Archive for January, 2010

How to Choose a Dog and How to Select a Puppy

How to Choose a Dog and How to Select a Puppy

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1897 edition by W. Thacker & Co., London.

List Price: $ 23.99

Price: $ 23.99

How to Treat Dog Allergies

How to Treat Dog Allergies

Dog allergies are one of the most common conditions affecting dogs. Dog allergies can be very frustrating for both yourself and your dog. The constant itching and scratching, paw licking and chewing, skin rashes or chronic ear infections can make life very unpleasant.

Dogs allergies become noticeable when your dog’s immune system reacts excessively to substances (called allergens or antigens) to which she has been exposed. Generally, allergies show up in three ways. The most common is with the skin – your dog will itch and scratch either in one area or all over, or you will see skin sores or lesions. Another way involves the respiratory system and your dog may cough, sneeze, and/or wheeze, and there may be an associated nasal or eye discharge. A third type of allergic reaction involves the digestive system, when your dog vomits or has diarrhea.

There are several types of dog allergies. Conventionally, Veterinarians focus on five different types, but I have grouped them into three areas – these are the most common allergies you will see with your dog. The first is external allergies, and these include flea allergies; the second allergy group is with food; and the third is environmental, and this includes inhalant, from allergens such as pollens and house dust mites.

Dog allergies can be difficult to diagnose. Many of the symptoms you may see can be a result of allergies or of another illness. It is best to get your pet examined by your Veterinarian first, before trying any home or alternative treatments.

If you know or suspect your dog has an allergy, you do have options. There are conventional ways to treat allergies that your Veterinarian will discuss, but I would like to focus on alternative methods in this article. In my book, Veterinary Secrets Revealed (available at veterinarysecretsrevealed . com), I focus on alternative home treatments for dogs and cats. Here are a few of the solutions you can try at home that I recommend for dog allergies.

For Fleas – here is an obvious solution: eliminate the Fleas! Practice regular flea-control. Two natural ways to battle fleas include using aromatic herbs, such as Pennyroyal and Catnip, and Chinchilla Dust (“diatomaceous earth” – but make sure this is the type meant for pets).

If you suspect that your pet is allergic to something in their diet, the first step is to stop all traditional treats (i.e. – milk bones) and table scraps. If your dog is still reacting after 3 weeks, then she may be allergic to her regular food. At this point, try the elimination diet. This means chancing your dog’s food to an entirely different type which she has never eaten before.

The most important part is a unique protein source. There are a number of commercially available allergy diets for pets – one that I prefer for dogs is Fish and Potato. For cats, it can be more difficult, but one I have had luck with has duck as the protein source. The difficulty is that your dog can be allergic to anything in the food. Regardless, I highly advocate a more natural, simple diet that is naturally preserved, or a home-made diet. See my book or join my membership site, theonlinevet . com, for a choice of allergy diets.

Whatever food you choose, it must be fed for 12 weeks. If after 12 weeks your pet it still scratching, then she probably doesn’t have a food allergy.

With environmental allergies, dogs can react in a way that is very similar way that we as humans do. One way to help deal with an allergy to pollen and/or house dust mites is to purchase an air purifier for your home.

For itchy skin, try an oatmeal shampoo bath with cool water – this can ease the itchiest skin. Leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes then rinse well. With the most severe allergies, bathe your pet twice weekly. Also, Calendula ointment (herbal medication) has been successfully used to relieve the itch. Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas.

There are many herbal solutions for allergies. Phytopica, a combination of 10 different Chinese herbs, has been shown to be effective in scientific studies in decreasing the severity of itching. Xiao Feng San is a common Chinese herbal combination useful for atopic dermatitis (allergy to inhalants). The dose is 1/8 of a teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight daily.

I hope you have found this article helpful. If you would like natural, holistic solutions for many common dog or cat health problems, visit my site at Veterinary Secrets Revealed.

To your pet’s good health…

Dr. Andrew Jones, a practicing Veterinarian, has a special interest in alternative, natural pet remedies. Visit his sites: and

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is a breakthrough technology used by Dr. Jackson that helps to eliminate the reactions from most forms of allergies and sensitivities. This video is a testimonial of one of his patients who was succesfully treated from allergy on dogs.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Why is it considered “animal abuse” to let my dog starve, but not to slaughter and eat cows, pigs, or chickens?

by marj k

Question by Yuna: Why is it considered “animal abuse” to let my dog starve, but not to slaughter and eat cows, pigs, or chickens?

