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Best Flea Treatment For Dogs – Pills, Drops, Shampoos, Collars, & Sprays

 

What is the Best Flea and Tick Medicine for Dogs?

We love our pets. But if you’ve ever had to deal with a flea infestation in your home, there may have been a brief moment when you second guessed that relationship.

In the best case scenario, these pests (not “pets”) are annoying. You can feel them jumping on you and it seems like you’re just a host to transport them from one area of your life to another (it’s the worst when you get them in your car).

But that’s not where the real danger lies. Fleas can cause itching and fatigue and can carry a host of diseases, including lyme disease and, of course, the bubonic plague (though it is highly unlikely today).

So What Can You Do To Protect Your Pet from fleas

So what can you do to protect your pet?

First of all, you should bathe your furry friend regularly with some sort of flea shampoo. There are a number of options available from name brand shampoos to natural ones with no added chemicals. Oatmeal baths are also effective.

Keep your pet inside. Fleas live outside so keeping your animal in the house limits their exposure to these insects. Of course you should exercise your pup often but when you do, try to stay away from wooded areas or areas with a lot of underbrush.

Use some sort of flea prevention. The best way to get rid of fleas is to never have them in the first place. We’ve listed the most popular ones below. See which one works best for you and your canine and stick with it.

Be consistent. The life cycle of a flea can last up to 6 months so just because you don’t see them now doesn’t mean you should stop regular treatments.

Choosing a dog bed with cedar filling can also make a good impact but be sure that the buggers aren’t just jumping around to other parts of your home.

Types of Flea Treatments

Types of Flea Treatment and Prevention

There are a number of ways to prevent your dog from getting fleas or killing any infestations he might already have. These are the most popular and effective methods but we’ve also listed some natural flea treatment options at the bottom.

Drops

Flea drops, such as Advantix and Frontline, are the most common form of flea prevention for your pet. The drops are applied to the nape of the neck (just above the shoulders) and last for 30 days. Monthly reapplication is required but is generally quick and easy.

These drops can prevent flea larvae from developing and also kill any adult fleas that are already on your pooch. Many brands can kill ticks and lice as well.

Be sure to pick the right drops for your dog (based on size) for best results and to avoid any side effects. Also make sure to wear gloves when applying as these drops can be harmful to humans. wait at least a couple of hours before petting your dog to allow the medication to dry.

Pills

Oral flea medication (pill) is the most effective type of treatment and prevention available.

The advantages of flea pills is they can work as quickly as four hours and can come in chewable tablets for dogs who have trouble taking pills.

The disadvantages are that oral meds may require a vet’s prescription, they don’t guard against ticks or other parasites, and they can kill adult fleas or eggs but not both.

Pills are often used in conjunction with drops as the pills kill the current pests and the drops prevent new ones from breeding.

Collars

Dog flea collars can be used for treatment or prevention and can last up to 8 months. This means you don’t have to worry about reapplying the drops every month or remembering to give your dog his pill.

outdoor flea medicine for dogsThe collars work best when combined with another treatment method such as shampoos or topical medications.

The cons of flea collars is that one, they aren’t the most stylish accessory and two, they are less effective than drops or pills.

If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors and in heavily wooded areas, a collar plus another method may be a good idea.

Shampoos

Shampoos should be used in conjunction with one of the prevention methods.

There are many options available including “natural” shampoos made without any harmful chemicals.

Shampoos can kill fleas up to one day but they only affect adult fleas, not larvae or eggs.

Sprays

Flea sprays also should complemented by a prevention method to keep infestations from coming back.

Sprays can kill adult fleas, larvae, and eggs. Many repel mosquitoes as well.

Can last up to 2 months, killing and preventing future infestations.

Which Type is Right for You?

Picking a treatment or prevention method is up to you and your pup. By far, drops are the most common but if your dog has a skin reaction to it or you know that you’ll probably forget to reapply it every month, that might not be the best fit for you.

If you don’t mind the look and are in an area with a low risk for fleas, a collar is a good option that you will only have to replace every 8 months or so.

If your flea problem is pretty serious, oral medication, possibly along with another method, might be necessary.

The Best Flea Treatment Options

Best Flea Drops for Dogs

Topical medications such as drops are the most popular flea prevention method. Generally applied once a month, these drops work quickly and are highly effective. Some dogs have mild to serious reactions to this treatment though so monitor your pet closely for a few days after applying.

Product Kills Effectiveness Reviews Price
Merial Frontline Plus flea drops review

Frontline Plus

Fleas, ticks, lice 3/5 3.7 $$
K9 Advantix II flea meds review

K9 Advantix II

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice 4/5 4.2 $$
Vectra 3D flea treatment review

Vectra 3D

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, sand flies, mites 5/5 4.3 $$$
PetArmor flea drops review

PetArmor

Fleas, ticks, lice 4/5 3.9 $
Bayer Advantage II flea drops review

Bayer Advantage II

Fleas 5/5 4.1 $$

Merial Frontline Plus

Flea and Tick Control

Frontline is probably the most popular brand for flea drops but there are mixed reviews on its effectiveness. Some people swear by it and others say it doesn’t work at all.Merial Frontline Plus review

Apparently this discrepancy is most likely due to two reasons. One, Frontline does not work on a certain strain of Florida fleas, and possibly other varieties. And two, there are a lot of knockoffs being sold under the Frontline name. If you decide to go with Frontline, make sure the manufacturer is Merial.

There have been a lot of stories of adverse effects from the Frontline drops so make sure to read them before making a decision.

Based on the risks and reports of the medication not working well or at all, this is not a product we would recommend. If you are already using Frontline and it is working for you, then you should be fine but if you are thinking of switching, there are better choices available.

K9 Advantix II

K9 Advantix is the second most popular flea drop medication after Frontline. Though that order may change soon. It seems that a lot of people have been jumping ship from Frontline due to its inefficacy. K9 Advantix II review

Advantix has been working consistently well for over a decade with very few side effects. For first time dog owners, this is a good choice to start with. Many people don’t need any more than a monthly (could be twice a month, depending on your situation) application and regular bathing.

This medication kills and prevents against fleas and ticks as well as mosquitoes and lice. And it doesn’t wash off so it will remain effective even after swimming and bathing.

Vectra 3D

Your veterinarian may suggest using Vectra 3D if other methods aren’t effective. Vectra uses a slightly different formula than Advantix or Frontline that kills fleas on contact, not after they bite.

Vectra 3D flea drops review

Not only does it kill and repel fleas, it also works on ticks, lice, mosquitoes, sand flies, and mites, keeping your pooch safe from many biting insects that can spread diseases.

This is the same medication that you can get from your vet but typically at a much cheaper price.

While Vectra is more powerful, it can also be more dangerous. There are more than a few accounts of dogs having serious reactions and even a few deaths. Please consult your vet before using this medication if you think your dog may be at risk.

Of course any topical medication may cause an allergic reaction so be sure to monitor your dog closely after first applying Vectra.

PetArmor Squeeze on

Dog Flea and Tick Repellent

You may have never heard of PetArmor. They aren’t the biggest or most well known brand but they make a good product. And for a great price.PetArmor flea treatment review

In fact, they use the same active ingredient, fipronil, in the same concentration as Frontline Top Spot but it costs about 50% less. Seriously.

And it works faster (in about an hour).

Also, there haven’t been as many reports of ineffectiveness as Frontline nor have there been issues with bait-and-switch knockoff replicas.

So if you’re thinking about trying Frontline or are already using Top Spot, you may want to give PetArmor a shot. That way, if you have the same issues that other Frontline users are having, at least you won’t have spent as much to find out.

PetArmor kills fleas, a variety of ticks, and lice and lasts for up to a month.

Bayer Advantage II

Another product from Bayer, Advantage II is also a best seller. Unlike Advantix though, this flea treatment only protects against fleas – adults, larvae, and eggs. It doesn’t guard against ticks, lice, or mosquitoes.Bayer Advantage II vs advantix review

So why would you choose Advantage II over Advantix?

If you aren’t having any infestation problems now, then there’s really no reason. But if no other flea medication seems to work, Advantage II is worth a shot.

This is an especially good choice if your dog is often in high flea prone areas that you can’t control such as wooded areas near your house or out on hunts. With this product, you shouldn’t need to do more than apply the formula. There’s no need for any of the other preventative measures, though regular bathing is always recommended.

Best Flea Pills for Dogs

Depending on your situation, pills can be a great choice for keeping your dog safe from harmful parasites. Be sure to choose carefully, however, because while some medications prevent future infestations, others only kill current ones. Used in tandem with another method, these can be very effective at keeping your pet flea free.

Product Frequency Effectiveness Reviews Price
Sentry CapGuard flea tablets review

Sentry CapGuard

One pill daily 5/5 4.1 $$
flea away tablets review

Flea Away

Up to 3 pills daily 4/5 3.1 $
Novartis Capstar review

Novartis Capstar

One pill daily 5/5 4.1 $$
PetArmor FastCaps review

PetArmor FastCaps

One pill daily 5/5 4.1 $$

Sentry CapGuard Flea Tablets

This is a once a day tablet to get rid of current infestations. It can start working in as little as 30 minutes and is very effective.Sentry CapGuard review

If you are struggling to get ahead on your flea problem, this is a good way to wipe out the adult fleas who are laying eggs and start on a prevention method to keep them from coming back.

The CapGuard name may be misleading since it doesn’t actually “guard” but rather kills but these pills are very effective at exterminating the buggers.

Keeping a few tabs on hand in case your mutt brings home some unwanted friends is a good idea.

The pricing is also very reasonable. You can generally pick up a six pack of CapGuard for less than $20.

Flea Away The Natural Flea,

Tick, And Mosquito Repellent

Unlike CapGuard, Flea Away, as its name suggests, repels fleas rather than killing them. It also repels ticks and mosquitoes.flea away treatment for dogs review

Topical medications like drops act by poisoning the insect when it bites your pet’s skin. However this product keeps the buggers from ever biting your pooch in the first place.

