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Dog Allergies Treatment

Pet owners are looking for safe and effective dog allergies treatment  they can use for their suffering pooch. There are a lot of traditional, over the counter medication that are being sold in pharmacies today, but not all of them are beneficial in the long term health of our pet.

dog allergies treatment

First consider, what is your dog allergic to? You need to isolate the cause of the allergies and remove it from your dog’s system. If it is a particular food ingredient, take it out of your dog’s diet and put him on a hypoallergenic diet. If it is a detergent or a seasonal type of allergies (because of pollen, weed, dust, etc.), then take the necessary precautions to keep your dog as protected as possible from these outside factors. If your dog is allergic to fleas, then groom him everyday so you can check for flea bites and treat this as soon as possible.

Many times, vets can prescribe an allergy medicine that suppresses the reaction caused by the allergen. Mild over the counter treatments are fine, but the harsher medications may cause damages in your dog’s health in the long run. It is better to use natural and organic materials to combat this problem because it is not only safer, it has more health benefits to it as well.

When humans get allergies, our respiratory gets the brunt of the adverse symptoms. With our dogs, it is their skin. They break out in hives, red spots, and itchy areas all over their face and body. You can treat these spots with simple remedies that are cheap and safe.

Dog Allergies Treatment Types

Epsom salts are very soothing for hives. Dissolve a handful of Epsom salts to a bowl of warm water and use this to treat the hot spots. If the painful area is in your dog’s legs. Let him soak his paws on this saline solution for 10 minutes.

Oatmeal paste is another good alternative for painful red spots in dogs. Mix oatmeal with warm water until it makes a thick paste. Gently rub this warm paste on the affected areas, and cover with a towel for 10 minutes. It will immediately soothe the dog’s painful hot spots. Do this every so often for a day.

I used to think that tea tree oil is a good remedy to treat hives and hot spots, but these can actually have a harmful side effect for many dogs. Extra virgin olive oil or aloe vera is a better choice to treat these areas topically. You can also add apple cider vinegar to his food twice a day as the vinegar is said to repel allergy causing fleas, while improving digestive health and restoring the acid balance in your dog’s body. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for 50 lb dog twice a day is advised.

Dog Allergies Treatment for Flea Problems

dog allergies treatment - flea allergyIf your dog is allergic to the saliva of fleas, then you can prevent these pesky parasites from making a home in your pet by bathing your dog in a lemon solution.  Quarter 1 to 2 pieces of large lemon and steep it in hot water. Mix this solution to his bathwater, the more concentrated, the better. If it is warm enough outdoors, let your dog dry naturally in the sun. If you don’t want to bathe your dog too frequently, use the lemon solution, or essential oils mixed in water (lavender, eucaplytus, lemongrass, citronella, etc.), put it in a spray bottle and mist it all over your dog’s body and face often. These are natural dog repellants.

Before using any of these dog allergies treatment, check with the vet because some of the symptoms of allergies might be overlapping with another dog condition. Be cautious and consult with the vet first.

 

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The Bulldog Breed – part 2

The bulldog breed  is among the most recognizable and more than that, well loved dogs in the world. From the United Kingdom, to America, to Asia- dog lovers find this breed a fantastic family pet and a great companion to have.

What makes the bulldog breed so special? After all, aren’t all dogs created in awesomeness? Yes it’s true that all dogs are special in their own right, but the bulldog is a special dog because even though it looks as tough as it does, it actually is a softie that will do anything for its family.

Bulldog Breed for Children

It’s true, this dog is amazing with children. They are gentle, affectionate, patient and kind. They love their masters and are very protective of them. They will go all the way to protect their own, making them the best guard dog.

The Bulldog Breed
Bulldogs are fearless. They got their name because they were once used to “bait bulls”. And if you are brave enough to be a bait for a big bull, then you are pretty much boss when it comes to tough stuff.

