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Movies To Watch This Summer With Your Dog

Movies To Watch This Summer With Your Dog

summer movies

In the course of your busy life, it may be difficult to spend enough quality time with your dog and also have enough time to relax without being under pressure. One great way to achieve both without so much stress is by watching fun movies with your dog. Not just any kind of movie, but movies starring dogs!  Here is a list of 8 movies you should watch with your dog this summer

  1.       A DOG’S PURPOSE (2017)

This is an emotion-packed movie about a devoted dog on the path to discovering his life’s purpose. He was first adopted by a little boy and the journey takes him through different reincarnations and owners. He teaches his owners how to laugh and love and even eventually gets reunited with the child (now an adult) who first adopted him.

  1.       MEGAN LEAVEY (2017)

This movie is based on the inspiring true life account of a marine corporal who served in Iraq alongside her dog, a military combat dog. They met in interesting circumstances, became friends and served the nation on several missions. After her discharge from the military, she kept trying to adopt him without much success. Things took a new turn when the dog was scheduled for euthanasia and she had to fight to save him. This is a remarkable story that highlights friendship and heroism.

  1.   SECRET LIFE OF PETS (2016)

This movie shows you a fun perspective of how your dog probably thinks and what he can do in your absence. Even though it may set off some paranoid thoughts about your pet’s activities in your absence, it is an exciting and fun movie to watch.

  1.   WIENER DOG (2016)

This movie is based on the life of a cute dachshund puppy who spends her life going from one owner to the other, each owner being on a search for some sort of companionship. Wiener-dog shows that a dog can bring comfort and joy to anyone and all they need to do is to reciprocate. The movie has a touch of adventure in it and should be interesting to watch.

  1.      ROCK DOG (2016)

This is a movie about following one’s dreams and being able to take responsibility for one’s actions. Join the main character, a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, on an adventurous journey filled with many unexpected turns as he tries to fulfil his dreams of being a musician.

  1.      THE DOG LOVER (2016)

This movie is based on animal rights and features a passionate animal rights activist who pretends to be a college intern, so she could investigate possible abuse on a dog-breeding farm. She faced some challenges but is able to overcome them. It is a highly educative movie and you will surely learn some things

  1.       MAX (2015)

This movie is one of the emotional ones and the storyline is based on the relationship between a Belgian Malinois and his Marine handler as they work in Afghanistan. The handler dies and the dog bonds with his younger brother, and together they help each other through the pain and also found out what really happened to the dead marine. This is a story about friendship, companionship and being a hero.

  1.   101 DALMATIANS (1996)

What better time to see a classic than now? This is one of the most favorite dog movie classics of all time. The movie is all about 101 dalmatians trying to outsmart a villain that wanted to use them to make a fur coat. It is action-filled and definitely fun to watch.

These are just few movies that you and your dog can watch together this summer, to relax and spend quality time together. In addition, you might learn some things that will make your relationship with your dog more enjoyable.

7 Ways To Keep Your Dog Calm During The 4th Of July Fireworks

7 Ways To Keep Your Dog Calm During The 4th Of July Fireworks

We love to celebrate the 4th of July. All our family, neighbors and friends are hanging out  and just having a good time. However, when we remember our dog, we suddenly lose a part of our joy. Why? The truth is that most dogs are afraid of fireworks, and we can definitely say that most dog owners in the United States simply state that this is one of the worst days for their dogs. So, what can you do? How can you make sure that your dog remains as comfortable and as calm as possible?

Here are 7 different things you can do to ensure that your dog remains calm during the 4th of July fireworks:

#1: Before the fireworks start, make sure that you have all your dogs inside the house. If it’s possible, make sure that you stay in as well to make them feel safer. If you can’t, just leave them something fun to do. In case it’s too hot as it usually is, turn on your air conditioning.

#2: During the day, take your dog outside and give him the opportunity to get plenty of exercise. This way, he will be more tired in the evening, and he will be less stressed out about the fireworks. Getting rid of the as much of the pent up energy as possible beforehand will result in a calmer pup!