If your canine is allergic to insect bites, waiting until the pest sinks its teeth in can still cause problems. These pills are a great alternative to that.

The tablets come in a chewable form and are liver flavored to make administering them a pleasant experience rather than trying to shove a pill down your dog’s throat.

These are particularly handy when you plan on going into wooded areas like camping trips to keep the blood suckers off your dog. And at around $15 for 100 tablets, they’re pretty inexpensive.

Of course the downside to pills like these is that you have to give your dog a pill up to three times a day, depending on its size.

Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets

CapGuard from Sentry and CapStar from Novartis are very similar not only in name but also how they work. CapStar also only treats, but does not prevent, flea infestations.Novartis Capstar flea tablets review

These are used when you have an outbreak that normal methods like shampoos, spray, and bombs can’t fix. Usually prescribed by your vet, CapStar can be bought without a prescription, often at a lower price.

A few things to note:

  • You will want to keep an eye on your dog for a few hours after giving him the pill. Fleas tend to bite hard while dying so your pup may act erratically for a while.
  • Make sure not to stay too close in case the fleas decide to jump ship and start biting you. It’s not a pleasant experience.
  • Give your dog plenty of water as CapStar can cause dry mouth.

PetArmor FastCaps

There is very little, if any, difference between PetArmor FastCaps and CapGuard or CapStar. All three use the same active ingredient (Nitenpyram), all three act within 30 minutes, and all three last up to 24 hours.PetArmor FastCaps review

PetArmor also only works on fleas and is not effective in preventing re-infestations.

Unlike its topical treatment, FastCaps isn’t any cheaper than its competitors and actually is a little bit more expensive.

The big difference between PetArmor and Novartis or Sentry is the amount of Nitenpyram they use. For dogs over 25 pounds, CapStar and CapGuard have 57 mg while FastCaps has 54 mg.

So you’re using PetArmor and it doesn’t seem to be working well enough, you might want to switch to one of the other brands with a higher dosage. On the other hand, if your pet has too much of a reaction from the other meds, trying FastCaps may be a good option.

Best Flea Collars for Dogs

Flea collars are a great option if monthly treatment isn’t a good choice for your dog. They can last up to 8 months and can be as cheap as $5. However, be warned that some collars leave a greasy residue, have an odor, and/or can be toxic if ingested.

Product Duration Effectiveness Reviews Price
seresto flea collar review

Bayer Seresto

Up to 8 months 4/5 4.2 $$
Hartz UltraGuard flea Collar review

Hartz UltraGuard

Up to 7 months 4/5 3.6 $
Scalibor Protector Band flea collar review

Scalibor Protector Band

Up to 6 months 4/5 3.8 $
Adams Plus Flea Collar review

Adams Plus

5 to 7 months 3/5 3.3 $

Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar

Bayer has another solid flea treatment product in its Seresto Flea and Tick Collar.

Here’s the good:

  • Lasts up to eight months (five months if your pup is an avid swimmer)bayer seresto collar review
  • Doesn’t have any odors
  • Doesn’t feel greasy
  • Is nontoxic in case your dog likes to chew his collars
  • Has a quick release mechanism to prevent strangulation
  • Has visibility reflectors built in for safety at night
  • Is “radio-opaque” so it will show up on an x-ray in the event that your dog does eat it and becomes obstructed

The Seresto flea collar is actually very unique in that instead of just spraying a chemical onto the collar, Bayer uses the same ingredient it uses in its Advantage topical formula and embeds it into the collar directly.

Now for the bad:

  • Can take up to 10-14 days to be fully effective
  • There may be a chance of serious side effects including seizures
  • It’s not the cheapest option (up to 10x the price of other flea collars)

Hartz UltraGuard Collar For Dogs

Compared to the Seresto, the Hartz Ultraguard is a steal. It costs literally 10 times less than the Bayer collar and has a similar effectiveness.Hartz UltraGuard Collar For Dogs review

Like any of the products listed, there are mixed results. Some owners found absolutely no difference after using the collar, even finding ticks directly under the collar.

This could be due to a number of reasons, whether they got a “bad batch” or forgot to activate the collar by stretching it.

Overall though, the Ultraguard collar works very well in killing and preventing fleas and ticks from hounding your hound.

Please be warned that there will be a noticeable smell from the collar for the first 3 days after activating it. After that, the collar should be effective for up to 7 months, though many people have noted much shorter times.

Scalibor Protector Band for Dogs

The Scalibor Protector Band is a nice medium between the Seresto and Ultraguard. It’s priced at a bit below the middle of the two and has a few features that make up for the other collars’ cons.Scalibor Protector Band for Dogs review

Unlike the Hartz collar, the Protector Band doesn’t have an odor to it.

All three of these flea collars use different active ingredients so if your dog is having a bad reaction to one, you might want to try switching to another brand. For reference, Scalibor uses deltamethrin as its active ingredient, compared to the flumethrin used in Seresto and tetrachlorvinphos in Ultraguard.

The Protector Band doesn’t protect quite as long as the other brands, only making it to 6 months before you need to replace it. Also, unlike the Bayer collar, the Scalibor is toxic. So if your dog likes to chew his collar, this will not be a good fit for you.

Adams Plus Flea and Tick Collar

The Adams Plus flea collar is very similar to the Ultraguard collar. They both use the same active ingredient, tetrachlorvinphos, both last up to 7 months, and are the least expensive flea collar options in this list. Adams Plus Flea and Tick Collar review

The Adams collar kills and protects against adult fleas, larvae, and eggs. It also kills and repels adult ticks, larvae, and nymphs.

There have been a larger than average number of accounts that the Adams Plus collar is completely ineffective. At this price point (less than $10), it could be worth giving Adams a try though to see how your dog reacts to it.

If you find that this collar is completely ineffective on your pup, make sure that it is correctly activated.

If you notice your pooch having a reaction to the collar, discontinue use immediately.

Best Flea Shampoos for Dogs

As well as cleaning and freshening your pet (no one likes a smelly dog), many shampoos can also prevent flea eggs from hatching.

Depending on your flea prevention strategy, these can be used in conjunction with one or more of the other methods to make sure that your pup stays safe and healthy year round.

Product Duration Effectiveness Reviews Price
Adams Plus Flea Shampoo with Precor review

Adams Plus

Up to 4 weeks 5/5 4.3 $$
Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea Shampoo for Dogs with Oatmeal review

Hartz UltraGuard Rid

N/A 4/5 3.8 $
BioSpot Active Care Flea & Tick Shampoo review

BioSpot Active Care

Up to 28 days 4/5 4.6 $$
Natural Chemistry Natural Flea Shampoo with Oatmeal review

Natural Chemistry

Up to 7 days 5/5 3.7 $
SynergyLabs Richard's Organics Flea  Shampoo review

SynergyLabs Richard’s Organics

N/A 3/5 4.2 $$

Adams Plus Flea and Tick Control

Shampoo with Precor

Another product from Adams Plus is their shampoo with Precor. It’s the most common flea and tick shampoo around and for a good reason.Adams Plus Flea and Tick Control Shampoo with Precor review

The formula is a double step approach, using natural ingredients like aloe, oatmeal, and lanolin as well as chemicals such as Precor to kill fleas, flea eggs, ticks, and lice.

You should know that the Adams Plus shampoo only treats the problem, it doesn’t prevent reinfestations other than keeping eggs from hatching for 4 weeks.

On top of keeping your mutt pest free, it also cleans and deodorizes as well as improves coat health, and leaves fur soft.

Many groomers and vets like it because it’s safe to use without gloves and it’s cheap. One bottle should last you quite a while

There are very few noted side effects though it has been known to cause drooling and/or sensitivity in a small amount of pets so watch out for any reactions like this when using.

Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea & Tick

Shampoo for Dogs with Oatmeal

The Hartz Ultraguard shampoo is the second most popular option. It kills fleas and ticks and includes oatmeal which also relieves itching from bug bites or dry skin.Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs with Oatmeal review

And if you’re not a fan of the smell, it comes in citrus scent as well.

Even though it’s just as effective as the Adams Plus, the Hartz shampoo is half the price. Though this may be due in part to it being more watered down than its competitor.

Also like Adams Plus, this shampoo only kills the fleas and ticks currently on your pet, it does not prevent reinfestations.

BioSpot Active Care Flea & Tick

Shampoo

If you want to go off the beaten path a little, BioSpot’s Active Care shampoo is a great option. It’s very effective at killing fleas, ticks, and lice and it kills flea eggs and larvae for up to 28 days.BioSpot Active Care Flea & Tick Shampoo review

It also leaves your pup’s coat soft and smells pretty good doing it.

The biggest con is that it’s on the high end, price wise, for flea shampoos. But if you’ve tried other shampoos without much success, give BioSpot a shot.

If you still can’t get rid of the fleas, the next step up probably will have to be prescribed by your vet.

Like most shampoos with chemicals, don’t use BioSpot shampoo on puppies less than 12 weeks old.

Natural Chemistry Natural Flea

and Tick Shampoo with Oatmeal

If you’re looking for something more holistic, Natural Chemistry’s shampoo is a great choice. It’s chemical free, using the natural power of cinnamon oil, cedar wood oil, vanillin, and oatmeal to kill and repel fleas, ticks, black flies, and mosquitoes for up to 7 days.Natural Chemistry Natural Flea and Tick Shampoo with Oatmeal review

The oatmeal also moisturizes and rehydrates dry or itchy skin.

And if you’re a fan of the holiday season, many people describe the smell as “Christmas in a bottle” because of the cinnamon and cedar oil.

Because it’s 100% natural, you can use Natural Chemistry on puppies without fear of dangerous side effects.

However, there have been reports of this shampoo staining light colored dogs’ fur. If your pet is light colored, it’s a good idea to test a small amount on their foot or tail and waiting a day to see if their coat will be affected.

Lastly, you should know that this shampoo doesn’t lather like a regular shampoo so you’ll have to use more but it’ll be easier to wash out.

