Some pet owners are not able to recognize the symptoms associated with seasonal pet allergies. One of the symptoms of seasonal allergies is itching. As the weather changes, does the environment. During the spring and summer months, allergies are at their worse. Pets are not only itchy, their skin is inflamed and irritated, and they develop a skin condition called allergic dermatitis.
When the itching becomes unbearable, dogs may chew and bite on certain areas of their body. They may also rub their body on hard surfaces, including furniture and carpets. They do all of these excessive body movements, in an effort to relieve the itching.
The more the pets scratch the more tender the areas on their bodies become, and the more miserable they are.
If the allergies are too bad, dogs may experience hair loss, open sores and scabs. Allergies that are not attended too properly, may lead to skin infections. It is not usual for dogs to have problems with their ears, if the allergy is severe enough. Some dogs may experience sneezing and coughing, along with a runny nose and watery eyes.
Seasonal allergies may be contributed to grass, pollen, ragweed, mold and plants. Dogs also develop bronchitis and sinus problems. Redness on certain areas of the body is also a clear indication of allergies such as red puffy eyes, and a red mouth. The more dogs and other pets are exposed to the environment, the worse their symptoms become.
When the seasons change, so do the way dogs interact with their environment. Allergic reactions are often created by the dog’s immune system. Doctors usually prescribe one or more treatments for dogs, with mild or even severe allergies. Of all the medications doctors prescribe, many pet owners prefer using Skin–EZE as one of the treatment options. Some medications may include gels and creams. Other forms of treatment may include Benadryl shots and breathing treatments. The type of treatments dogs receive may depend on the severity of their allergies. Histamines and Omega 3 fatty acids can be added to the dog’s diet to help decrease or reduce inflammation.
Even though cats are cute family pets, it is possible for them to bite. When you, a guest in your home or a family member is bit by a cat, it is important to take certain steps to ensure that the wound does not become infected.
Clean the Wound
As soon as the cat lets go, clean the wound thoroughly. Allow the blood to flow freely and wash it away so that the risk of infection reduces. Do not immediately try to stop the bleeding, since cats have potentially infectious bacteria in their mouths.
It is not necessary to scrub the wound, since that can further damage the skin and muscles in the area. Instead, allow fresh water to run over the wound for roughly five minutes or until it stops bleeding.
Disinfect the Wound
Due to the bacteria that is found in a cat’s mouth, use peroxide or a salt water solution to reduce the risk of infection. Salt is a natural disinfectant that can eliminate bacteria that causes infections.
Bandage the Injury
Wrap the injury in a bandage. Apply pressure to stop any further bleeding and wrap tightly. Go to the hospital after the wound is wrapped.
A cat bite is potentially dangerous due to the risk of infection. Cleaning out the wound is an important part of initial first aid, but you will need to visit a doctor. A doctor will take the appropriate steps to further reduce your risk of infections.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is both a difficult and necessary part of being a dog owner. That being said, there are a few different tips that you can use to help you get your dog’s teeth sparkling clean without getting bitten or hurting anyone’s feelings.
Choosing Your Tools-
The first step to any successful tooth brushing is of course to choose the right tools. For dogs that have never had their teeth brushed before, it is always best to gauge how they react to brushes. In most cases, dogs that have never had their teeth brushed will tend to become annoyed with the process. This means that choosing a soft brush, one with a handle and perhaps even soft head, and a tooth paste that is appealing is the best way to get their teeth brushing started. This may result in a less clean brushing but it will insure that your dog does not hurt itself trying to fight the brush. For dogs that are used to brushing, a fingertip brush is going to offer a more thorough brushing.
The next thing to consider is of course the process by which you are going to brush your dog’s teeth. It is always best to first show your dog the tooth brush, this will help lower anxiety. The next step should be introducing the paste. This could be as simple as letting them smell it or even taste a small bit. Next, you should apply the paste to the brush and gently hold your dogs head still. If your dog is going to fight back, this will be the point at which they begin to struggle. You can then continue or wait until your dog calms down. To achieve a proper brushing you should strive to brush along the gum line, on the tongue, and the teeth. If at any time your dog becomes anxious or starts to struggle, it is always best to stop brushing.
The first step to socializing your puppy is to get started right away. You do want to introduce them to new animals and people gradually, but if you’re not introducing them to new friends within the first few weeks, it only gets more and more difficult to get them started.
For most puppies, the window of opportunity shuts at around 12-16 weeks, so four to five months in, if you haven’t begun socializing your pooch, they may become antisocial and reclusive, not to mention aggressive, inflexible and stubborn.
The most important thing is to accustom your pet to a social lifestyle. When at the vet, let them visit with other animals. Introduce them gradually to family and friends. Take them out in public and let them meet with people from all sorts of backgrounds. As funny as it sounds, some dogs grow up to be distrusting of older people simply because they’ve never met an elderly person. They may be distrusting of children just because all the people in their lives are twice that tall and half that energetic. Without neglecting safety, ensure that your puppy is exposed to a wide range of people and animals.