#3: When dogs get scared, they like to hide in small spaces where hardly anyone can see them–survival of the fittest! So, just find this place for your dog inside the house and point it to him when the fireworks start. Establishing this safe haven beforehand is the wisest choice of all as your dog may become alarmed or confused if you try to send him under a bed, table or into a crate if he’s not usually accustomed to doing so. With all the noise, dogs just can’t orient themselves, and they will feel this is the only safe spot around the house.

#4: Before the fireworks start, make sure that you have all the curtains and windows closed. In case you also have blinds, make sure to lower them as well. While the noise will be a sure thing, there’s no need to stimulate your dog even more with all the visuals from the fireworks since this can make them even more nervous. There are some dogs that can tolerate the noise but freak out at the flashes of light.  Eliminating all possible anxiety-inducing stimuli is the best!

#5: Since it’s always better to be safe than sorry, don’t forget to make your dog wear an ID tag on his collar. In case he manages to get away from the house, whoever finds him will be able to return him to you. Even better? Get your dog microchipped before you do anything else.  This is double protection in case your dog’s collar and id tags go missing.

#6: Music for dogs is always an excellent way to make your dog calm down. The goal of these songs is to reduce his anxiety.  It works!  Just like us, our dogs appreciate relaxing tones when they are stressed and well, music has been used all around the world with great results in regulating behaviors for centuries.  Plus, it blocks out some of the noise. Win – win!

#7: Another way that seems to help many dogs is the use of a Thundershirt. Simply put, you just wrap your dog with a Thundershirt, and, since it has a special design that maintains certain pressure features, your dog’s stress will decrease. It’s kind of like a hug. Awwww!

As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to make sure that your dog remains as calm and comfortable as possible during the 4th of July fireworks thereby allowing you the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s independence to the fullest.

We hope you all have a safe, happy and stress-free 4th of July!!


when is it too hot to walk your dog in milton?

When Is It Too Hot To Walk Your Dog In Milton?

When Is It Too Hot To Walk Your Dog In Milton?

when is it too hot to walk your dog in milton?

The temperature on some summer days can be unbearable for humans even with the thin and sparse clothing. Now, imagine how your dogs with their thick fur and coats must feel. It is your duty to ensure that they are very comfortable even at extreme temperatures.

How can I tell when it is too hot to take my dog for a walk?

Outdoor activities in extreme summer temperatures can be harmful to your dogs, but they still their exercise. Here are some tips to help you tell if it is too hot out for your dog:

  1. The 5-second rule: The rule states that if you put the back of your hand on the pavement and you cannot hold it there for 5 seconds, then it is too hot to walk your dog. The rule makes sense because the back of your hand is quite sensitive and even though your dog has paws that are not that sensitive, it is best to err on the side of caution.
  2. The temperature reading. If you feel the temperature is too high to be out in the sun, it probably is. So, find some indoor activity to engage in with your dog
  3. If your dog starts panting at an increased rate just a few minutes into the walk, it is a sign that it’s time to return to cooler areas – home.

Aside the fact that the hot ground and pavement can be too hot for your dog, their paws can also get burnt which will be highly distressing.   

Some dog breeds are more prone to danger from increased temperature than some others; dog breeds such as mastiffs, pugs and bulldogs have “collapsed” faces that may already make it difficult to breathe, thus aggravating breathing difficulties that accompany extremely high temperatures.

If the humidity levels are too high, dogs may not be able to cool themselves naturally by panting and this will result in an increase in their internal body temperatures. It therefore becomes imperative that you seek ways to make them comfortable and to avoid the heat:

  • Take your dog swimming, but rinse off the salt and chlorine after
  • Stay inside air-conditioned rooms and play games or just “chill”
  • Give them a cool bath
  • Install sprinklers in your yard or hose them down when the temperature is high

Regardless of the heat, it is necessary that your dog still gets their exercise. You can modify their exercise routine and try out some new activities.

