In Bugg's world...Sadly, Dogs do have Allergies.

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 13th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1bhfs-1b/
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We all know that humans can suffer from allergies but, it can also be a condition your furry family members might have to deal with. I have gathered some tips to help you get them through this time of the year.

Ahh, Ahh, Ahh choo!

My Bugg is just miserable right now. Bugg has allergies and it seems to be the very thing I am allergic to, any thing that grows outside. This has been a very trying time for Bugg. Bugg is in his usual mood of, I want to play outside but, after a few minutes outside. Bugg's eyes start to tear up, his eyes start to swell and he actually starts to sneeze. So I must curve his play time outside.

Bugg is a little over a year old and he is full of energy. It is hard keeping Bugg inside for most of the day but, this is one thing as a responsible mom, I must do. As you can tell by the picture on your right, Bugg hates it also.

This is Bugg's favorite place during this time of the year, looking out the window.

Even Bugg's world has a few glitches

I do allow Bugg to have a lot of access to our front porch during this time of the year. The porch is on the second story so, Bugg has less of a chance of getting too much pollen.

This would be a great fix but, we do not live in a perfect world and dogs do need to venture outside, in the great outdoors.

Also, Bugg loves to play outside.

Yes, Spring is in the Air.

I do not take any drugs for my allergies, I just limit my time outside during the spring season and keep the air conditioner on. I find doing the same for your family pet is the best option.

Do not get me wrong, we had to purchase allergy pills one year for Max, whom also suffered from hay fever. Max's allergies had gotten to the point that he was having a hard time breathing or I would never have given him medication. If your dog has allergies, please consult your veterinarian.

I find the best thing to do is to make them as comfortable as you can. As long as they are not having breathing problems, just ride it out.

Keep their eyes clean

My first instinct as it is with most, is to wipe the discharge from Bugg's eyes with my fingers.

Do not do this!

If you do this, you could cause a infection in your friends eyes.

So, please use a cool & wet wash cloth.

That Feels so Good!

Every time your pet comes inside from playing outside, take a cool wet wash cloth and clean out their eyes.

Rinse your wash cloth out with some cold water and then, wash their face and the rest of their body.

This will help get most of the pollen off of them and minimize the pollen that gets in their eyes and lungs.

Also make sure you keep their ears clean. We put a ear rinse in Bugg's ears once a week.

Roll, Roll, Roll in the Grass

Bugg is a dog whom just loves to roll in the grass and so, he seems to collect a lot of what he is allergic to. I know Bugg will suffer a bit but, with these tips I am sharing with you, I see no problem in letting him do what he enjoys, to a point.

I have to also admit, I love to be amongst the things I am allergic to but, unlike a dog, I know when to come out of the pollen.

When your dog's allergies are acting up, please limit this fun activity.

Rub a Dub, Dub, Bugg's is in the Tub

My husband bathes Bugg once a week. Dan will use a very mild shampoo on Bugg, since we are bathing him more than we usually do throughout the year. You have to keep a eye on their skin.

You don't want their skin to dry out.

I also feed Bugg my own homemade dog biscuits. Since I use olive oil in my recipe, this will help to keep your dogs skin moisturized.

Bugg gets brushed out daily, this will also help their natural oils come out. Do it outside. We do it on our front porch, so the pollen is not released into our home and further irritates Bugg.

Remember after you brush your family pet out. Wipe their face and the rest of their body, with a wet wash cloth. Also spray off your porch with the water hose a few times a week.

Wash their bed clothes, Please!

I wash their bed clothes once a week. If the pollen is extremely high, as it usually is in our area during March, April and May. I will do their bed clothes twice a week.

You have gone to all the trouble to rid your furry friend of pollen, I know you don't want them to be sleeping in it. I find this takes very little time.

We also have a dog bed in the study, I will tumble the dog bed for a full drying cycle, this will help get out some of the pollen.

Ice, Ice, Buggah

Since you can not keep your animal inside all the time, please make sure they have plenty of water or ice outside.

If you have ever experienced allergies, you will know that you tend to have a dry mouth during this time.

Same with your pet.

Do Not forget about their Toys

If dog toys are taken outside, please wash them every time they are brought in.

At this time Bugg's favorite toy is Tee and as you can tell, Bugg's play toy loves to be up in his face.

So yes, Tee also gets washed off with a wet wash cloth, every time he comes in.

We also vacumn every other day, at least. If the pollen count is high, then we vacumn once a day.

Help them, help themselves

If you do all these tips, I am sure both you and your family pet will get through this spring with very little discomfort. I only write about what I know and that would be dogs but, I see no reason why these tips can not help any of your furry family friends whom are also suffering from allergies.

Will Bugg be okay, sure he will, as we all know...

It's a Bugg's world!

Bugg's Birthday!

It's a Bugg's world or, at least our dog thinks so!

A dog toy, Bugg and some Alabama ingenuity!

Bugg says "Rock!"

