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26 Jun 2018 09:30 
Safety: GPS Tracking Devices for Cats and Dogs 

10 Jun 2018 10:48 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Dealing with Pet Loss 

06 Jun 2018 16:14 
Spotlight: Sophie's Christmas Present 

24 May 2018 10:28 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALL 

24 May 2018 10:23 
Urgent Matters: Forster Family Needed for Mica 

24 May 2018 10:12 
Adopt Now: Maggie Needs A Home Of Her Own 

15 May 2018 10:31 
Safety: Finding those pesky ticks! 

15 May 2018 10:18 
Safety: Seizures - what to do for your dog who suffers a seizure 

08 May 2018 08:11 
Pet Health and Nutrition: What To Do When You Discover You're Allergic To Your Dog 

06 May 2018 11:15 
Events: Calle Rose Trunk Show June 6, 2-5 pm 

18 Apr 2018 10:48 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALLS 

18 Apr 2018 10:34 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Frosty Breath Doggie Treats 

04 Apr 2018 11:48 
Spotlight: Ti Ti At Your Service 

25 Mar 2018 08:54 
Spotlight: A Little Bit of Doggie Heaven 

25 Mar 2018 08:46 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALL 

25 Mar 2018 08:42 
Safety: Toxic Toads Kill More Dogs than Rattlesnakes 

25 Feb 2018 11:41 
Adopt Now: Louie Needs A Home 

25 Feb 2018 11:28 
Safety: More Dog Food Recalls 

10 Feb 2018 15:14 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALL 

10 Feb 2018 15:05 
Adopt Now: Looking Fur Love 

10 Feb 2018 14:55 
Events: Howl At The Moon Dog Walk 

31 Jan 2018 09:40 
Humorous Videos: When Kids Grow Up With Dogs 

28 Jan 2018 13:21 
Adopt Now: Sweet Dixie Needs Someone to Love 

10 Jan 2018 13:25 
Adopt Now: Jock Needs someone to Love 

10 Jan 2018 13:17 
Adopt Now: Bogie Needs A Family to Love 

10 Jan 2018 10:34 
Spotlight: "Tyger, Tyger burning bright, ..." 

07 Jan 2018 11:07 
Safety: Is that beautiful landscaping a threat to your pet's health? 

07 Jan 2018 10:58 
Safety: Primal Dog Food Recall of December 2017 

06 Jan 2018 15:47 
Safety: Leaving Your Pet in Someone Else's Care 

17 Dec 2017 11:28 
HAPPY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HEALTHY, FUN, AND CREATIVE NEW YEAR 

23 Nov 2017 12:13 
Safety: FIVE THINGS THAT DOGS SENSE BEFORE THEY HAPPEN 

14 Nov 2017 12:08 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Filling Your Dog's Prescriptions at a Human Pharmacy Might be Cheaper, But Is it Always Safe? 

14 Nov 2017 11:30 
Safety: Dog Park Safety 

12 Nov 2017 10:42 
Spotlight: Skinny Minnie Me!!! 

01 Oct 2017 10:11 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Ten Signs of Canine Cancer 

23 Sep 2017 09:44 
Spotlight: The Pampered Parrot 

05 Sep 2017 10:48 
Adopt Now: I'M SWEET AND A STRAY 

05 Sep 2017 10:41 
Adopt Now: Diamond and Dozer 

05 Sep 2017 10:16 
Pet Health and Nutrition: HUMAN FOODS DOGS CAN AND CAN'T EAT 

01 Sep 2017 17:43 
Events: COWBOY COOKOUT FUR CRITTERS AND ADOPTION EVENT November 1 - 4PM - Tickets go on sale October 11 at HOA1 SaddleBrooke 

