Dealing With Pet AllergiesWritten by A. Wilmot
It is Winter time again, a time of year when pets and humans are very vulnerable to each other. As this is obviously chilliest time of year, animals are much more likely to be cooped up inside house with us. All of windows and doors are closed to world and heat is blasting around clock. These are exactly conditions which make our winter homes playgrounds for certain allergens. Our pets are extremely vulnerable to dust in carpet, mold inside walls of your old house and other pets. But warm moist times of year are high allergy times as well. Allergies are simply most common conditions affecting cats and according to Kansas State University, 15% of dogs suffer from common allergies like pollen and house dust. An allergic reaction is work of an overactive immune system. It is when an animal responds abnormally to a seemingly everyday substance such as grass or general food ingredients. Of different kinds of allergies, contact allergies are least common in cats and dogs. An Example of a contact allergen is a flea collar. Grass and various kinds of bedding such as wool are also examples. An Inhalant Allergy is most common allergy for cats and is also prevalent in dogs.
14 Tips for Crate Training Your New PuppyWritten by Peggie Arvidson-Dailey
Your new puppy is arriving and you have heard of crate-training, but are not sure how to make it work for you and your newest addition. From years of experience as a pet-owner, lover and specialist, I have learned some things about crate training that I’d like to share with you.
Crate training is wonderful part of an overall family training program if handled correctly. Your puppy will feel secure in his space if you make it a pleasurable experience from very beginning by following these 14 tips.
1.Get a crate large enough to allow your pup space to turn around, stand up and lie down for a nap. 2.Put a soft blanket in crate, preferably with his mother’s scent on it when you bring him home. 3.Make sure to put his toys for chewing and a treat or two in space furthest from ‘door.’ 4.Put crate in a corner of room where he can feel out of way, yet have access to you. 5.Let your pup wander in and out of crate to get a feel for it, crate makes a nice ‘den’ for your puppy and he will likely take to it for comfort and solace when he is tired, over-excited or worried. 6.Remove your pet’s collar/s before closing crate to avoid any choking; 7.Have a bottle of water with ice hooked to crate if you will leave your puppy for more than an hour; 8.When it’s time to be crated, tell your puppy “Crate” or “Bed” and show him to crate. You may put a treat in there if you have been training him with treats.