If you have a dog allergy, your body’s immune system reacts to the proteins in the pet’s urine, saliva or dander. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic and pet hair itself is not an allergen. Pet hair can collect dander, urine and saliva and it also can carry other allergens like dust and pollen. As such, typically dogs with non-shedding coats who are groomed regularly seem to trigger allergies in humans less often.
They say dogs and cats living together can never happen, but the Peninsula SPCA & Humane Society in San Mateo, California would beg to differ!
They put together a very helpful document about Dog and Cat Introductions. Dogs and cats CAN live together, and they explain how you can safely introduce a dog and cat to each other without making their fur go flying!
Check it out below!
To download a .pdf version of this, click here.
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Thinking about adopting a pet? We think that’s a good choice, but we’re a little biased. Here are 8 facts about pet adoption that might help you decide!
Everybody loves a nice Poinsettia for the holidays, and who doesn’t love a kiss under the mistletoe? For your curious cat or investigative pup, these otherwise lovely plants could be harmful for them.
Check out this infographic by the team at That Fish Place – That Pet Place, and have a safe and happy holiday!
What is Demodectic Mange (“Demodex”)? How is it transmitted? How is it treated?
One of the most common complaints of new pet parents is that their new dog is disruptive or destructive when left alone. This is common feedback SOS hears from recent adopters, as being transferred to a new guardian or family can trigger the development of separation anxiety.Working with a skilled professional trainer or behaviorist may prove to be helpful. Anti-anxiety medications could also be helpful, depending upon the severity of the situation, but they should always be used in combination with behavior modification.
Fear and anxiety can be extremely stressful on the dog and especially on you. After all, they can’t tell you what’s wrong, and you can’t tell them “everything’s going to be okay.”
Fearfuldogs.com is an excellent resource for fosters and owners alike. The website has many resources for you to care for, train and live with dogs that are fearful; dogs with separation anxiety; dogs with neophobia, and so much more.
Are you protecting your dog against heartworm? No matter what season it is, the risk is higher than you think.Check out these infographics (courtesy of the American Heartworm Society) if you’ve ever asked yourself, “what are the chances that my dog would ever get heartworm?”
Ask your veterinarian about heartworm preventative; your dog’s heart will thank you for it!
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There’s no denying it: adopting a puppy is one of the greatest things ever. Puppies are cute, energetic, playful, cuddly, loving — all that. We know how it happens – you go to adopt a puppy* and you see him frolicking around with his littermate/cagemate, and you think, “Gee, maybe I should adopt them both! Two puppies are better than one, right?”Well, not exactly**. Most behaviorists and trainers strongly recommend against adopting two puppies at once.
Read more at… Canine Development and Paws Abilities.
*SOS Animal Rescue League always strongly urges adopting from a shelter – never a pet store or a backyard breeder. Reputable breeders are mostly okay, but make sure you do the proper research.
**It goes without saying that this is not an absolute — some situations are different. Always do research before adopting, no matter how large or small the quantity.
The Do’s and Don’ts, and some tips & tricks!
When used correctly, a crate is a great short-term tool for managing and training your dog. A crate can provide a safe, cozy place that your dog can feel comfortable in and even sleep in it at night.
It also gives you a safe way to transport and travel with your dog. Crates are especially helpful when housebreaking, introducing a new dog into your household, and also to keep them from being destructive when you must leave them alone for a (short) period of time.
To read more on crate training… visit the ASPCA’s Weekend Crate Training page.