10 Top Dogs for Allergy Sufferers

While the nation’s flu epidemic continues to make headlines, another health issue is popping up for millions of Americans– indoor allergies.  Accuweather.com warns, “Very high to extreme levels of indoor allergens are occurring across the entire U.S., because houses are closed up during the winter. This allows allergens to build up inside. The three main offending indoor allergens are dust mites, pet dander and mold.”

It’s estimated that 15% of Americans suffer from a pet allergy.  If  you long for the companionship of a dog, but are worried about the sneezing and itching, consider a dog breed that sheds less of that troublesome dander!

Here are 10 of the most hypoallergenic breeds, courtesy of Dogster:

  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested Hairless
  • Puli
  • Komondor
  • Wirehaired Fox Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Wirehaired Dachshund
  • Brussels Griffon

 

8 Cold Weather Tips for Dogs

Baby, it’s cold outside!  While you’re bundling youreself up to battle winter’s extreme weather, don’t forget to keep Fido safe and warm, too.  Take a quick moment to review the ASPCA’s cold weather tips!

1.  Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

2.  Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

3.  Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

4.  Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

5.  Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

6.  Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.

7.  Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

8.  Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.