If you have a shy pup, that’s okay, animals are like people, some are extroverts, some are introverts. Just make sure that you encourage them to do as much socializing as they’re comfortable with. Be there for them, pet them and talk to them as they meet new friends, make it easier for them to get to know other people, dogs, cats and other animals, and they’ll regard socializing as something fun, rather than something stressful.
Researchers have finally learned why children who are exposed to a dog in the home in early infancy seem to have lower risks for developing allergies and asthma. Though many people would initially think that exposure to dogs isn’t good for a baby, but the changes that these pets cause within the community of microbes within the home makes the biggest difference.
How Does It Happen?
In short, when dogs are permitted indoors and outdoors, this changes the microbes that live within the environment. Studies indicate these changes, which occur within the gastrointestinal microbiome, work to reduce the reaction of the immune system on common types of allergies. The study was conducted by researchers from the Division of Gastroenterology at the UC San Francisco and the University of Michigan.
What studies have provided is not only how this happens, but also the reason it happens. Studies indicate that there are specific bacterial species in the gut that help to provide protection to the airways against the viral respiratory infections and allergens many people are exposed to.
What Does This Mean for Our Pet-Filled Homes?
In short, doctors have known for a long time that children who grow up in a home with a pet or live on a farm, are less likely to experience complications such as allergies and asthma. Previously, many doctors believed that the hygiene hypothesis was true, which states that many homes have simply gotten too “clean” for the immune system to become exposed to enough bacteria and viruses to build up immunities. With new study, though, provides some new light on why dogs seem to be linked to this improvement.
In short, the microbes that lived in the dust reshaped the community of living organisms living within mice (the initial study was conducted on mice.) The changes created helped the mice to fight off various types of allergen reactions. All of this comes from a single bacteria called Lactobacillu johnsonii, which is very common in areas where dogs live.
In many ways, then, dogs are helping to contribute to a healthier lifestyle for humans, even through the use of the bacteria living within their guts.
You may be living a vegetarian lifestyle and wonder if your pet can share in the same type of experience. The simple answer to whether or not dogs can be vegetarians is simply yes. Cats, too. The fact is that many animals can live as vegetarians even if their ancestors did not (about the same way that humans can) but you’ll need to ensure you feed your pet the right types of foods to ensure he or she gets the right level of nutrition, again, just like you need to do as a vegetarian yourself.
The dog’s body does have the ability to transform amino acids into protein, something that is necessary if the pet was to avoid meat. There is no doubt that dogs and cats, too, need to have a good source of protein. And, since they can get that from amino acids, this means pets can avoid meat.
On the other hand, it is important to consider the fact that not all dogs or cats should be vegetarians. And, it is very commonly believed that dogs and cats should not be vegans. If you plan to give your pet a grain or plant based diet overall, this may be okay if you take the time to ensure you are providing a very high quality diet. Giving them just anything will not do and the animal is unlikely to thrive.
So, what if you want your pet to become a vegetarian? If you want to make the change, do it closely with a vet that specializes or at least agrees with the process. You’ll find that a well-balanced diet does require the use of quality foods and that nutrition needs to come from a variety of sources. There is no rule that says, though, that pets can’t be vegetarian if they are given quality nutrients.
So, you’ve decided to adopt a furry new baby into your family. That’s wonderful. Whichever cat or dog you choose will be grateful that your heart was open to bringing them into your home and surrounding them with the love they’ve longed to receive. They have so much love to give in return, after all. Adopting a new four-legged friend will enrich both of your lives in many wonderful ways. All you have to do is choose the animal you know was meant for you.
There are many ways to go about this, but the best by far is to adopt from an animal shelter. There you will find dozens of sweet dogs and cats who have ended up there through no fault of their own, and who would love to go home with you. If you’ve decided the animal shelter is how you want to find your new family member, here are the basics of shelter adoption.
1. Look online. There are a lot of websites out there that show you animals all over the country that are available for adoption from the nation’s shelters. The Shelter Pet Project is one. Pets.com is another. There are many more. You will often find photos and case histories of the animals on the websites. You may just find the perfect match for your family on your computer screen.
2. Visit your local shelters. If you don’t see an animal that seems perfect for you online, go look in person. Shelters receive new animals every day, and you never know when just looking into the eyes of a dog or cat in person will make you certain you’ve found “the one.” If you don’t see the perfect pet for you right away, keep looking online and visiting local shelters until you do. The pet that is meant for you will show up in no time.
3. Contact the shelter if you’ve found your pet online to make sure the animal is still available. If it is, make an appointment to go there and complete the adoption. If you’ve found your pet in person, start the adoption right there.
4. Fill out the appropriate paperwork each shelter requires to make sure you’re a good match for the pet. It works both ways, you know.
5. If the shelter determines you and your new furry bundle of joy are right for each other (and chances are they will), pay the shelter’s adoption fee and take your newest family member home. You’ll never regret it….and neither will your pet.