The first thing to remember when discussing hypoallergenic dogs is that it is not possible for a dog to produce no allergens. This is so because, contrary to popular belief, fur is not what people’s allergies react to. The protein that causes an allergic reaction in sensitive people is found in the saliva and on the skin of the dog, in addition to on the fur. While choosing a dog that doesn’t shed much can help with allergies, it will not totally eliminate the problem.
The breeds likely to cause the least problems for allergy sufferers are those with single coats. Double-coated dogs “blow” their undercoats seasonally and can cause major headaches for those who react to dog proteins.
Strategies to reduce allergic reactions include grooming the dog frequently, vacuuming often to remove flakes of dead skin from your carpets, and keeping the dog out of bedrooms so there is at least one “clean” room where the allergic person can get away from the source of his or her problem.
DOG HEALTH So you have your new puppy picked out. There are quite a few shots, treatments and examinations that will keep the newest member of your family healthy.
DOG FUN Walking your dog is not only crucial to keeping him healthy and happy, it strengthens the bond between your canine friend and his caregiver. There are a lot of obstacles out there. Don’t forget these simple tips to keep your walk fun and safe in the outside world.
HEALTH The same techniques that physiotherapists use to treat a variety of injuries and conditions in humans have been adapted to suit animals with great success. Family pets, show dogs, and working dogs can all benefit greatly from physiotherapy. Dogs whose activities involve a lot of agility are especially susceptible to the types of problems that physiotherapy can address.
FIRST TIME OWNERSBringing a dog into your family is a decision where many people don’t realize it’s magnitude until after they have the dog. There are a number of things that you need to research before you decide to purchase a dog, and it starts right in your own home.
HEALTH Many believe that a dog and a new baby cannot happily coexist, so therefore the dog has to go. This is not necessarily the case. A new baby does not mean you have to abandon your dog.
DOG TRAINING It’s not enough to simply walk the dog through the front door and hope he will acclimate to his new surroundings; you have to teach him how to interact with the new people and items in his environment.
PET-NEWSWORTHY If you're considering adding a pet to your home in 2015, you're in very good company. As many as 71.4 million homes are expected to include a pet in 2015. According to the American Pet Product Association, pet families have increased from 56% of households in 1988 to 62% this year.
FIRST TIME OWNERS When you bring a new puppy into your home, it's a time of great excitement for everyone involved: you, your kids, your neighbors, and even the dog. Here's our guide on what to expect and how to handle the transition without losing your mind.