  • Go for walks very early in the morning before the sun gets really hot
  • If you must go for walks in the afternoon, make use of shaded and grassy areas rather than places with concrete floors and pavements
  • Go swimming in lakes or pools

By being careful and by paying attention to your dog, you will be able to protect them from the harmful effects of the sun and still have fun in the process. Have a great summer!!!

tips for walking your dog in blue hills

Tips For Walking Your Dog In Blue Hills

Tips For Walking Your Dog In Blue Hills

tips for walking your dog in blue hills

Nеаrbу, 15 minutеѕ tо thе ѕоuth оf Boston, iѕ the dоg-friеndlу Bluе Hills Rеѕеrvаtiоn. The firѕt settlers came tо this аrеа 10,000 уеаrѕ аgо аnd саllеd themselves “Mаѕѕасhuѕеtt,” mеаning “people of thе hillѕ.” Whеn European еxрlоrеrѕ ѕеt sight оn thе fоrеѕtеd ѕlореѕ whilе sailing аlоng thе соаѕtlinе thеу nаmеd thе rеgiоn thе Blue Hillѕ.

Some 125 miles of trаilѕ viѕit a vаriеtу оf tеrrаin from hills and meadows tо fоrеѕtѕ аnd wеtlаndѕ, including a uniԛuе Atlаntiс white сеdаr bоg. Sоmе of thе саninе hiking саn bе quite сhаllеnging аnd mаnу of thе trails аrе ѕtrеwn with rосkѕ. Grеаt Blue Hill, riѕing 635 feet аbоvе the Neponsett Valley, is thе highеѕt оf thе 22 hills in the Bluе Hillѕ сhаin.

Thеrе are ѕоmе thingѕ which you must consider whеn taking уоur реt dоg аlоng on this hiking trip. The most imроrtаnt factors are listed bеlоw:

  1. Make ѕurе уоur реt dоg iѕ hеаlthу enough tо ассоmраnу you оn the hiking triр. Tаkе уоur реt dоg tо уоur vеtеrinаriаn аnd gеt your dоg сhесkеd. Nеvеr tаkе аn unhеаlthу dоg оn ѕuсh a trip. Yоu will face numеrоuѕ рrоblеmѕ if уоur dog fаllѕ ѕеriоuѕlу ill.
  2. Mаkе ѕurе your реt dоg is ассlimаtizеd fоr thе hike. Wе tаkе lоtѕ of рrесаutiоnѕ to рrоtесt our feet аnd оthеr body parts frоm еxсеѕѕivе ѕtrаin during the hikе. Yоu cannot gеt shoes for уоur реt dоg. Thе nеxt bеѕt thing is tо make sure thе dоg iѕ uѕеd to thе ѕtrаin.
  3. Thе best wау tо соnditiоn your dog iѕ tо tаkе it for long wаlkѕ on a dаilу bаѕiѕ. Start оut with a ѕhоrt distance аnd kеер оn inсrеаѕing thе diѕtаnсе until уоu аrе ѕurе thаt thе pet is ready for thе hikе.
  4. Yоu can аlѕо rеѕоrt tо асtivitiеѕ likе jоgging, tennis-ball fetch, and ѕwimming tо gеt your dоg into good shape.
  5. Aftеr conditioning thе heart of уоur реt, take саrе tо tоughеn uр thе tоеѕ. The pads оf уоur dоg’ѕ fооt ѕhоuld bе сараblе оf bеаring thе strain. A dоg with a blееding fооt раd саn bесоmе a very hеаvу burdеn оn thе hikе.
  6. Prераrе your dоg’ѕ ID tаg аnd license аnd mаkе ѕurе the rаbiеѕ inосulаtiоn is uр tо date. Gеt your vеt tо insert a miсrосhiр to еnѕurе your pet dоg саn be found vеrу easily.
  7. Nеvеr forget thе fact that trаil rеѕtriсtiоnѕ аrе for your safety. Ignоrе thеm аt your own peril. If thе trаil rеԛuirеѕ thе dоg tо bе рut on leash, оbеу the rule. Further, make ѕurе уоu сlеаn uр the mess саuѕеd bу your dоg оn thе trаil.

