Pet allergies—nothing to sneeze at

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Pets can suffer from allergies, too

Allergies affect people of all ages and can produce a variety of symptoms ranging from mild inconveniences such as red itchy eyes on one end of the scale all the way up to full blown anaphylactic reactions that can affect breathing and be life-threatening on the other end. Most of us pet owners know too well that some people are sometimes prevented from visiting us because they are allergic to our pets. My brother recently developed a cat allergy and he stopped coming over to visit until he found a temporary solution in the form of an antihistamine. After trying a variety of different medications he found one called loratadine, which is an antihistamine that works temporarily to suppress allergy symptoms.

The most common antihistamine that is used for allergies, however, is called diphenhydramine (Benadryl). This drug is extremely effective at suppressing the allergy symptoms, but it does have sedating properties. Most people who take diphenhydramine quickly find that their sneezing is replaced by yawning, neither of which is good to have while playing board games with the family. Loratadine (Claritin) on the other hand does a wonderful job at suppressing allergies but does not cause much drowsiness. Other antihistamines for humans include drugs such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), Chlorpheniramine, Desloratidine (Clarinex), and some others. Some of these have longer action, and some cause less drowsiness. Since product selection between these antihistamines could involve many factors including the potential of drug-drug interactions, it is extremely important to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before initiating therapy. Read More »

Daisy’s tips for a coal-free Christmas

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Are you ready for the holidays? Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year, on account of it is a special day where I get lots of toys and treats. But did you know that Santa Claws keeps a list of all cats and dogs, and he writes down if they have been naughty or nice? I am pretty certain that the nicer you are, the more presents you get! But I see a little problem with this system… sometimes I do bad things, but I still want to get lots of presents. Do not worry, I have worked out a solution for you! Read More »

Little-known winter pet health dangers

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Cold weather dangers

We all know that extreme cold can be a threat to our pets’ health in the winter. However, there are some other threats that can’t afford be overlooked. Here are some other winter pet health dangers to keep in mind:
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Himalayan Dog Chews are a safer alternative to bones and rawhide

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Happiness is a Himalayan Dog Chew!

Happiness is a warm day, green grass and a Himalayan Dog Chew!

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Himalayan Dog Chew?!

Isn’t it fun to give your dog a bone? You can’t help but smile watching as he wags his tail with glee and gnaws away for hours. Dogs love chewing on bones so much, they even write songs about it! Nothing matches the enthusiasm of a dog with a bone, but have you ever wondered if those bone shards could break teeth, cut gums or do some kind of damage to your dog’s delicate digestive organs?

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Dealing with your pet’s constant itchiness

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There can be many causes for your dog's persistent itchiness

One of the most puzzling and frustrating conditions that we as pet owners may face is a dog that keeps scratching. This scratching often keeps both pet and owner awake at night staring into the darkness in frustration. Besides the inconvenience and discomfort, continuous scratching in one area can damage your pet’s skin and lead to a possible infection. The most immediate thought that often enters the mind, among the many possible causes, is that your dog could have something crawling on the skin. This leads to possibly over-medicating the pet with topical or oral flea medications and the subsequent loss of confidence in the product’s ability to protect against infestation when your pet continues to scratch.

The reality is that itchy skin can simply be caused by the skin becoming too dry.  Although the itchiness could be the result of fleas or other parasites, it can also be caused by a variety of other factors that may have nothing to do with fleas. Read More »

Daisy the Curly Cat flips for YEOWWW! catnip toys

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I have many obligations, and one of the functions that I take very seriously is Official Toy Tester. Today I have cleared my busy schedule in order to test these YEOWWW! Catnip Toys, and provide you with my test results. I know, this is a difficult and challenging task but I take it on willingly. No need to thank me. Read More »

YEOWWW!® Organically Grown Catnip – The Secret Ingredient for Viral Cat Videos

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Yeowww catnip toys for cats

The Next Internet Sensation May Be Sleeping on the Back of Your Sofa

Watching crazy cat videos has become a global obsession! This is probably because cats have such a fascinating combination of physical agility, personality quirks and unpredictability.  In fact, the 2nd Annual Internet Cat Video Film Festival held at the Minnesota State Fair drew a whopping 13,000 cat video fans!

As any cat lover knows, part of the fun of sharing your home with feline friends is their unexpected antics. By nature, cats are curious yet cautious, brave yet jumpy, athletic yet clumsy. All of this ambiguity can add up to entertainment even top Hollywood film makers can’t match. And, they do all of their own stunts! That is, if you can get them off the couch.

Is your cat too boring for YouTube? Bring out his wild side with the secret ingredient viral videos are made of… Read More »

It’s not too late to enter to win prizes for National Mutt Day!

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You might be wondering why I’m wearing this pointy hat and scratchy beard. In fact, I’m kind of wondering the same thing myself! I don’t know how you longhaired cats do it, because this beard takes a lot of maintenance. But I digress… actually, I am getting ready play Santa Claws and tell you how you can enter to win some fun presents. How exciting! Read More »

Claudia’s Canine Cuisine – The Perfect Gift For The Dog Who Wants Everything

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Claudia's Canine Cuisine

You’ve made your holiday gift list and checked it twice. Everyone you love is getting a gift, regardless of whether they’ve been naughty or nice! After all, the holidays are about love and forgiveness. Then, the panic sets in! You have that sinking feeling you’ve forgotten someone very important! Who is it? The mailman? No, you always give him a plate of your famous homemade holiday cookies.

Thinking about the mailman jogs your memory… You’ve forgotten to buy a little something for your best friend, who also happens to be the mailman’s worst enemy! But what’ s the perfect gift for someone who only wants whatever you’re having?

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Your pet’s skin and coat provide clues to overall health

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Fatty acid supplements can help your dog's skin and coat

It seems like a big concern for many people today is keeping the skin looking and feeling young.  Aging gracefully has been for the most part replaced with the concept that aging is a disease that can be prevented. Everywhere we look we see words such as anti-oxidants, free radicals, lasers, surgeries, essential fatty acids, and other drugs or methods designed at keeping us feeling and looking younger for longer than ever before. When we’re young we wish to be older, when old we wish to be young, when wealthy we see the beauty in the simplicity of not having much, and when we’re struggling with finances we believe that money can solve all our problems. Probably the best way to avoid the trap of always looking for that something “else” to make everything better, is to begin appreciating what we do have and to live in the present.  There is something beautiful about a person who appreciates who they are, what they have, does not regret the past, and is not afraid of the future. Read More »