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Tips For Finding the Perfect Purebred Dog Or Puppy

Finding a Dog 101 – Dogs are fantastic companions, and love you no matter what, but remember:

o Dogs DO take time! Remember, just like us, they are social animals who do not like being left alone. You can not just stick them out in the yard or leave them in the house alone all the time and expect everything to be all right. Many types of behavioral problems occur just as a result of this one thing. Do you honestly have ample time every day to spend walking, feeding, cleaning up after, grooming, exercising and playing with your dog? And dogs often live for ten to fifteen years, so enter into this as a seriously long-term commitment.

o Dogs DO cost money. There are food requirements which vary from dog to dog. They will need regular health care as well including: shots, wormings, check ups, etc. Some dog breeds will additionally need regular grooming. Puppies will damage things in your house from time to time – it's a fact. Finding a dog may lead to things being replaced more often. You will have to do more cleaning from time to time – shedding fur, etc.

o Dogs DO require ample space which can vary from breed to breed. Take the time to research ALL the requirements needed for all breeds you may be interested in. Do you live in an apartment? A duplex / townhouse or condo? A single family home? Do you have a secure fenced yard or access to a secure fenced in area for your dog to play in? If not, can you seriously make some other kind of capable and realistic arrangements for your dog to get adequate DAILY exercise? Finding a dog requires a lot of forethought and planning.

1) Be Honest. Finding a dog can take some time. First of all, do you really want a dog? Is a purebred dog perfect for you? Or would you be just as happy adopting a dog from the local animal Shelter or rescue organization in your area?

2) So you still really want a dog even will all the needs listed above in mind …

If you can honestly answer all these needs mentioned above with a positive response then you're ready for step 2.

So now, you must now ask yourself:

Finding a Dog 101 – What breed of purebred dog do you want?

Research, research, research! Before selecting a purebred puppy breed you must first carefully consider many things about yourself and your family, such as: your exercise schedule, your own personality, your family and home situation, what you expect of your dog (watchdog, companion for your children, hunting, etc.), whether you live in a house with a fenced yard or in an apartment / duplex / condo, etc. You want to honestly match the dog's needs to yours as closely as possible for the best match possible. Finding a dog takes plenty of forethought and research.

For example, if you're athletically inclined, you do not want a doggie couch potato – a dog that has low exercise needs. If you're a couch potato yourself, you do not want a purebred puppy that needs a lot of exercise.

o First, DO NOT decide on any dog ??breed based on looks alone. When finding a dog take your time and do lots of research BEFORE making any new kind of new doggie addition to your family. The eight major purebred dog groups found in the AKC in particular (Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding and Miscellaneous) is a great place to start. Feel free to use the dog breed resources on our site as a good place to start as well. We offer many individual dog breed profiles including lots of in-depth information on many kinds of purebred dog …

Finding a Dog 101 – Next: Selecting Your Dog. Do you want an adult or puppy?

Almost everyone wants a puppy. Puppies are lots of fun and can be easy to train and socialize, but they require a lot of time and care. Adult dogs often require less care overall than puppies but may have developed some types of behavioral or socialization problems during their life. If you are more inclined to get an adult dog, one good choice to start with is a rescue dog, possibly from a local Shelter or rescue organization. There are many Shelters and breed rescue groups available which can be visited on the internet, via the phone or in person depending on your area and finding a dog in one of these places can potentially mean saving it's life. Sometimes these organizations may have puppies for adoption as well.

Finding a Dog 101 – Where is the best place to find a dog or puppy?

o First, consider adopting a dog from a shelter or purebred dog rescue organization. Way too many dogs are euthanized each year, and you might just find a dog – the perfect companion for you, at the local pound or through a rescue group for your favorite breed. And you saved a life in the process!

o Second, find a "real" breeder. A real breeder of purebred dogs usually belongs to a breed club for their specific dog breed as well as associated to several other dog related organizations. Additionally, many purebred dog breeders may be involved in showing their own dogs or participating in other dog related activities as agility, lure coursing or herding events. Finding purebred dogs or purebred puppies here means you have a much better chance at learning about the dogs ancestry, breed health problems, littermates, seeing the actual living conditions the puppy was raised in, and have a resource for future questions and a new friend for the life of your new dog.

