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Pets and Allergies Causes and Symptoms

Post was written by Dana Scott on Dogs Naturally Page

Environmental causes of allergies include toxins from poor quality foods, pesticides such as flea and worm medications, fertilizers, drugs, vaccines, bacteria, parasites, heavy metals and more. Your dog’s body also creates its own toxins on a daily basis, as the by-products of food digestion and regular metabolism are released.

How Allergy Symptoms Start

Allergy symptoms appear when the major organs required to detoxify the body are overworked. When dogs have a heavy toxin load, the liver, kidneys and digestive tract not only become overworked and can’t keep up with demand, they also become overloaded with toxins. The result is impaired metabolic processes and free radical damage and this results in inflammation and immune issues.
When the liver, kidneys and digestive tract become unable to release toxins from the body, other organs will attempt to do the job. The largest organ in the body, the skin, will begin to show the impact of the toxins as it attempts to eliminate them. Allergy symptoms including hot spots, itchy and inflamed ears and red, itchy skin, are merely symptoms of a larger problem that has already developed in the liver, kidneys and digestive tract.
Why Conventional Treatment Doesn’t Solve Anything.
Conventional treatment of allergies is most commonly directed at blocking the immune response, or in more severe cases, at suppressing the entire immune function with steroids, both systemic and topical.
While this approach can provide symptomatic relief, it does nothing to address the underlying cause of the problem.
Dogs often become dependant on their medication, they suffer from numerous side effects, and more importantly, their overall health worsens because the immune system is constantly suppressed. If dog owners are to treat allergies permanently, they must address the cause, not the symptoms. The body needs a way to eliminate the toxins stored inside and your job is to help your dog do this. Drugs will only suppress the symptoms and if the toxins are no longer released through the skin, they will be driven back into the deeper organs and manifest as other diseases.
There are some important steps you can take to curb your dog’s allergy symptoms. First and foremost, the environmental toxin load must be reduced. This means replacing any drugs with herbs or homeopathy whenever possible.

We sell the Equifeast product to naturally help with your pets allergies.

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Keep Your Dog Safe While Travelling

Keep Your Dog Safe While Travelling

Our innovative temperament awareness collars can help keep you, your dog, other people and their pets safe. When you’re travelling you’re effectively removing your dog from their familiar environment and the people that occupy it, so it’s in these moments that our collar can be of even more benefit.

When travelling to a new location, the cultural norms relating to dogs may be different from what you are used to. Bupa Pet Insurance recently acknowledged our collar as an essential item for your travels saying, ‘a Friendly Dog Collar spells out the type of personality your dog has on the colour-coded harness-style garment. It will help keep your mind at ease when holidaying with dogs.’

The article, ‘Your Guide to Travelling with Pets in Australia‘ gives plenty of great pet product recommendations and advice for a stress-free trip with your fur baby and is definitely worth a read if you’re contemplating a trip with your pet.

One thing you should always consider is the way the change in environment may affect your pooch. For example, it may be common in your destination for children to run up and pet your dog or for other dog owners to allow their dogs free rein to come up and sniff your pooch. If your dog is not used to this type of behaviour, it can be highly stressful and could lead to antisocial behaviour such as snarling or biting – even if they have never done so before.

By outfitting your furry friend with a Friendly Dog Collars colour coded temperament awareness collar or vest, you effectively signal to others that your dog should not be approached or should be approached with caution. This small effort can make a major difference in your and your dog’s safety.

Here at Friendly Dog Collars, we carry options for ‘friendly’, ‘caution’ and ‘service dog’. We also carry options for dogs in training, dogs with hearing or vision impairment and dogs available for adoption. This variety of choices enables you to be very specific about your dog, thus greatly helping others in knowing how to interact with your pooch.

In addition to collars, we also offer vests, harnesses and leads. Our products have helped countless dog owners prevent incidents before they happen. These items are great for use in your home environment. But they are even more useful while travelling to areas where both you and your pup are unfamiliar.

As more and more people are embracing temperament alert products, the colours and symbols are becoming more recognisable and effective. Browse through our selection today to join this growing movement in making the world a safer place for dogs and their owners.

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Tips for Living with a Nervous or Anxious Dog

When someone comes to your front door, does your dog bark excitedly or does he run into another room and hide? How does your dog react when you are out on a walk and another dog approaches to greet him? If your dog seems timid or nervous around other dogs and people it might simply be an aspect of his personality, or it might be something more. It is your job as a dog owner to uncover the underlying cause of your dog’s nervousness and to help him deal with it so he can become a happy and well-adjusted dog.

The first step in dealing with your dog’s shyness is to identify his triggers – the situations or events that cause him to feel nervous or frightened. For example, your dog might be completely comfortable at home around his family but as soon as someone new enters the room he becomes anxious. In addition to identifying the cause of your dog’s nervousness, it may also help for you to assess the degree of his anxiety. Signs of mild fear or anxiety include trembling, tail tucked between the legs, hiding, or passive attempts at escape. Signs of panic include active escape attempts, increased activity, and potentially injurious behaviour.

There are a number of things that could cause anxiety or nervousness in dogs. For one thing, if your dog is sick or injured he will feel very vulnerable and he might avoid contact with other people and dogs as a result. It is also possible that your dog has been traumatized by some kind of negative experience in his past – if your dog experienced something very frightening he might still be dealing with the trauma of it. Another possibility is that your dog wasn’t properly socialized at a young age. The first few weeks of a puppy’s life are incredibly formative – the experiences he has will affect the way he reacts to new situations as an adult. In addition to these causes, it is also possible that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety.

If your dog is very nervous or anxious, it is probably a good idea to take him to the vet to rule out any underlying conditions that could be responsible for his behavior. In the event that your dog’s behavior isn’t due to some kind of medical problem, you should take the time to observe his behavior so you can identify the triggers and determine the underlying cause. Once you know why your dog acts the way he does, you can start coaxing him out of his shell. Do not force your dog to do anything that makes him uncomfortable, but work with him to reduce his anxiety.

Below you will find a list of ten tips to help your nervous or anxious dog:

  1. Stick to a stable routine as much as possible so your dog feels comfortable at home.
  2. Try pairing your nervous dog with a confident but relaxed dog for walks and playdates.
  3. Praise and reward your dog when he steps outside his anxiety and does something new and brave.
  4. Take steps to slowly desensitize your dogs to the things and situations that frighten him.
  5. Try to stay cool and calm when your dog is nervous so he doesn’t pick up on your anxiety and become more fearful himself.
  6. Talk to your veterinarian to see if certain medications might help your dog manage his anxiety.
  7. Try out some Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) by spritzing it on your dog’s collar.
  8. Have your dog wear a thundershirt or another pressure wrap to soothe and calm him.
  9. Speak to an animal behaviourist for an in-depth analysis of your dog’s behaviour and suggestions for behaviour modification.
  10. Make sure you spend plenty of time with your dog so he doesn’t feel neglected.

Every dog is different and some dogs are simply a little more timid than others – it all depends on your dog’s individual personality. Although some dogs may never completely get over their nervousness, there are a few simple things you can do to make your dog feel more comfortable. The ten tips listed above will help you deal with your dog’s nerves, helping him to become a well-adjusted and happy dog.

When in public make sure that everyone knows that your dog needs space and should be approached appropriately and with permission and direction from the owner. Let others know your dog is NERVOUS with our bright yellow Friendly Dog Collars range of collars, leads, harness and coats.