Dog Allergies: Hairless Dogs

Hey Dog Lovers,

If you are in the 15% allergic to dogs/cats fear not as I have compiled a list of hairless dogs you can consider getting. Always remember to do your own research on whatever breed you plan to get for the best possible outcome. These are in no specific order just listed in a random order.

american-hairless-terrier2American Hairless Terrier

  • Derive from the rat terrier
  • Intelligent, social and energetic
  • Working Breed

 

 

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  • Unique looking
  • only survived back then in rural areas
  • Believed they held mystic value

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  • NW Provinces of Argentina
  • 3,000 year old breed
  • High valued as warm skinned bed
  • Alert- Good watch dogs
  • Rare sight to see

Chinese Crested

  • Odds Charismatic dog known for 2 variants- with or without fur
  • Only weigh 10-13 lbs
  • Timid with strangers

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Mexican Hairless

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  • Sacred dogs to Aztecs
  • Believe to have healing qualities

 

 

 

 

“Cats. Can’t live with them CAN live without them.” – Richard S. 

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Human Allergies to Dogs

Hey Dog Lovers,

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While a lot of our focus is on dogs and their allergies we often forget about people’s allergies to pets. There are thousands of people who suffer from allergies to animals. it is absolutely heartbreaking to see animal lovers forced to give up there fur babies  due to their severe allergy to them. Fortunately, there are several options for pet owners that have allergies.

Who gets pet allergies?

Pet allergies can strike anyone at any age in their life. Most people who have pet allergies also have other mild or moderate allergies to pollen’s or molds.  There is believed to have a strong correlation in contracting allergies. So if your parents have allergies then you are likely to have them also. Allergies occur in 15% of the population.

What part of the animal are people allergic to?

People aren’t allergic to the animal itself, it is the dander (dead skin thapet_dander_allergyt is continually shed), the saliva or the urine. Because dogs and cats are the most common pets, th
ey top the list of animals that people are the most allergic to. However, people can also be allergic to birds, hamsters, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and the larger animals such as horses, goats and cows.

 

What are the symptoms?

People with dog or cat allergies usually suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, asthma symptoms, red itchy skin or a rash. Often, people that are unaware that they have allergies, especially children, will suffer from some of these symptoms and may have a greatly increased incidence of ‘colds’ and asthma symptoms. If the person is separated from the animal for several days to weeks many of these symptoms will subside only to reoccur when they come into contact with the animal again.

Are there hypoallergenic dogs?

There are no hypoallergenic dogs, nor are there any dogs that do not shed. All dogs shed, though some dogs have a much denser hair coat than others and shed a larger quantity of hair is the problem, shedding is not that important in allergy control. Some breeds, in general, appear to have less dander and these include Poodles, Terriers and Schnauzers. As we mentioned earlier, many people are allergic to certain types or individual animals and not others.

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People with pet allergies might want to consider getting a reptile or fish as a pet.

How can a person reduce allergic symptoms to a pet?

If you or a family member is part of the 15% of the population allergic to pets, there are things you can do to help keep allergic  to pets, there are things you can do to help keep allergic reactions under control and make your home a much more comfortable place to live. Even if you do not have allergies, these tips are helpful if you have guests in your home that are allergic to animals.

  • Keep animals out of the bathroom
  • Install a good “HEPA” air cleaner
  • Close ducts to the bedrooms and use electric heaters
  • Clean and Vacuum regularly
  • Bathe your pet weekly
  • Do not allow you pet on the furniture
  • Do not allow your pet in your car. (Or use car seat covers when your pet is in the car)
  • Brush your pet daily and use an allergy-reducing spray such as Allerpet
  • Keep your pet’s skin healthy by feeding a good multivitamin and fatty acid supplement. Encourage the pet to spend more time outdoors
  • Wash your hands after handling the pet, his toys, bed, etc.

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read” – Groucho Marx

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Grooming: Long Hair Dogs

Hey Dog Lovers,

Do you often find yourself sweeping more than once a day due to all the dog hair your fur babies leave for you to clean up? Want to know ways to prevent it and to help manage and maintain their crazy locks so they are healthy and happier. If I have your attention keep reading as today we are discussing long haired dogs and grooming habits.