Other very important things to look for in a purebred dog breeder – do they: provide references; have a clean kennel with healthy, well-socialized animals; provide a pedigree and registration application form; give you written instructions on feeding, training and care; provide a written contract with conditions of sale and warranty; give you a record of vaccinations and wormings?

Are the breeders: interested in your qualifications to be an owner of one of their precious puppies (your home and family situation, etc); insist that you take the purebred puppy to a vet for a check-up immediately after purchase; insist that you continue with vaccinations and wormings on a regular basis; encouraging the relationship between you and the breeder as a continuing one; there for you on an "on-call" basis with ANY future questions or problems that you may have about you new puppy or dog?

Places to avoid when finding a dog:

o Pet shop. These poor puppies are often poorly bred and raised in the most terrible living conditions. You'll never get a chance to see the parents, litters or the actual original home that they were bred in and you will never know what kind of inherited health problems they have until way too late. Finding a dog here means a potential lifetime of health problems as well as the potential to carry on this urgent practice of puppy killing by supporting the sellers of their animals.

o Backyard breeders. Typically these are people who own a dog but are not knowledgeable at all in the details about the breed, inherent health problems and risks, history of their dogs (other than their "papers"), etc. and think it will be "fun" or maybe even "profitable" to have a litter of puppies. Any dog ??breeders who lets you handle a very young puppy, shows signs of neglect (such as lack of water, and dirty conditions) in their kennel, are willing to sell a puppy under seven weeks of age are not looking out for the puppies best interest. Leave and find a reputable breeder asap! Finding a dog here also means many potential problems and no real support for your new puppy in the future.

We suggest you take your time when searching for your new canine companion. Call breeders, visit their websites if possible, contact parent clubs for references for reputable breeders in your area. The more research you do BEFORE you bring your new companion home, the better off everyone, including the new doggie, will be.

Obesity In Dogs-Is It All A Matter Of Taste?

Right from birth dogs have a sense of taste, not quite as good as humans but none the less they do taste things. It is quite difficult for a dog as the 2 senses of smell and taste in dogs are chemical ones so it is hard for them at an early age to differentiate between the two.

Humans have in the region of 9,000 or so taste buds on our tongues where as dogs according to research only have in the region of 1,700 so it is much more different for a dog to taste and where we as humans can differentiate between sweet, sour, bitter and salty tastes a dog has more of a pleasant, unpleasant and indentitive sense.

The one thing that dogs do possess that we do not but other animals such as pigs and cats do is the ability to taste water and can tell different types of water from the taste.

There are roughly around 30% of dogs in the UK that are overweight and in some ways the pet food we feed to them must shoulder some of the blame for this but not all. Commercial pet food is packed with flavors and additives to make it appealing to dogs and it has been shown that initially smell plays an important part in preference for food, and then taste, once it is being ateen. Although female dogs do have more of a preference for sweeter foods over the male dogs.

It may be surprising to know but apart from the chemical signals of smell and taste a dog's surroundings can also play a part in what it eats. For example Kathering Haupt from Cornell University discovered that dogs who slept in an owner's bedroom preferred one type of food and dogs that were male orientated preferred one type of food to those that were female orientated, so it is more complex than it first looks when looking at obesity in dogs but in general you find that more female dogs to male dogs are fussy eaters.

Also a big factor in obesity in dogs is the owners and their weight too. There have been finds that more obese dogs belong to obese owners than not as well as some older people also had obese dogs compared to younger people who owned dogs.

Feeding habits cause problems for dogs too as most dogs which were fed on canned commercial food were average weight but dogs fed with table scraps were mostly overweight.

There are a lot of different senses going on for dogs with food and we as owners do not help make it easy for them to eat a proper diet which is balanced for their average weight

It would seem then from all the research about obesity in dogs that dogs who are predominately scavengers by nature and opportunists, prefer food by smell first followed by texture of the food and finally the taste

Therapy Dog Training

There are lots of wonderful folks in any community who are willing to volunteer them and their dogs for pet therapy in places like Senior Homes, Nursing Homes and Hospitals. It seems that when a dog walks into a room, it changes the energy. People stop, smile and chat. For a short while, a dog's visit takes peoples thoughts away from the challenges that they are facing. However, potential volunteers should understand that service dogs and their human handlers' need therapy dog ??training

If you would like to volunteer yourself and your pet dog please keep in mind that service training for therapy dogs is designed to help the dogs face environments that they are not familiar with.

