By Stefani Fortney Hello, human people! I am Mani the Perfect Pittie. I’ve stolen Mom’s laptop again so I can write this article. There are lots of things that she knows, but this subject is one that I’ve had to deal with my whole life: dogs with allergies. As an American Pit Bull Terrier, I’m genetically predisposed to allergy problems. On top of that, my beautiful fur is a color called “blue.” For a while, people bred my ancestors especially for this color—but that led to even more genetic issues. Mom understood when she brought me home that, due to irresponsible breeding, I could have allergies, as well as other health problems.
Here’s some stuff that I wish everyone knew about dogs with allergies.
Allergies make me itch.
When human people have allergies, it shows up as nose and eye problem most of the time. When dogs have allergies, it usually shows up by making us super-itchy. When I have an allergy flare-up, my feet itch so badly. I lick them to try to make it better, but the itch doesn’t stop. Allergies make everything itch. I would keep Mom awake all night, scratching and shaking my ears. I’d scratch so much and so hard, I’d lose my hair and make my skin bleed.
Untreated/Unmanaged Allergies Can Cause Infections
Before Mom figured out how to control my allergies, I used to get skin infections and ear infections all the time. I’d get these sore little bumps on my skin, my hair would fall out, and my ears would get stinky and sore. Then, I’d have to take antibiotics and get medicine goo squirted in my ears. It was no fun. Plus, it seemed like every time I got better, the allergies would just get bad again. It was what Mom called a “cycle.”
There are Medications To Control Allergies
When I first started having my allergy problems, Mom tried giving me over-the-counter medicine like Benadryl and Zyrtec to help. She said that those things work for some dogs. For me, they didn’t. I would have to take steroids. Even though they worked, Mom didn’t want me to take them all the time, because the side effects can be bad. Finally, the medication people made a special prescription medicine called Apoquel. It’s especially for dogs with allergies. Mom said it was worth a try.
Since I started taking it, I haven’t had any skin infections at all! It’s so great—I feel like a normal dog. No bad itching, no losing my beautiful fur, no keeping Mom up at night! I’ve been on it for a year, now. I’m so much happier!
If you have a dog with allergies, call Dr. Coffin today to make an appointment—your dog will love you for it!
This post was written by Mani the Perfect Pittie for all the dogs out there! Please read this aloud for illiterate pups, or allow educated Rovers to read for themselves.
Hey there, fellow pups! Did you know it’s almost time for a new year to start? I’m sure you’ve heard about how rotten 2016 has been. Maybe you’ve had a not-so-great year, too. My Mom got stressed out because of something called “elections,” then she stopped giving me ice cream because the doggie doctor said I was chubby. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for this year to go bye-bye. I watch TV all day while Mom is at work and I’ve heard a bunch of people talking about New Year’s resolutions. I decided I should make some for myself so I can be an even better dog next year. (It has been documented that I’m already at “good dog” status.)
Mani’s New Year Resolutions For Dogs:
Resolution #1: Be less chubby.
Doggie doctor says I need to lose a little weight. I don’t understand why this might be important, but it makes Mom worried. So, in 2017, we’re going to walk more, eat carrots instead of cookies, and always use a measuring cup to make sure I’m only getting as much food as I’m supposed to, according to the guidelines on the food bag. I think this will be no fun, but I love my Mom, and I want to make her happy. She said we could play more fun games, too. I like that.
Resolution #2: Lower Stress Levels
Mom got anxious a lot this year, and that stressed me out, too. To reduce the stress in our house, I’ve decided to tell Mom to play with me and pet me more. By getting off her phone and away from the TV, we’ll both be happier and healthier. Did you know that science says that petting a dog is a good way to feel calmer and better? I think going for more walks and playing outside with me will help Mom get stressed less, too.
Resolution #3: Learn Stuff
I’m smart. I know all about food and digging and barking at stuff. This year, I want to learn more about the stuff Mom thinks is important… like not begging for table scraps, not barking at invisible stuff, being “obedient,” and keeping my teeth off of the couch. I think I might even ask Mom about doing some training at home. I know she teaches other dogs and their people when she’s at work, so I bet she could help me learn, too.
So—those are my New Year’s Resolutions. What are yours? My mom wants to help other dogs reach their New Year resolutions by offering 10% off obedience training at Guthrie Pet Hospital during the month of January. Maybe I will see you there.
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A Guthrie veterinarian warns about tick transmitted diseases.
Ticks can transmit diseases to dogs and people. In fact, the CDC has reported that ticks in every U.S. state carry diseases and that the number of tick-borne diseases is increasing. A Guthrie veterinarian can testify to that as we are seeing more dogs than ever with tick transmitted diseases. A simple blood test is available that can that check for heartworms and six tick transmitted diseases.
There are several different species of ticks found in the United States. The Lone Star tick commonly infests dogs, cats and people. It primarily lives in wooded areas and this tick will not tolerate low humidity. The deer tick or black-legged tick transmits Lyme disease and is found in the eastern United States, but is not present in the South. The brown dog tick is unique because it can survive in low humidity environments, like your house, and survive for generations. This is one good reason to provide year around protection for your pets states a Guthrie veterinarian.
What’s the best way to remove a tick? Grasp the tick close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers and pull the body out with a steady motion. Dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet. Many people claim that you can remove a tick with a lit match, fingernail polish or petroleum jelly. However, none of these methods work and in fact these methods can actually result in the tick releasing more disease carrying saliva into the wound which increases the risk of infection.
There are many different monthly medications that are available for treatment of ticks. If you have seen ticks on your pets, visit a Guthrie veterinarian and have them tested and pick up some preventative medicine.
Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.