pet allergies

Benadryl for Pets: Is It Safe

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Allergies can be incredibly uncomfortable for anyone to experience, whether they are mild, moderate or severe. From itchy eyes and a scratchy throat to a runny nose and difficulty breathing, allergies can complicate your life and make it hard to function well. Whether you have to cope with allergies on a regular basis, during seasonal changes or only occasionally when exposed to specific allergens, you become familiar with how allergies affect you and what you can do in order to deal with them. But have you ever thought about your pet? Pet Allergies Pets, like humans, can suffer from allergies, although their symptoms can vary widely from our own and are therefore often misinterpreted and ignored. Since pets cannot easily communicate their discomfort or their symptoms to their owner, they must rely on their owner to first notice that they are having a problem, and then to do something effective…

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pet hot spots

Hot Spots on Pets: When You Need to See a Vet

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Of course we want what is best for our pets, but this does not mean that we are willing, or financially able, to rush them to the vet’s office every single time something small comes up. Pet hot spots can seem like a perfect example of “something small” that most pet owners feel they should be able to treat at home. However, they can quickly flare out of control if not addressed and treated properly. It is therefore helpful to understand what types of hot spot issues can be successfully handled at home, and at what point a trip to the vet’s office is necessary. What Are Hot Spots on Pets When the surface of a pet’s skin is superficially damaged in some way, normal skin bacteria irritates the area and creates an infection that is known as a hot spot. Superficial skin damage most often occurs when the pet…

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summer safety

Summer Lawn Care: Could You Be Putting Your Pet At Risk

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One of the most pleasurable parts of summer is being able to spend lots of time outdoors with the ones you love, which of course includes your family pet. And while you don’t want to be unnecessarily worried about every single possible thing that could potentially harm your pet while they are outdoors, it is also very wise to be prudent when allowing them to run around outdoors. There are definitely a few things that can cause them harm, including such as the products that are used in lawn care. Keeping Pets Safe for Summer There are many summer hazards for pets, including increased temperatures, the risk of dehydration, sunburns, and sunstroke. Other hazards we may not normally consider include toxic plants in our home or yard or the chemicals that we sometimes use in order to care for our lawn. However, the fact is that pets are often more…

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pet fire safety

What to Do if Your Pet Gets Burned

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Many pet injuries result from a pet’s curiosity and persistence in locating and inspecting those things that can cause them harm. It is an unfortunate fact that even when we are incredibly prudent and take action to try and protect against injury, it can still sometimes happen. This means that in addition to knowing how to prevent injuries from occurring, pet owners should also know how to resolve injuries when they do occur. Preventing Burns on Pets Just as is the case with humans, burns on pets can be caused by heat sources, electrical equipment, and chemicals. Following basic pet fire safety rules can help to minimize the chance of pet burns occurring, which is obviously the most ideal solution. However, in the case that a pet burn does occur, pet owners who understand what to look for and how to respond to the situation are often better able to…

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summer paw care

Guide to Summer Paw Care: Tips for Protecting Your Pet

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While we enjoy interacting with our pets at any time of the year, summertime can provide us with even more wonderful opportunities to engage in fun outdoor activities with our pets. That said, the increase in temperature can bring certain dangers to your pet if you are not adequately prepared. That’s why it’s very important to review some basic pet summer safety tips and consider how best keep your pet safe in the hot summer weather. Summer Safety Tips for Pets There are many hot weather tips for pets that owners should be aware of, not the least of which is how to protect your pet from heatstroke. Another, often overlooked, point to consider is your pet’s paws–which while apparently quite hardy, can actually be easily damaged by summer weather. Following are some simple tips for how to protect your pet’s paws this summer: Watch for sweaty paws. When a…

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fireworks safety

Fireworks Safety: How to Manage Pet Stress During 4th of July Celebrations

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Have you ever taken your dog with you to a fireworks event only to discover that you have to spend all your time trying to calm them down? This can be particularly confusing and frustrating when your pet normally seems to be very relaxed, easy-going and open to all sorts of activities. After all, you have the very best of intentions when you choose to bring them along and you have definitely provided them with the perfect opportunity to spend some extra time with you. So what’s the problem? Fireworks and Pet Anxiety It can often happen that those events and celebrations that we find to be the most fun and exciting can be incredibly upsetting and stressful for our pets. This is largely because we understand exactly what is happening and our pets don’t. A perfect example is the fact that we understand that fireworks exploding loudly in the…

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pet joint pain

Joint Problems in Pets: Common Causes and How to Treat Them

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As pet owners, we are always interested in doing whatever is necessary to improve and stabilize our pet’s health, comfort, and happiness. We help them maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen and take them to the veterinarian for their annual examinations. We can normally tell when our pets aren’t feeling well, but the truth is that many pets are absolute experts at hiding their symptoms of discomfort. This means that by the time our pets are clearly physically uncomfortable, they may have actually struggled with a medical or health condition for some time. This is certainly true in the case of joint pain, and since it is easier and better for the pet to handle this problem early on, it is worth learning about the causes and signs of pet joint pain. Treating Joint Pain in Pets Joint pain in pets can not only greatly affect their quality of…

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summer heat

How Summer Heat and Humidity Affect Your Dog

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You are probably already well aware of the fact that heat affects your dog much more than it affects you, due to their permanent fur coat. Even though dogs shed their undercoat in preparation for the summer heat, they can still find it incredibly difficult to stay cool in hot weather–especially if humidity is added to the mix–and they will need your help. The Combined Effect of Heat and Humidity on Your Dog Where heat produces a measurable change in temperature, humidity can produce a further apparent change in temperature that greatly increases the risk of heat-related illnesses. Humidity is essentially water vapor that hangs in the air and makes the temperature feel hotter than it actually is. More importantly, humidity makes it difficult for perspiration to evaporate normally. This means that the main mechanism that dogs rely on in order to remain cool is greatly affected by humidity. Even…

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flea and tick prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention: The Best Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe

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Along with the highly desirable warmer weather of the summer months comes something we dread: an abundance of biting pests that irritate our pets and adversely affect their health. The overwhelming desire to find the best pet flea and tick prevention possible can send us running to the shelves of our nearest pet store, where we are confronted by numerous products that all promise the best results. However, pet owners have long since learned that not all flea and tick treatments work perfectly for all pets, and it can be difficult to decide which option is best. Fortunately, we are going to break it down for you. Flea and Tick Treatment It is safe to assume that all pets, even pets that are kept strictly indoors, are susceptible to some degree of flea and tick problems. This is why it is important to thoroughly check their entire body, especially including…

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pet fostering

5 Things to Know Before Fostering a Pet

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When it comes to bringing a new pet into your home and your life, it is always very wise to choose a shelter pet. Not only are you giving the shelter pet a second chance at living a wonderful life, you are supporting a shelter. Shelters work hard to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pets, as opposed to breeders who sometimes appear to care more about profit than anything else. In fact, knowing that one is saving lives and relieving shelter space can make one desire to adopt more pets than they actually have room for. Fortunately, there is another way to achieve this same satisfaction in helping homeless pets without having to adopt every single pet one encounters–through fostering. What to Know About Fostering When you foster a pet you are giving this animal a quiet, calm space in which to relax and recuperate while he is preparing for his…

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