That is why a bulldog owner must be prepared to be the alpha male of the house. If you plan to adopt a bulldog, there should be no second thoughts about being the strong and firm master, otherwise you run the risk of raising a dominant and aggressive dog. You don’t want this because this type of dog is not safe in the community. On the other hand, a well trained and sociable dog is not only happier, but better to have around with strangers as well.

Training the Bulldog Breed of Dogs

Training bulldogs can be a challenge since they can be quite stubborn (hence the saying “stubborn as a bulldog”). But it is worth it. Train them up as early as possible so they do not develop bad habits that can take a while to correct. Teaching them how to be around strange people, animal and loud noises and how to behave right in these environment can go a long way in having a well-rounded and happy animal in your home.

Now, a common problem for bulldog owners is that this breed can be susceptible to several health problems, mostly due to the structure of its face and body. The bulldog is often beset with respiratory concerns because of its small windpipes. The large heads are a problem for pregnant bulldogs because it makes child bearing more of a challenge. The folds in his face can be prone to infection too and due care must be exercised to see to it this doesn’t happen.

Bulldogs are also very sensitive to extreme weather conditions. High heat and really cold weathers can be tough for this tough dog. You also need to regularly engage this dog to physical activity so that he doesn’t get obese and aggravate any health complications he might have. A daily walk a few times around the block is recommended since this satisfies the canine’s innate urge to migrate. Feed him healthy meals in small quantities two or three times a day as opposed to one heavy meal a day. Bulldogs are said to be more likely to have bloat, a painful condition caused by rapid overeating so it is good to try to prevent this in however way you can.

Grooming the Bulldog Breed

It is easy enough to groom a bulldog since they have short, shiny hair that can be combed by a firm bristle brush regularly. Do not bathe him frequently because doing so can dry out their skins fast. If you do, use a mild canine shampoo with natural ingredients like aloe and oatmeal that moisturize the skin. Never use human shampoo because our pH level is way higher than dogs and our products will be too harsh for the dog’s skin. Be careful to wipe the folds of the bulldog’s face to prevent skin infections.

The bulldog breed that you are probably familiar with is the English bulldog, often associated with the great Englishman himself, Winston Churchill. But there are also other bulldog hybrids that many people enjoy like the American bulldog, the Catahoula bulldog, the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge, the French bulldog, the Boxer, the Bullmastiff, and the toy bulldog . Whatever breed you decide to own, give him the best and enjoy every moment with him. Bulldogs are awesome pets that anyone would be happy to have!

 

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Taste Of The Wild Lamb

Taste of the Wild Lamb  with roasted lamb is just one of the several Taste of the Wild dog food formulas. Taste of the Wild dog food is a well-known commercial pet food brand. It manufactures different pet foods in its facilities based in northern California, central California, Missouri and South Carolina.

The Taste of the Wild product line includes seven dry and canned dog foods, four of which are claimed to meet the AAFCO nutrient profile for all life stages and three for adult maintenance.  The following formulas are available: High Prairie Puppy Formula, Pacific Stream Puppy Formula, Southwest Canyon Canine Formula, High Prairie Canine Formula, Pacific Stream Canine Formula, Wetlands Canine Formula, and Sierra Mountain Canine Formula. Taste of the Wild Lamb Dog Food

Taste of the Wild Dog food believes that when it comes to dog food, using natural lean meats and vegetables is the best approach. Through this diet, a dog would be able to eat food that’s close to its natural diet in the wild. The company believes that dogs should eat according to their genetic makeup and instinctual cravings. Thus, they use only high quality ingredients to create both their wet and dry products that are a rich blend of healthy, low-fat proteins such as roasted lamb.

Taste of the Wild Lamb can be bought as either canned or dry. It contains lamb protein and is a grain-free formula for all life stages. Sweet potatoes and peas provide great sources of carbohydrates for your dog and gives them digestible energy. Moreover, the addition of eggs in this formula aids in producing a thick, shiny coat for dogs while vegetables ensure that they get valuable nutrients. In addition, Taste of the Wild Lamb includes antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, probiotics and essential minerals that ensure a great quality of life for your pet.