SynergyLabs Richard’s Organics

Flea & Tick Shampoo

A lot of people have been getting confused about SynergyLabs Richard’s Organics shampoo. They advertise “100% natural solutions for better health” but the bottle states that it has “74.5% natural ingredients”.SynergyLabs Richard's Organics Flea & Tick Shampoo review

While this may seem contradictory, what they likely mean is that 100% of the active ingredients are all natural (peppermint oil, eugenol (Clove oil), cedar oil, cinnamon oil, rosemary oil, and vitamin E) but the inert ingredients include some man made materials.

SynergyLabs also claims that their formula kills fleas and repels mosquitoes but many people have found that instead of killing the fleas, it merely puts them to sleep.

The essential oils used in the Richard’s Organics shampoo are common homeopathic cures for flea infestations and also provide many other benefits such as arthritis relief and sedation for separation anxiety. However there are some studies suggesting essential oils may be dangerous for dogs. Consult with your vet if you are on the fence about using this shampoo.

Finally, if you have a sensitive nose, the cinnamon smell can be overpowering.

Honestly, this is not a product we recommend. For a shampoo, it’s expensive, and it doesn’t even do its job. There are much better options out there.

DO NOT use this shampoo on cats as cinnamon oil can be toxic to them.

Best Flea Sprays for Dogs

There are basically two types of flea sprays; ones that get rid of the parasites you already have and ones that keep those buggers from getting on your dog in the first place.

Product Size Effectiveness Reviews Price
Vet's Best Natural Flea Spray review

Vet’s Best

32 oz 5/5 3.8 $$
Virbac Knockout E.S. Flea Spray review

Virbac Knockout E.S.

16 oz 5/5 4.5 $$
Wondercide Natural Flea Spray review

Wondercide

4 oz 4/5 3.8 $$$
Dr. GreenPet All Natural Flea and Tick Spray review

Dr. GreenPet

32 oz 4/5 5 $$
Frontline Flea Spray review

Frontline

8.5 oz 4/5 3.7 $$$

Vet’s Best Natural Flea + Tick

Home Spray

Vet's Best Natural Flea + Tick Home Spray reviewVet’s Best Natural flea spray serves double duty as a flea killer and bug spray. It kills fleas, flea eggs, and ticks on contact, but also repels mosquitoes.

Vet’s Best uses peppermint oil and clove extract as its active ingredients and contains no pyrethrins, permethrins, or cedar oil which means it is safe to use around children and not harmful to plants.

It also:

  • Won’t leave stains on your upholstery
  • Is made in the USA
  • Can be used directly on the dog or on household surfaces
  • Smells pretty good

Virbac Knockout E.S. Flea/Tick

Spray

Unlike many other sprays, Virbac Knockout comes in an aerosal can. Also unlike other sprays, you should not use it directly on your pets.Virbac Knockout E.S. Flea and Tick Spray review

Instead, you spray your whole house (one can covers up to 2100 feet). There’s no odor (though you should still open a window to avoid breathing toxic fumes) and won’t stain your furniture, but we recommend testing on a small section first.

Once applied, the Knockout spray lasts up to 7 months, killing fleas and ticks. It doesn’t kill the eggs but the new adult fleas will not be able to reproduce.

While it may take up to 2 weeks for all of the fleas to be completely eliminated, 80-90% will be gone immediately.

Strangely, it says that it is available through licensed vets only but it’s clearly for sale online.

Wondercide Natural Flea, Tick,

& Mosquito Control Spray

Wondercide is one of our favorite flea treatment products.

  • It contains no harsh chemicalsWondercide Natural Flea, Tick, & Mosquito Control Spray review
  • It kills and repels fleas, ticks, mites, and mosquitoes
  • It smells good (cedar and lemongrass) without being overpowering
  • It’s also effective against mange
  • It’s made in the USA
  • It’s safe to use around kids, pets, and plants
  • It doesn’t stain
  • It leaves the coat soft
  • You can use it on puppies of any age (normally you need to wait until they are at least 8 weeks old)
  • It’s good for dry or itchy skin
  • It’s recommended by holistic vets

However, it is much more expensive per ounce than the other sprays and it isn’t as effective as non natural products.

The harsh truth is that poisons kill things. It’s difficult to efficiently kill one thing while keeping everything else as completely safe. You’ve got to find a medium that you’re comfortable with.

Dr. GreenPet All Natural Flea

and Tick Spray

Dr. GreenPet All Natural Flea and Tick Spray reviewLike the Wondercide and Vet’s Best sprays, Dr Greenpet is all natural and contains no harmful chemicals. It’s also safe to use around children and pets, made in the USA, and smells good.

Unlike the other sprays, however, this flea spray does not kill adult fleas, eggs, or larvae, it only repels them.

If you are planning on going for a hike with your pet in wooded areas, you could give your pup a good spray down of this and not have to worry about him bringing home any hitchhikers. And it lasts up to 2 months so one bottle will get a lot of mileage.

Frontline Flea and Tick Treatment

Dog/Cat Spray

One of the major pros of this spray is that it lasts up to 30 days, meaning a spray down a month should be good enough for most dogs.Frontline Flea and Tick Treatment Dog/Cat Spray review

On top of getting rid of fleas, it also kills a variety of ticks, including brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, lone star ticks, and deer ticks. And if you’ve got a young one on your hands, it’s safe for puppies 8 weeks and older (most treatments are for dogs 12 weeks and up).

One of the downsides of the Frontline spray, though, is that it can be expensive. Frontline recommends that you use one or two spray pumps PER POUND of body weight. So you’ll go through the 8.5 ounces pretty quickly even if you only have a medium sized dog.

And if you have a Great Dane, you’ll probably need a second mortgage if you decide to stick with this spray.

Also, since it works from the “inside”, reacting to your dog’s body, it cannot be used on carpets or other surfaces.

If your pet has trouble with spray bottles, one solution is to wear gloves or other protection like a plastic bag, spray it into your hand, and then rub it into your pup’s coat. Either way, it’s a good idea to rub the solution in after application to make sure that it soaks in properly.

Natural Flea Treatments

Natural Options

If keeping your pet away from potentially hazardous chemicals is important to you, there are some natural remedies as well. Be warned that these remedies are not as effective as other methods mentioned but they can be safer.

Cedar Oil

Cedar trees have been a long time cure for flea infestations. You can find cedar shavings in many dog beds and some higher end dog houses are made from cedar.

It naturally repels fleas, ticks, moths, and many other pesky pests.

You can use cedar oil on your dog but be careful as some essential oils are toxic to animals. Only use a small amount until you are sure that your canine will not be affected.

This can be a pro or con depending on your preference but please note that cedar oil is quite potent and your dog will smell like a forest for a couple of days.

Borax

Borax is used in everything from cleaning detergents to ant killer. It can also be effective against fleas and ticks.

It has no smell and there is no danger of absorbing it through your skin. It’s also very inexpensive.

Sprinkle some around your home as well as throughout your yard if you have a current infestation (borax does not kill eggs, only adults).

The downside of borax is that it can cause breathing problems in cats or other small animals if they ingest over 5mg.

Prolonged exposure can cause side effects so do not use as a preventative.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is one of those super substances like borax that can handle a variety of tasks from cleaning pools to killing pests.

Also like borax, DE has no smell, is fairly cheap, and can be used often with few side effects. The difference is that DE has even fewer risks.

A dusting of diatomaceous earth on your carpets every 3 to 4 weeks, followed by a vacuuming the next day, should be enough to keep your home flea free.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal baths are a pretty well known cure for dogs with fleas. Other than having to clean your tub afterwards, there really aren’t a lot of downsides to it and it is very effective.

The simplest way is to soak uncooked oatmeal in the bath and then rub it into your dog’s coat. After 10 minutes, rinse and you’re done.

Other Natural Options

Here are some more safe home remedies that can get rid of fleas in your home:

  • Peppermint Oil
  • Clove Extract
  • Lavender Oil
  • Vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • Lemon Juice

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Conclusion

If you’ve gotten this far and read all the reviews, you probably realize that there is no perfect magic pill, or collar, or drop, that will work every time for every dog. Each product has its own pros and cons, whether it be price, odor, effectiveness, or how often you need to reapply.

Read any product review for flea medication and you’ll generally find 80 pet owners raving about how great the product works and 20 other people ranting about how their dog had violent allergic reactions to it.

Different breeds, different environments, and even different individual dogs will cause different results.

What works great for one dog might cause focal seizures in another. And while your dog may be flea free with a low cost option like the Hartz Ultraguard collar, your cousin’s pup may require an expensive monthly topical treatment to keep him safe and healthy.

Many times, however, the bad reactions are due to operator errors. Using more or less of the product than recommended, not properly activating the collars, or simply applying the medication incorrectly.

Bottom line:

You may need to do your own testing to see what works best for you and your companion. This guide should help you to compare your options but no one product works 100% of the time on 100% of dogs.

And be sure to follow instructions properly.

*This guide is not written by a medical professional nor do any opinions constitute medical advice, please consult your veterinarian before using any flea treatments.

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The Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Why I Switched to Homemade Dog Food

A few years ago, I came home to find my poor 16 year old pup lying on the ground in agony. I quickly rushed her to the vet to find out that she had broken her back leg, probably from something as normal as jumping down from the couch, and had to have it amputated.

But that wasn’t the whole story.

It turned out that her bone was extremely brittle due to cancer.

That terrifying ‘C’ word.

The vet recommended a biweekly course of chemo for my baby. It would cost about $500 a visit and there was only a 30% chance of survival.

I decided, after seeing my aunt and stepfather go through the process, that I would rather enjoy the remaining time I had with her rather than subject her to that poison.

Of course, I didn’t just take it lying down, I researched as much as I could about the condition and what I could do about it.

That’s when I came across an article (can’t find it now, unfortunately) that led me to believe that Lady’s food might have something to do with her problems. So I decided to do something about it.

I began cooking her meals of chicken (livers, gizzards, breasts, etc), black beans, and rice in a big batch every Sunday evening.

Within a few weeks, my old girl was acting 10 years younger, her coat was looking better than it had in years, and she was much less “snippy” with the other animals.