Final Thoughts…….

Keep Trасk Of Yоur Dog After Yоu Arrive At Yоur Hiking Site!

Respect thе ‘Nо Dоgѕ Allowed” ѕign. Do nоt inѕiѕt on taking your dog inside. Thе ѕmаrtеr way оut is tо ѕimрlу find a dog friеndlу park. Thеѕе раrkѕ аllоw dоgѕ undеr vоiсе control to bе tаkеn оff thе leash.

Do nоt tаkе your dоg tо ѕuсh a раrk unless you hаvе trаinеd thе dоg well to obey уоur commands. If уоu hаvе a рuр, uѕе a tеn fооt lоng lеаѕh tо trаin the pup to соmе bасk tо уоu whеn you call it. If the рuр rеfuѕеѕ tо оbеу, uѕе thе leash to kеер it undеr соntrоl.

As you head to hike the Blue Hills, keep these tips in mind.  Never venture out into the Blue Hills for a hike unless you are prepare and you know that your dog can handle it.

Fun Games To Play At The Dog Park

Fun Games To Play At The Dog Park

fun games to play at the dog park

Spring is the best time of the year to get out and about with your dog! No matter what part of the country you’re in, spring is the time we all just want to soak in the sunshine with our dogs.  It’s not too hot and not too cold.  If you’re sick of the same old games you play at the park, why not try some of these on for size.  You, and your dog, will be glad you did.  

  1. Get a rope and entertain your dog with some good ol’ family tug of war.  You can take turns trying to get the best of your dog, if they’re a sizeable force, or you could have them join you as you take down other members of the family.  Just you and your dog strong-arming the rest of your family.
  2. Vocal games like Marco Polo and Simon Says are dog favorites, especially if you believe they’re getting a little lazy or rusty with their commands.  The dog’s version of Simon Says doesn’t involve trying to trick them, per-say, but you can make it difficult by trying to fire off commands and mixing up the sequence to see if they are listening.
  3. If you’re going to the park with family and friends, have them all participate in the dog’s version of Round Robin.  Get everyone to stand about 25 feet apart, in a circle, each holding your dog’s favorite treats.  Then, in a zig-zag pattern, have everyone call your dog’s name one at a time to come and receive their reward.
  4. Teach your dog how to play Frisbee.  We mean really play it, not just play keep-away for a few minutes before getting bored or you getting tired of chasing them.  You can start by rolling the Frisbee towards them, if they really aren’t accustomed to it yet, then start tossing it for small distances and having them retrieve it.  Gradually increase the distance until you have them leaping for it to catch it.  Now you’re playing some Frisbee!
  5. Want to play fetch, but feel like the ol’ ball toss is getting old?  Introduce a baseball bat to the mix.  You can start with the toy plastic bats to keep things under manageable distances.  Hitting the ball with the bat will eventually make your dog less prone to holding onto it, as they know they need to release it if they want you to hit it for them again.
  6. Play a game of Sherlock Holmes with you dog by creating a trail that they can follow, leading to a big score (their favorite toy or treat, of course).  You can do this by taking their favorite toy and dragging it over a patch of grass in a fairly straight course, like a curving arch, which leads behind a tree or a patch of leaves somewhere that you can hide their reward.

So, what do you think about these fun games to play at the park with man’s best friend, AKA your best friend? Give it a go and head on out.  Go on, and have ball!  

Mother's Day Celebration

Fun Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day With The Dog

Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with your DogMother's Day Celebration

Mother’s Day is all about spending the day with Mom.  You should really think about centering the day around one of the best things in her life, (besides you, of course) and that is, with out a doubt, her dog! If the Mom in your life is also “Mom” to man’s best friend, why leave the dog out of the festivities? A dog themed mother’s day is sure to put a smile on Mom’s face and won’t soon be forgotten!

