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Bored Dog?

It’s not always easy keeping our pets active and engaged. Here are a few games to keep your pooch entertained. 1) Take your dog’s metal bowl, put low fat peanut butter on the sides of it and flip it over. Your dog will be teased by the scent of the peanut butter but will have to work to flip the bowl over to get the reward. 2) If it’s nice out you can take an old bucket or large bowl fill it part way with water depending on the size of your dog and get your dog to splash around or retrieve treats from the water. 3) Yummy veggies frozen in ice cubes will keep your dogs cool on hot days and a rousing game of hide and go seek inside will exercise their noses on rainy days. For more active dogs, setting up an agility course in your backyard might be the...

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Allergies in Pets: A Primer

[caption id="attachment_750" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo: Adrian Jack Bunsby[/caption] Does your cat or dog lick themselves excessively, have watery eyes or digestive upset? If so, this could be a sign of allergies. Just like humans, cats and dogs can suffer from allergies (when the immune system overreacts to proteins in food or the environment). Common environmental allergies include: reactions to flea bites, grasses/trees/weeds, dust mites, and mold. Common food allergies include: beef, pork (mainly in cats), chicken, turkey, wheat gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy. Many cats and dogs experience both types of allergies. Diagnosis Diagnosing an allergy often involves ruling out other conditions (e.g. mange or infections) as well as testing either through the systematic elimination of possible allergens or skin testing (just like in humans). Some vets recommend blood tests however these are limited to environmental allergens as they are not a reliable test for food allergens. Treatments Depending on the cause of the allergy,...

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