Unlike other generic brands, Taste of the Wild contains no starchy grains or unhealthy chemicals, promising to deliver only natural, wild ingredients. Many veterinarians and nutrition experts believe that a natural and holistic diet would benefit dogs just as much as humans. Taste of the Wild Lamb with its natural protein source and blend of vegetables and essential minerals promises to bring a well-rounded meal for your beloved canine companion.

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Dog Prostate Cancer

Dog Prostate Cancer in large breedsDog prostate cancer  also known as prostatic neoplasia is a rare type of cancer in dogs. Though uncommon it is still a severe illness that can affect both intact and neutered male dogs. This type of cancer usually occurs in older dogs with an average of about ten years of age, depending on the dog’s breed. Though there is no known breed more susceptible to prostate cancer, middle-sized, large to giant breeds are found to be more affected. Since the life expectancy of larger breeds to smaller breeds is shorter the prostate cancer develops earlier in larger breeds.

Background on the Prostate

To give one some background on the prostate organ, it is a lobed gland located at the junction of the bladder and the urethra. It is only found in male dogs. This gland contributes a liquid component to the dog’s seminal fluid. This particular gland increases in weight and mass as the dog ages.

Development of Dog Prostate Cancer

Tumors of prostate cancer are highly invasive, aggressive, at times occupying great masses that have spread to the spine, pelvis, lymph nodes, lungs and other organs of the dog’s body by the time they are detected. The most common type of prostate cancer in male dogs is adenocarcinoma. Other types of cancer that can be associated to prostate cancer are carcinoma, fibrosarcoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and leiomyocarcinoma.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer in Dogs

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer in DogsPet owners should be wary of a number of symptoms when it comes to prostate cancer. Symptoms of prostate cancer in dogs develop gradually and can at times be mistaken to other benign  prostate disease. The following symptoms to watch out for in your dogs are frequent attempts to urinate, urination in abnormally small amounts, incontinence, straining to urinate, difficulty in urinating, blood in the urine, straining to defecate, constipation, scooting and periodic watery, and bloody discharge from the dog’s penis.

As dog prostate cancer progresses, the suffering dog may experience one or two of the following symptoms, increased signs of pain, behaviour change, lethargy, loss of appetite and weight, lameness, and fever. Dogs can exhibit all or just one of two of the symptoms. What is important is that owners upon discovering such symptoms will be ready to bring their pet to their trusted veterenarians to seek their professional help for diagnosis and symptoms.

Diagnosing Dog Prostate Cancer

Veterenarians will perform physical examinations on the dog suspected of having prostate cancer. Among those exams are abdominal and rectal palpitation. Throughout the rectal examination the veterinarian will feel the prostate gland to assess the size, texture and count ours. In the event of a prostate cancer, the veterinarian will commonly feel a large, asymmetrical, irregular and painful prostate gland. The vet may also find a palpable mass in the abdomen.

DalmationIf the diagnosis with the physical exam is positive the veterinarian will order more examinations including, serum chemistry profile, blood count, urinalysis and urine culture. Another test a vet can perform is an ultrasound of the prostate gland. This method is preferred when it comes to assessing the general health of the prostate as it can help identify and mark between prostatic cysts, abscesses and tumours.

Chest and abdominal x-rays as well as abdominal ultrasound will also be performed to see if the cancer has metastasised. Fine needle aspiration can also be ordered by the veterinarian to sample regional lymph nodes to discover signs of the cancer spreading to the other organs.

The only sure way to diagnose prostate cancer is through biopsy. If signs were discovered with the physical and other examinations biopsy will be done to your dog. There is no prevention method discovered to date. Since prostatic tumours are not influenced by testosterone, castration will not help in preventing the development of dog prostate cancer.

Can Prostate Cancer in Dogs Be Cured?

The most efficient and effective cure for this cancer is surgery. However, surgery can only prove effective if the diagnosis of the disease has been made early. If the cancer has metastasised surgery will no longer cure the cancer. Veterinarians will opt to put your  dog  under radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Holistic vets may suggest natural dog cancer supplements, either instead of or as an adjunct to conventional therapies.