She outlived her “life expectancy” by 3x, and passed away happy and full of life. My final memories of the dog that had been with me for all of my major life events are of how she really was, not slowly, painfully deteriorating away.

And I credit that to feeding her homemade dog food instead of relying on a big brand mystery bag.

Why You Should Make Your Own Dog Food

If that story wasn’t enough for you, there are many other reasons to ditch the bag and make your own dog food.

dog food recipesFirst, I would like to point out that commercial pet food is much less regulated than you think. The FDA and AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) have rules in place but they are not as strict or scrutinized as hard as human food.

Which means that these companies can put almost whatever they like into your dog’s food. And they put a lot of trash in there. Why do you think pet food is constantly getting recalled? And pet owners CONTINUE to buy it!

So that’s why you shouldn’t buy commercial pet food but here’s why you should make your own:

Homemade pet food typically has more nutrients, less preservatives, can be tailored specifically to your furry friend, and actually costs less than store bought food!

That’s right, you can save money while providing your pup a healthier food option.

And if your canine companion has health issues like irritable bowel syndrome or allergies, DIY dog food can make a huge difference.

How to Make Your Own Dog Food

Making your own dog food really isn’t difficult as long as you follow a few simple rules.

First, unless your pup needs a special diet like grain free or vegan, you should try to stick to this meal ratio: 50% protein, 25% veggies, and 25% grain. You can also follow this ratio of 40-60% raw meat/protein, 20-30% cooked starch, and 20-30% raw vegetables/fruit.
how to make your own dog food

Second, be sure to know what foods dogs can and can’t eat. I’ll go into this more later.

Lastly, add supplements to their meals to make up for nutrients that they aren’t getting from the food alone. There are 6 essential nutrients that every dog needs.

The National Academies of Sciences has put together an amazing resource detailing which vitamins and minerals dogs must have and the exact amount to feed them daily based on age.

But don’t start worrying that you’ll need to take a science class to feed your dog, we’ve compiled a collection of over 80 recipes below that cover almost every type of diet.

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What Should and Shouldn’t Go Into Your Recipe

Of course, dogs can’t eat all of the same foods that we can. So before you start whipping up something in the kitchen for your pooch, you’re going to need to know what you can and can’t feed a dog.

Can

Here are some popular ingredients to use when cooking for your pup. These are only the most popular so if you’re not sure, consult an authority like your vet or a trusted website like the AKC or PetMD.

Proteins

The protein portion of your dog’s diet can come from poultry (chicken, turkey, etc) – including organ meats such as livers, hearts, and gizzards – eggs, beef, tuna, salmon, venison, lamb, or pork (be mindful of the fat though).

There are also a few less common safe meats like kangaroo and rabbit, just check with your vet before adding to your menu.

Veggies

Some of the best vegetables to add to your pet’s bowl include broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, celery, cucumbers, green beans, peas, spinach, and sweet potatoes. So basically everything that your 3 year old won’t eat.

Grains

If your dog has a grain allergy, or you just prefer a grain free diet, feel free to skip this section. If grains aren’t an issue to you, especially for larger dogs who take more to fill up, oatmeal and rice (preferably brown rice) are great choices and they are ridiculously cheap.

Supplements

Which supplements your dog needs will depend on what you choose to feed them and what conditions they may have. For example, glucosamine would make a good addition for older dogs – especially those with arthritis.

For dogs with digestive issues, you may want to try out a probiotic.

We’ve also included a few recipes down below for “toppings” to add to your dog’s food that can make up for missing nutrients.

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Can’t

Here are some of the most common foods that are dangerous to dogs. This list is not exhaustive so if you’re not sure, do your research first.

  • Grapes/raisins
  • Cherries
  • Avocado
  • Onions/leeks
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Garlic
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Uncooked spinach
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Coconut and Coconut Oil
  • Milk and Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Chives
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast Dough

Tips for Making DIY Dog Food

As with most things in life, preplanning can make your life a lot easier. Many of these meals can be made in large batches and used throughout the week (obviously you should refrigerate it).

how to make homemade dog food

Most of them can also be frozen if you decide to make a really big batch. Don’t worry, I’ve included a section for that too.

And if you don’t have enough freezer space, you can also can your homemade dog food for long term storage.

Lastly, if you’re making a meal with eggs, don’t throw away the eggshells, add them to the mix for extra calcium.

Choosing the Right Diet for Your Pet

The diet that you ultimately decide on for your pet will, of course, depend largely on your pet (breed, age, medical conditions, size, etc), your budget, and your schedule.

There are meals that can help with diabetes, healthy coats, arthritis, allergies, weight loss, and diarrhea. There are also recipes specific to puppies or senior dogs.

Here are a few resources:

Homemade Dog Food Recipes

I know that was a lot of information and you’re probably overwhelmed. But really all you need to do is pick a diet plan and then choose a recipe that you like from the list we’ve compiled.

Many of these meals can fit into multiple categories (like a grain free puppy food that can be made in a crockpot) so be sure to scan through them all.

If you can’t find one you like, you can create a free pet recipe here.

Healthy Dog Food Recipes

While almost all home cooked dog food recipes are healthier than commercial pet food, the ones below are specifically designed for dogs with diabetes, arthritis, diarrhea, and general health.

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Dog Food Recipes for Puppies

puppy power smoothies

Puppy Power Smoothies!

Puppies need extra nutrition to feed their growing bodies. These recipes pack in a lot of nutrients into a smaller package. You might want to think about adding supplements to your puppy’s food as well.

Recipes for Senior Dogs

Older dogs require a different diet than their younger counterparts. Their food is generally easy to chew and has supplements for joint pain relief. Cutting calories while maintaining protein intake is also important as their metabolism slows down.

Grain Free Recipes for Allergies

Grain free meals have many benefits over those with corn, wheat, rice, soy, or oats. Many dogs have an allergic reaction to soy, corn, and/or wheat, causing them to scratch incessantly, develop sores, sneeze, or have digestive issues. Fortunately, switching to a grain free diet can solve many of these issues quickly and without medication.healthy dog food recipes

It is important to note, though, that many dogs are also allergic to protein sources such as beef, chicken, or eggs.

You can also make any of these other recipes grain free by following this guide.

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High Protein Recipes

Most dogs, especially younger ones, need a large amount of protein. Pregnant and lactating dogs also need a lot of protein. Canines are not carnivores though, they are omnivores like us. So don’t feed them just meat.

High protein diets can also be used for weight loss since extra protein doesn’t get stored as fat.

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Low Protein Recipes

Woof loaf for dogs

Woofloaf

Low protein diets are typically recommended for dogs with kidney disease. However, the article above, by T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM, argues that that myth was started by a study using rats, not dogs. And rats don’t eat meat naturally.

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Raw Food Diet Recipes

While there is a lot of hype around raw food diets, both for pets and humans, many vets aren’t as quick to jump on board. Some even recommend cooking the meal before serving (is it still raw food at that point?).

If you do decide to go with a raw food diet, be careful of salmonella. Up to 80% of animals on raw food diets were exposed to it.

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Easy Crockpot Dog Food Recipes

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love my crockpot. It’s almost magical how I can put food into it in the morning and come home to a meal.

If you want to cut down on the time you spend cooking your dog’s meals, a crockpot can do that for you.Easy crockpot dog food

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Vegetarian Dog Food Recipes

As we established before, dogs are omnivores. Which means they eat meat and plants. So can dogs survive and stay healthy on a meatless diet? The short answer is yes (but NOT cats).

For those owners who would like to switch their dog to a vegetarian diet, there are a lot of options. Here are a few:

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Natural Dog Food Recipes

Preservatives and chemicals are what you’re trying to avoid by not buying dog food from the store. So why would you use foods with preservatives and chemicals when you’re making Fido’s dinner?home cooking for your dog

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Dry Dog Food Recipes

While all of these recipes are nutritious and delicious, they are a bit of a pain to serve. But dry dog food keeps longer and can be served with one hand in ten seconds. Or you can make your wet food stores last longer by mixing them with some kibble.

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Recipes for Weight Loss

With America leading the globe in obesity rates, it’s no wonder that our dogs get fat too. And just like us, this extra weight can have a negative impact on their health.

If your pooch needs to lose his pooch, try out a few of these recipes. He’ll get back into his beach body in no time.

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Frozen Dog Food Recipes

For those of us who are short on time, or just like to do everything at once, making a large batch of dog food and freezing it is very handy. Take them out the day before or in the morning and they’ll be ready for Fido’s dinner.

Cheap Dog Food Recipes

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Getting prepped to make beef stew

Most of the recipes on this list are pretty cheap to make, especially when you cook in bulk. Here are a couple of meals that won’t dent your wallet.

Food Addins/Toppers

Whether your dog isn’t getting enough nutrients out of his regular diet or he needs extra supplements for a medical condition, adding what he needs into his food is pretty easy. And there are a lot of options. Adding glucosamine can ease joint pain and if your pup is lacking calcium, sprinkling egg shells into his meal can be a simple solution.

Of course, there are plenty of companies out there more than willing to sell you a pill or powder to add to your dog’s food but we’re talking about homemade solutions here! So check out these food toppers for improving your dog’s health:

Dog Food Recipes for Small Dogs

When feeding a small dog, there are some things you need to keep in mind. They have smaller mouths so whatever you feed them shouldn’t be too large for them to eat or get stuck in their throats. They also have smaller stomachs (go figure!) so adjust their portions proportionally.

For more information on their nutrient needs, check out this article.

Dog Food Recipes for Large Dogs

This might come as a shocker to you but large dogs weigh more and have bigger bones than their smaller cousins. Carrying around all that weight means that the larger your dog, the more prone to joint pain and calcium deficiencies.

Big dogs are also more likely to have digestive issues.

Your Turn

Do you have a recipe for homemade dog food that you’d like to share? Send it on over!

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Arthritis in Dogs

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It was so subtle, we actually missed it.

It’s not that we didn’t notice – we did – but it was just easy to rationalize away…

It’s cold, he doesn’t want to leave the warm spot in front of the fire.

He was up late barking at that stupid cat, he’s just tired.