  • Spend the Day looking through old photos with the dog and cataloging them together.  This can include scanning and uploading all hard copies to a cloud service like OneDrive or DropBox, so that mom can have them easily accessible anytime she wants to show off her doggy online.  This is a great bonding activity that she will cherish.
  • Go out for a nice lunch or dinner at a place that accepts dogs.  It’s not always easy to eat at fancy restaurants with your dog, chances are good that most won’t allow any, but there are some out there that cater to two-legged and four-legged animals.  Do some research and surprise mom with a special table for her and her favorite pooch.
  • Take mom to go shopping for her and Fido.  Plan a day of shopping that she can enjoy and her dog together.  Allow a spending budget for her and the dog, so she gets to enjoy twice the gifts.  Okay, the dog will probably not care as much, but all the attention will surely make them happy.
  • Get some much needed relaxation in the great outdoors.  Don’t just take her and the dog to a dog park, take them to a dog-friendly trail somewhere that is both relaxing and fun.  We recommend anywhere that has a good view or ends in ice cream, either way is a nice detour from the usual.
  • Have the family use their best creative skills to make artwork for mom and the dog.  Whether that means painting, finger painting, modeling clay, Photoshop work, or even a fun little piece of music on your favorite instrument, it would be very endearing and special to receive a tribute from everyone.
  • Design a t-shirt online through any of the many custom clothing websites.  You can make a corny or silly t-shirt for her that says something like “Numero Uno Chiuahua Amiga” or “Mom’s Favorite Child” with a picture of her dog.  Just make sure you order a back-up shirt, just in case one gets lost or stained.
  • You could also try celebrating mother’s day by adopting a new dog for mom, as long as you have a strong belief that she can handle another dog and has hinted towards wanting a new member for her four-legged family.  Being a new mom all over again is a great way to celebrate for sure.

So, what’ll it be? If you want my words of advice, I say make it a Mother’s Day weekend and hit a few things on the list.  Go big or go home!


5 Ways To Stop The Dog From Shedding In The Spring

I’m going to be honest. The truth is you can’t keep your dog from shedding. Shedding is a natural body process for dogs just like sweating is for humans. But, there are a couple ways you make Allergy Season a little easier on both you and your pup.

Dogs need  to lose their winter coat for the warm summer months, and that’s what they do in the Spring. (Fun fact: It is the length of days that causes this, not the seasonal temperature change.) However, you can make it less messy all around with these simple tips.

5 Ways To Stop The Dog From Shedding In The Spring


#1 – Take A Trip To A Groomer

If you regularly take your dog to a groomer, consider upping the frequency of visits in the Spring. It will not only keep him cleaner, but the extra brushing will cut down on the amount of fur in your house.

#2 – Consider Adding Some Extra Brushing Sessions At Home

In addition to the extra grooming, you can brush your dog at home an extra time or two per week to keep better control over the shedding. Plus your dog will love getting to feel extra pampered!

Before you run out and buy a doggie brush or grooming kit, keep in mind that there are any different types and textures of dog hair (all with a specific brush to maximize results). To make it easier on you, I’ve compiled a list of the different types here for your quick reference:

  1. Boar Bristle: Good for all fur types, and it helps circulate oil from the skin.
  2. Shedding Blade: Used for pulling out feathery undercoats.
  3. Slicker Brush: Used for mats and tangles in long-haired breeds.
  4. Rubber Curry Brush: Used for short-haired breeds and undercoats. Also helps stimulate circulation
  5. Wire Pin: Used for longer fur, and thick, several-layer coats

Pro Tip: It is recommended that you brush against the grain to pull out the undercoat, brush with the grain to smooth out the overcoat.

#3 – Invest In A Fabric Cover For Your Pup’s Doggie Bed

If your dog has a bed of his own, putting a fabric cover on it can be helpful with the shedding process. Plus, you can wash and dry the cover, which will eliminate much of the fur. Using a pet safe dryer sheet to eliminate static will also help keep fur from settling in.

#4 – Baths, Baths, & More Baths

In between baths (which should be given once or twice a week), consider using bath wipes to keep Fido free of dirt and debris. It won’t stop the shedding but the fur that is there will be cleaner and less likely to smell.