Therapy dog ??training therefore, begin with strong obedience training. Any service dog must also be very well-socialized. Training a service dog is designed to ensure that the dog experiences many things that do not occur normally at home. Things like elevators, escalators and strange sounds, such as beeping monitors and the high pitched whine of equipment like respirators.

It is also very important for the human part of the team. For the human handler the training is designed to train them to know which types of situations can rise while working with their dog and how to properly handle those circumstances.

The human handler should also prepare for the type of care facility and the situations that they will encounter there when visiting with their pet dog.

Therapy dog ??training also requires that you confirm that your pet dog is healthy. A service dog must have its current inoculations, a current health certificate from a veterinarian and it must be visibly clean.

Service dog work is very dependent on good training. Both you and your dog must be prepared the possible situations you will encounter. However, if your are willing, to train yourself and your dog you will find it extremely rewarding to bring comfort and happiness to care facility residents, hospital patients and their families.

Once you have your dog socialized and ready for obedience testing contact Therapy Dogs International, Inc. .. This is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, the testing and the registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for wherever therapy dogs are needed.

Tips to Care For Your Physically Impaired Pet

Pets are not immune from injury and aging. Sometimes life leaves your pet with a disability. There are pet owners who can not handle this and end up putting their pet to sleep. I wonder if most pet owners are aware of the many resources available to them.

Personally, I could never put my pet down due to their having a disability. There are products available and informative websites that provide a full life for an injured or senior pet. Here are some things you can do as a pet owner to make your special needs pet's life a bit easier.

If you have a dog who sight is impaired, what would you do? Seriously, what would you do? Think of your pet's surroundings. You would not rearrange the furniture, right? And you'd probably be more conscious of picking things up off the floors. You would want to put gates in front of dangerous places like balconies, swimming pools or hot tubs. You can even find protective headgear for her so she does not smash into something and injure herself. You may also softly speak to her before you approach or touch her so she's not started. Help her out by working with her other senses. Things like using a fountain water dish where the noise will guide her to her dish. There are many ways to appeal to her other senses to enable her to understand where she is. For example, use a different shape and texture of pet bed or mat in different rooms. I think you get the idea.

What if your dog can not hear you? The first thing that comes to my mind is to make sure she's in a secure area. She's either on a leash or in a fenced yard or exercise dog pen. If she can not hear a horn blow or a motor start, please keep her secure! Teach your hard of hearing dog some new tricks using flashing lights. Turn your outside lights on and off when you want her to come inside. Use a flashlight inside for communication. Be conscious of your movements and facial expressions, as your dog will be taking cues from them, too.

I'm sure you've seen dogs which back legs or hips are bad and they're strapped into a device that holds the injured part up and has wheels on it so they can move around. At first, you say "so sad", but when you think about it, the alternative is so much worse. Probably the largest thing you should be monitoring as a pet owner of a pet with mobility issues is their weight. The last thing they need is additional strain on their functioning parts. There are all sorts of devices to aid your pet in mobility.

In closing, there are many simple steps we as pet owners can take to afford a loving and fulfilling life to a pet with special needs.

What Dog Breeds Are The Most Loving and Friendly?

Dogs are human befits best friend and these days you can find them in every house. They not only are great playmates but when it comes to securing the premiers they are great. Having a dog is like having a very convenient companion. You can teach your dogs tricks and then they become the topic of discussion in every little gathering. While some dogs may not be good guards and other can be tough to handle while few become their playmates but the overall experience of keeping a dog is quite overwhelming. Understanding the behavior of the dog is very important in order to domesticate them in right manner. If you have young kids at home then it makes all the more important for you to pick the right breed of dog that is most loving and friendly to give your child a secure environment.

Dogs also vary in size. Most small dogs are called toy dogs while big ones are guards. For example, German shepherds are known to be police dogs. There unique character which is being courageous, loyal, bold and highly trainable make them an ideal police dog. They respect their human bosses and protect. On the other hand, Shih Tzu falls is the little fluffy canine that is happy, playful and sweet. Aside from those, Shih Tzu is also alert. They can accompany little kids for they are child-friendly. Shih Tzu is considered as one of the famous dogs in America same as German shepherd.