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Brushing- A long haired dog needs to be brushed everyday. The brushing not only clears out tangles to prevent matting, but also invigorates their skin and promotes healthy coats. Of course, with a long haired dog your main thought is always the snarls and tangles, and removing the things that get picked up or caught in the fur when they are outside. Regular brushing makes it easier to handle the rest of the grooming steps for a long haired breed.

Bathing- When it comes to bathing a long haired dog, the biggest challenge comes from keeping the long fur from tangling, and scrubbing down to the skin. The first time you bathe your long haired dog you may be surprised to see just how small he really is.

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Bathing Tips to prevent causing yourself more work: 

  • Always work from the top down when bathing a long haired breed. This means aiming the water downward motion and working dog shampoo through from the top to bottom. 
  • Use your fingers to gently comb through the hair while you work the shampoo in. This helps release debris and other items collected by the long hair. 
  • Apply a conditioner or cream rinse. You can purchase a special dog conditioner or you can use a simple untangle and moisturizing conditioner such as Suave which will probably be cheaper. 
  • Dry a long haired breed by using a large absorbent towel and wrapping it around the dog to soak up the access water. Of course you dog is going to do the shake, which will lift the fur and begin to separate it. 

Drying your long haired breed can be done by allowing them to air dry or by using a blow dryer. At my house the dogs really dislike the noise of a dryer so I spread a blanket for them to lay on near a heat vent or the clothes dryer. After a couple of hours they are dry and ready to proceed with the next step of grooming. This way I also have plenty of time to clean up after the bath and prepare my supplies for the next part.

Trimming- Long haired breeds may occasionally need the hair around their foot pads and claws trimmed. The hair can get long and cause the dog to lose traction and slide on a hard floor.  A personal trimmer works wonders around dog pads, and while the noise may annoy the dog, you don’t have to worry about cutting the dog. This is also the time to trim you dog’s nails if they need it. Use a sharp clipper and avoid cutting too short. If possible use a file to smooth the nail as well as to make sure your dog doesn’t accidentally hurt himself while scratching.

Preventative Measures– The ideal time to clean your dogs ears, apply flea and tick medication and any skin treatments is after the dog is dry, but before you brush him. The flea and tick med that are applied straight down the dogs spine are more evenly dispersed when you brush after applying. Ear cleaning is a simple procedure and if done regularly will prevent ear mites, hair matting in the ears and ear infections.

To clean a long haired dog’s ears use a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel to swab gently inside, without going deep into the ear canal. Be sure to clean all the nooks and crannies on the dog’s ear as these areas are where wax builds up and mites hide.

Fluffing- Once you have taken care of all the basic grooming steps now you get the fun of making your long haired dog look “show ready.” Brush the dog with a entangling brush first to make sure you won’t pull the hair when you move to the fluffing part pomeranian_1of the job. Use a soft bristled brush to brush your dog from the bottom up. This will lift the roots and give your dog the full effect of long hair. Once you have brushed all the hair in the wrong direction start at the feet and brush to direct the hair back down while retaining the fluffiness. Continue brushing until your long haired dog is fluffy, tangle free and looks just as beautiful as when a professional groomer does the job.

 

Not only grooming your long haired dog yourself fun, it can be much more convenient than loading up the dog and taking him to the groomer, as well as most cost effective.

“Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement.”- Snoopy 

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Grooming: Short Hair

Hey Dog Lovers,

Got a dog with short hair/fur? Well look no further as I have all the information you need to keep you pup happy and healthy from the inside out.

Short hair dogs require less grooming than long hairs dogs. Grooming helps keep the coat and skin healthy and it reduced dandruff and frequent shedding. It will also keep your house cleaner.

1.Groom your dog regularly 

Brushing is recommended once per day for a short hair dog. Breeds with extra soft hair will need less grooming, once or twice a week should be enough. By grooming, you will spread the oils secreted by the skin on the dog’s coat and this will give your dog a healthy, shiny fur.

2. Moisten the Dog’s Skin

Before using any brushed or combs, use a damp cloth to moisten the dog’s coat and make the grooming process easier.

3. Use the Currycomb

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Dogs require different types of combs and brushes according to the length and the softness of their hair. Short coated dogs require a currycomb in the first stage of the grooming. This comb is typically made of rubber and is gentle on the dog’s skin. It will remove the loose fur and dirt from the surface of your dog’s coat and will also massage your dog’s skin, making them relaxed. Currycombs are available in different sizes: get a size that is suitable for your dog and its size.