There are a variety of wipes available, from hypo-allergenic to moisturizing, as well as those that help remove dander.

#5 – Get A Jump Start On Spring Cleaning

Regular vacuuming of areas where your dog hangs out is also a good way to manage the shedding. Air filters and air fresheners will help to alleviate odors.

Once the Spring shedding slows down, keep your pooch fresh in the hot summer with regular baths, and using the pet wipes in between. Plus, you’ll be able to bathe your dog more often outdoors in the warming weather, meaning less cleanup for you 🙂

Your furry friend will thank you, and your house will be cleaner too!

celebrate easter

Fun Ways To Celebrate Easter With Your Dog

With Easter soon approaching, you may be wondering what you can do to celebrate and include your dog in the festivities. While we need to be cautious with our canines around the sweet treats, plastic eggs and plastic grass, there are still plenty of ways to include your pooch in the fun.

Fun Ways To Celebrate Easter With Your Dog

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#1 -Dress Your Dog Up!

We’ve all seen those adorable pictures with furry friends wearing costumes, right?  This is a great way to include your dog in the Easter fun, if he will tolerate being dressed up. You can outfit him in a full costume, like an Easter bunny, a baby chick ,or maybe just a head piece.

You could even put a little necktie scarf or bow tie on him. The choices really are endless! If that isn’t working for him, how about a fun collar or bow attached in Easter colors or styles?

#2 – Yummy Dog-Friendly Easter Treats

This is where you need to be careful, but of course there are plenty of Easter treats fit for your dog. You can give him any of his regular treats, but make it special by feeding him from a pet-safe Easter basket.

Safe means no plastic grass, plastic eggs, or chocolate.

While hard boiled eggs won’t hurt him, be careful not to give him too many. Also make sure they are fresh and haven’t been sitting out too long. Doggies can have sensitive digestive tracts when it comes to “people” food.

There are plenty of veggies you can feed your dog too. Potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers. Fruits are okay too, such as watermelon, strawberries, oranges and blueberries. Fruits with pits should be avoided.

As with any treats, we don’t want to overfeed Fido, but he can enjoy a moderate amount safely.

#3 – Have A Dog-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

Including your dog in an Easter egg hunt is perfectly fine if you follow a few safety precautions:

  • Keep him away from plastic grass
  • Keep him away from chocolate
  • Don’t let him chew on any plastic eggs, only hardboiled and only when fresh
  • Any fabric-stuffed chew toys should be pet safe
  • Don’t overfeed veggies or fruit, but he can enjoy in moderation
  • Count the number of eggs you have hidden so you know none are left to rot or to be found by Fido after Easter
  • Be careful of small plastic toys, you don’t want doggie to eat anything that might hurt his insides

One way to look at safety for your dog at Easter time is to think of him like a toddler. You wouldn’t want to give your toddler anything unsafe to eat or chew, or in excess amounts.

With these ideas in mind, you can have a safe and pleasant Easter with your dog and family.

Plus, be sure to take pictures of your dog in that Easter costume – We want to see them! It will be a fun memory for you and the kids year after year.

dog to eat grass

Is It Safe For My Dog To Eat Grass?

Is It Safe For My Dog To Eat Grass?

dog to eat grass

Dogs are no-doubt adventurous creatures. Think about the last time you took your dog on a walk – did they stop and sniff almost everything in sight? I bet they did!

But what happens when dogs start to EAT some of their outdoor findings – namely grass? Today we’re going answer this burning question. Let’s break down why dogs eat grass, and if it’s safe for them to do so.

First Thing’s First – Why Do Dog’s Eat Grass?