He doesn’t need to go out again, he just went.

It’s hot out, he’s just being lazy – I don’t want to go out in this heat, either.

But it started to add up, and after a trip to the vet, we had our diagnosis; our beloved Choco had canine arthritis.

What Canine Arthritis Is

Similar to humans, canine osteoarthritis is inflammation and degeneration of the joint and surrounding tissue.

It generally starts as erosion of the cartilage of the joint, and while there could be numerous other root causes, the end result is the generic term “arthritis” as a diagnosis.

As a rule, arthritis is progressive and degenerative – and usually irreversible.

And it’s not relegated just to older dogs. It’s an equal opportunity disease.

That being said, keep in mind there are two types: primary and secondary arthritis.

Primary is just what you think it would be – there’s nothing else going on but the arthritis.

Arthritis as a secondary diagnosis means there is some other primary issue, and that the arthritis is either in addition to, or a result of, that problem.

Both are treatable.

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Don’t let sore joints bring your dog down

The main types of arthritis are:

Inflammatory (Rheumatoid) Arthritis

This type of arthritis causes the immune system to go on the fritz and start attacking the joints. Not nice.

Infectious (Septic) Arthritis

Like its name suggests, this type is caused by an infectious agent, such as bacteria or virus. Although the infection can be treated, and damage done may likely be permanent.

Metabolic Arthritis

The formation, or excess, of uric acid at the cellular level results in a crystalline formation causing joint pain. This is also known as Gout. Treatable and controllable, just like in humans.

Although advanced cases of arthritis damage are irreversible, the treatment options still offer an increased quality of life – and if caught early enough can add years of active play for both of you.

What Canine Arthritis Isn’t

When there is joint pain in our four legged companions, it is often instinctive to assume it’s a natural process of age – which it certainly can be.

But all too often, the uninformed self-diagnosis of “arthritis” is given to other ailments – and doing so may cause not only increased and unnecessary pain and joint damage, but the wrong diagnosis may interfere with other treatment options.

It’s important to remember that arthritis is oftentimes an end-result diagnosis that stems from another primary diagnosis – which treatment. Some other joint diseases include:

Dysplasia

Affecting the hip and elbow, dysplasia is basically a malformation of the joint. Although genetically driven, nutrition and exercise can be factors in the severity of dysplasia.

There are several treatment options for the various stages of dysplasia, but a quick and accurate diagnosis is imperative.

Dietary

Diet plays an important part in our pet’s life. There’s a delicate balance between quantity and quality, and the various arguments of grain free, GMOs, and raw food diet bombard us from every side.

While diet can unquestionably contribute to arthritis, a poor diet that leads to obese malnutrition (think the equivalent to you eating fast food every day), or an overly rich diet, can lead to their own issues – but sometimes it just comes down to the dog limping because it’s too fat. And that we can correct!

Lyme Disease

In the past years, instances of Lyme disease transmission have been on the rise – but so has our defense. We protect ourselves and our children, both 2- and 4-legged, with the best mixture of chemicals legally available for sale.

But infection does happen, and in its early stages it is most noticed by the lameness and swelling of joints – and this added to the lethargy can be confused for arthritis, especially if your furball is on a flea and tick prevention.

Injury

A torn ligament or a hairline fracture can be overlooked until we see our canine companion favoring a leg. Left untreated, this easily correctable condition can lead to permanent – and irreversible – damage.

Cancer

We hate to include this, but it is a fact of life – as much as we love them and do the best to give them a life filled with play and treats and snuggles, the cruelty of life rears its ugly head. An early diagnosis leads to a better outcome.

What Causes Arthritis in Dogs?

The causes of arthritis are wide and varying. It can be a result or side effect of other joint disease, genetic disposition, or simply from old age.

Apart from these obvious origins, there are several other subtle causes that, if left unchecked, can result in arthritis as well as other diseases.

The good news is that several of these are completely controllable, and some instances you can stop the damage before it gets to the point of interfering with the quality of life – or requiring treatment!

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This old boy is still happy

Age

Just like anything else – from our cars to our parents, the older it gets the more prone it is to breakdowns. It’s inevitable, and the price we willingly pay for the unconditional love we receive and give.

Poor Weight Management

Yeah – you knew this was coming! We are absolutely NOT going to start down the slippery road discussing which food is better than another, or if this ingredient causes cancer, or any of the other conspiracy theories.

Suffice it to say a fat dog is an unhealthy dog – and needs to go on a diet!

Exercise

I joke with a friend of mine about going to the gym; they say it won’t kill me and I reply that I’m not willing to take the chance.

But the truth is that over-exercising our dogs is a serious matter, especially if they are prone to dysplasia or have suffered an injury. Having a puppy enrolled in agility training before their joints have fully formed can result in an early-onset joint disease and arthritis.

It’s also advisable to consider the terrain – walking or running only on concrete or pavement will quickly take its toll on hips, shoulders, and elbows.

Injury

Some injuries are avoidable. Letting your dog ride in the bed of a pick-up truck while driving through a neighborhood full of squirrels is just asking for trouble.

Puppy bowling by throwing toys down the hallway after waxing the floor for the dogs to chase and slide … Well, my bad.

Dog Arthritis Symptoms

There are two levels of symptoms; those we see and those we don’t.Symptoms of arthritis in dogs

Symptoms We See

The observable signs of arthritis are straightforward, albeit somewhat vague at times;

  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Slow to get up
  • Restlessness
  • Inability – or refusal – to get up on the bed or couch
  • Wincing or crying from pain

Symptoms We Don’t See

The symptoms we don’t see are – such as the actual joint damage, or the wearing away of cartilage – are only observable through x-ray. Sometimes, palpation by a vet in just the right spot can reveal inflammation while it is still asymptomatic.

Because the symptoms can be so vague, and especially if our pup refuses to slow down, treatment can be delayed.

It bears mentioning that sometimes we all get an ache for a day or two from working or playing too hard, and our dogs are no different. Running to your vet for every little thing can quickly result in the average household going broke – but a thorough examination every year can make a huge difference.

You can also make a difference by starting to familiarize yourself with Fluffy’s bedtime habits and keep an eye out for any changes that last more than a few days.

Dog Arthritis Treatments

If you’re received the diagnosis of arthritis, don’t panic.

Seriously. It’s not the end of the world, and it’s absolutely not a death sentence.

Knowledge is power, and now time is on your side.

Depending on the extent of the damage, there are numerous options available. And although there’s no way to regenerate the lost cartilage, there are options that can improve joint lubrication and reduce inflammation – and those are important for quality of life.

There are also surgical options, which should be discussed with your veterinarian, or referred to a specialist.

It is also important to mention that unless the primary cause for the arthritis (if the arthritis is a secondary diagnosis) is addressed, then the deterioration will continue.

Once the cause is stopped, the joint damage will stop – and arthritis can be held at bay.

Lifestyle Changes

Probably some of the simplest changes that can make a large impact are modifications to the daily routine. They can be done is small increments so as to not throw the household into an uproar – and can easily be tracked and tweaked.

Physical Aids

There are many little things you can do that will add up to big helps, without spending a fortune or undertaking a massive construction project. Consider one or more of the following, depending on the size of your dog and their physical needs:

Ramps or stairs can help your dog get where he needs to without jumping up or down. Especially useful for smaller dogs to be able to get onto your bed or couch, if Fluffy is used to snuggling up with you, this can help enable that while making it easier.how to treat your dog's arthritis

And just like puppy love makes us feel better – they need lovin’ from us as well.

Raised bowls make eating and drinking easier for the larger breeds, but arthritic dogs can do better with an elevated feeding and watering station as well.

Harnesses are not for all breeds (like, uh, huskies – unless you want to be drug down the block) but if your pooch has arthritis in his neck or front end, these are definitely preferred over regular collars.

Knee braces for dogs sounds odd but go down to your local park and you’ll see middle aged men jogging around with at least one on. The same reasoning goes for your dog. The less pressure put on their joints, the less pain they’ll have.

– Consider clothing. Yes, I know – I’m the one who swore my dogs would never be seen wearing a fru-fru sweater in public, but the truth is that for an arthritic dog, sweaters, coats, booties, and socks can have a dramatic impact, especially in cold weather.

Just think of how Aunt Ida’s arthritis acts up when it’s cold out. And our canines can’t complain like she can. Come to think of it, no one can complain like she can…

Diet Change

Yes, there it is. The “D” word that makes us all cringe and hide our Kit Kats. But we all have to face dietary changes in our lives for various reasons, and Bruiser is the same.

In humans, losing one pound of weight converts to FOUR pounds of pressure on your knees. While there is no exact formula to convert it over to canines, it’s still obvious that eliminating excess weight can have a huge impact on joints.

Some things to consider;

– Check the nutritional content per cup fed. As you reduce the amount per feeding in an effort to reduce excess weight, it’s important that you are not sacrificing protein, vitamins, and minerals. One cup of Brand A may not equal the nutritional content of one cup of Brand B.

One of my dogs is on a specialized diet because it’s all I can do to get that 80 lb GSD to eat two cups of food – even with mixing in chicken or beef. A different popular brand required FIVE cups of food to equal the same nutritional content – so if she only ate 2 cups she would quickly become malnourished.

Bottom line: read the label.

– When changing brands of foods, be sure to do it gradually, over 5-7 days to eliminate any tummy trouble. No one wants a dog with tummy trouble!

– Consider the add-ins to increase the protein and other vitamins or minerals. Meat (cooked or raw – I don’t judge) or fresh veggies can go a long way to fill the belly and stimulate the taste buds.

– Eliminate the table scraps. Seriously – stop them. Table scraps not only add more of fat, salt, and sugar than your canine needs – they also teach bad habits of begging.

Exercise

Dog Arthritis Treatments

Be sure to keep walks to soft areas, not pavement

Okay, so this one’s tricky, because exercise can be what got your pup in this predicament to start with. Too much or the wrong type of exercise can compound the pain and damage while better choices can ease the pain and build muscle – which can in turn aid in support.