23 Aug 2017 10:32 
Spotlight: Me and My Shadow 

22 Aug 2017 08:57 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Can Kissing Your Dog Give You Gum Disease? 

05 Aug 2017 16:26 
Adopt Now: Lookin Fur Love 

05 Aug 2017 10:22 
Events: SBPRN Cowboy Cookout Fundraiser 

27 Jul 2017 08:57 
Safety: Toxic Toads Kill More Dogs than Rattlesnakes 

25 Jul 2017 13:43 
Events: Pima Animal Care Center PetSmart Charities Nat. Adoption Wknd 

25 Jul 2017 13:37 
Events: Putt For Paws Golf Tournament Saturday Sept. 9th 

25 Jul 2017 13:33 
Events: Dogs Days of Summer Botanical Gardens 

16 Jul 2017 17:07 
Spotlight: Bogey, Suave and Debonaire 

11 Jun 2017 15:31 
Spotlight: Mr. Finn and Jack Rabbit 

Health and Nutrition


08 May 2018 08:11
What To Do When You Discover You're Allergic To Your Dog 
photoChances are there are a lot of changes you can make to tamp down the allergy symptoms. Even with a curly-haired dog who hardly sheds, there's no guarantee that it will be hypoallergenic for everyone in the household.

Pop math quiz (don't worry — it's easy): Some seven out of 10 U.S. households have a dog. And one out of 10 people is allergic to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. So what are the odds that many among us are living with our allergens?

Answer: High. You can rest assured that all the people who are allergic to dogs are not crowded into the three in 10 households that are dog-less.

Not every dog owner who is allergic to her dog knows it up front. Plenty of people bring home a dog only to find their eyes watering and their throat itchy a year later. It can take that much time for the body to build up antibodies to a dog's dander — the flakes of dead skin cells that slough off and cause allergic reactions. (It's not a dog's fur that causes the problem, as many people think.)

Some people also find themselves allergic to substances in their pet's saliva, which is why they break out in hives when a dog licks them. The offending substances make their way directly onto the skin.

It's often said that dogs with non-shedding coats — usually curly-haired breeds like bichon frises and Portuguese water dogs — are hypoallergenic because they end up leaving less dander around the house. But no dog can be said to be universally hypoallergenic. In some cases, just a tiny amount of dander will get the wheezing and other symptoms going. And you can't know beforehand if the dog you bring home is going to cause you a problem (although if you are allergic to airborne substances like dust and pollen, the chances you will end up allergic to your dog are greater).

Complicating matters further is that the incidence of allergies to dogs has gone up substantially in industrialized countries like our own over the last 60 years because houses are now built more air-tight to preserve energy. There's less exchange with outside air to minimize the problem.

But you most likely do not have to give up a dog to whom you find yourself allergic (as if you would). Here are the steps to take to keep your canine squeeze in your life without suffering any (or at least as many) uncomfortable consequences.

-Go to an allergist for testing. It may not be the dog that's the problem but something on the dog. One family we know brought home a lovely little sweetie pie of a pet only to find many months in that she was making them all sneeze. Upon testing, it turned out that everyone in the household was allergic not to the dog but to dust mites, which the dog carried on her.

-If you are found or suspected to be allergic to your dog, create an allergy-free zone in your house. Perhaps it should be the bedroom, where you spend about eight out of every 24 hours. Of course, closing off a room isn’t going to make it 100 percent allergen-free. The tiny molecules can certainly make their way through a closed door. But it will help.

-To the extent possible, limit fabrics. Allergens really collect in upholstery, rugs, and drapes. The less you have of them (wall-to-wall carpet is definitely harder to keep allergen-free than wood or tile floors), the fewer surfaces your dog's allergens will be able to cling to. The fabrics you do have should be steam-cleaned regularly. (And make sure your windows are fitted with washable shades.)

-Vacuum frequently — with a machine that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter or a disposable electrostatic bag. Otherwise you're spewing allergens back into the air.

-Add an air cleaner with a HEPA filter to central air conditioning and heating. This will help stop allergens from circulating throughout the house. Letting in a little fresh air daily, no matter how cold or hot outside, will help, too.

