Top Five Pet Choices for Allergic Children - Pet Care Supplies Blog

Top Five Pet Choices for Allergic Children

Top Five Pet Choices for Allergic Children - Pet Care Supplies Blog

Pets are related to childhood memories where the images of children walking their dogs, or playing with a pet cat or swimming together is mostly tagged. However, many parents are always in a dilemma when it comes to adopting a pet especially when they have children with allergies. It is not possible for many children to have pets specially a dog or a cat. And, it is quite heartbreaking for parents to confine their children from pets. Fortunately, there are ways to tackle this and there are pets that are best suited for allergic children.

Here are the five top pet selections, that every parent can look for if their children are allergic.

Dogs

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Some breeds like a poodle, some terriers, the bichon fries and the Portuguese water dog are often the best choices for children with allergies. No dog is free from allergens due to the foreign elements on their fur. On the positive side, there are certainly dog breeds that are a lot lower on the allergy threshold than others.

Birds

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As pet birds spend most of their time and space in a confined environment, there is less to no possibility of causing allergy to your children. They are less likely to affect humans when compared to other pets.

Reptiles

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Lizards, geckos, frogs and snakes can be a great fun for children as well as they are allergy friendly. However, if you are considering to opt for turtle, then you need to know that these reptiles can transmit infection like salmonella and other bacterial infections. So, it is better to check with your doctor before going for a selection.

Rabbits

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The lovely animal with fluffy fur is always adorable and most liked by children. Though they have fur and can bother some humans with allergies, they are least likely to cause allergy. Compared to dogs and cats, they do not share your bed or spend time in other areas of your house, hence the impact of allergies is quite negligible.

Fish

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Nothing to worry about fish if you take them as your pet. They are probably the best pet any child with an allergy can have. Living in their water world they least bother you or anyone with allergies. They don’t affect the home environment and they are beautiful to look at. Unlucky that you can’t take them for a walk but definitely you are free from those heavy sneezes and wheezes.

So, break down your constraints about pets and look out which pet you can choose for your child with an allergy.

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How To Ensure That Your Dog’s Mouth Stays Clean And Healthy?

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Does your dog have bad breath and tartar build up on his teeth? If yes, then it’s a sign that your pooch needs a proper dental care or he will end up with dental and gum disease. Here are some of the tips to help and ensure that your dog’s mouth stays clean and healthy.

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    • The first thing you need to teach your dog that it’s OK for people to handle his mouth and muzzle, so that this will help him to tolerate the future dental care.
    • Practice this with your dog anytime, when he is near by you, move his gums aside and rub the finger over his front teeth and gums.
    • Try to rest your hands on his muzzle, one on top and the other below his jaw, and gently open his mouth, while doing this offer treats to your furry pal.
    • If your pooch is finding it uncomfortable with this handling, make it more appealing. By coating your finger with something special like by dipping your finger in the chicken broth etc. This will make him happy and allow you to move your finger in his mouth.

 

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    • Make sure you keep your finger just within licking range, not inside of his mouth. When you are moving the finger on his teeth and gum, as well as rub the outside of his lips.
    • After some sessions, you can brush your pet’s teeth with the help of Pet Dent Finger Brush or Pet Dent Toothbrush. These brushes are specifically designed for the pets.
    • You can apply Pet Dent Toothpaste on the brush, which is a flavored toothpaste, specially designed for the furry pal’s. Make sure, you don’t use human toothpaste on your fur baby, as this can be dangerous if swallowed.
    • You can brush your pet’s teeth on regular basis or twice a week. This will help to decrease the buildup of  tartar, plaque and prevent from dental and gum diseases.

Surely, the above points will help you to keep your dog’s mouth clean and healthy, as well as prevent him from dental and gum diseases.

Few Ways To Follow For Boarding Your Dog

Few Ways To Follow For Boarding Your Dog

Few Ways To Follow For Boarding Your Dog

Are you going on an extended vacation? That’s great! But are you’re worried about your dog. Don’t worry, if you have not left with any other choice than boarding your pooch. Are you living your canine for the first time, here are few points to make the process smoother and ensure that your dog is happier when you leave him behind.

Tips To Follow When Boarding Your Dog

Visit the Place:

It is always a good idea to visit the boarding before you leave your dog. Talk to the boarding faculty, to get a clear image of the facilities they will be providing to your dog. Check their references, and request a tour. Look around how clean the place and examine the conditions of the cages of rooms and present dogs over there.