If prostate cancer is discovered early chances of survival may be high. Sadly, eighty percent of documented dog prostate cancer has only been discovered when the cancer has already metastasized, giving a low and negative prognosis.

 

 

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Bull Dog Breeds

Bull dog breeds are among some of the most popular in the world. These dogs are unique, loyal and affectionate – any family would be lucky to have one of these magnificent creatures residing in their homes.

Traits of Bull Dog BreedsBull Dog Breeds - English Bulldog

When you think about the Bulldog, you probably have a tough, scary dog in your mind. While it is true that Bulldogs are not a dog to mess around with (they were once used to bait bulls!), they are actually very sweet, patient and loving to their masters. Team that up with amazing qualities like courage, strength, tenacity (hence the phrase “stubborn as a bulldog”), you’ve got yourself a pet that you will treasure for life.

Seeing the exceptional traits that Bulldogs have, many breeders have actually developed Bull Dog breeds to suit the taste of different personalities and preferences. While this article is not an opinion piece on whether or not this practice is advisable, all I can say is that the resulting hybrid of dogs have generally come out great and such a benefit to the families that have adopted them.

Types of Bull Dog Breeds

What are some of these Bull Dog breeds? The most common one that we refer to when we talk about the Bulldog is the English Bulldog. Yes, the one closely associated with Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister. Other popular Bulldog hybrids include American Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Boxer, French Bulldog, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, Valley Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, and the Banter Bulldogge.

These different breeds have a few differences in look and temperament, but they generally reflect the personality of the Bulldog we all know and love. It is important to note that whichever one of the Bull Dog breeds you choose to adopt, you need to take care of them well. Feed them healthy dog food, exercise them regularly, and have them examined by the vet once in a while. This will keep dog sicknesses at bay and make sure that they are as happy and healthy as possible at all times.

 

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Dog Cancer Diet

Dogs With Cancer Need a Specialized Diet

Dogs with cancer have a very weak immune system. Their body will need a specialized diet to help them gain strength and to combat the weakness that chemotherapy may have caused them. They would also need this to be able to build new tissues that their medication has destroyed. Without a proper diet their body will used up all their remaining tissues and leave them with atrophy and other complications. Dog cancer diet then becomes an essential part in helping your pet towards a full recovery free of any tumors and other diseases it may have caused.

Dog Cancer Diet

Dogs with cancer that do not receive the much needed protein, nutrition, omega 3, 6 and 9 through their diet are at risk from suffering muscle weakness, severely weakened kidneys and liver complications. Such complications may lead to the cancer worsening and even speeding up the spread and growth of tumor in the other organs of the dog’s body. Now that we have established that diet is an important part towards a dog’s recovery, read on and arm yourselves with the knowledge of what you can and cannot feed your dog suffering from cancer.

Dog Cancer DietAn important note that one must remember is to veer away from feeding your dogs grain. Dogs are meat eaters. Their body was never meant to eat grains alone. Their digestive system, which cannot process such components, can attest to that. It is unfortunate though that most dog foods in the market even the most expensive ones contain corn, wheat and rice. Help your dog by only buying all meat dog foods.  If you want to help your dog towards achieving that much needed energy chuck those grain filled dog food and feed him lots of animal protein and omega 3, 6 and 9 instead. There are a lot of choices in the market. If you are not comfortable with buying canned and processed dog food you can also make your own mix. Animal proteins you must include in your dog’s diet are canned sardines, cottage cheese, ground beef, eggs, ground turkey and chicken.  High fat food is also said to be good for your dog. You can give them raw or cooked fat – either way their body will thank you for it.

When it comes to the much needed omega elements turn to fish oil. Such fatty acids have been studied thoroughly and have been claimed by professional to be an effective tool in shrinking and eliminating tumors. Flax seed oil is also a good source of fatty acids. There are some dogs who who do not like the taste of flax seed oil. In cases like this it will be best to mix the flax seed oil with the dog’s daily ration of meat.