Family dogs are those that can be kept even if you have small children. They are very friendly and enjoy being around the kids. These dogs are visible in every typical American household. It only means that American families love dogs that can get along with every member of their family. Let us look at few breeds of dogs that are most loving and friendly and can be adopted.

Golden and Labrador Retrievers. Sporty, good-natured and fun-loving, that is what a Golden and Labrador Retrievers are. They love swimming and running so you need to be hyperactive in order to keep up with them. They are also patient to kids poking and touching.

Collie. Lassie, a world renowned dog, belongs to the class of Collies. They are beautiful, gentle, smart and trainable. They can also keep an eye to your children and protect them all day which is also one of the reasons why this breed is so famous.

Boxers. Boxers can be serious and also goofy. They tend to be a better companion for larger kids. They are defined as athletic and affectionate. They can pounce and play with you all day but they also are quite aggressive breed dog.

Miniature Schnauzers. These dogs may seem to bark a lot but that only shows that they are good watch dogs. But they are loving and reliable.

Yorkshire Terriers. Small and cuddly, words that can best defined Yorkshire Terriers. They are known for their high tolerance with kids even with the smaller ones.

Beagle. It is said that beagle are great as hunting and fishing companion. Active and playful kids will love Beagles for they are playful and active as well.

Having a dog at home also means lots of responsibility. You need to groom your dog and the training should start from the very first day you get them home. It is fun having a dog and they are also great stress busters.

Puppy Care 101

Puppy Care

Puppy care can be a lot of work, but is also quite rewarding. This article should answer a lot of your questions you might have about your new puppy, or the puppy you are thinking about getting. Here we cover the basics you need to know.


Most people will have received their puppy after they are weaned. But if you actually need to wean your puppy, starting at about 2-3 weeks of age your puppy should start to eat solid food. Offer the puppies solid food at least three times a day. You can start by offering dry puppy food mixed with some warm water to soften it.

When the puppy reaches about 12 weeks of age, slowly start feeding dry puppy food only twice a day. Only offer the food for about 15 minutes and then take the dish away, to train the dog for eating twice a day. Between 6-9 months of age start mixing puppy food with an adult dog food over the course of a month.

The dry food should be specially formulated for puppies. If you have a large breed puppy feed a large breed formula. But be careful not to over feed large breed dogs. If you do they are more prone to joint and bone problems. Also stay away from a lot of extra treats, and be careful not to over feed your puppy over 6 months of age to prevent obesity.


Vaccinating your puppy is the basis of good puppy care. Vaccines help reduce the risk of you puppy acquiring diseases like parvovirus, distemper, kennel cough, and rabies. Vaccines are given when puppies reach 6-8 weeks of age and are given every 2-4 weeks until the puppy reaches 16-20 weeks of age. Boosters are then needed every one to three years. There are many different vaccine schedules your veterinarian might use. For example you puppy might receive shots at the following ages: 6, 9, 12, and 15 weeks of age.

Puppies are usually vaccinated against: Distemper, Adenovirus (hepatitis), Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. All of these vaccines are usually combined in one vaccine typically referred to as “the distemper shot.” Also depending on where you live, you may also need vaccines against Coronavirus, Giardia, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, and Bordetella. Also Rabies is needed as well. Usually at sixteen weeks of age, and then boostered a year later, and then boostered one to three years later depending on the local laws and regulations. Rabies vaccine is the only vaccine that you must absolutely get for your dog. Only a veterinarian is licensed to administer rabies vaccine.


1. Heartworm prevention

Most puppies should be started on a heartworm preventative at least by two months of age. And now in most areas of the United States, it is recommended that heartworm preventative be given all year long, although the risk of getting heartworms is still greatest in the summer months.

Heartworm preventative is usually given monthly in the form of a chewable tablet. The most popular brands are Heartgard and Interceptor. It is important the you give this tablet every month and if you miss a month, to tell your veterinarian.

2. Intestinal Parasites (Worms)

It is important that you get your puppy dewormed. Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidian, and giardia are the most common parasites that can affect your puppy. It is recommended that you have a fecal done on your pet, and then yearly after that.

Deworming medication is commonly placed in heartworm medication these days, these include Heartgard plus and Interceptor. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, weight loss, and death. Tapeworms often found around the anus of your puppy. They look like grains of white rice. These are the egg filled segments of the tapeworm.