Meet The Staff Members:

Before boarding, you should talk to the staff members and try to meet the person who will be responsible for taking care of your pet. Ensure they are well versed in pet safety and first aid. Ask the questions like will be dogs supervised during playtime, are you allowed to pack your pooch’s favorite toy, blanket etc.

Take Your Dog Along With you:

When you are planning to visit the boarding, take your dog along with you. This can make him become comfortable with the environment before his stay. Let, he sniff the new smells and get familiar with the new place while they’re in your comforting presence. As well as, you can even watch him how he reacts, after seeing other dogs.

Get Updates:

Tips To Follow When Boarding Your Dog

If you feel happy with the facilities, staff and think that your pooch can leave comfortable at boarding, it is essential to know how you can get updates of your furry pal. Ask the faculty of the boarding can you call or email throughout their stay for regular updates and can you extend the period the stay of your dog one or two days.

Leave Your Contact Information:

It is important to share your contact information with the boarding faculty or staff. They will need it to contact you if any emergency occurs.

Make sure, when you leave your pooch at the boarding you give a copy of the medical history of your pet. If any vaccination or any monthly basis regular flea and tick treatment have to be given to your fur baby, let the boarding staff know about it. Provide every single detail of your pet, if he is allergic to any food etc, so they can take care of it and also tell the vet if any emergency occurs.

9 Powerful Rituals to Perform When Introducing Your Dog To a New Puppy

9 Powerful Rituals to Perform When Introducing Your Dog To a New Puppy

Planning to get a new puppy to have a lovely pet family? It is really a great thing to do. But, STOP! If you have an old dog, do you think that it would be easier or worried how to introduce both of these pooches. Normally, puppies are highly energetic whereas the old ones are less energetic. So whenever, a new pup enters, it is not that the old dog is jealous or not compassionate but the fact is due the difference in their energy levels, older one normally avoids the newer one.

The introduction is a mammoth task, but considering a few below Steps you can definitely make the process easier.

Rituals to Follow When Introducing Your Dog To A New Puppy

  • Know your dog first, his likes and dislikes as well as how he behaves with other neighborhood pets or dogs when in dog parks. This helps in bringing your new pup interacting with your pooch.
  • One of the effective ways is to introduce both your new pup and old dog in a neutral place. This helps dog learn that the new puppy is just a baby.
  • Creating positive associations help in bringing both of them together. Like for the first-time meeting take them to a park, make them play with a ball or a dog toy, give a treat and take them together on a car ride (if your old dog is not phobic about the car rides). This will create positive association with the pup.
  • Bringing home new puppy, you may be likely to revamp your house making it puppy proof. If you are onto this, then do these changes a few weeks back making your old dog to adjust with the changes. This will help your dog to get used to the new environment and quite easier to accept the new one.
  • Make changes in routine ahead before bringing in puppy. Change your dog’s feeding and walking time to avoid the clashes between both the pooches. For example, if you are taking your dog for a walk in the mornings, make it to afternoon or evenings. Similarly, switch the feed time a little bit later in the day as you need to give priority to your new pup.
  • During the starting phase, don’t force interactions. Some easily mixes and some remain indifferent for a long time. Bring them together by having a play with them or go for a group walks. Apart from this, let them mingle on their own way.
  • Ensure that your pooch has a quiet place where he can retreat to when he wants.
  • In spite of directing your old pup to stop growling or barking, teach your new puppy not to bite or irritate your dog. It is a simple basic training, which you need to give to your puppy.
  • Though puppy is your new priority, set separate time for your old pooch. Have one-to-one meeting going on walks, play and training without your puppy.

Little things will ease the air of storm and bring in a smooth new beginning. Just bringing in that new pup is not that enough but making sincere efforts help settle the differences and makes a great pet family.

You may also be interested in reading: Tricky Ways To Keep Your Pet Healthy

All About Naughty Dogs!

All About Naughty Dogs!

Have you ever found your couch or shoes torn when you come back home? Yes, only the parents of naughty pets may connect to this experience. Isn’t it? It is very difficult to keep up with the naughty pets. If you too are one of those pet owners who have to deal with the pet’s tantrums and mischief, then it’s time to analyze your dog’s behavior. Shall we begin?

What is the characteristic behavior of naughty pets?