– Walking should be done on soft surfaces only. A short car ride to the park should be chosen over a walk around the block. Avoid pavement or concrete walking as much as humanly possible.

– Like with humans, water therapy can do wonders. Most community pools do not allow dogs, but with a little help from Google you should be able to locate a pond or lake that will do nicely.

– Slower is better – but don’t completely eliminate running and playing. Try rolling balls along the ground to eliminate jumping into the air, and definitely try to avoid any agility training type of obstacles.

Orthopedic Dog Bed

It’s amazing what a difference a good night’s sleep can have on our outlook on life. It’s the same for our canines. A well-researched orthopedic dog bed is absolutely worth the negligible investment. For a review of the most popular brands, check out our review of the best orthopedic dog beds for 2017.

Keep in mind that more expensive is not necessarily better – but above all you need to choose the best quality your budget will allow.

Sleeping without pain and being able to get upright easily will make an incredible difference in the quality of life – and a better quality of life can translate into a longer life.

Dog Arthritis Medications

There are a number of over the counter medicines available from your local pet store, your vet, or trusted online retailer that do not require a prescription. Your veterinarian can recommend which would be the best for your pup based on several factors, including ingredient, dosage, and side effects.

NEVER give your dog human medicine without consulting your veterinarian. Not the internet – an actual real, live veterinarian.

Caveat: Do not purchase any products that are regulated by prescription, from a source that will sell them without said prescription. Ingredients and dosage is extremely important, and only a less than reputable business would circumvent this process – and as a general rule they do it with inferior or expired medications.

Joint Supplements for Dogs

Most joint supplements are either Glucosamine, Chondroitin, or a mixture of both. While they do not regenerate cartilage, there does seem to be improvement of symptoms with continued use of these products, most likely due to the increased lubrication and decreased inflammation.

Since they aren’t harmful, it certainly doesn’t hurt to try.

Nutramax Cosequin DS PLUS MSM

Active ingredients (per 1 tablet):Glucosamine for dogs

Overall Impression: The initial period and maintenance dosage instructions are straightforward and easy to understand. The pills, although somewhat large, are scored for easy snapping in half.

Nutramax is a well known brand name, and the product is made in the USA.

NaturVet Senior Wellness Hip & Joint Advanced Plus Omegas

Active Ingredients (per 2 soft chews):over the counter arthritis medicine for dogs

  • 250mg Glucosamine
  • 50mg Chondroitin Sulfate
  • 250mg Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • 100mg Omega-3
  • 25mg Omega-6

Overall Impression: The dosage seems to be a little bit more, shall we say, ‘open to interpretation’, but with the lower amounts of active ingredients it’s not surprising.

This option’s formula is marketed for senior dogs, a more inclusive formula, and is wheat free. Made in the USA in an FDA audited facility.

Prime Paws ActivFlex

Active Ingredients (per 2 soft chews):joint supplements for dogs

  • 625mg Glucosamine
  • 210mg Chondroitin Sulfate
  • 325mg Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • 500mg Turmeric
  • 235mg Vitamin C

Overall Impression: The addition of turmeric (a natural anti-inflammatory) aids in treating canines with stiff and sore joints by reducing the pain, which boosts their activity level.

The formula – made in the USA in an FDA inspected facility – is all natural and gluten free, with no corn, wheat, soy, or added sugar. The combination of ingredients is formulated to relieve joint pain and improve mobility.

As a give-back, for every bottle purchased, they donate 1 lb of food to a shelter. I like that.

Veterinary Naturals ‘Hemp & Hips’

Active Ingredients (per 1 soft chew):dog joint supplements

  • 450mg Glucosamine
  • 50mg Chondroitin Sulfate
  • 225mg Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • 125mg Turmeric
  • 10mgs Hemp oil

Overall Impression: This formula is based on the ‘healing properties’ of hemp. Don’t worry, your dog won’t be getting stoned or the munchies. The dosage is straightforward with no initial plus maintenance dosages.

Made in the USA at a FDA registered facility, for every bottle sold they will be vaccinating 3 street dogs in Nepal. Don’t ask – I don’t know why or how, either.

Anti-Inflammatories for Dogs

I said it before and I’m saying it again; NEVER give human medication to dogs – even if you read on the internet what kind of dosage to give. Human medications have a different mixture of active and inert ingredients that can be deadly to your pooch.

The most common medications are NSAIDs – non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs – and are available from your local pet store. For higher doses, or a stronger dose, see your vet for a prescription option.

Aspirin

The most popular OTC option due to its ability to reduce pain, aspirin should be given carefully because of its anti-coagulant properties – and never for extended periods of time. Do try to purchase only the coated tablets to ease and potential stomach upset.

Ibuprofen

Not as readily available over the counter as aspirin, ibuprofen is another in the NSAID family that works as an anti-inflammatory. Should be taken with a bit of food.

Acetaminophen

While available, acetaminophen is not widely recommended due to the potential to damage the liver when taken for extended periods of time – and contrary to popular belief, it is not an NSAID. There is a brand formula available by prescription.

Pain Relief

If you’re wondering what you can give your dog for pain, there are more than just pills as a treatment option for pain relief – and oftentimes they can be more effective by way of building muscle and increasing blood flow. Pain relief also increases quality of life – and isn’t that what it’s all about?

Acupuncture

Like in humans, the core claim of acupuncture is to have the ability to reduce or even relieve chronic pain. It’s a highly debated topic, and a personal choice.

Acupuncture for joint pain relief

Massage

Who doesn’t find a massage soothing and relaxing? With the result being that the tensed muscles relax and relaxed muscles ache less, and joints can relax as well.

Physical Therapy

The prime directive of physical therapy is range of motion. With range of motion comes building of muscle and loosening of ligaments – all will serve to benefit arthritic joints and increase mobility.

Natural Remedies for Dog Arthritis

We always want to try the natural remedies first. From grandmas concoctions for ‘whatever ails ya’ to the local organic food store, there’s a cultural shift away from laboratory produced chemicals to a product that comes right out of the earth, naturally.

Above all else, stay away from any manufacturer that refuses to list their ingredients. There are many companies that claim to use small-farm harvested herbs, all-natural ingredients, or essential oils – but do not list what those “ingredients” even are.

For a brand to claim “proprietary formula” is all well and fine – but think twice before you give your beloved pet a smorgasbord of unknown chemicals because you’re starting a game of Russian roulette that’s too easy to lose.

Turmeric

Also called ‘Indian Saffron’, is a natural pain reliever, and is often a primary or secondary ingredient with Glucosamine or Chondroitin for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Some of the side effects of turmeric include constipation, kidney stones, and stomach upset. It is important that turmeric should never be taken simultaneously with aspirin.

And stay within the dosage when used as a stand-alone supplement.

Yucca

The Yucca plant itself is poisonous to dogs – it’s the root that boasts therapeutic properties for managing arthritis pain – but must be closely monitored and used in only small doses. More is NOT better.

Licorice Root

When monitored for quality and consumption, licorice root can be effective combating inflammation and pain. The chemical compound glycyrrhizin is similar to the cortisone produced by the body, and supports the immune system.

But the same caution applies; too much or extended usage can lead to serious side effects.

Ginger

A wonderful, holistic root that’s bursting with benefits – for humans. Dogs, not so much. While it does aid in gastric upset and muscle pain, it should only be given in controlled doses – and preferably under the direction of a veterinarian.

Alfalfa

Natural alfalfa is rich in nutrients, and effective in combating the pain of arthritis. When purchased through a pet store or an organic grower, the health benefits are plentiful.

But, as with any other herbal remedy, the devil is in the fine print. Improperly dried alfalfa can cause severe digestive issues, and unfiltered seeds are toxic. Also, if the alfalfa is harvested post-bloom, it can trigger pollen allergies.

Cayenne

Derived from hot peppers, the potency comes from capsaicin and is supposed to block pain and increase circulation. I don’t know about you, but when I watch guys chewing on hot peppers to prove their virility – I sure don’t see pain relief.

Commercially, the cayenne is processed into cream or pills. The major drawback with the use of cayenne for pain relief is the potential shortcut of grabbing the jar of cayenne pepper from the spice cabinet and sprinkling it onto Fido’s food. That’s bad.

Like, really bad.

Will Your Dog Die From Arthritis?

Arthritis isn’t the end. It’s not a death sentence.

It’s a natural process of life, and oftentimes a result of injury.

And just like in us humans, your beloved dog will learn to live within his new limitations – and we will do what we can to make their life as healthy and happy as we can – like we have always done.

There are numerous treatment options available – medicinal as well as natural – and more than a few that are just plain common sense. Starting with the lifestyle changes and then adding a joint supplement could be the first step towards a new life for your arthritic pooch.

As far as Choco – he’s still going strong at 11 years old. He has good days and not-so-good days, but the good says outweigh the bad. His quality of life is good, albeit a little slower.

Except when he is stealing a slice of pizza off the dining room table.

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PetArmor Plus Flea & Tick Drops for Dogs Review

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It’s that time of year again; the sun is shining, the snow has finally melted for good, the flowers and trees are blooming.

Cookouts rule the long, warm days and campfires rule the cool nights.

Summer is here.

But with summer comes the bloodsucking and disease bearing pests – fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and the IRS.

And right along with them comes my biannual trip to the pet store for buying flea and tick control.

Like other parents of furbabies, we want the best product available to keep our four-legged kids protected from all the nasty biting things.

But let’s be honest – we all cringe when we drop $300 at the vet’s office or your favorite online or brick and mortar store for a little box containing itty bitty tubes of prevention every 6 months.

I was at my go-to pet store to pick up my usual brand (Advantix®) when the new associate helping me suggested the PetArmor Plus ®.

After a quick sales pitch highlighting the product’s active ingredient as the same as my usual major brand and a much lower price tag, I decided to give it a try on just one of the dogs – you know, what could it hurt? – and also so that there was a good comparison of the two products (you can’t teach an old dog new tricks …).

Besides – who doesn’t want to save a couple hundred bucks a year?

So I grabbed a pack (for use on 45-88 pound dogs), invested part of my savings into a Grande Unicorn Frappe, and headed home with my tiny tubes of liquid gold – and my pride.