3. Fleas and Ticks

Most flea products these days are also effective against ticks as well as fleas. The most popular of these is Frontline. It is a medication that is applied once a month to help prevent fleas and ticks. It is a liquid product applied topically to the skin between the shoulder blades.


Grooming is also a part of good puppy care. All pets need some degree of grooming. It is an important part of taking care of your new puppy. By starting to brush and bath your puppy while they are young, they will grow accustomed to the contact as they grow up.

Exercise and Training

It is important for you to provide plenty of space for your puppy to run and exercise. Also, now is the right time to begin training your puppy to help avoid unwanted behaviors. Also be sure to avoid taking your puppy to dog parks until after they have had their full series of vaccines.

If you take the time to learn about proper puppy care, you soon will have a healthy happy dog. Take the time to ask lots of question when you see your Veterinarian. They are the best source for puppy care and health information.

Crate Training Dogs – Quickly and Easily

Why should you crate train your dog?

Unlike people most dogs enjoy being in small enclosed places and so if crate training is done correctly your dog will see it as a great place to be – its own personal space. For the dog a crate can be somewhere it can escape to if things are getting too much for it, for example noisy children or if you have a lot of people round. For a dog owner the benefits of crate training your dog include the knowledge that while in your crate your dog is safe and not destroying anything, it can keep your dog out of the way while you are very busy. If you are house training your dog crate training can be very useful too as most dogs with not want to wet or soil their living area. For a dog which is aggressive towards strangers or some visitors a crate can act as a place which keeps both dog and visitors safe.

What type of crate should you choose?

There are a variety of different crate options you can choose from the most common being plastic or metal. If you choose a metal crate you may also want to purchase a crate cover to make the crate feel more enclosed and cozy for your dog. Whichever type of crate you choose make sure there is enough room so that your dog can stand up and turn round easily. If you are crate training a puppy try to bear in mind what size it will be as a full size dog. If you intend leaving your dog in the crate for some time always make sure it has water available, special water bowls with hooks can be bought specifically to go onto a crate.

How to start crate training your dog

Most dogs are naturally quite inquisitive so will probably be curious as to what this new "thing is". Use this to your advantage and place a treat or your dog's favorite toy inside the crate so the dog ventures inside to get it, do not shut the door at this stage. Keep hiding trips inside the crate until your dog is happy going inside it.

Crate training the next phase

Once your dog is anticipating the fears being inside the crate and enjoying finding them in there close the door just for a second when your dog is in the crate. Straight away re-open the crate door and let your dog come out. Practice this a few more times, each time putting a treat in the crate and shutting the door but then build up the time that the dog is in the crate each time. Praise your dog while it is in the crate. Once your dog is confident with this try leaving it in the crate for five or ten minutes while you are doing something in the same room so it can see you, we do not want your dog to think that when it goes in the crate it means it is going to be left alone. Build the time up again that the dog is in the crate but start spending a few minutes not in the room.

Crate training should be done gradually, your dog should see the crate as a good place to be and it should not be used as a form of punishment. Only when your dog is totally at ease being in the crate should you even consider leaving it alone in the crate while you go out. You do not want the dog to panic try and get out and injure itself. A dog should not be left in its crate for too long a period at a time.

Dog Training – Barking and How You Can Stop It

Don’t be alarmed once your dog begins to bark. All dogs do it as their means of communication. However, once this barking becomes excessive and appears to be developing into a problem measures need to be taken.

Traditionally, dog obedience and training schools were the answer to help remedy these problems. You would take your dog to these schools and be in groups with other dog owners and you would all be shown techniques and methods to help prevent the problems you were facing.

However, with the developments in technology you can now find everything you need to know on the internet, so less and less people are going to obedience schools.

As previously mentioned, barking is the main way a dog communicates with yourself and other animals, therefore, you should train your dog not to bark excessively, but not to eliminate it entirely.

In many cases, your dog might be barking just to let you know they he or she has smelled or heard something and wants you to know. By acknowledging your dog soon after barking, they will recognize that you’ve acknowledged them and this can help quiet them down. Additionally, at times when your dog should not be barking, you need to assert your authority.

The best way to do this is via the command, “NO”, or “QUIET”, or any word that you would like to use. When your dog barks at an inappropriate time, use the word and when your dog follows your command, reward him/her.

Your dog may bark simply because it’s bored. To remedy this, buy your dog a toy to chew on and play with. How many dogs have you heard barking when they have something in their mouth?

