Allergies and your pets

Maya the puppy

Maya the puppy

It is that time of the year, and all the flowers are in bloom and grass is growing. Don’t you love spring? This is the start for allergies in humans as well as pets. Yep your pet can have allergies to the grass as well as the blooming plants and trees or even food. My last big dog (Sundance) was allergic to everything, grass made him sneeze and dog food was a challenge of all kinds. He lived with it all his 16 years and had to be on steroids all his life to control them. After thousands spent on test we found out he was just a bad allergy case. If you have a dog with allergy’s they have all kinds of new foods on the market to help you out. Lucky for us here in the NW we have tons of pet stores to help get the best for your dogs. Diet plays a big role in pets allergies so consult your vet for the best way to treat allergies in your pets.

The bees are out and puppies love to chase bugs as I recently found out. My 4 mo. old Yorkie pup went on the bee hunt and got stung. She came in limping and I checked her foot and found a stinger. Most dogs don’t have a problem with stings. But not Maya within minutes she was lethargic and starting pooing and throwing up at the same time. So I rushed her to the vet right away. She recovered after some shots. But that was scary and what if I wasn’t home. With the bushes in full bloom they are full of bees. Now I have to keep liquid benadryl on had at all times. She is just a baby and bugs are toys to her at this age. Lets hope she doesn’t eat any poisonous ones. She had a spider in her mouth this morning. I just about jumped out of my skin when I told her to give it to me, she put it right in my hand still crawling. Yep I love animals, but I am not a fan of bugs of any kind.
Also shedding of winter coat starts now this will set off some of the human allergies. Those who have the dog with the thick winter fur may want to invest in a good de-shedding brush. My old dog butch would shed so much we did it at the park, other wise our neighbors complained of the massive amounts of hair floating in their yard. The birds can use some of it for nesting.

This is also the season when they need the flea and tick treatments. I don’t recommend the cheap ones as they don’t always work. Some dogs can be allergic to them as well. My Butch swelled up like a lion with flea shampoo so make sure it is safe to use on your pet. I use Advantage 2 as it repels those pesky skeeters too. Take a spring walk and take the time to stop and enjoy the flowers even if you can’t smell them.


Carole Bigwood

My name is Carole Bigwood I am an avid animal lover. Avid animal lover of all shapes and sizes. I am the one who breaks for a squirrel or stops to save a lost pet. Yep, I have a leash and treats on me at all times. I can't wait to share some great rescue stories and some need to know health and safety tips for pets. Some of you may have seen one of my fashion shows for rescues I have every year. For years now I have been designing fashions for pets at My runway models are from local rescues and a few special guest pets. Always striving to make them as cute as can be so they will find a family of their own. My reward is to learn how many found homes afterwards. We have some great rescues in the NW. Being raised around pets livestock and little critters has given me a challenge that is rewarding to say the least. My genuine love of animals, has given me a vast knowledge of everything pet related. While my focus will be pet health related and rescues in our area, I look forward to sharing stories and articles on health and rescues that may come in handy. Making a the world a safe place for animals and humans alike. Looking forward to sharing my stories with fellow animal lovers everywhere.

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