4. Use a Soft Wire Brush

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The next step is to brush your dog. Use a short haired, soft wire brush and try brushing in a direction opposite to the direction you used the currycomb. This will remove the remaining hair, the dead skin cells and the impurities from the dog’s coat. While doing this, you may also inspect the dog’s skin to see if there are any inflammations, rashes, parasites or irregularities. Early detection of skin cancer or any other health issues is important for the well being of your pet.

5. Brush the Tail and Paws

Don’t forget to brush the tail and the paws as well. Use a gentle comb. If you notice that there are overgrown hairs, you may clip there with a small scissors, to prevent the accumulation of extra dirt in these areas.

6. Use a Grooming Glove

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As a last step, use a grooming glove to make the coat look shiny. You will spread the essential oils secreted by the skin throughout the dog’s coat.

7. Use Dog Conditioner

In case you want to make your dog’s coat even shinier, you may use a special dog conditioner. Make sure the conditioner doesn’t cause irritation or extra dandruff on your dog’s skin. Talk to your vet to see which conditioner is more suitable for your pet.

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Grooming: Long or Short they got you covered

Hey Dog Lovers,

Grooming is one of the key factors people consider when getting a dog as some dogs require more grooming than others. Take my dog Jasmine (Saint Bernard Hound) she needed to be shaved every summer as her fur was too much and she would over heat, then we have Aussie (Australian Cattle Dog Mix) who just needs her nails clipped as her fur is thin and dirt just wipes off.

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In the following weeks expect to see the ins and outs of the grooming industry. From short to long haired dogs I will be covering it all. 

Today I wanted to do something to introduce the topic:

10 Things your Dog Groomer wishes you knew

1. Prepare your Dog Early

A groomer’s worst nightmare is having to cut a dogs nails if the dog can’t stand being touched on the paws. That is why it is crucial to start getting your pet used to having those paws touched as early as possible. 

The best time to start is when your dog is just a puppy and you don’t have to touch the paws for very long. The key is to make sure your pet is comfortable with the touch. 

2.  Start Grooming Early

Sometimes the grooming experience can be somewhat traumatic at first. Fortunately, puppies are much more adaptable. Bonus for starting grooming early: The fur is less likely to get matted. 

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3.Brush Regularly 

When thinking about you dog’s fur, you should compare it to your own hair. You brush your hair everyday, and if you don’t it becomes tangled.  The same is true of you dog’s fur. Although you don’t have to brush it daily, you have to maintain it every few days to keep it from matting. It also benefits to with the grooming experience. 

4. Check Feet and Ears

Keep an eye on the feet (including nails) and Ears. Remember that debris can sometimes stick to these places and can be uncomfortable for pets.

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5. Groom Regularly 

Regular brushing is not enough to keep fur in check. If you want the coat (as well as the nail) to be truly healthy, bring your pet to the groomer regularly. (I take Aussie once a month for a nail trim as she doesn’t really get dirty, same with Bear.)

6. Keep Calm and Carry On

Your groomer would really like it if you could try to stay calm when you drop off your pooch. Remember that the dog will pick up on any of your anxiety, and that will make him scared and more likely to squirm.

Also, don;t drop in to see if your pet is finished. This will get him excited and make the job more difficult for the groomer.

7. Be Specific

Groomers work with a lot of dogs all day long, and each client wants slightly different things. So be as specific as possible with your groomer. If you want just  the nails trimmed and the fur trimmed a little, then say so. If you want something more specific, try bringing in a picture to show the groomer,

8. Listen to your Groomer

Some people tend to forget that their groomer has gone through training. This means the groomer has a very good idea of what types of cuts will look best on which dogs. If you say you want your pup’s fur cut a certain way and your groom suggests something else, at least consider what the suggestion is even if you don’t end up agreeing to it.

9. Don’t be afraid to Wash

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Some people are worried that if they wash their dog’s fur too often, it will start ti dry out the skin. In reality, this is not the problem as long as you select the right shampoo. If you aren’t sure which one to go with, ask your groomer for advice. This actually makes the groomers job easier.

10. Avoid Mattingmatted-fur

Your groomer wants you to know just how serious a problem matting can be. Matted fur is uncomfortable for dogs because it pulls on their skin and can be difficult for the groomer to remove. In most cases it will need to be shaved off in small pieces.

“A dog desires affection more than its dinner. Well-almost” – Charlotte Gray

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