Part 1: We’re Moving


I know you may not want to read another post about Casey’s allergies, but I want to share what works and what doesn’t work.

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First, an update from an earlier post titled “Supplements: Good Buy or Impulsive Purchase.” I would definitely buy Olewo’s Dehydrated Carrots & Red Beets again just for some added veggies. And, here are 2 more tasty dehydrated treats from Orijen and Stella & Chewy’s that I like to crumble on their kibble.

Azmira’s Aller’G Free did not help Casey at all, but Vetoquinol’s AllerG-3 was a great buy. Because I like the Vetoquinol brand, I purchased Vetoquinol’s Select Antioxidant. Unfortunately, Casey had an allergic reaction, and I had to stop giving him this product immediately. It has “Natural and Artificial Flavors.” I contacted Vetoquinol, but I received no response.

I started researching natural supplements again and found the following article:
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/natures-benadryl-quercetin/

Quercetin, Bromelain, Papain, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, & Coconut Oil (*) . . . are these the magic ingredients to help with allergens (ear infections, excessive paw chewing/licking, hot spots, itchy skin, scratching, & watery eyes) when used in combination? (*) Coconut oil can be mixed in food and/or rubbed on skin.

I think this combination of supplements helped, because Casey’s symptoms went from better to worse immediately after he finished his last Quercetin capsule. Unfortunately, Quercetin isn’t meant to be taken on a long-term basis.

So, what should I try next to control Casey’s allergies? I could get back to the basics. We need vitamins, so doesn’t it make sense our pets do, too? Read about the benefits of Biotin (Vitamin B) & Omega 3’s. I did try the Biotin product early on, but I realize now though that I was not increasing the suggested dosage as he grew. I should have given him 1 tablet per 15 lbs.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1445

http://www.nickersinternational.com/Does_your_pet_suffer_from_biotin_deficiency_s/23.htm

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=q2+2111&aid=137

In an article from Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker, she stated

The more your pet is exposed to the allergens he’s sensitive to, the more intense and long-lasting his allergic response becomes.

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http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/06/22/pets-seasonal-allergies.aspx
(This article is similar to another article by Dr Becker that I shared a link to in my post, “Allergy Do’s and Don’ts.”)

Limiting your pet’s exposure to his allergens is most effective, but not usually practical – it may mean relocating to a different climate!

http://www.skinvetclinic.com/atopicdermatitis.html

So, I don’t know where we’re moving to yet, but I have till August 27th to try and find a place without carpet (Casey’s #1 allergy). To be continued in “Moving: Part 2″ . . . .

Another Food Allergy Alternative


Acana Pork & Butternut Squash is a new limited ingredient dog food from Champion Pet Foods, who also makes Orijen.

http://www.acana.com/products/singles/pork-butternut-squash/

Since Casey is on a pork & peas diet, I thought about mixing some in or switching. But why mess with what’s working? Besides, there is only a $5.00 price difference in the large bag, and Fromm offers a better frequent buyer program.

As Seen on TV: Clump & Seal


Have you seen the TV commercial for Arm & Hammer’s newest cat litter? It’s time to change Jake’s litter box, so I’m going to try it out. I’m curious to see how well it works. Maybe, Tessie & Casey will stop trying to stick their noses in his litter box.

Click Save Now to print a $3 off coupon

Well, I tried it, and here’s my review of Clump & Seal:
☆ Excellent clumping & easy cleanup
☆ Little or no dust (like fine sand)
☆ No smell for 7 days as advertised lasted only 3 or 4 days in our house

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Tessie Is Facing Eviction


BARK, BARK, BARK . . . That’s what Miniature Schnauzers do . . . They’re protectors.

Within our first month of where we live now, we received a verbal noise complaint. Then 2 weeks ago, we received a second notice. This time, it was a written notice posted on our door.

X Pet Disturbance

Several complaints regarding loud barks from dog at early hours of the morning. Neighboring apartments are being disturbed and have loss of sleep, making it an uncomfortable living situation for many. Please take neighbors into consideration when your pet excessively barks.

