies and have her treated appropriately. Try giving your dog raw bones as this is how dogs naturally eat or instead of her regular dog food, try cooked or raw meat and vegetables for 1 to 2 weeks and see if the symptoms stops. While Benadryl relieves dog itching, it won't get rid of your dogs skin condition.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Wegmans Bruiser Wet Dog Food Back into Shelves

Wegmans brand Bruiser wet dog food varieties is back on store shelves six months after the recall. Menu Foods Income Fund, maker of Wegmans and many other pet food brands, recalled about 20 kinds of pet foods. Their product contains wheat gluten said to be contaminated with melamine that causes illness in pets. The contaminated wheat gluten came from China. Menu Foods is now getting wheat gluten from either the United States or Europe. After the recall, Wegmans sent a Quality Assurance Team to Pennsauken, New Jersey to visit the pet food plant and review quality procedures.

"Our look at Menu's manufacturing and testing capabilities give us confidence that the pet foods returning to our shelves will be safe for our customers' pets."
The list of Bruiser wet dog food varieties that are returning:

Bruiser Preferred Cuts with Beef and Liver 22 oz.
Bruiser Preferred Cuts Country Stew Cuts in Gravy 22 oz.
Bruiser Preferred Cuts with Beef and Gravy 22 oz.
Bruiser Preferred Cuts with Chicken and Gravy 22 oz.
Bruiser Preferred Cuts Country Stew Cuts in Gravy 13.2 oz.
Bruiser Preferred Cuts with Beef and Liver 13.2 oz.
Bruiser Preferred Cuts with Chicken and Gravy 13.2 oz.
Bruiser Preferred Cuts with Beef and Gravy 13.2 oz.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Itchy Dog Shampoo

Does your dog have itchy, flaky, dry or problematic skin? Bathing your dog using Bobbi Panter Itchy Dog Shampoo would be a convenient and fun activity for your dog and yourself. It contains soothing, natural ingredients - flaxseed oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera gel, lavender, chamomile and oat protein (oatmeal) that work to heal your dog's "hot spots," or other skin ailments. The green apple fragrance and the softness you will feel on your dog's fur and skin will leave you both feeling relieved and relaxed. Its tearless as they are pH balanced to match the eye so they do not burn. Being careless in using dog products may end up having your dog acquire infections and or allergic reactions. Always choose only the best product for your dog.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Aloe Vera Helps Stop Redness in Dog Allergies

If your dog develops skin allergies or yeast, one of the primary culprit is the dog food. If your moving from place to place, your dog might also develop bacterial allergies from the different carpeting. This would make his allergies become worse. Obvious symptoms include redness and itching, which results in uncomfortable situations for your dog.

Try pouring Aloe Vera Juice or Gel to your dog or pet. Rub it in around his neck, feet, paws and belly. Don't use artificial or fake aloe vera juice but the real juice from the aloe vera plant. You can buy the clear or the yellow tinted juice or gel from different health food store or pet store. The aloe vera makes a huge difference. The redness although not totally cleared out will be lessened. Do this a few times a week and don't let him lick on it.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Hypo Allergenic Dog Biscuits

It can be a great deal of stress if your dog has developed an allergy to their food. Like most dog owners you want nothing more than to give the best to your dog and not feed him something that will make your dog sick. You might have heard of hypo allergenic dog biscuits. You will be happy to find that there are hypo allergenic dog biscuits out there because 20% of dogs have food allergies of some sort.

Maybe you have thought about it and you would like to try making your own hypoallergenic dog biscuits. If you look online you will find many recipes for dogs with allergies. If you like to cook, then this will be fun because you now get to cook for not only yourself and your family but also you will be cooking biscuits for your dog. You will have your dog sitting in front of you giving his little paw motions and his sideways looks at you asking in his little dog movements: “Is it done yet?”

These very nutritious dog biscuits are usually wheat free with no salt, sugary, corn or any type of other ingredients in them that are added preservatives. If you have a little Chihuahua there are hypo allergenic dog biscuits available in his/her size or maybe you have a pit bull, no need to worry because they are also hypo allergenic dog biscuits for your pit bull or any other dog breed.

By now you are glad to hear that there are enough hypo allergenic dog biscuits out there in the market today available for your dog. You do not have to constantly have that stress and worry about your dog having dog food allergies or gaining weight. You can even get your dog a heart shaped biscuit if that is what you want to do. When it comes down to rather you cook the dog biscuits or buy it from a market you can count on your dog licking his chops and begging you to give him more of those dog biscuits because he won’t even notice the difference, but he will notice that he will be a lot healthier and happier if he eats hypo allergenic dog biscuits.