Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.
Acquiring a dog may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative.
There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog.
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
You really have to be some kind of a creep for a dog to reject you.
The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;
but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.
You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, ‘What’s in it for me?’
59 Hacks for training your dog.
If you live with a pet, specifically a small breed, you know that they probably get into into everything from your bed to your laundry. In this series of posts on Human Allergies and Dogs, we have been discussing managing your allergies while living with a pet. In part 1, we focused on allergy symptoms. In part 2, we focused on seeking medical attention for your allergies and in part 3, we discussed medication and treatment options. In the final post in this series, we will discuss how to avoid or mitigate certain allergy triggers in your home.
Many people choose not to or cannot afford to seek medical attention. Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines can be expensive or perhaps you are just seeking a more natural way to manage your allergies without the doctors and drugs Whether you choose to seek medical treatment for your allergies or not, there are things that you should do to allergy proof your home in order to alleviate your symptoms. Here are some suggestions:
Track your triggers
The first thing you need to do is to track your symptoms. Allergy sufferers know very well that warm weather brings, pollens and molds that float in the air. However, just because the weather is cool that doesn’t mean that you are in the clear. Always, check your local pollen forecast in case you need to limit your outdoor time on high-count days.
Clean Floors and Carpets
I know from personal experience that most of the allergens that are found inside my home are tracked in from outside. I happen to live in a carpeted home so I vacuum religiously. You should also clean floors with a damp mop. Keep in mind that, sweeping tends to stir up rather than get rid of allergens. Consider replacing rugs and carpets, which trap and hold allergens, with hardwood, tile, or other flooring materials that are easier to clean. Choose blinds instead of curtains, which is more fabric that can trap pet dander and other allergens.
Clean Heating Ducts and Filters
Dust and dust mites thrive because of your heating system. Professional cleaners can give your ducts a clean bill of health. Change heat system filters at least once a month.
Wash Fido and Fluffy
If pet dander is an issue, bathe your pets every week. I also like to keep a water bottle that I can spritz my little yapper with before she jumps into bed with me at night. I do this on the nights that I don’t feel like giving her a bath.
Consider investing in air purifiers for your home.
These are devices which remove allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander and mold spurs from the air in a room. I keep one in my living area and in my bedroom and I can testify that it makes a big difference.
Protect your bed.
You spend a third to half your life in your bedroom, so make sure allergens like dust mites don’t live there too! If you’ve had your pillow and mattress for several years, replace them. Encase new ones in allergen-proof covers that zip closed.
We want you to be a happy, healthy pet owner and enjoy all of the time you can with your little yapper. If you suffer from allergies don’t let that be a barrier to a loving relationship with your dog.
Looking for the perfect gift for your little Yapper this holiday season, how about microchipping them? The good people at Petstablished want our readers to know the extreme importance of registering your pet for microchipping.
What is a microchip and how does it work?
It is not a tracking device. It can only be “turned on” for a few seconds at a time by a handheld microchip scanner that is passed over the area the microchip is implanted to read the microchip’s unique ID number. Veterinarians, shelters and Animal Welfare Organizations (AWOs) have these scanners and use them to help lost pets all of the time. Pets that are microchipped are up to 20 times more likely to be reunited with their owners. A microchip is placed between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades under a veterinarian’s supervision. Implantation is quick, easy and virtually painless – similar to a vaccine injection – and can be performed during a regular clinic visit.
Here at YapTalk, we believe in safety and preparedness. This is why microchipping your little Yapper and registering their microchip is such a near and dear subject to our hearts. Petstablished want to ensure that if the worse happens and your 4-legged friend is lost or stolen, you will be reunited as quickly as possible. They also want to use microchip registration to help get as many lost pets reconnected with their owners in the event of accidental separation. This is why Petstablished is much more than a microchip company.
Petstablished also provides software management to Animal Welfare Organizations commonly known as AWOs, are non-profit organizations that depend on their local governments, grants, and private donations to exist and function. These can be your local SPCA or rescue group. Petstablished’s mission is to assist these organizations with managing their day-to-day operations so that they may spend more of their time connecting pets with their future families rather than on administrative tasks. Petstablished is a one stop shop that helps shelters and rescues better manage those administrative tasks, and helps AWOs gain more exposure for their adoptable animals. With Petstablished, your adoptable pets get high visibility, and with its features, automation and ease of use, helps shelters and rescues adopt out more pets.
What’s the good of a microchip if it’s not registered and/or if the owner information isn’t accurate or up-to-date? Petstablished wants to stress that while microchipping is important, there are also two other essential things that all pet owners MUST DO…they MUST register their pet’s microchip AND keep their own records up to date.
