Butler County Times Gazette
The Ruff Report: Dogs and Health
email print
Comment
May 18, 2013 12:01 a.m.



An all-natural substance that makes pets sick




This substance is non-toxic, smells nice and is even all natural, yet it can make your dog miserable and sometimes extremely ill.

Virtually invisible, it hovers everywhere in the air in spring, summer and early autumn, and your dog could end up in a veterinary hospital if you fail to recognize its symptoms. This seemingly harmless material is best known as pollen, and, like people, many dogs can have severe allergic reactions to it and nasty rashes, animal welfare experts warn.


Story continues below

----------------------------------------------------------------------

A book about a rescue dog

that will touch your heart


THE HUNT OF HER LIFE, is a nonfiction book about Samantha, an unwanted rescue dog who the author adopts at age 2. This beautifully designed full-color book, by longtime newspaper journalist and MySetterSam.com publisher Joseph A. Reppucci, contains more than 60 color photos of dogs to help illustrate the compelling and uplifting story of Samantha - a pretty tricolor bird dog who uses her warm personality to win people over and build a new family after being put up for adoption by a hunter because she is gun-shy and afraid to hunt. Learn how she uses her special bonding abilities with people to help her eventually make a transition from the hunting fields to family life. While reading the The Hunt of Her Life, you will travel with Samantha and the author along a trail filled with surprising twists, sudden turns, mystery and even what some call a miracle. And when the journey is finished, you may never look at people and their pets, motherhood - and perhaps even God - in the same way. The Hunt of Her Life is must reading. It will take you on a captivating journey - a trip like no other - that will touch your heart.

Available at:
Also find it on: Amazon.com
Join us on:  Goodreads.com

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK 

----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Story continues here



Rather than sneezing like people, a dog's symptoms from seasonal allergies involve its skin becoming itchy and inflamed - and the rashes can become serious if left untreated, according to Dr. Louise Murray, a veterinarian with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


“Dogs often get atopy, where they inhale allergens that cause excessively itchy skin, known as pruritis,” Dr. Murray states in a media release.

One and 10 dogs suffer from allergies, and some become so itchy that they scratch with their razor-sharp toenails and bite with their precision teeth until their skin swells, bleeds and becomes infected. Treatments can range from oral medications (like cortisone) to skin tests that pinpoint allergies in more severe cases.

Pet parents should keep their homes clean to help their dog cope with allergy symptoms, Dr. Murray says. Clean frequently by using a vacuum equipped with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter or a disposable electrostatic bag,” she said. “An air purifier fitted with a HEPA filter can also make a big difference in removing allergens from the air, and remember to still let in some fresh air daily.”

Limiting fabrics in a home, such as rugs, drapes and upholstery, can also help because they collect allergens, Dr. Murray says. Homes that have some fabrics should steam-clean them regularly.Dr. Murray also encourages pet parents to bathe their dogs to remove allergens that accumulate in fur. “Be careful, though, not to do this too often,” she says. “Frequent bathing can dry out your pet’s coat.”

Products formulated to prevent dander from building up and flaking off into the environment are also available, but pet parents should consult with a veterinarian to make sure they use one that is safe, Dr Murray said. Brushing or combing a pet frequently also helps to keep allergens at bay.Dr. Murray reminds pet parents that animals can also suffer from non-seasonal allergies, such as allergies to house dust and certain proteins in their food.



More reports about dogs and health:

This formula is certain to sicken your pet

An all-natural substance that makes pets sick

A wonder drug guaranteed to help your pet 

For pets, your dirty hands are really sickening 

Favorite pastime a leading cause of illness 

Alarming rise in heartworm a threat to pets 

 Purebred dogs needlessly suffering, report says

 Dog heart medicine research results promising

Cushing's drug receives FDA approval

Paralyzing diseases of dogs, people linked

Warning issued about alternative medicine 


More reports about dogs and health

Reports about dogs and flea, tick and insect control:

Pet deaths prompt tougher EPA rules for flea, tick items

Use of flea, tick products a must despite pet deaths


 Stop ticks from dogging - or killing - your pet

Your dog may have you sleeping with thousands of fleas

Get ready for an invasion of dog-biting insects


Reports about dogs and oral health:

The stinking truth behind smelly dog breath

Simple home remedy can add years to your pet's life

Reports about dogs and cancer:

Major breakthrough in canine cancer treatment

First-ever canine cancer drug developed

Making strides in fight against canine cancer

Worldwide effort to cure canine cancer


The actions that pet parents take can help make the allergy season more tolerable for their dogs, ASPCA veterinarian Steven Hansen says. “By following a few simple steps, surviving the springtime allergy season with your furry friend can be a breeze,” he said.



HOME

THE RUFF REPORT

So easy to read. You choose the topic!


 Adoption | Food | Health Rescue

Safety and Behavior | Surveys and Studies




Like MySetterSam on Facebook

Recent Posts

    latest blogs

    • Community
    • National