Hot Spots

Reference the term “hot spot” these days and one thinks about a point of Internet access. Not so for veterinarians who reserve the term “hot spot” for a common skin problem capable of causing canine misery, particularly in the spring and summer when allergies and fleas make a comeback from their winter dormancy.


The more technical name for a hot spot is “acute moist dermatitis”, a localized skin eruption that appears very quickly (sometimes in a matter of hours), hence …

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Dog Health Problems : How to Relieve a Dog’s Stuffy Nose

A stuffy nose in a dog can be caused by allergies, foreign bodies, viral infections or bacteria, so relieving a stuffy nose starts with identifying the cause. Find out when it’s necessary to see a veterinarian about a stuffy nose with help from a veterinarian in this free video on relieving a dog’s stuffy nose. Expert: Robert T. Pane Contact: Bio: Robert T. Pane, DVM is a veterinarian in Miami, Fla. Filmmaker: Paul Muller

Dog Health Treatment & Advice : How to Treat Canine Hair Loss

Treating canine hair loss involves first determining the cause, whether it be from external parasites, allergies, self trauma or internal medical problems, before getting the right treatment from a veterinarian. Care for hair loss issues in a dog withhealth information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care. Expert: Dr. Aimee Beger Bio: Dr. Aimee Beger works for McClintock Animal Care Center in Tempe, Ariz. Filmmaker: Ryan Quinn

Dog Health Problems : Dog Paw Health Problems

Dog paws can be affected by foreign materials, trauma, chronic wetness or allergies. Find out how to treat a dog’s paws if they’ve been cut or lacerated with help from a veterinarian in this free video on dog paw health problems. Expert: Robert T. Pane Contact: Bio: Robert T. Pane, DVM is a veterinarian in Miami, Fla. Filmmaker: Paul Muller

Dog Health Treatment & Advice : How to Treat & Prevent Your Dog’s Dry, Itchy Skin

To treat and prevent a dog’s dry, itchy skin, which are usually caused by external parasites or allergies, provide a high-quality food, keep them bathed regularly and add fatty acid supplements to their food. Brush a dog’s fur regularly and apply topical preventative flea medicine withhealth information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care. Expert: Dr. Aimee Beger Bio: Dr. Aimee Beger works for McClintock Animal Care Center in Tempe, Ariz. Filmmaker: Ryan Quinn

Can You Have Allergies And Still Have A Dog?

Many dog lovers simply do not have a pet due to allergies.  It isn’t the pet itself that causes the allergies, but the pet dander that most dogs and cats shed naturally that cause people to have allergic reactions.  Keeping your pet well-groomed may allow you to keep it in your home.

Some people are allergic to cats and cat dander and not to dogs, therefore they are able to tolerate dogs and not cats. Others, like my nephew, are allergic to dogs and not cats. My nephew loves dogs, he and his family actually have four outside dogs. Since the dogs do not live in the home he is able to maintain his allergies and still have a rewarding relationship with his dogs. But what if you live in town and cannot keep your pets outside? Some non shedding breeds of dogs such as Poodles or Portuguese Water Dogs seem to have less dander and are more easily tolerated by people with allergies. For example my sister had a Cocker Spaniel named Charlie that she dearly loved, but Charlie made her eyes and sinuses run; so sadly my sister had to find a new home for him.  A few years later she really wanted another dog and decided to try sharing her home with a pair of poodles. Sassy and Lucky are now a permanent part of her home and she can enjoy having a dog without the misery of allergies.

So it is possible to have a pet in your life and still control your allergies. With help with your doctor you can

Furminator: The Terminator Of Pet Hair

Terminate pet hair and dander floating around your home by grooming your pet with the Furminator! Long haired or short haired, cats or dogs, you will be amazed at the amount of hair the Furminator removes from your pets. This truly amazing tool was developed by a professional groomer and now it is available for us “at-home groomers.” Removing more than 90% of your pet’s loose hair, the Furminator will help the pet lover’s with allergies by reducing the number of allergens released.

I first saw the Furminator used by a local groomer and could not believe the amount of hair that he had removed from one small dog! This unique tool efficiently removes the loose undercoat without harming the top coat of hair. When using the Furminator, circulation and hair growth are stimulated giving your pet a genuinely healthy hair coat.  A remarkable tool, the Furminator is guaranteed to work better than any rake, comb, or brush. Use the Furminator on your cat to help eliminate the amount of hairballs she leaves for you to find. Use it on your dog and greatly reduce the amount of hair on your furniture.