We love our pets and there isn’t anything that most of us would not do for our little Yappers. Owners of small breed dogs especially, know that you spend a lot of time with them. Many small breeds are indoor pets which means that they always under foot-on your furniture, in your face, on your bed… However, as responsible pet parents, we also have to take our own health and well-being into consideration so that we can remain healthy and happy for them.
I had to recently seek the medical treatment of an allergist. After interviewing me about my history with allergies, she did what is known as a skin prick test; also called a puncture or scratch test. This test checks for immediate allergic reactions to as many as 40 different substances at once. This test is usually done to identify allergies to pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, etc. If you are allergic to one of the substances tested, you’ll develop a raised, red, itchy bump that may look like a mosquito bite. As you will see from the photo below, My prick test identified that I was allergic to several substances.
- Control your exposure. The first thing to do is to avoid your allergy triggers. Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually in mid-morning and early evening. Close the windows and run the air conditioner (window fans can draw in pollen and mold spores). When you go out, wear eyeglasses or big sunglasses to block pollen from your eyes. Driving? Keep the windows closed and run the air conditioner.
- OTC Medicines. There are many over the counter medicines, called antihistamines that are great for treating allergy symptoms. OTC drugs like Claritin or Benadryl often stop allergy symptoms in their tracks! Beware though, one of the major side-effects of some of these drugs are drowsiness but there are many non-drowsy formulas as well. Your doctor may also prescribe prescription strength drugs like Chlorpheniramine or nasal sprays like Nasonex.
- Allergy Shots: Allergy shots help your body get used to allergens, the things that trigger an allergic reaction. They aren’t a cure, but in time, your symptoms will get better and you may not have symptoms as often.You may want to consider allergy shots — also called ” immunotherapy” — if you have symptoms more than 3 months a year and medicines don’t give you enough relief. These are administered by your allergist.
In the next and final part of this series of posts. We discuss things that you can do in your home to reduce your exposure to allergens.
—Charles de Gaulle
—Charles M. Schulz
With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be packing up our pets and hoomans to visit loved ones. Whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile… for some, traveling with a pet can be a nerve wrecking experience.
This post from the good folks at BarkPost.com, lists 5 myths about traveling with your pooch that will dispel some of the bad information that you may have been operating on for years. We hope that after reading this you will have the peace of mind that will make the trip more enjoyable for you and your dog.
With the recent election regardles of which candidate you voted for, the world has seemed like a lonely and negative place and we need some inspiration. So, here are 10 great quotes about our little friends that will make you either laugh or smile. Enjoy…
Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.
Only my dogs will not betray me.
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog.
It’s no coincidence that man’s best friend cannot talk.
One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.
If you own a small dog(s) or any dog(s); chances are, they spend plenty of time on your furniture and probably sleep in the bed with you. Contrary to popular belief, there is technically no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. You see, even if you are not allergic to your dog’s hair, most dogs spend a good amount of time outside which means that they can carry allergens from the outside into your home through their fur. If you are an allergy sufferer like I am, this can cause daily misery!
Allergies can be triggered by outdoor causes including pollen from grasses and trees. However, many allergens can also be located inside of your home. Indoor triggers include dust or mold, or irritants like perfume and smoke and of course-pet dander.
My allergy symptoms usually present themselves in the form of irritated eyes including:
You may also have nasal allergy symptoms, such as sneezing and a stuffy nose. There are many relief options available for allergy sufferers. A few weeks, ago I finally broke down and decided to seek the medical advice of an allergist. Your allergist might recommend treatments that range from OTC antihistamine medications such as Claritin or Benadryl, to prescribed meds like Chlorpheniramine and a form of Immunotherapy or as they are commonly known-allergy shots (to be covered in more detail in a later post). Non medicinal forms of treatment can also help such as regular vacuuming, dusting and investing in an air purifier for your home.
This post is part 1 of a 4 part series on human allergies and pets. The next 3 posts will cover treatment options and tips on reducing allergy triggers in more detail.
You know your social life needs a boost when you take your dog to a bar to meet people! Just kidding, Bella and I attended the Dallas Community Beer Co. Taproom on Friday night at the Hops for Hounds charity event whose proceeds helped to benefit Dallas-Fort Worth FurGotten Friends.
Dogs were on-site for adoption and the beer and food were incredible. Each pint of beer sold benefitted a dog in need. There were also games and raffle prizes made available throughout the night. We had a great time supporting a wonderful cause. Besides…there is no better excuse to drink beer (as if I needed one anyway).
Tekisha — YapTalk