Do’s and Don’ts

Like most products along these lines you should NOT use PetArmor Plus on cats.

PetArmor Plus flea treatment reviewIf you have a mixed household, it’s important to keep the freshly treated canines away from the felines for 24-48 hours, allowing the product to fully penetrate and disperse.

PetArmor does offer a feline version of their product, but because of a cat’s system, and their tendency to groom anything they can get their tongues on, this family of products is fatal when absorbed or ingested.

Also, make sure you’re able to apply the product. I know, as silly as that sounds – it’s actually kind of a big thing.

If you’ve got a squirmy little perpetual motion machine that’s running laps around the house in their sleep, make sure you’re able to hold the little escape artist motionless long enough to apply the product.

Otherwise, a pill form might be more appropriate.

Oh, and never use on puppies under 8 weeks and NEVER use on any dog (of any age) that is less than 4 pounds.

Overview

Easy to apply

Snip and squeeze – can flea and tick treatment possibly get any easier than this? The six-pack (6 month of coverage) of tubes easily snap apart.

Then – pointing the top away from your face, just in case – snip the end off. The package insert recommends applying the product all in one spot, between the shoulder blades. There’s no need to comb it through or massage it in.

Easy peasy.

Breaks the flea life cycle

Killing – and repelling – the nasty flea is all well and fine, but what about the eggs? Larva? PetArmor Plus doesn’t offer only one facet of protection.

By targeting and breaking the life cycle of the flea, you’re ensuring the best type of management; prevention and treatment at the same time by 1) driving any live fleas off your dog at the time they hop on, and 2) killing existing fleas, larvae, and eggs.

More than just Lyme disease

Although it’s the most popular concern this time of year, ticks spread more than just the dreaded Lyme disease.

There are six – yes, six – major diseases in addition to Lyme that are spread to canines by ticks that are potentially fatal if left untreated. There are numerous other less-common diseases as well.

If this isn’t motivation enough for you get out and grab some protection, just remember that many tick-borne illnesses are spread to humans, too.

That means when the tick has had his fill of Fluffy and drops off, it’s a gamble if it reattaches to your dog – or YOU.

Convenient dosage schedule

Once a month. That’s it. In less than 60 seconds you can be confident that your precious pooch will remain flea and tick free for 30 days.

No worrying that every time Tank runs through high grass that he’s bringing home Lyme disease to share with your family, or if you have a doggie play date, that they’re bringing home extra little jumping friends to take over your home.

No pre- or post- play treatment required. One tube and they’re done. Repeat in 30 days.

Product Specificationspetarmor plus flea treatment for dogs

  • For use on dogs only
  • Single-tube application
  • Waterproof
  • Controls fleas, ticks, lice, and controls mange infestations
  • Available in 4 packages, based on canine weight;
    • Up to 22 lbs
    • 23 – 44 lbs
    • 45 – 88 lbs
    • 89 – 132 lbs

The Good (Pros)

It sounds silly, but I liked the separate calendar card they enclosed in the box. With multiple dog households like mine, you mark the name of the dog and dates of application and stick it on the fridge.

I know – sometimes it’s the little things that make me happy. Simple things for simple folk I suppose – but whatever works to keep the protection current, especially if for whatever reason they are not on the same application day.

PetArmor Plus application tubes

Snap, snip, and apply

The packaging took convenience to a whole other level. I usually have to use a crowbar and three sticks of dynamite to break into each individually foil-wrapped tube of my regular brand – but not with PetArmor.

Simply snap one tube away from the others. Snip the top off, and away you go.

Application was a breeze, too.

I followed the recommendation my vet made several years ago for applying liquid treatment; rather than squirting the contents into one puddle, I followed her spine from about her mid back up to the center of her shoulders, leaving a few drops every couple of inches.

This allows for easier application on two levels; because your hands parting their hair is masking the feel of the application, as well as helping to avoid skin irritation from a single-zone, concentrated application of the product.

The Bad (Cons)

Simply put, this product didn’t work on my dog.

At all.

A few days after application, I noticed she started to scratch.

On the weekends we take all the kids out to a nature area with a grassy field to romp without leashes, and then down the trail to a wooded area with a stream to play in the water.

Because of the thick canopy of trees, and the water, this area is usually teaming with mosquitos in the middle of the day – and my poor girl was constantly stopping to bite back.

She found some relief splashing in the water with the others – she always enjoys the water! – but heading back into the woods the biting started again.

When I dried her off before getting back into the truck, I saw it.

There was a tick on my baby girl.

The Ugly (Worse Cons)

I pretty much knew we were in trouble when, about an hour after application, I noticed that my girlie had multiple little bald patches everywhere I put the PetArmor Plus.

I don’t mean greasy spots where the hair matted over that looked like bald spots – I mean the hair was gone. >>POOF<< the hair was GONE!

Since the drops were already applied, I decided to run with it. The weekend romp settled it in my mind that the product was not appropriate for our family.

A quick visit with my vet the following week confirmed the reaction and to discontinue use of the product – and a small lecture about switching products without research up front.

Unfortunately, she confirmed that I shouldn’t apply another product until this one had reduced concentration on my dog. Not even powders or sprays could be used because of the amplification of effects and potential toxicity.

As a result we were in for about a month of baths and flea combing after every outing and trip to the park.

Oh yeah, my dog loved that.

Her poor skin was so irritated that by the end of the month we stopped going out of the house for more than a potty run.

30 days later – and an application of my regular product – we were out of quarantine and on the trails.

Buying Advice

Like with any pet medication – you should only purchase this product from a reputable source, such as your veterinary office, your local pet supply shop, or a trusted online retailer. Like everything from purses to little blue ED pills, there are overseas knock-offs flooding the market.

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Ever heard of this brand? Me either

And while getting purse-shamed when your Coach bag is called out as fake can be distressing – when it comes to medications (human or animal) it can be a matter of life or death.

The convenience of dosing by weight makes purchasing the product easier – but make sure you have the correct weight of your dog before purchase. The little ball of fur you thought weighed 21 pounds might actually be 25, or your 90 lb Rottie might actually be only 84.

Never mix-n-match tubes, or buy a double size thinking you’re going to use half a tube and get double for your money. It don’t work that way.

Also, it doesn’t hurt to do a little research. There are many reputable products that are generic formulas and work perfectly fine.

But in this day of Google and Amazon, there’s no excuse for not arming yourself with a little information before making a new purchase, or changing brands.

Closing Thoughts

There were several lessons learned in my experience with PetArmor Plus®;

Understand the ingredients.Active ingredients in Pet Armor Plus for dogs

Like with human medication, it’s not just about the primary ingredient. We all know someone who can take the name brand of a medication, but not the generic – or vice-versa.

The ‘inert’ compounds can change the way a product works in a body, which can mean life or death for your pet.

These inert ingredients – while harmless on their own – can change the way a medication acts, reacts, or is absorbed.

Do your research

Know if there’s an open or recently settled class action lawsuit against the product – and why.

CAL’s are started everyday for frivolous reasons. Remember the action against Subway because their ‘footlong’ wasn’t actually 12″? Like I said – frivolous.

But sometimes these lawsuits can be warning flags about something going on with a product that might not make it worth the savings. Knowledge is power.

Every dog is different

I know several people who use this product without any problems. Like any other animal (humans included), sensitivities to ingredients and amounts vary.

If your canine is already on PetArmor Plus® and doing well – and it’s keeping all the nasties away – then that’s great! Keep it up.

It’s not always about the money

I’ve said it for years, about many things, “If it was all about the money, we’d all be driving Yugo’s.” It’s not always just about the price tag.

Yes, in these days where the economy and job market doesn’t know what it’s doing from one minute to the next, it’s hard not to keep a grip on the wallet.

There are areas to cut a bit, and there are areas not to. It’s important that YOU do what is right for YOU and your four legged kids.

After PetArmor Plus application

Bottom line: The PetArmor Plus ® is not the same as K9 Advantix®, and the associate clearly had no real understanding of the product past the superficial sales pitch.

Although PetArmor Plus does boast the same primary ingredient as Frontline™ (Fipronil), it is not the same chemical compound or end product – as we’ve seen, the ancillary ingredients can make a huge difference in the absorption or action of the medication.

That being said, if your dog is on PetArmor Plus ® and doing well – especially if he has been on it for some time – then there is really no reason to make any change based on this review, or the 2012 class action lawsuit.

Remember: Every dog is different.

In my personal experience, K9 Advantix II (check out my review) keeps away the fleas, ticks, biting flies, and mosquitos without any side effects on any of my dogs.

And my dogs agree.

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Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed: Is There Such a Thing as a Hypoallergenic Dog?

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They say that relationships are like the old Kenny Roger’s song The Gambler: You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away – and know when to run.

Such a sentiment would have been laughed at until a couple years ago when I met Hubby … because our happily-ever-after, almost wasn’t.

I think it was sometime just after our engagement that the shoe dropped.

He was allergic to dogs.

I had moved to town a few years earlier, and was looking forward to ditching the apartment in favor of a house with a yard and a dog or two (or ten…).

How could this happen? I was a life-long dog lover – and the love of my life was allergic to them?

What’s a girl to do?

So we took to Google – and his doctor – in search of a compromise.

What Causes Pet Allergies?

The most interesting fact we uncovered is that about 10% of the population is allergic to dogs and cats. That’s a lot of Zyrtec™! The real surprise, though, was that the allergy was primarily to the pet dander, not the animal itself.

So we set out to identify what pet dander actually was – and what we could do about it.

Boy, was that enlightening.

What is Pet Dander?

Basically, pet dander is teeny tiny flakes of dried skin from fur or feathered animals. It’s microscopic and very lightweight, allowing it to go anywhere and is very difficult to clean with the average monthly dusting of the furniture.

So if you’re allergic to dogs, you’re allergic to birds, cats, mice, guinea pigs, and any other little critter that has fur or feathers.