Regardless of the method you use, by ensuring your persistent, barking can be brought under control in a fairly short time period. Persevere now and enjoy the company of your trained dog for many years to come.

Purple Dog Collars – Tips on Choosing the Right Type for Your Dog

Among the items every dog ??needs is a good fitting dog collar. There is a large assortment of colors, designs, and sizes available. One of the most popular colors on the market today is purple dog collars. So what makes this color so popular? Maybe it's your favorite color, or maybe it signifies royalty, regardless of the reason, there are so many different designs available, you can find one that is perfect for your pet.

Most dog collars and leashes are chosen by their owner's personal preference. One of the most important things to remember regardless of design or color is that the collar fits properly. When buying a leash, you should also consider if you need a heavy duty one or maybe you have a Chihuahua so you only need a lightweight leash. You should also consider adding identification tags with your contact information just in case your dog ever gets lost.

Choosing the Right Type of Dog Collar:

There are some basic types available to choose from depending on the breed of dog you have, how active you and your pet are, and if you spend a lot of time near the water. The good news is they are all available in purple!

  • Buckle Collars
  • Nylon Collars
  • Leather Collars
  • Training Collars
  • Harnesses

Buckle collars are a great choice when you first bring your puppy home. They come in a variety of colors and materials. You can keep it as simple as you want or maybe your little pooch is like ruby ??and needs a rhinestone studded collar. Have fun with it; just make sure to keep it adjusted as puppies grow pretty fast.

Nylon Collars are a great choice if you live close to the water or you spend a lot of time at the beach or lake. They are versatile, durable and can easily be washed. It is one of the more popular choices among pet owners.

Choosing a leather collar is also a popular choice especially for larger breeds. They are very durable, making them an excellent investment. And best of all, you no longer have to settle for just brown or black, you can find solid purple leather dog collars and they are even available in different prints and decorated with studs, spikes, and / or stones.

Training collars are not meant to be worn on a daily basis. They are strictly for training your dog and are available in both "choke collars" and "pinch collars." You should always have an additional collar for daily wear and should never leave your dog tied out while wearing a training collar.

Harnesses are excellent used along with a leash when first teaching your dog to walk beside you. They assist in training without the choke. They give you that extra control by fitting over the dog's chest and ribcage instead of just around the neck.

Regardless of the color, style or design you choose, making sure they fit properly is one of the most important things to remember. Finding purple dog collars that are the perfect fashion statement for your pet can be challenging.

Hypoallergenic Pets (Cats and Dogs)

What is a hypoallergenic pet?

Hypoallergenic cats and dogs are animals that produce less allergens. "Hypo" really means less than. There is no such thing as a pet that produces NO allergens. If you love pets what are your options?

There are several breeds of cats and dogs that are known to produce less or give off less allergens. There variations can be anything from the type of fur, having no fur, or the amount of allergens are present in the fur or saliva of a pet. Having a cat or dog that does not have any fur does not suggest they are allergen free. They still produce allergens even though they might produce less.

Am I allergic?

How do you find out if you are actually allergic to a cat or a dog? There are a few ways to determine this. The very best and most accurate way to determine if you are allergic is to get an allergy test at your doctors. This is the best way to know because being around the animal is not enough evidence to suggest that is what causes your reactions. For about 50% of people, it usually takes about 2 weeks for any symptoms or reactions to occur.

What can you do to less the allergens in your home?

There are several things you can actually do to less the allergens in your home. One of the most overlooked things would be things like washing your pets toys and bedding. These objects can house lots of allergens as the pets are around them a lot. They can also cause the allergens to spread around your home when your pet plays with them.

Grooming is also another effective way to be able to less the allergens on the pet. Making sure that the pet is groomed and bathed on a regular basis significantly reduces the allergens spread around your home.

Anything I can take to lessen the effects?

There are also a few options if you want to take something to lessen your allergic reactions. One of these options is widely available and another one is in development.

You can take allergy medication to eliminate or reduce the symptoms. The most popular allergy medication you can obtain is Benedyl, and Claritin. There have been proven to work well but there are other brands that might work just as well.

A vaccine is also in development. McMaster university is believed to have developed a vaccine to completely eliminate your allergies to pets. Although there is a vaccine, it will not be available until about 2014.