Like humans, dogs can be mysterious. There might not always be a clear rhyme or reason for their behavior. There’s a number of possible causes to why dogs eat grass, and it really comes down to a case-by-case basis. Some of the common reasons why dogs eat grass are:

  • They’re bored
  • They have a nutrition deficiency – possibly fiber
  • To make themselves throw up if they aren’t feeling well (This one is debated)
  • To improve digestion or treat intestinal worms
  • They just really like the taste and feel or grass

As you can see, there a number of possible causes to why your dog eats grass. If you’re concerned that your dog may have a nutrition deficiency or digestive problems, make sure you talk to your veterinarian to get to the bottom of the problem.

Will My Dog Get Sick From Eating Grass?

It’s possible, but uncommon. In fact, there was a recent study done showing that less than 25% of dogs will vomit after grazing. For the most part, veterinarians consider grass-eating a normal behavior in dogs. While there are a number of harmful plants that dogs really CAN get sick off of eating, grass isn’t really one of them.

What can make grass dangerous, however, is dangerous herbicides and chemicals that the grass may be treated with. These can be harmful and even fatal at times.

There are a number of lists online that detail what is and isn’t an “okay” chemical for your dog to ingest. If you suspect your dog has ingested something they shouldn’t have, don’t be afraid to call the Animal Poison Control Hotline.

Overall, grass really with neither hurt nor harm your pet (assuming there are no harmful herbicides or pesticides that the grass is treated with!). But as always, we recommend that if you’re ever worried about any strange behavior your dog is showing to consult with your veterinarian.

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Is It Possible For My Dog To Have Allergies?

Is It Possible For My Dog To Have Allergies?

dog to have allergies

Spring time is almost here! And that means the outdoors will start to come alive again with blossoming flowers and trees and pollen circulating in the air. Unfortunately, with all of the beautiful foliage comes allergies – yuck! Sneezing, coughing and watery eyes are no fun. But, have you ever stopped to think whether or not your DOG gets spring time allergies too? Today we’re going to provide you with everything you need to know about dogs and allergy season.

Yes – Dogs CAN Get Allergies

Dogs are really not so different than humans in this regard. Dogs can absolutely get allergies, which occurs when their immune systems start to think that natural substances are harmful to their bodies. These substances are not harmful, but your dog may have a reaction to them when ingested, inhaled, or when they come in contact with the skin.


How Do I Know If My Dog Has Allergies?

There are many tell-tale signs of an allergic reaction in dogs. Here’s some of the most common ones to watch out for:

  • Itchy, red skin/eyes/back/base of tail/ears
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Constant licking
  • Paw chewing
  • Snoring
  • Ear Infections

Any of these symptoms MAY indicate that your dog is having an allergic reaction. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, make sure you contact your veterinarian to discuss your options.


What Can Dogs Be Allergic To?

Dogs (and people) can have allergic reactions to almost anything. But, there are a number of substances that are identified as the “most common” allergens. Here’s a list of the most common allergens for dogs.

  • Trees, grass, pollen, & weeds
  • Dust
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Fleas
  • Perfumes & Shampoos
  • Cleaning Products
  • Food ingredients such as beef/pork/chicken/wheat/soy/corn

If you’re finding that your dog may be allergic to their food, the tough part is determining what exact ingredient is causing the reaction. Food allergies in dogs can show up any time from puppies to elderly dogs. You may have to experiment a little by feeding them different things to try to narrow down what the ingredient is. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, be sure to contact your veterinarian for help.


How Can I Help My Dog’s Allergies?

There’s a number of different allergy treatments that you can use, depending on what your dog is allergic to. Step number one is to visit your veterinarian to get a better sense of what your dog is allergic to and what the best treatment methods are.

For example, if your dog is allergic to plants or trees, frequent bathing may help to relieve them. Trying to be conscious of dust around the house by cleaning more frequently may help a dog a with dust allergies. Dogs with food allergies can be placed on special prescription diets by your veterinarian to help to determine what the allergen is and what food they should eat from now on.

Overall, it’s important to provide your dog with the best care by consulting with the professionals. While the Internet definitely provides a lot of helpful resources, the best way to get the facts on dog allergies is to chat with your veterinarian. They are here to look out for you and your dog – so don’t be afraid to take advantage of them. They are the best resource!