The Other Cause of Pet Allergies

The other half of the allergy is an enzyme. It can be found in your pet’s saliva and urine. This enzyme – added to the dander – kicks up the allergy a notch. The instances of sensitivity to the enzyme alone is very small, but to both is more common.

How to Live with Pet Allergies

There are several ways to reduce the dander of your existing pets and environment, which may go a long way to controlling the allergy and making cohabitation tolerable:

  •  Consider a whole house air purifier, such as Breathe Fresh’s 5-in-1 (my mother has two and swears by them). A high-end air cleaner will remove irritants and allergens – like pet dander from – while circulating the air.
  •  Increase routine home maintenance such as dusting, and vacuuming all soft surfaces weekly.
  •  Shampoo the carpets more frequently (especially if you have fleas).
  •  Bathe and groom your pooch once a week.
  •  Avoid letting your dog lick you.
  •  Consider a hypoallergenic pet.
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Armed with this information, we were able to make choices that were best for us – which was starting with a “hypoallergenic” dog.

Sniff This: There’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.

The canines that are classified as “hypoallergenic” have hair rather than fur – which lends themselves to eliminating a large slice of the allergy (the dander). They also tend to have a non-shedding coat, which again will eliminate the exposure to the allergen.

The flip side to this is that these dogs need actual maintenance. Not just an occasional bath or trip to the groomers – actual washing and clipping and trimming.

And just like ladies and little girls (and some guys) the longer the hair, the more maintenance is required.

But don’t think that a hairless dog will get you out of any extra work. Bald skin needs lovin’, too.

If you – like me – find that you can’t live without a four-legged bundle of energy, we’ve helped out with a list of the most common breeds that will help control the allergies.

“Hypoallergenic” Dog Breeds that Don’t Shed

Afghan Hound

Hypoallergenic Dogs - Afghan HoundProbably the most aristocratic of any canine breeds is the Afghan Hound. This tall canine is easily one of the most striking, and beautiful dogs to watch in action with their long hair flowing in the breeze.

It’s easy to see why they were bred and kept by royalty, and are the preferred pet of upscale ladies.

  •  Typical size: Large.
  •  Typical weight: 60lbs.
  •  Temperament: The Afghan Hound is a beautiful dog – and knows it. Yet for their aloofness, they are a loyal breed with a sweet disposition.
  •  Color: Most commonly seen in golds or tans, this breed actually has a wide range of coloring and marking.
  •  Coat: Very long and flowing.

Thoughts: The most common name for this breed is “Rapunzel” – and for good reason. The extra-long hair requires dedication to maintain, especially since tangling and matting can occur quickly.

American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless TerrierThis hairless breed is just that – hairless. As bald as Uncle Jimmy. The puppies have a fuzzy coat that is usually gone by about 10 weeks.

The adult may have very fine, short hair. It’s this hairlessness that lends themselves to be considered an appropriate choice for those with allergies.

  •  Typical size: Medium.
  •  Typical weight: 25 lbs.
  •  Temperament: These originated from a breed of working dogs, and have retained their active disposition.
  •  Color: Varying shades and markings.
  •  Coat: Hairless, although they may retain a coat of very short, very fine hair.

Thoughts: An active breed that loves adventure, these curious and fearless dogs are a good match for children, and do best with ample space to run.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Non Shedding DogThis adorable white puffball is one of the favorites of allergy suffers and the elderly. Although one of the smaller breeds, the Bichon Frise is a sweet and playful bundle of energy that is full of love and snuggles.

  •  Typical size: Small.
  •  Typical weight: 20lbs.
  •  Temperament: A friendly breed, very affectionate.
  •  Color: Predominantly white, although they may slightly beige.
  •  Coat: Long hair that can be clipped and primped.

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Thoughts: Their sweet disposition and energetic personality make this breed an excellent choice for a child’s pet. The adult is less playful and tend to be excellent elder companion dogs, and do well in an apartment setting.

Labradoodle

Labradoodle Assistance_DogsAlthough not always officially recognized as a breed of its own, the Labradoodle is exactly what you’d imagine – 50% labrador and 50% poodle.

This cross-breed originated in Australia, and has taken the world by storm by taking the best of both dogs; the temperament of a lab and the shedless-ness of a poodle.

  •  Typical size: Medium to large.
  •  Typical weight: 25 – 80 lbs.
  •  Temperament: Feisty, family dogs with an affinity for waterplay.
  •  Color: Color varies from white to black, usually solid.
  •  Coat: Medium length hair, can be fairly straight to downright curly.

Thoughts: The wide range in size is due to the parentage – whether bred with a standard or miniature poodle. This highly intelligent breed is an excellent family dog, and requires space to romp on a daily basis.

Maltese

Maltese short hair

Maltese long hair

Maltese with long hair

Another of aristocratic origin, this small breed is known for its long, white hair – and it’s boundless energy. Groomed either naturally long hair, or a shorter trim, it’s not at all unusual to see these small dogs with ribbons and bows, and prancing about like a little princess.

  •  Typical size: Small.
  •  Typical weight: 8-14 lbs.
  •  Temperament: Seeks human companionship. Playful but gentle.
  •  Color: White.
  •  Coat: Long, silky hair.

Thoughts: Because of their unusual disposition to allowing primping with ribbons, bows, and other hair accessories, and gently playful demeanor, the Maltese tend to do well with elderly and little girls.

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer doesn't shedUnlike other miniature versions of larger breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer looks like a standard schnauzer was hit with a shrink ray. The temperament is similar, and the body proportions are similar – just smaller.

  •  Typical size: Small.
  •  Typical weight: 12-18 lbs.
  •  Temperament: Friendly and very obedient.
  •  Color: Two-tone; black and white, black and silver.
  •  Coat: Coarse, wiry hair.

Thoughts: Like other schnauzers, the Miniature Schnauzer has a pleasant temperament, is quick to learn and eager to please, making crate training a breeze. The coat is often rough and bristly.

Poodle

standard poodle has hair not furThe Poodle is a truly versatile breed, and like automobiles are available from toy up to full size. These highly intelligent animals make excellent family dogs, being versatile and adaptable to their environment.

  •  Typical size: Toy to large.
  •  Typical weight: 5-60 lbs.
  •  Temperament: Affectionate, family oriented.
  •  Color: Varies, but generally solid.
  •  Coat: Curly and coarse.

Thoughts: The Poodle is the most common canine when considering a hypoallergenic dog. These dogs are highly intelligent and friendly. No matter the size, the poodle appears – according to some – to gain an air of dignity when clipped or shaved.

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water DogA lesser known breed that is becoming popular among allergy suffers, especially men, because of their athleticism and adventurous spirit – as well as their cool name.

These are truly a working dog, originating in Portugal they retrieved nets, herded schools of fish, and were even trained to carry messages from the sea to land and back again. Their most unique characteristic is their webbed feet.

  •  Typical size: Medium to large.
  •  Typical weight: 35-50 lbs.
  •  Temperament: Affectionate and kid friendly.
  •  Color: Black, brown, or two-tone.
  •  Coat: Wavy or tightly curled.

Thoughts: This highly intelligent canine does best with a yard and activity, and are becoming a newer favorite of duck hunters.

Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer

Commonly referred to as “old man dog”, the Schnauzer is easily identifiable by the long eyebrows and moustache – but unlike their nickname these dogs are anything but feeble.

Highly energetic and intelligent, this breed can play from sunup to sunset, but also has excellent self-control for when romping is deemed inappropriate.

  •  Typical size: Medium.
  •  Typical weight: 30-40 lbs.
  •  Temperament: Protective and family centered.
  •  Color: Black, grey, two-tone
  •  Coat: Thick and wiry,

Thoughts: The Schnauzer is an intelligent animal that is quick to learn and please. Mastering the basic commands should be a breeze to them.

They do best with consistent human interaction and are excellent family dogs.

Less Popular Breeds to Consider

This is not an exhaustive list of breeds that are referred to as “hypoallergenic” (no canine is truly hypoallergenic!). We wanted to highlight the common breeds available nationwide. Some of the lesser-common breeds could include:

Sniff This: If you’re thinking of pulling a fast one by saying you’re allergic to dogs because you want to get a cat – be sure your obfuscation will find you out!

Which Non-Shedding Breed is the Best?

Because bringing a new furbaby into your home is a lifelong commitment, rather than a recommendation of one breed over another, here are a few final thoughts …

  1. With a solid commitment to grooming schedule with daily brushing, and a once-a-day allergy pill, many people who are hypersensitive to dog dander find they can coexist with just about any breed without any undue suffering. Check with your doctor.
  2. Before bringing a dog – or cat, for that matter – home, make sure to let your kids spend some time around them to ascertain if there are any allergies. Bringing a new member into the family only to have to give it up isn’t fair to anyone, and can be avoided with a little planning and some clever recon.
  3. When choosing a dog, the choice needs to be mutual. Spend time with the litter and take home the puppy who doesn’t want to leave you. In that fuzzy little jellybean you will find your lifelong companion.

As far as my lifelong companion, we now have several dogs – most of which do not fall into the “hypoallergenic” category – with the aid of a consistent grooming and housekeeping schedule.

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The difference between dogs and cats

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You’ve probably seen several cartoons in which a dog lies down on a psychiatrist’s couch and utters, via word balloon, something wise, incisive or pithy. But the truth of the matter is dogs (though some have issues and baggage) don’t need psychiatrists all that much — not nearly as much as we suspect cats might. […]
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Boy with Vitiligo meets the dog that has inspired him from afar — Rowdy the Lab

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An 8-year-old Arkansas boy got to meet the dog who has inspired him from afar for the past year. Thanks to an anonymous donor, Carter Blanchard, who has Vitiligo, an auto-immune disease that causes skin to lose its pigmentation, flew to Oregon over the weekend to meet Rowdy, a 14-year-old black lab with the same […]
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Abused dog finds three-year-old girl neglected and naked in woods of Michigan

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An abused dog who ended up in a shelter and was adopted last year led her new owner to a three-year-old girl found naked and shivering in the woods behind their home. Peanut’s owners said the dog “started going crazy” while inside the house, barking and running up and down the stairs. When they let […]
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