Posted in Bloggies on November 11, 2010 by Pat West
Because ALL dogs produce dander, there are no true hypoallergenic breeds. Dog dander is the scales of dead skin, similar to dandruff from humans but much smaller and usually not able to be seen by the naked eye. Since dog dander is so small and light, it can stay in the air for a long time. Also, the allergens from the dander are very sticky and can cling to clothes and carpeting for prolonged amounts of time. This is why even when you remove a pet from the home allergy sufferers are still affected by the lingering dander.
If you are allergic to dogs you are not alone. A little over 10% of all humans have dog allergies. Being allergic to dogs doesn’t mean you can’t live with them. There are many things you can do that will allow you to coexist with man’s best friend. Here are a few suggestions:
Regularly change the air filter for your house
Keep pets off of your bed, and other furniture, where dander can accumulate.
Use an air purifier, to filter the air and remove dander particles from circulation.
Wash your pet with a specially formulated dander-reducing shampoo to help lessen the shed of dander
Keep your pets well-groomed. The less hair there is on your pet means the less build up of dander there will be.
Vacuuming furniture and carpets daily can help to reduce dander in the home, and minimize exposure. For best results use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Another precaution you can take is finding a dog that produces less dander than most other breeds. According to www.DogBreedInfo.com there are 38 breeds of dogs that produce very small amounts of dander. These dogs are listed in alphabetical order and are as follows:
- American Hairless Terrier
- Airedale Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Border Terrier
- Bouvier Des Flandres
- Cairn Terrier
- Chacy Ranior
- Chinese Crested (Hairless)
- Coton De Tulear
- Giant Schnauzer
- Hairless Khala
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Lagotto Romagnalo
- Miniature Poodle
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Peruvian Inca Orchid
- Polish Owczarek Nizinny
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Shih Tzu
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Spanish Water Dog
- Standard Poodle
- Standard Schnauzer
- Tibetan Terrier
- Toy Poodle
- West Highland White Terrier
- Wire Haired Fox Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
It should also be noted that there are many hybrid, or designer dogs that produce very little dander as well. Most are variations of poodles like the labradoodle, schnoodle, and the goldendoodle, but there are many more worth mentioning like the cavachon, and yorkichon.
Just as there are dogs that produce very little dander, there are also dogs that produce high amounts of dander as well. If you are allergic to dogs here are 10 breeds you need to avoid.
- Afghan Hound
- Basset Hound
- Cocker Spaniel
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
- Irish Setter
- Springer Spaniel
Everyone’s allergies to dogs vary greatly. We would recommend that you visit and spend a little time with a dog before making him or her a permanent member of your family. We hope this helps in your quest to finding the perfect dog for you or learning how to live with a four legged friend that is already part of your family.
Posted in Bloggies on October 28, 2010 by Emily West
Because most of us will be Trick-or-Treating tonight, we thought it would be appropriate to pass along some great Halloween safety tips we read from www.doggonesafe.com.
Tips for Dog Owners
- Secure your dog behind a closed door or in a crate in a room away from the front door or the party if children are meeting at your house.
- Give him a juicy bone from the butcher, a sterilized bone or Kong stuffed with hotdog, Rollover or other soft dog treats or a pre-stuffed bone from the pet store.
- Play music or leave a TV or radio playing in the dog’s room to help mask the sounds of the activity at the front door.
- Close drapes so that the dog does not see people coming and going through the window.
- If you have a dog that barks at the sound of the doorbell, disconnect it or watch for trick-or-treaters so that they do not have to ring or knock.
- Puppies and dogs that like to chase can get overly excited by costumes with dangly bits or streaming material. Supervise very carefully if you have a dog that may try to play with your children’s costumes while they are wearing them. Teach kids to Be a Tree (hands folded in front, watching your feet) and stand still if the dog does start nipping at their costume since the more they move, the more excited the dog will get.
- Keep your dogs (and cats) indoors around Halloween time. Pets have been stolen, injured or poisoned as part of Halloween pranks or other rituals.
Tips for Kids and Parents
- Avoid houses if you can hear a dog barking behind the door, you can see a dog behind a screen door or you can see a dog tied up in the yard or barking behind a fence.Never approach any dog, even if you know him. He may not recognize you in your costume.
- If any owner opens the door and there is a dog there, just stay still and wait for the dog owner to put the dog away. You can tell them you do not want to come near the dog. Do no move toward the person and dog. Wait for them to come to you to give you your candy. Wait for them to close the door before you turn and leave.
- If a dog escapes just stand still and Be a Tree (hands folded in front, watching your feet). He will just sniff you and then move on. Wait for the owner to come and get the dog before you turn away.
- If you meet a loose dog, Be a Tree and wait until it goes away.
- It is best to ignore other people’s dogs on Halloween if you meet them out walking. The dog may be worried about all the strange creatures that are out and about. Even if you know the dog, he may not recognize you in your costume.
Again, thanks to the folks at www.doggonesafe.com for the great information. We hope everyone enjoys the evening with their Trick-or-Treaters.
Posted in Bloggies on October 22, 2010 by Emily West
Looking for a chance to show of your pet's Halloween costume? Look no further! Join us at Easton Town Center Town Square for the 11th annual Howl-O-Ween Pets on Parade. The event will run on Sunday, October 24 from 12:00 - 3:30 and will include the pet parade and 10 different costume contests. One of these contests is for the best duo or group, so we look forward to seeing your costume too! This promises to be a fun event for all so we hope to see you there.
All proceeds raised at Howl-O-Ween Pets on Parade benefit Capital Area Humane Society. For further information or to check out their site, please go to http://www.cahs-pets.org/get_involved/special_events.htm#feature .
Posted in Bloggies on October 02, 2010 by Emily West
A great Columbus tradition is back! Join us at Fido Fest complete with Pet Parade on the Village Green in the heart of Olde Worthington tomorrow from 12:00 to 6:00 rain or shine. Free admission, kids events, dog rescues, vendors, contests and prizes are just a few of the draws of this exciting and fun family friendly event.
We'll be raffling off a Big Leash Remote Trainer and other vendors have also made generous donations all in support of a new dog park in Worthington. We hope to see you there showing your community pride and support!
Please see the attached link for more details and the schedule of events: http://www.worthingtondogpark.com/index.php?id=29
Posted in Bloggies on September 25, 2010 by Emily West
Got plans for tomorrow? Columbus K-9 Obedience and Behavior Training is putting on a "Responsible Dog Ownership Day". The event includes $20 microchipping, free nail clipping, kids corner "safety around dogs", training tips, and several other sessions and demos. The event runs tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 26) from 12:00 -4:00 at 5119 Cemetery Rd, Hilliard. Check out the link for more detials. We hope to see you there.