Later that same day when I took her downstairs for her after dinner potty, she started barking. She barks when she gets excited, when she sees other dogs & people, when she’s playing w/Casey; and well, when she thinks someone needs her “what for attitude.” So as we’re going downstairs and she’s barking, one of our neighbors yelled “SHUT UP” out their window.

I wouldn’t want to be woken up at 4:30 am either, but there are other small dogs that bark a lot (including 3 more Miniature Schnauzers) at our apartment complex. I wonder if they received notices, too. I’ve changed my work hours, but I am refusing to muzzle her. Instead, I am trying Cesar’s technique of “shhh” & “touch” when she starts to bark. This is just one more reason to leave Oklahoma and move to the beach or mountains!

http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/problembehaviors/5-tips-for-handling-nuisance-barking

Who wouldn’t love this face?

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Supplements: Good Buy or Impulsive Purchase


I don’t want to give Casey over-the-counter human allergy medicines anymore, nor do I want to go the Rx pet allergy medicine route either (like Atopia). So, I decided it’s past time for me to just concentrate on a holistic or natural approach to control his allergies. Here are some supplements that I have tried. Some have helped, and some were a waste of money.

I guess I’m looking for this miraculous cure-all. I think Herbsmith helped, but our Vet wanted me to use Benadryl & Claritin. Dermapaw works best w/the socks; that is, if I can keep them on Casey. I’m still in my 30-day period for trying Olewo & Azmira’s Aller’G Free. Casey has been on Omega 3’s, but I just switched to Vetoquinol’s AllerG-3 simply because our Vet sells it.

If anyone has a product that does wonders, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

http://www.herbsmithinc.com/Home/default.asp

https://www.olewousa.com

http://www.dermapaw.com

http://www.azmira.com

Vetoquinol’s product has 2 different looks. I emailed them after having no luck trying to figure it out on my own. Vetoquinol recently changed the look of their Omega 3’s bottle design. Their product did not change at all . . . just the bottle design.

http://www.vetoquinolusa.com

http://www.vetoquinolusa.com/Products/DermatologyOtics/VetSolutions.html

I think what we really need is a change of climate . . . hmm, the beach or the mountains. It would have to be West Coast, since that’s where most of our family & friends are. You know that Carrie Underworld song, “Blown Away?” It really is that windy in Oklahoma as I grab my box of Kleenex and sneeze for the hundredth time today!

Happy Birthday Casey!


Our baby boy is 1-year-old today. Casey enjoyed his birthday treat, but he’d really like to try out for the next Subaru commercial.

Here are some other treats from Whimzees, which are made in Holland. I found them at Petco. They had a buy 2, get 1 free deal.

And, here is the link to their website:
http://www.whimzees.com

Nicknames, Little Noises, & Dress Up


Do your pets have nicknames?
Jake is Jakeman, Little Man. & Mr. Man. Tessie is Lon Chaney (before grooming), Stick Woman (after grooming), & Tessie Tood. And, Casey is The Moose & Wild Man.

Or, how about:

What Is Your Dog-Show Name?

from WOOFipedia by The American Kennel Club. Tessie is Slobber Mouth’s Trendy Brautwurst, and Casey is ImPawsible Dream’s Fluffy Meatball.

Check it out at:
http://www.woofipedia.com/articles/what-is-your-dog-show-name

Do your pets make noises?
Jake makes this little “hmm” noise. Tessie snorts like a rhino and even sneezes on cue. And, Casey doesn’t make any little noises. He just sounds like a wolf when he barks.

Do you buy doggie sweaters or Halloween costumes? Here are the Top 10 Cutest Dog Costumes from dogcostumes.org:
http://www.dogcostumes.org/fun/top-10-cutest-dog-costumes/

10 Signs You’re Obsessed With Your Dog

from WOOFipedia by The American Kennel Club. From maxing out your credit card on doggie clothes (need to find a rhino horn for Tessie) to researching new dog products (that’s me), or you helped pay the college tuition for your Vet’s kids to planning your doggie’s birthday party becomes a major event.

Here’s the link:
http://www.woofipedia.com/articles/ten-signs-youre-obsessed-with-your-dog