Bugg's company

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Poor Buggs. Fortunately none of my dogs or cats are allergic to anything. A very touching article Denise and some really great pictures, but then I have come to expect nothing less from you.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Where I live people and pets often get allergies when the snow melts to a thing call snow mold, its mold that grows above the grass but under the snow. Hope you all feel better soon.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Lovely dog, and lucky to have such a caring friend as you, Great article, well done, thank you!

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author avatar Nan Joe
14th Apr 2011 (#)

This is a beautiful article Denise. I don't have any dogs but I am allergic myself to any kind of dust even some perfumes.

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author avatar Mike Powers
14th Apr 2011 (#)

A wonderful article and marvelous photos. Thanks!

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Jerry, that means a lot coming from you. This is the first time I used my new camera. I was a bit nervous about it all but, the pictures are not all bad. We have had two dogs now with allergies, Max and now Bugg. I am so glad your animals are not bothered with the pollen, it is so hard on them. It is hard to explain to a animal why you are keeping them inside, for their own good. LOL
As always my friend, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Mark, I have never heard of that but, it makes sense. When we have a lot of rain, then add the humidity, we can get mold growing like crazy, that also bothers us.
Thank you Mark, it is getting easier each day for us to go outside. Things are starting to bloom over. Thank you for all your help and thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Delicia, thank you for your kind words hon and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I am so sorry Nan, dust is one thing you just can not get away from. At least all we have to do is stay inside. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Mike, for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jenny Heart
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Nicely done! Pets need to be treating the same as us. Loved it!

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you jenny for your kind words. Yes, it is crazy the things I have run into that effects us humans the same as dogs. Like with Max being a diabetic, I never thought of such until he was diagnosed. Live and learn as they say. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Blossom S
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Never know dog would have allergy like human being. Hope he can get better in summer.

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I hear ya Blossom, unreal huh. Yep he will be fine in a few weeks. He does look pitiful at times though, especially in the mornings. My poor Buggah. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jeremy Mailman
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Bugg - most famous dog in Wikiland! Nice read.

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Jeremy for your kind comments, Bugg will be happy to hear this, he lubs y'all! Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Great informative article, Denise, excellent, as yours always are! Wonderful pictures of the dogs too..Hope all going really well with your recent addition, Tee...Such sound advice in this article. I am lucky, Raff seems ok with allergies, though he does suffer from dry skin, so will start adding olive oil into his meals, thanks for the advice. Congrats on a well deserved Star Page..I just love your work!!

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Songbird, you are such a dear I tell you. Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy your Raff does not suffer from allergies, he has had enough laid on him, that's for sure. I did some research on dry skin when Max was diagnosed with diabetes and dry skin is a condition a lot suffer with as diabetics. The olive oil did the trick and also, I took out all wheat and corn from his diet. Max has passed but, I am carrying that on with this diet for Bugg and now Tee. Thank you hon for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks for the advice above, Denise, and also for popping it onto my poem page, what a star you are! Will try this, and see if it helps...I appreciate you getting back to me on this my friend...xx

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Any time my friend.:)

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author avatar foxpete88
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Great article, well done, thanks for sharing.-

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author avatar Downwindz
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I feel Buggs pain, I have a cat suffering from allergies too, but they cant really seem to figure out what it exactly is. But she was never really happy when we have attempted to bath her *wonder why*

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

foxpete, thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I am so sorry Downwindz, your poor cat. I wonder why she doesn't like a bath. LOL
Heck my Bugg hates a bath also. He always looks so pitiful but, we don't have to deal with claws, as it is in your case. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar joan marie
14th Apr 2011 (#)

My neighbor's dog is allergic to fleas. The poor little guy. Great photos!!!! jm

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

Well Joan, that can't be a good thing for a dog, bless his/her heart. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Eunice Tan
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Poor dog. Hope the bugg cannot do much.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Eunice, the poor guy is right. Today was a extra high pollen day but, rain tomorrow. That will help wash it all down. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar tamron
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Cute pictures! My dog has allergies I have gotten him allergies shots but they really don't seem to do much good. Great article thanks for sharing!

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author avatar rajaryanme
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Dogs have allergies, just we have to care them well. Good share.

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author avatar Blossom S
15th Apr 2011 (#)

I'm back as I really like your dogs. they are so cute. xxx

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author avatar Denise O
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Tamron for your kind words. I am so sorry you dog has allergies, it is so hard to keep them down when they do and if yours is like my Bugg, it just breaks your heart, as they are so miserable. It is not like we can explain to them why we can not fix this. I hope your dog is better and I know Bugg will be okay in a few weeks. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Yes, so true Rajaryanme. Bugg should be fine in a few weeks. we have been in spring time here in the deep south for months. The last of the dread flowers that bother us, are almost bloomed over, so it is almost over with. Now Bugg does still have allergies a bit throughout the year but, not as bad. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Glad to see you Blossom, as always. I know I am a bit biased but, I think they are too cute myself. LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar WordWulf
15th Apr 2011 (#)