-Invest in an anti-allergen room spray. Your allergist should be able to recommend a spray that deactivates allergens.

-Wipe down walls. Just as you dust regularly, you should wipe — not just the furniture but the walls.

-Buy washable pet bedding only — and crates and other accouterments for your pet that can be cleaned easily.

-Bathe your dog once a week. In the home where everyone turned out to be allergic to dust mites, bathing the dog more frequently really cut down on the allergens she was literally carrying on her back. Just make sure you confer with your vet so that you choose a shampoo that won’t dry out your pet’s sensitive skin.

-Give your pet frequent wipe-downs. Some products are formulated to help prevent dander from building up and flaking into the environment. Again, talk to your vet about which product(s) may be appropriate.

-Brush or comb your dog every single day. Even better if you can do it outdoors. The dander hangs around on fur, so the more fur you can pull off through frequent brushing rather than let it collect around the house, the less dander that's going to hang around in your home environment.

-Wear a dust mask when you do all the cleaning and brushing. Or better yet, leave those tasks to someone in the household who is not allergic to the dog.

-Wash your hands immediately after petting your dog — particularly before you touch your face. The eyes and nose can be especially sensitive to allergens. You don't want to get the symptoms going.

-Consider reserving one set of clothes as a pet outfit. The Humane Society of the United States points out that if you do that, you can cuddle with your dog to your heart's content without contaminating your entire wardrobe.

-If necessary, consult with your allergist about medications you can take on an ongoing basis to relieve symptoms. Allergy shots work well for some people, while others come up with a system for using over-the-counter drugs with antihistamines that block the sequence of events leading to the triggering of symptoms. Still other people find that decongestants do the trick. Prescription steroids might be called for in certain instances, too.

A final thought: just as an allergic reaction to a dog can come out of nowhere, it sometimes disappears suddenly, too. The plaguing symptoms may dissipate when you think they never will.

