Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Written by Mike Nalbone

Many people don’t realize that their dogs, just like human beings, can suffer from allergies. In fact, about twenty percent ofrepparttar dogs inrepparttar 149704 United States alone suffer from one allergy or another, with flea allergy dermatitis beingrepparttar 149705 most common form of allergies in dogs. Other types include atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and inhalant allergies.

Signs and symptoms of dog allergies may vary but are often marked by persistent itching and discoloration ofrepparttar 149706 skin (most common in skin allergies), coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and mucus discharge (most common in inhalant allergies), and nausea, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea (common to food allergies and other ailments.)

Over-the-counter preparations and treatments for common dog allergies exist and may be purchased at any good pet supply store, but care should be taken when choosing such treatments. Consultation with a vet isrepparttar 149707 best first course of action for several reasons. First of all, what you think is an allergic reaction may actually be signs of a more serious ailment and a vet should berepparttar 149708 one to determine whether that isrepparttar 149709 case. Secondly, ifrepparttar 149710 allergy is severe enough, over-the-counter treatments may not be sufficient to treatrepparttar 149711 symptoms and a prescription strength treatment may be required. There is alsorepparttar 149712 chance thatrepparttar 149713 dog does not have an allergy at all. The last thing you want to do is medicate your pet unnecessarily.

7 Puppy Naming Tips

Written by Jennifer McVey

You’ve picked outrepparttar perfect puppy. You spent hours onrepparttar 149664 internet, researchingrepparttar 149665 right breed for you and your family. Then you went from breeder to breeder or humane society to humane society, meeting and greeting pups until you find justrepparttar 149666 right match. Now what? He needs a name! Overrepparttar 149667 course of its life, you will use your dog’s name more than 35,000 times. So be sure you’re picking a name you can live with and love. With these seven simple steps,repparttar 149668 key to findingrepparttar 149669 perfect puppy name is at your fingertips! •Dogs understand short commands. Easy names with two or fewer syllables work well. •Your puppy’s name shouldn’t sound like any commands. “Stacy” and “stay” are too close for comfort. Such a name will only confuserepparttar 149670 issue. •Remember, you’ll be using your pup’s name in public. “Boner” may be cute among your fellow fraternity members, but it won’t go over well atrepparttar 149671 veterinarian. •Make your kids part ofrepparttar 149672 decision process. Kids like it simple, too, so if calling your Champion Cavalier King Spaniel “Bootsie” works for them, consider keepingrepparttar 149673 hoity toity name strictly for AKC purposes. •You may think it’s an honor to name your pup after you’re favorite Uncle Norbert. Naming your baby after him may keep you inrepparttar 149674 will, but naming your puppy after him won’t. •If you’re bringing home an older dog, ideally, stick withrepparttar 149675 name it already owns. Can’t stand it because “Barney” wasrepparttar 149676 first boy who broke your heart? Then stick with similar sounds when choosing a new dog name. “Barney” morphs into “Farley” easily. •Once you’ve chosen a name, try it out for a day or so. You’ll know right away whether it’s a keeper. If not, there’s always more puppy names on your list! Take a look around you. The world overflows with terrific ideas on what to name your pooch.

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