For humans, “being naughty” is anything that embarrasses them. You may call such actions indecent or improper. Your naughty dog may have following characteristics that make them so:

  • Knack of performing: Naughty dogs have this urge to perform and entertain you. They want to please with their performances.
  • Humor: No, they are not humorous. But when you give a big laugh at some of their mischief they take it as positive and think that you like the deed. They like it when you laugh. You may need to deal strictly even so it cracks you up.
  • Plain disobedience: If your dog has this characteristic then going through the trash even after told not to may be often. Is it? These pooches just want to do as they please and need professional training.

These are some of the most observed characteristics that naughty dogs have. But do you know why do they show these characteristics? Here are a few possible reasons for your pooch being a naughty one:

What may be the reasons of pet’s naughtiness?

There are three obvious reasons for your pooch’s misbehavior: Your attention, to convey something, or to entertain you. If you are a busy person and are unable to give enough time to your pet then their mischief may be the way of grabbing your attention. If your pooch is following the same pattern of misdeeds then he sure is trying to convey something like he misses his game of fetch or that you are not feeding his favorite food. The last reason may be to console you, cheer you up or entertain you. It is necessary that you get to the base of your pet’s behavior to improve it. Hiring professional trainers might be the perfect way to deal with naughty pets.

Do you know which the naughtiest dog breeds are?

Although the misbehavior or naughtiness does not depend on breeds, somehow the following dog breeds are found to be more bullying or humorous:

  1. Bull Terrier
  2. Pug
  3. Maltese
  4. Dachshund
  5. Beagle
  6. Labrador retriever
  7. Yorkshire Terrier
  8. Jack Russell Terrier
  9. English Bulldog
  10. American Pit Bull Terrier

So this was all about naughty dogs! If your furry companion is giving a hard time then try to analyze his behavior and sort it out. Hiring professional trainer might be a right decision to overcome this issue on a permanent base.

Lumps, Bumps and Cancer in Pets- Quick & Brief FAQs

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Cancer is the first thing that comes in our mind when we find a lump or a bump on our pet’s body. Isn’t it? Well, we tend to think the worst scenario about those whom we love the most. However most of the lumps are harmless and are there because of different things such as swellings, fluid build-up, parasites, etc. Though, it is essential to get it examined by your vet. To make things a bit easier about bumps, lumps and cancer, we have answers on quick and brief FAQs. Let’s go through!

How to determine whether the lump is cancerous?

There is no way to determine that by yourself. You must visit a veterinarian and get that lump examined. If you are delaying the consultation just because it may cost you then you are making a big mistake. Vets need to check the lump and if they would be suspicious of it being cancerous then they will suggest you to make further tests.

How many types of lumps are there?

Lumps are formed by different things in your pet’s body. Here is a list of types of lumps:

  1. Cancer– Mast cell tumors: Mast cell tumors can be tricky. Some may be benign while the others can be malignant. As any benign lump can change into malignant, it is advised to remove all mast cell tumors.
  2. Fatty lumps or Lipomas: This may be the most common type of lump found in canines, especially in obese dogs. Their growth rate is slow and they rarely spread.
  3. Sebaceous Cysts: These swellings have creamy matter inside and are generally seen in older pets. It usually appears in the middle of the back, has a reddish look and does not pose any severe problem other than soreness.
  4. Mammary lumps: These are tumors found in mammary glands of female dogs. Though most of the lumps are harmless it is advised to take the vet’s opinion.
  5. Histiocytoma: These lumps are often found in younger pets and appear like red buttons. They may not pose intense problems as they may disappear quickly.
  6. Warts: Warts are more common in aged dogs. They look like a small portion of skin is attached to the coat which can be irritating sometimes and requires a removal in some cases.

How many types of cancer are there?

There are two types of tumor that could be found in dogs:

  1. Benign: Benign growth of tumor may grow in size but does not spread elsewhere. It may not pose severe health issues except for difficulty in breathing due to its size. However it is necessary to let its characteristics determined by the vet.
  2. Malignant: Malignant growth of tumors is aggressive and spread through the whole body. This growth is cancerous and affects lungs, liver and other body parts in a negative way.

Should you be concerned about lumps on your pet’s body?

The smallest of lumps should be monitored even when declared harmless by the doctors. Any sudden change in its size or growth requires veterinary attention. So, yes you should be concerned about the smallest of the lumps and bumps on your pet’s body.

How the treatment should proceed for lumps?