The best meal to give your dog will be an all meat food mixed with raw ingredients of protein. The dog’s stomach has high acid levels. They are not susceptible to bacteria unlike their human owners. They will be able to digest raw food just fine. Give your dogs a fighting chance with cancer and make sure that he gets the correct dog cancer diet. Medicines, chemotherapy and surgery will not work alone. Your dog needs your dedication and patience when it comes to effectively combating cancer.

 

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Popular Dog Breeds

The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

Since their domestication, dogs have been bred for thousands of years to produce the most popular dog breeds. Although we are not yet sure where our beloved Fidos and Rovers originated from, the different dog breeds of today run from a gamut of sizes, shapes and temperaments. The breeds are selectively and purposefully created whether for usefulness or their cuteness.

The American Kennel Club announces a yearly list of the most popular dog breeds. Some are shuffled around but many are mainstays including the following breeds below:

Most Popular Dog Breeds - Labrador Retriever1.      Labrador Retrievers. These athletic dogs originated from Newfoundland and were the best friends of fishermen, helping them to pull nets and catch escaped fish, earning them their retriever status. Labs come in yellow, black, and chocolate coat colors. Apart from being excellent co-workers, they are well loved for their stable temperaments, affection and playfulness.

2.      German Shepherds. A staple for the police and military, these excellent guard dogs came from a mix of herding and farm dogs in Karlsruhe, Germany. From their origins of guarding and herding sheep, this breed’s strength and intelligence made them popular with the police and military. They are prized for their obedience, loyalty and protectiveness.

Yorkshire Terriers3.      Yorkshire Terriers. Affectionately called Yorkies, these dogs are part of a toy breed and can weigh somewhere between 4 and 7 pounds. They originated in England and are named for the city of Yorkshire. They were initially bred to catch rats in clothing mills during the 19th century. Once a working-class pet, the breed has now enjoys being a favorite among the upper-class.

Blonde Golden Retriever4.      Golden Retrievers. The Golden Retriever hails from Scotland where Lord Tweedmouth, who wanted a skilled retriever suited for the Scottish climate, crossed his yellow retriever with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. These medium-built dogs became a hunting companion during shooting parties, helping to retrieve ducks and other waterfowl. The Golden Retrievers are prized for their intelligence, allowing them to fulfill many roles including becoming seeing eye dogs, hunting dogs, drug detectors and search and rescue dogs. Golden Retrievers are friendly and eager to please but do have a tendency to roam due to their instincts as hunting dogs.

5.      Beagles. This breed is so beloved that Charles Schulz made him the endearing protagonist of the Peanuts Comics – Snoopy. Although other beagles wouldn’t imagine gunning after the Red Baron, they are well-known for their hunting acumen. While the larger hounds tracked deer, the smaller ones, such as the beagle, would sniff out rabbits. It is often thought that their name is derived from the French term “be’guele” referring to their baying when on the hunt for game. Beagles are well-loved for their intelligence and cheerful temperament. Rather than hunting, they are now employed as detection dogs.

Boxer6.      Boxers. This breed got its name for its tendency to get up on its hind legs and “box” with its front paws. They were developed in Germany in the 19th century as fighting dogs as well as hunting dogs. The boxer is medium-built with a smooth coat. Although they were originally fighting dogs, dog owners soon learned just how loving and faithful this breed can be. They are especially fond and affectionate of children.

Bulldog7.      Bulldogs. Adorable and loveable, not many would know that the bulldog had rather dark origins. In fact, it got its name for its reputation of being able to wrangle with bulls. They were used for bull baiting in the British Isles so they had to be ferocious and tough. When bull baiting became illegal, the breed almost became extinct. Today, the breed has become a loving companion dog.

8.      Dachshunds. These dogs were first bred in Germany in the 1600s and were bred to be both fearless and lengthy so they could dig and burrow in pursuit of vicious badgers. In fact, their name is German for “badger dog”. When they came to America, Dachshunds hunted prairie dogs.   Two sizes of dachshunds exist today: standard (weighing 16 to 32 pounds) and miniature (11 pounds and under).

