Summer Time for Good Dogs

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After what seems like an eternity, the rain has finally stopped (I hope). Warm, sunny days are finally here. With these warm months come hazards for good dogs but most can be avoided. Let’s do a quick review.

Remember the 5 second rule. Put your hand on the sidewalk & count to five. If you have to pull your hand away, then it’s too hot for your good dog. Best wait for your walk.

It’s also pollen season, if your good dog develops hay fever or allergy symptoms you may need to ask your vet about a safe antihistamine. Allergy symptoms may appear as itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin; Itchy, runny eyes; itchy back or base of tail (most commonly a flea allergy); itchy ears &/or sneezing.

Good dogs can get stung from being too inquisitive. For the most part, a sting can be left alone. If your dog allows it, you can put ice on the area to reduce swelling. A mixture of baking soda & water can be soothing. Dark, wet mud can act as a neutralizer to the venom if applied directly.

However, like people, some dogs can have a serious allergic reaction to a sting. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening allergic reaction that can occur very quickly. The speed of treatment can make all the difference. If you notice any difficulty in breathing or a lot of swelling, you need to get to your vet or pet emergency immediately.

Finally, & most important. Heat stroke can come on quickly & can be fatal. Never leave your good dog outside without ample shade & water. In fact if it’s really hot, keep your furriend inside. More importantly, never leave your dog in a vehicle on a hot day, even with the windows cracked, your car will become an oven in mere moments. If you can’t have someone sit with your dog in the car while you shop, it would be best to leave your good dog at home.

A side note: Never leave your dog tied up outside of a store unattended. Not even for a minute. I hear horrifying tales of dogs being stolen. Sadly, not all humans have good intentions.

Next I’ll talk about water safety for your good dog. Stay safe this summer.

CEO Olivia

Raw Honey for Good Dogs

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I think everyone loves honey, it’s so sweet & delicious. But it’s also very good for dogs. Suzie Q & I get a teaspoon of raw honey every day. To be clear, I’m talking only about raw, unpasteurized honey & not the processed honey you usually would find at the supermarket.

Raw honey is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, & K. It also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese & copper. In addition, honey contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants.

Raw honey is good both for external & internal use. Honey’s acidity or pH is low enough to hinder or even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria. Also, an enzyme in honey produces hydrogen peroxide which is antibacterial. Honey can also reduce inflammation & can sooth the pain of a wound or burn.

If your good dog suffers from seasonal allergies like I do, feeding him a tablespoon of local honey twice a day can help. (This works for humans too). The minute amount of local pollen in the honey desensitizes the body so that the immune system will not over-react to the pollen when exposed to larger amounts.

Raw honey can also help with digestion & tummy issues. It’s antibacterial properties can prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut.

A final note of caution, if your good dog is diabetic you should consult with your vet before giving him or her raw honey.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to Svengali my huMom into giving me some raw honey. BOL!

CEO Olivia

Spring means allergies

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Just like a human, we good dogs can experience allergy flare-ups. We too are familiar with the redness, itching & discomfort that comes with an allergic reaction.  To ease the discomfort of allergy symptoms, many veterinarians recommend & in some cases, even prescribe human over-the-counter antihistamines as a safe, effective treatment.

However, not all over the counter people antihistamines are safe for good dogs.  Many products also add decongestants which can produce serious, even deadly side effects including increased heart rate, respiratory problems to hyper-excitability with muscle tremors, seizures, & hyperactivity. Vomiting, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, disorientation, heart rhythm abnormalities, even retinal detachment & blindness in some cases.  If your good dog ingests any medication containing a decongestant, immediately seek out an emergency veterinarian.

Always consult your veterinarian before giving your good dog  any medication. If you want to relieve allergy symptoms, the following brands are safe to use but again, consult your vet first.

  • Benadryl
  • Tavist
  • Claritin
  • Chlortrimeton.

Specific brands to avoid are:

  • Contac
  • Actifed
  • Sudafed
  • Tavist-D
  • Claritin-D

Any antihistamine with “D” added to the name, means that a decongestant has been added & will harm your good dog.

antihistamine_chart PDF

Be safe, but also be comfortable this season.

CEO Olivia