Dog Proofing for New Dog Owners: A Guide

Dogs are much like children: they’re funny, sweet, affectionate, and they can get into a lot of trouble in certain environments. Pet owners who want to protect their dogs can take steps to protect their pets from household hazards.

Human foods, poisonous houseplants, chemicals and even dog medicine are all a potential source of danger for a curious dog. If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a dog, here’s what you need to know about protecting your pet.  

Kitchen Dangers for Dogs

The kitchen is the biggest source of concern for many dog owners, because it’s full of foods that tempt dogs. Although dogs are attracted to (and will eat) human foods if given the chance, many human foods are not healthy for canines. In addition to human food, kitchens often contain cleaning products that are toxic for pets.

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How to Take Care of Dogs With Allergies

dog allergy suggestionsHumans are not the only ones affected by allergens in the air, in food and in the environment. In fact, it is quite common for dogs to suffer from allergies. Some of the symptoms in dogs include itchy paws, inflamed skin, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss and ear infections. Whether a dog suffers from a mild case of environmental allergies or a severe food allergy, it’s imperative that pet owners go the extra mile to care for their pet.

There are several steps that pet owners should take if their dog has been diagnosed with allergies by a veterinarian:

Wash Pet Bedding on a Regular Basis

After a dog has been playing outside or has been out for a walk, they drag in all of their environmental allergens back into the house. A dog paws and their fur may then be filled with dust, pollen and dander from the outdoors. This outdoor material may end up on or in their bedding. Read more How to Take Care of Dogs With Allergies

3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

dog and puppy allergiesDogs are one of America’s favorite house pets, second in number only to cats. The benefits of pet ownership are great. People who own dogs report lower levels of stress and higher levels of life satisfaction. However, many people who suffer from dog allergies go through life feeling that pet ownership is not for them. The good news is that dog allergies can be managed with a bit of planning and attention.

Picking the Right Breed

The first step to living with both allergies and pets is to pick a breed of dog that is least likely to exacerbate allergy symptoms. It’s a common misperception that some dogs are fur and dander free. However, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. All dogs produce pet dander that can cause pet allergies. Read more 3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

Hypoallergenic Dogs: A Guide For People With Dog Allergies

Hypoallergenic Dogs: A Guide For People With Dog AllergiesIt’s believed that as much as 10 percent of the population is allergic to dogs. What they don’t realize is that they could have a dog if they picked the right animal. If you’re a person with allergies and you love dogs, there is a way for you to have the pet you’ve always wanted. You could buy a hypoallergenic dog. This FAQ will explain hypoallergenic dogs a little bit better, so you can decide if this type of animal is the right choice for you.

What causes a person to be allergic to dogs?

Most people who are allergic to dogs are allergic to the protein in dog saliva. This protein is also excreted through the skin. Read more Hypoallergenic Dogs: A Guide For People With Dog Allergies