9.      Poodles. You might be surprised to know that the frou-frou poodles of today were not bred to be fluffy toy dogs, but rather an athletic hunting dog. They were first bred in Germany as a water retriever and even its hairstyle was utilitarian, helping them to move more efficiently through the water. The poodle comes in three sizes: the standard size is the oldest kind; the miniature poodle and the toy poodle. Toy poodles were often kept as pampered pets, notably during the reign of King Louis XVI.

Shih Tzu Puppies10.      Shih Tzus. This breed originated from China and its name means “lion dog” as they were bred to resemble the lion in traditional oriental art. The Shih Tzu is a toy breed, standing no more than 26 centimeters. The Shih Tzu was cherished by Chinese royalty and was a popular house pet during the Ming Dynasty.

When choosing the best breed for you, take temperament, size and environment into consideration. Which ever of the popular dog breeds you choose, remember that each canine is unique and individual.

 

 

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Dog Health Information

There are a variety of dog health information that a responsible dog parent must equip himself in order to properly care for his pet. Some of the most important dog health information one must know about are dog food, dog sickness and how to prevent it, and obedience training. To break down the important components of dog heath information let us first start with dog food – proper diet and nutrition.

Dog Health Information Tips

Dog Health InformationAll dog parents wants to give the best for his beloved pet. A pet owner, when it comes to dog food, must develop an astute eye when recognizing which dog food is best for his pet. To identify which dog food is most ideally suited for your dog, there are several questions that must be answered first.

Prices of dog food are a main concern of dog parents. They are very much interested in knowing if a dog food’s selling price is directly a good indicator of how good a dog food is. Does an expensive retail value necessary equate to a good dog food?   The answer to that depends on the brand you are looking at.

There are expensive dog food brands that claim to be   organic and holistic dog food, but they do not really perform as expected.   When it comes to deciding on the best dog food, an expensive retail value does not necessarily equate to the best choice, however they do matter. After all, cheap dog food will use cheap and substandard ingredients.

Another important info to take note of is the dog food ingredients. Does the dog food possess the necessary key ingredients? Dog ingredients will vary per dog food brand. It is essential that dog parents first look for the approval seal of the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This group is very particular with the amount of protein, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients included in the bad. An AAFCO stamp of approval will guarantee that your dog will get the ingredients his system craves and needs.

Another element to consider in dog health information is dog sickness and how to prevent it. It is quite unfortunate but dogs similar to their pet owners are also susceptible to diseases. In order to prevent dogs from succumbing from diseases it is very important for pet owners to take care of their dog’s environment and to ensure that their home is safe from dirt and allergens. It is also a good thing to note that a dog’s immune system is strengthened through proper diet, nutrition and exercise. Aside from giving your dog healthy foods, a pet owner must also make sure that his pet is getting a proper amount of exercise.

Lastly, pet owners to help their dogs develop a holistic health physically, intellectually and psychologically must give them obedience training. Obedience training is a good channel to open up communications between parent and dogs. This will deepen a master and a pet’s relationship. A pet will benefit from getting guidance and attention from their masters while their masters will benefit by having obedient and lovable dogs. The dog information stated above will arm pet owners with the crucial knowledge of properly taking care of their pets.

 

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The Bulldog Breed

Have you encountered enough cute, cuddly pet images, gifts and videos in your personal social networking sites that the thought of owning your very own pet has even transcended your dreams? Why not make that dream a reality and consider adopting a very lovable, huggable, fun dog – the Bulldog breed?

Varieties of the Bulldog Breed

Bulldogs are dogs characterized with having a muscular and stout frame, a distinctive wrinkled face coupled with a unique pushed-in nose. There are three types of Bulldogs for a pet lover to choose from. There are the American Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and French Bulldogs. These three bulldog types are sure to suit your preference for pudgy and cuddly dogs.