The Furminator is available in small, medium and large sizes, and now there is even one available to use on your horse. How small or large your pet may be, there is a Furminator waiting for you.

If you are ready to terminate the pet hair and dander that is drifting through your home, try the Furminator; you won’t be disappointed.

Does My Cat Have Allergies?

How can I tell if my cat has allergies? Is the amount of hair she is shedding normal? What could she be allergic to? All of these may be questions you might ask if you suspect something is wrong with your cat. The best advice I could give you would be to first make an appointment with your veterinarian; he or she would be able to help you decide if your cat had allergies.

Keeping your cat and home free of fleas is very important, as some cats have allergies to flea saliva.  They may have a reaction when bitten. Interestingly enough, ear infections are sometimes indicative of an allergy.

If your cat has developed an allergy to food, you can ask your veterinarian’s recommendations as to how you should introduce new foods to find out which one your cat may be allergic to. Pollen and dusts can cause allergies in your cat just like they cause allergies in people. Your veterinarian may recommend antihistamines if the offending allergen cannot be found or taken away from your cat’s environment. In severe cases of allergies, your veterinarian can take skin or blood tests to determine the allergen and a combination of the allergens can be injected to help build up your cat’s immunity to them.

Hopefully when you find hair floating around and covering the cushions of your sofa, it is due to normal seasonal shedding and you will never have to ask, “does my cat have allergies?”

Bathe That Itchy Pet With Hypoallergenic Shampoos

Bathing your pet with hypoallergenic shampoos is beneficial to pets with allergies. Sometimes we may unknowingly worsen an allergic response in our pets when we bathe them with a soap based shampoo. Have you ever given your pet a bath and then noticed that he was scratching himself more than before the bath? Your pet may be having an allergic reaction to the soap in the shampoo.

Hypoallergenic shampoos are soap free and cleanse your dog or cat without leaving a residue in their coats. Often it is the perfume or the soaps added to regular pet shampoos that can give our pets the urge to scratch. I found this to be the case with my Long Haired Chihuahua named Howdy. When Howdy was about a year old, I noticed that he was scratching himself vigorously several times a day. Thinking I was doing the right thing, I gave him a bath using a regular shampoo for dogs. Soon after his bath, Howdy was once again scratching himself; he could hardly walk across the floor without sitting down for a good scratch. Realizing that it may have been the soap, I had shampooed him with I decided to try a hypoallergenic shampoo. The shampoo I now use on Howdy has soothing oatmeal in it and helps to moisturize and condition his coat. Howdy once again has a silky clean coat with no residue left behind to make him itchy and uncomfortable.

If your dog has allergies ask your veterinarian about hypoallergenic shampoos and soothe your pets urge to scratch.

Hypoallergenic Shampoos–Bath Your Pet And Reduce Allergies

Bathing your pet with a hypoallergenic shampoo can reduce your allergies. With many different hypoallergenic shampoos available on the market today, you are sure to find the right one for you and your pet. With all the shampoos available, let’s just take a minute to look at a few different kinds.

Allergroom is a good hypoallergenic shampoo that can be used on dogs or cats of any age. Allergroom is a restoring shampoo for dry or normal skin, and is soap-free. It has been tested safe to use with Advantage flea control as well.

DVM Tearless Shampoo is another soap free, hypoallergenic shampoo and like the name, it is tearless, meaning it won’t irritate your pet’s eyes.  It is gentle enough for pets of all ages.

Hair coats that need to be repaired may benefit from Douxo, a shampoo used for maintenance of the hair coat that both moisturizes and conditions the coats on both dogs and cats. This hypoallergenic shampoo has a nice green tea fragrance.

A shampoo using emollients for hydrating and proteins for conditioning is Calm Coat EFA. This shampoo provides essential fatty acids which nourish the skin, controlling the flaking and itching and is gentle enough on your pet to use often.

All of the above listed shampoos and many more hypoallergenic shampoos can be found at So the next time you bath your dog, why not use a hypoallergenic shampoo to cleanse him with, reducing your allergies and nourishing his hair coat as well.