Article Provided by Arlene Wong, Loving Pet Care

HEADLINES


Headlines


26 Jun 2018 09:30 
Safety: GPS Tracking Devices for Cats and Dogs 

10 Jun 2018 10:48 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Dealing with Pet Loss 

06 Jun 2018 16:14 
Spotlight: Sophie's Christmas Present 

24 May 2018 10:28 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALL 

24 May 2018 10:23 
Urgent Matters: Forster Family Needed for Mica 

24 May 2018 10:12 
Adopt Now: Maggie Needs A Home Of Her Own 

15 May 2018 10:31 
Safety: Finding those pesky ticks! 

15 May 2018 10:18 
Safety: Seizures - what to do for your dog who suffers a seizure 

08 May 2018 08:11 
Pet Health and Nutrition: What To Do When You Discover You're Allergic To Your Dog 

06 May 2018 11:15 
Events: Calle Rose Trunk Show June 6, 2-5 pm 

18 Apr 2018 10:48 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALLS 

18 Apr 2018 10:34 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Frosty Breath Doggie Treats 

04 Apr 2018 11:48 
Spotlight: Ti Ti At Your Service 

25 Mar 2018 08:54 
Spotlight: A Little Bit of Doggie Heaven 

25 Mar 2018 08:46 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALL 

25 Mar 2018 08:42 
Safety: Toxic Toads Kill More Dogs than Rattlesnakes 

25 Feb 2018 11:41 
Adopt Now: Louie Needs A Home 

25 Feb 2018 11:28 
Safety: More Dog Food Recalls 

10 Feb 2018 15:14 
Safety: DOG FOOD RECALL 

10 Feb 2018 15:05 
Adopt Now: Looking Fur Love 

10 Feb 2018 14:55 
Events: Howl At The Moon Dog Walk 

31 Jan 2018 09:40 
Humorous Videos: When Kids Grow Up With Dogs 

28 Jan 2018 13:21 
Adopt Now: Sweet Dixie Needs Someone to Love 

10 Jan 2018 13:25 
Adopt Now: Jock Needs someone to Love 

10 Jan 2018 13:17 
Adopt Now: Bogie Needs A Family to Love 

10 Jan 2018 10:34 
Spotlight: "Tyger, Tyger burning bright, ..." 

07 Jan 2018 11:07 
Safety: Is that beautiful landscaping a threat to your pet's health? 

07 Jan 2018 10:58 
Safety: Primal Dog Food Recall of December 2017 

06 Jan 2018 15:47 
Safety: Leaving Your Pet in Someone Else's Care 

17 Dec 2017 11:28 
HAPPY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HEALTHY, FUN, AND CREATIVE NEW YEAR 

23 Nov 2017 12:13 
Safety: FIVE THINGS THAT DOGS SENSE BEFORE THEY HAPPEN 

14 Nov 2017 12:08 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Filling Your Dog's Prescriptions at a Human Pharmacy Might be Cheaper, But Is it Always Safe? 

14 Nov 2017 11:30 
Safety: Dog Park Safety 

12 Nov 2017 10:42 
Spotlight: Skinny Minnie Me!!! 

01 Oct 2017 10:11 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Ten Signs of Canine Cancer 

23 Sep 2017 09:44 
Spotlight: The Pampered Parrot 

05 Sep 2017 10:48 
Adopt Now: I'M SWEET AND A STRAY 

05 Sep 2017 10:41 
Adopt Now: Diamond and Dozer 

05 Sep 2017 10:16 
Pet Health and Nutrition: HUMAN FOODS DOGS CAN AND CAN'T EAT 

01 Sep 2017 17:43 
Events: COWBOY COOKOUT FUR CRITTERS AND ADOPTION EVENT November 1 - 4PM - Tickets go on sale October 11 at HOA1 SaddleBrooke 

23 Aug 2017 10:32 
Spotlight: Me and My Shadow 

22 Aug 2017 08:57 
Pet Health and Nutrition: Can Kissing Your Dog Give You Gum Disease? 

05 Aug 2017 16:26 
Adopt Now: Lookin Fur Love 

05 Aug 2017 10:22 
Events: SBPRN Cowboy Cookout Fundraiser 

27 Jul 2017 08:57 
Safety: Toxic Toads Kill More Dogs than Rattlesnakes 

25 Jul 2017 13:43 
Events: Pima Animal Care Center PetSmart Charities Nat. Adoption Wknd 

25 Jul 2017 13:37 
Events: Putt For Paws Golf Tournament Saturday Sept. 9th 

25 Jul 2017 13:33 
Events: Dogs Days of Summer Botanical Gardens 

16 Jul 2017 17:07 
Spotlight: Bogey, Suave and Debonaire 

11 Jun 2017 15:31 
Spotlight: Mr. Finn and Jack Rabbit 

Health and Nutrition


08 May 2018 08:11
What To Do When You Discover You're Allergic To Your Dog 
photoChances are there are a lot of changes you can make to tamp down the allergy symptoms. Even with a curly-haired dog who hardly sheds, there's no guarantee that it will be hypoallergenic for everyone in the household.

Pop math quiz (don't worry — it's easy): Some seven out of 10 U.S. households have a dog. And one out of 10 people is allergic to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. So what are the odds that many among us are living with our allergens?

Answer: High. You can rest assured that all the people who are allergic to dogs are not crowded into the three in 10 households that are dog-less.

Not every dog owner who is allergic to her dog knows it up front. Plenty of people bring home a dog only to find their eyes watering and their throat itchy a year later. It can take that much time for the body to build up antibodies to a dog's dander — the flakes of dead skin cells that slough off and cause allergic reactions. (It's not a dog's fur that causes the problem, as many people think.)

Some people also find themselves allergic to substances in their pet's saliva, which is why they break out in hives when a dog licks them. The offending substances make their way directly onto the skin.