The Bulldog Breed - English Bulldog

English Bulldog

We know that Bulldogs are cute and cuddly little things. And as a soon to be pet owner on his way to achieving his dream, I am sure that you are very much interested in first doing a background check on your dream dog. So I bet you are already asking, aside from their so very lovable appearance, does the Bulldog breed have anything more to recommend them?

The Bulldog Breed – Temperament

The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Despite the Bulldog’s sour expression a pet owner can expect a docile and biddable temperament from these breed. They are a bunch of fun friendly dogs that are known for their courageous and kind countenance. It is also a good thing to note that aggressiveness and viciousness is absent in this breed’s DNA, although they may look very intimidating at first glance. This is good news to individuals who loves to invite visitors to their home. This breed will not give your visitors a scare or bite in the butt (no lawsuits here!). What they may do is charm your visitors into giving them a quick belly rub.

The Bulldog breeds are small to medium sized, which makes them perfect for individuals living in apartments and lofts. They are a low maintenance breed and require only a small amount of physical activity making them the perfect dog for individuals living in an urban environment, with fast pace lives.

The Bulldog is also known to be very good with children. They tend to get very attached to the children of the family and will be content with just sitting on someone’s lap than running around chasing a ball as most breeds do. Overall The Bulldog breed is a good candidate for individuals wanting to venture into the mystical world of pet ownership. They have a good temperament and have minimal demands. What they have in abundance are their cute and delightful visages that pet owners will surely appreciate.

How to Care for the Bulldog Breed

Part 2 – Bulldog Breed

Dog Allergies Treatment

Dog Allergies TreatmentThe number of pets, most significantly dogs, that suffer from allergies, has increased throughout the years. In fact one out of seven dogs are found to be suffering from allergies.  According to statistics skin allergies are now the most common reason why pet owners take their cherished dogs to visit veterinarians. Though there are breeds that have a higher percentage of susceptibility compared to other breeds. All dogs are susceptible to allergies.  An owner need not worry though- dog allergies treatment is a sure way that will ease a pet’s suffering and discomfort.

dog allergies treatmentAllergies in dogs are often cause by several factors in his environment. It could have come from a food or food source, it could also be an inhalant found in a pet’s surroundings. When these factors trigger a reaction from the dog’s immune system, an allergic reaction will then ensue. First exposure will not automatically trigger an allergy. In most cases the second exposure will induce allergies in the dog.

Allergies can be really unpleasant to dogs. Since allergies in dogs have a way of manifesting into dog skins, dogs are often left suffering from severe itchiness. Dogs will tend to scratch non stop to ease or lessen the discomfort. A generally cuddly and affectionate dog can turn quite irritable and even snappish during allergy attacks. There are many steps you can take to diminish the effect of allergies, which are entirely natural.  But of course, at times of distress you should turn to your veterinarian for options on the best dog allergies treatment your pet can use.

Types of Dog Allergies

dog allergies treatment - flea allergyThere are four types of dog allergies. The first one is an allergy caused by insect bites, such as fleas and bugs; this is referred to as Flea Allergy Dermatitis. The second type of allergy is known as Canine Atopy, this is the type of allergy caused by inhalants such as dust mites, molds and trees.  Another allergy is the food allergy. As the name suggest the allergy in this instance is caused by food intake. Drugs can also cause allergies. The last type of allergy is the Contact Allergy, this is the type of allergy in which the irritants has a direct contact with the dog’s skin.

Dog Allergies Treatment

Dog allergies treatment usually includes identifying the allergy source and minimizing exposure. If the allergen came from a dog’s immediate environment, then a pet owner might choose to clean and lessen the allergens in the house and backyard. If the allergy source is the food then a change of diet is recommended. Though the best recourse of action will always be preventive, there are times that exposure can be unavoidable, in this instance seeing your family veterinarian will be the best course of action.  The veterinarian might them prescribe antihistamines to your dogs.

 

Further Reading:

More Dog Allergy Info

Dog Allergy Symptoms

How to Prevent and Treat Dog Allergies

Dog Allergies Treatment – Part 2