Does Your Dog Have Allergies?Written by Mike Nalbone
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If you do think your dog has some type of allergy, consult your vet. The doctor will be able to perform tests to determine whether an allergic condition exists, how severe it is, and what proper treatment will be. If dog has an allergy to certain foods, it will be imperative to restrict animal’s diet to eliminate those items that cause a reaction. The vet’s testing methods can help to determine whether this type of allergy exists as well. If dog has flea allergy dermatitis (an allergic reaction to saliva of fleas, rather than to insects themselves), an extreme flea prevention regimen will be recommended.
Just like humans, dogs that suffer from various allergies can live comfortably with them if they are detected and treated properly. It is important to keep in mind that this is not a time to “play doctor” by attempting to diagnose and treat a possible allergic condition yourself. Only your veterinarian is qualified to determine whether your dog is suffering from allergies and what course of action to take.
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7 Puppy Naming TipsWritten by Jennifer McVey
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At first glance, a couple things will stand out about your new puppy. Enjoy him or her for a day or two and take these into consideration. •Appearance. What’s your dog look like? His color, size, and personal style inspires a variety of name choices. “Stubbs” would be a great name for a dachshund pup. Or you may call a cream colored cock-a-poo “Buffy.” •Personality. Given a couple of days, your new dog’s personality will really shine through. Try “Cuddles” for sweet little guy who loves to get cozy or “Puddles” for pooch who can’t seem to find doggie door. If you want to go beyond basics, many famous dog names or foreign dog names can fit bill. Consider these favorite puppy names when making your decision.•Celebrity puppy names. Today, pooches have more celebrity following than their famous owners. Chew on “Lola,” a name used by both Hilary Duff and Osbournes. •TV dogs. “Scooby” and “Astro” come to mind if you want to honor a famous TV pup. •Movie dogs. Cool movies and cool dog names seem to go hand in hand. Cool Hand Luke’s “Blue” would be a fitting label for a variety of dogs. Or try “Bodie,” from weeper Steel Magnolias. •Comic dogs. “Snoopy” will always be a favorite, but also consider “Daisy” or “Odie.” •German dog names. For starters, try out “Fritz” or “Kaiser.” •Irish dog names. “Finn” fits well for any pup, as does “Murphy,” which just happens to mean “hound of sea.” •French puppy names. “Pierre” and “Gigi” are top contenders for any dog, especially those with a little oo-la-la in their genes. The choices are endless. However, with these simple tips and some thought, before long, you’ll have found perfect puppy name!
Want to find a puppy name? The author, Jennifer McVey, uses her free time searching for common and not-so-common names for your canine friends. As webmistress of www.favorite-puppy-names.com, she delivers a comprehensive dogs name list along with great naming tips to help make the puppy naming process easy and fun!