In most of the cases vets may advise you to get the lump removed. However if the tumor is malignant then your vet may ask you to get your pet checked. X-rays, ultrasound reports may be advised to check whether the lump has spread to any other part of the body.

To conclude, no external or internal growth that seems abnormal should be ignored. Take your pooch to the vet in such cases. Keep your furry friends ell examined to avoid the lethal disease of cancer. Your awareness may become your pet’s wellness!

Dog’s Skin & Paw Care In Winter- Let’s Put Up A Fight Against The Cold!

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Winters can be harsh for your pet’s skin and paws. The snow and cold winds can make your pet’s skin and paws itchy, hoarse and cracked. This weather may always ask for a little extra care from your side if you want your pups to have smooth skin and paws. Here are a few tips that could make that possible your you in winter:

  • Groom often in winters: Grooming includes brushing your pet’s coat, clipping the nails, bathing and cleaning the paws. Brushing will help you remove the dead skin on your pet’s body and aid in circulation which is necessary in the colder seasons. Clip your doggy’s nails to avoid the splaying while they walk in snow. Try bathing your pet with plain water as shampoos tend to be the cause of dandruff and dry coat in winters.
  • Humidification may help: Dry weather outside as well as inside your home during colder days may make your canine’s skin flaky and itchy. To keep their skin nourished and non flaky, use a humidifier when inside the house.
  • Bathing frequencies can be reduced: It is not recommended to bathe your pooch frequently in winter. Doing so may make their skin and coat dull and dry. Try not to bathe them as often as you do in regular days to keep up their coat’s shine. Also, try not using shampoo every time you wash your pet.
  • Paw cleanliness is necessary: It is recommended to wash and dry your pooch’s paw after every walk, also between the toes. After cleaning, use a paw balm or petroleum jelly to soothe their paws. Check for dryness, redness or cracks in their paws.

In all it is not difficult to manage your pet’s skin and paw in winters. It may take a bit more of your attention, but that’s fine, right? Use the above discussed tips if you want your pet’s coat to shine even in the dry season.

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Why does my Dog Spin in Circles?

As a dog owner you might have observed that your dog sometimes spins in circles. You should not ignore this dog behavior by assuming that he is just being a dog by doing such a thing. Although circling behaviors are harmless there are certain times when dogs spin in circles when they are dealing with medical problems. Spinning can also be a result of an emotional turmoil in your little four-legged friend. Let us look at some of the prominent reasons for your pooch to spin in circles:

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Obsessive compulsive behavior

You might have observed that certain human beings have the habit of biting their nails as a result of severe stress. This is obsessive compulsive behavior similarly when a dog spins in circles it can be because they are extremely frustrated with something or someone. This can be a cause of repetitive actions. You need to find out the reason for your pooch to spin in circles.

It can be that they are not getting adequate attention from you and is aloof the entire day. Maybe he is upset because his closest canine companion is not there with him. You need to find out the reason for the spinning in circle behavior of your dog.

Once you find out the problem it becomes easier to fix it with the help of a veterinarian or diverting extra attention towards him. There are other types of obsessive compulsive behavior in pooches encompassing excessive barking, snapping flies and pursuing shadows.

Prior to sleeping

If your pooch spins in circle before bedtime it is a natural way of satisfying himself about his sleeping place. Dogs in the wild dig their own resting spots to ensure that the place is cozy and safe place for him to sleep. This is the canine style of ensuring that everything is perfect.

Once they are satisfied with the place they would circle in the bedding site before taking a nap for the night. It can even be a case that they are trying to drive away the pesky bugs that are lingering around in their sleeping spot.

As a result of nervousness and apprehension

If your pooch is dealing with an unsafe high-anxiety situation, he would spin around in circle in the immediate area fanatically. It can be that they are worried about an assault from a larger dog or they are unaware of how to deal with the situation.

Going to the restroom

If your four-legged friend is spinning around in circles while smelling the ground the reason would be that he has a call from nature and wants to go outside immediately.

Dealing with health problems

Spinning around in circles on a frequent basis can also indicate towards health problems in your pooch. If your pooch is old then spinning around in circles can indicate that they are suffering from problems with his cognition. It can be vision, memory or hearing. It can also be a symptom of different types of neurological disorders in pooches like brain tumors.

If you find that your dog is spinning around in circles regularly then you need to take him to the veterinarian immediately to find out the real cause of the circling. The quicker you take the action the better it is for the health of your pooch.