What sweet creatures & a wonderful deep & caring write. My German Shepherd, Cinder, has problems with her ears, scratches and paws at them until she howls. The vet said it was probably a dietary problem (she eats Rosie the Beagle & Bubba Kat's doo-doo whenever she gets the chance). The pain of our creatures hurts almost as deeply as that of our children, doesn't it.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Apr 2011 (#)

LOL I hear those beagles and cats can do just that to our dogs.
Thank you for your very kind words. I just love shepherds. Bugg's daddy is a Yellow Lab, which is why he has webbed feet and his mama is a white shepherd. Two gorgeous dogs. Well of course, that's how Bugg turned out so darn pretty. You know, it really does hurt. I just shed a few tears yesterday while I was outside with Bugg and Tee, when they ran over to Boo and Max's graves and Bugg almost ran over it and then stopped himself just in time, so he wouldn't run on his buddy Max, whom he just loved. I know it sounds crazy but, I still miss those two guys. We lost Max last May and his daddy Boo, the May before. Give a few Pats to Cinder for me. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Carol
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Bugg is so beautiful Denise! I did notknow that dogs uffer from allergies. Leo must be lucky. He , too loves to roll in the grass, or the mud, as being dirty is such fun to him. Well done on the star page !

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author avatar Denise O
16th Apr 2011 (#)

Carol, I would not have thought of such, if not for the time Max was having a hard time breathing, one spring. We took him to the vet and he told us, Max had allergies and needed to take allergy medicine, I would of never have thought of such. Max only took the pills for a week, then he was fine. After that, I just took precautions with him and he didn't need the meds. Awww I can just imagine your Leo romping through the mud and rolling around, You know Leo is special in our hearts here in Alabama. I bet Bugg and him would be great pals. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
17th Apr 2011 (#)

I used to have a dog, but I didn't know that much on how to take care of him. Thank you for the information.

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author avatar Denise O
17th Apr 2011 (#)

You are most welcome Esteban, having a dog is just like having a child, you learn as you go. I have just had more than a few dogs in my life time. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Brian Hartman
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Very informative article, Denise. Thanks! :)

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author avatar Denise O
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Brain, thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar ppruel
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Bugg is lucky that he found you Denise. Congrats.

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author avatar Denise O
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Awww ppruel, thank you for saying so. I am so glad we found each other, he really makes my day. Also, what do you think of our new doggie. His name is Tee and Bugg just loves him, Bugg is being so sweet to him it just warms my heart to no end. Thank you for stopping by my friend.:)

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author avatar vpaulose
20th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you denise for your good information. Please guide me to get a star.

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author avatar Greenfaol
21st Apr 2011 (#)

Excellent work, Denise, a great article. Poor Bugg, give him a cuddle from me and Brian :D
I think Tee is just adorable!!

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

I sure will Norma. Bless his heart, when we woke up this morning, his eyes were stuck shut but, of course. The first thing he wanted to do was go outside. Buggah will never learn, I tell you.LOL
Tee is a cutie pie for sure. Bugg has been a living doll with this little guy. When he came to us, he was so afraid of people and other dogs because, of the way he was being raised. You would not know it now, he is for sure the spoiled rotten but, confident guy that he should be, all because of Bugg. Okay, we might have had a bit to do with it. LOL
Y'all take care hon, you two are in my thoughts and prayers. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Apr 2011 (#)

A very happy Easter to you Denise...:0)

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author avatar Denise O
24th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you hon.:)

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author avatar Greenfaol
26th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks Denise, for your lovely Easter message. Wasn't in over the weekend, so didn't get a chance to say the same. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, and hope that Buggs eyes were not shut on Easter morning.
Love to you and yours xxx

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author avatar Angelique Newman
3rd May 2011 (#)

Oh Denise as always I love your articles; especially about Buggs! And your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Have you ever checked out iStockphoto? http://www.istockphoto.com/ I believe you can sell photos there. It's worth checking out and a great and fun way to earn an extra income.

I haven't been on Wikinut that much lately, it's been a busy year for colds but hopefully I'll make an appearance more often.
As always congrats on the star page :)

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author avatar Denise O
3rd May 2011 (#)

Thank you Angelique for your kind words. I have heard of this site briefly, when I read someone elses message to another wikinutter. I think I will check into it. I have a lot of pictures of Bugg and now of Tee, Bugg's new friend. To make a article come to light, it usually takes me about a good 100 pictures. As I want to make sure I get the perfect pictures. The rest just go to the wayside. I should really check into this. I have noticed you have been absent here latel;y, I am so sorry you have been feeling bad. Bugg and I have been a bit absent ourselves, as we are still dealing with our allergies. We now have honey suckle blooming and it really is playing havoc with our eyes here over the last few weeks. Hon, I hope you get to feelign better. You are in my thoughts and prays. As always, it was a pleasure to hear from you and thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Javrsmith
10th Jul 2011 (#)

Great looking dog. My mother-in-law had a dog with allergies. The poor thing was in agony and it was hard to find any help. Finally, she got some antihistomine that worked pretty well.

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