Best answer:

Answer by Happy Hiram
A dog has consciousness. A cow, pig or chicken doesn’t.

What do you think? Answer below!

Q&A: Is there a way to locate the original “For Adoption” post on

Question by limabean: Is there a way to locate the original “For Adoption” post on
I adopted a rescue pup a few months ago (so worth it, what a great dog), and I would like a copy of the original profile on him for a keep sake. Is anyone aware of if and how I can acquire this? I originally found him on
Just a long shot idea.
Many Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Ñ3AP3я_TH3_L3G3ND™

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Police shoot family dog during ‘felony stop’

This is video from a police car’s dash-cam that shows Tennessee State Troopers shooting a North Carolina family’s dog (around 3:03 in the video). It happened while the family was returning from their vacation in Nashville. Police say they stopped them because they “matched the description” in a robbery that had just occurred (they were actually incident). The officer who shot the dog (Eric Hall) hasn’t been punished for the episode; he has only been reassigned to “administrative duties”. The Tennessee Department of Safety issued an apology here: Here is the account of what happened from the point-of-view of Eric Hall: “I yelled at the dog to ‘get back’ but it attempted to circle me to attack, so I felt that I had no other option but to protect myself.” Here is the account of what happened from the point-of-view of the family: “My dog then came out of the car and ran towards the officer with the shotgun and flashlight. We started yelling to please let us get him, don’t shoot, he was only barking at the flashlight and jumping at the light. My son plays with him using a flashlight. This is when my dog was murdered.” Further information:
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Video Rating: 5 / 5

Q&A: I have a question about dog “abuse”….?

Question by Katslookup – a Fostering Fool!: I have a question about dog “abuse”….?
What actually constitutes “abuse”?

Is feeding a dog “people” food or Ol’ Roy abusive?

What about leaving a dog tied/chained/kenneled outside 24/7, is that abuse?

What about leaving your dog home alone while you work 8 – 12 hours a day?

What about not giving a dog any real human contact, except when out hunting. Is that abusive?

I have even been told recently that not allowing a dog (in this case a Chi) on the furniture, was abusive. Is this true?

Where is the line?

Best answer:

Answer by Kip’s Mom *** ***
Abuse is defined by the laws in your area.

All else is opinion.

Add: hrmmm…. my dog is mentally distressed by bathing. Should I stop? Yeah….

What do you think? Answer below!

Dog Health Symptoms – Learn and Give the Right Treatment

Dog Health Symptoms – Learn and Give the Right Treatment

=>> Be Aware with the Dog Health Symptoms! <<=

Dog health symptoms must be aware by the pet owner to give the right treatment whenever their pets’ health gets bad. If your dog shows any of the following symptoms, it is important that you bring it the vet as soon as possible. Symptoms of dog illness include, bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, genitalia, not eating or eating much less than normal for more than one day, drinking excessively, lethargy and pain when you touch or move the animal and the inability to urinate or defecate or showing signs of stress when attempting these activities.

Abnormal eye, ear, nose or genital discharged may mean infection. Coughing or sneezing may indicate kennel cough, an infectious disease caused by a virus or bacteria, which may lead to pneumonia. Changes in behavior like excessive drinking and urinating may indicate diabetes mellitus. Vomiting or diarrhea may indicate food intolerance, ingestion of a foreign or poisonous substance, parasite or an underlying gastrointestinal problem like stomach or intestinal cancer. Be especially wary of blood in the stools, which is an indicator of Canine Parvo Virus (CPV), a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease, especially in puppies. Sudden loss of appetite and weakness should always alert you that there may be a problem.

=>> Be Aware with the Dog Health Symptoms! <<=

When your dog suffers from a sudden illness, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what is wrong because your dog is unable to communicate effectively with you. Knowing the signs and symptoms of specific problems can help you when consulting with your dog’s veterinarian. One of the most common problems with dogs during the summer is with heat stroke. Here are things to watch out for with your dog. The most important thing to remember in the hot summer months is that you have to watch out for your dog to help avoid problems. Making sure your dog has plenty to drink is important as well as keeping your dog out of the sun for long periods of time. Furthermore, if they must be outside, make sure that they have access to shady areas and plenty of water available to them.

Keeping track of how your dog is feeling is an important job for any pet owner. Knowing the dog health symptoms to watch for and how to prevent something extreme like heat stroke from affecting your dog is also important. No one knows your dog better than you, and any change in his physical appearance, behavior or demeanor may indicate that something is wrong.

=>> Be Aware with the Dog Health Symptoms! <<=

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