It's often said that dogs with non-shedding coats — usually curly-haired breeds like bichon frises and Portuguese water dogs — are hypoallergenic because they end up leaving less dander around the house. But no dog can be said to be universally hypoallergenic. In some cases, just a tiny amount of dander will get the wheezing and other symptoms going. And you can't know beforehand if the dog you bring home is going to cause you a problem (although if you are allergic to airborne substances like dust and pollen, the chances you will end up allergic to your dog are greater).

Complicating matters further is that the incidence of allergies to dogs has gone up substantially in industrialized countries like our own over the last 60 years because houses are now built more air-tight to preserve energy. There's less exchange with outside air to minimize the problem.

But you most likely do not have to give up a dog to whom you find yourself allergic (as if you would). Here are the steps to take to keep your canine squeeze in your life without suffering any (or at least as many) uncomfortable consequences.

-Go to an allergist for testing. It may not be the dog that's the problem but something on the dog. One family we know brought home a lovely little sweetie pie of a pet only to find many months in that she was making them all sneeze. Upon testing, it turned out that everyone in the household was allergic not to the dog but to dust mites, which the dog carried on her.

-If you are found or suspected to be allergic to your dog, create an allergy-free zone in your house. Perhaps it should be the bedroom, where you spend about eight out of every 24 hours. Of course, closing off a room isn’t going to make it 100 percent allergen-free. The tiny molecules can certainly make their way through a closed door. But it will help.

-To the extent possible, limit fabrics. Allergens really collect in upholstery, rugs, and drapes. The less you have of them (wall-to-wall carpet is definitely harder to keep allergen-free than wood or tile floors), the fewer surfaces your dog's allergens will be able to cling to. The fabrics you do have should be steam-cleaned regularly. (And make sure your windows are fitted with washable shades.)

-Vacuum frequently — with a machine that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter or a disposable electrostatic bag. Otherwise you're spewing allergens back into the air.

-Add an air cleaner with a HEPA filter to central air conditioning and heating. This will help stop allergens from circulating throughout the house. Letting in a little fresh air daily, no matter how cold or hot outside, will help, too.

-Invest in an anti-allergen room spray. Your allergist should be able to recommend a spray that deactivates allergens.

-Wipe down walls. Just as you dust regularly, you should wipe — not just the furniture but the walls.

-Buy washable pet bedding only — and crates and other accouterments for your pet that can be cleaned easily.

-Bathe your dog once a week. In the home where everyone turned out to be allergic to dust mites, bathing the dog more frequently really cut down on the allergens she was literally carrying on her back. Just make sure you confer with your vet so that you choose a shampoo that won’t dry out your pet’s sensitive skin.

-Give your pet frequent wipe-downs. Some products are formulated to help prevent dander from building up and flaking into the environment. Again, talk to your vet about which product(s) may be appropriate.

-Brush or comb your dog every single day. Even better if you can do it outdoors. The dander hangs around on fur, so the more fur you can pull off through frequent brushing rather than let it collect around the house, the less dander that's going to hang around in your home environment.

-Wear a dust mask when you do all the cleaning and brushing. Or better yet, leave those tasks to someone in the household who is not allergic to the dog.

-Wash your hands immediately after petting your dog — particularly before you touch your face. The eyes and nose can be especially sensitive to allergens. You don't want to get the symptoms going.

-Consider reserving one set of clothes as a pet outfit. The Humane Society of the United States points out that if you do that, you can cuddle with your dog to your heart's content without contaminating your entire wardrobe.

-If necessary, consult with your allergist about medications you can take on an ongoing basis to relieve symptoms. Allergy shots work well for some people, while others come up with a system for using over-the-counter drugs with antihistamines that block the sequence of events leading to the triggering of symptoms. Still other people find that decongestants do the trick. Prescription steroids might be called for in certain instances, too.

A final thought: just as an allergic reaction to a dog can come out of nowhere, it sometimes disappears suddenly, too. The plaguing symptoms may dissipate when you think they never will.

Article Provided by Arlene Wong, Loving Pet Care