I must admit, I’m not really the bumper sticker kind of person. My car is boring and nondescript. Hard to find in parking lots, if you know what I mean! But I was driving the other day and saw a bumper sticker on a Mini Cooper that said ‘My Dog Is A Republican’ and well, it made me chuckle.
A few miles down the road, I saw ‘My Dog is Smarter than Your Honor Role Student.’ Glancing to the right was the ‘My Kid is an Honor Role Student’ – driving side by side. I really started to laugh and got to thinking that there is this whole underground bumper sticker battle going on right under my nose! Thousands of people boldly declaring to the world their thoughts and views in 4-8 words:
Sneezing, watery eyes, nose dripping and itchy skin. Yup, sounds like allergies. Just like humans, dogs can have allergies too. Also, like the 2-legged mammal, allergies can show up at any stage of your pet’s life even if they did not exhibit signs of an allergic reaction before. But how do you know for certain it is allergies and not something more serious? It’s not like your best bud can say, “The ragweed is really bad this year! I can barely stand it.”
Ticks. Just the word alone makes me think of old B-Rated horror films that portray these nasty blood suckers. And with good reason. Just the thought of something as disgusting as a bug, resembling a spider, attached to your skin, sucking your blood like a vampire can give even the bravest of people the heebie-jeebies.
Ticks, like fleas (Covered in Part 1), are resilient and crafty. They live in the deep woods, suburbia and urban neighborhoods. Besides being miniature Dracula’s, ticks can carry very serious and debilitating diseases – the most common is Lyme’s Disease. A fantastic resource regarding ticks and how they affect your pooch is on the amazing website Dogs and Ticks
If you don’t have the time or the subject makes you all-together queasy, I’ll cover the basics and avoid the gore!
Yay!! We can finally feel that warm weather coming back. The sun is shining, the trees and flowers are blooming. Everyone feels great with all the vitamin D we are getting. But there is something in the shadows…lurking and waiting.
With spring in the air, the armies of tiny predators that come to feast on your fur babies are back and are mounting a nearly invisible attack on those you love.
Picture this: You are typing on your computer with nails that are 3 inches long. You have to contort your fingers, wrist, and hand to be able to effectively punch those keys. Over time, your hands start to hurt and your wrists start to suffer from carpal tunnel. Painful, huh? Now look at your best friend’s feet.
Ouch! Imagine what your pet feels like walking around with nails that are too long!