Dr.. Fox: Clemons reader dog has a hot problem | Pets

Dear Dr. Fox: Your last article about dogs living in “hot spots” in summer described what schnauzer Max experiences. But he doesn’t have any fleas, so I think his hot spots must have arisen from allergies or some other source. What is your recommendation for dog hot spots that don’t come from fleas? HM, Clemons, North Carolina

Dear Your Majesty: Dog hot spots are red sores that itch and cry and are often the result of an allergic reaction to flea bites. Seasonal events can also be caused by other allergens, such as various grass and pollen. Bathing affected dogs weekly can help, along with having them wear a coat when they are outdoors, and run freely in the brush and grass.

Many dog ​​owners have found that putting some bee pollen or honey in their dog’s food, about a teaspoon per day for a 40-pound dog, can help. In some cases, antihistamines prescribed by your vet can help reduce allergic reactions.

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The schnauzer standard is the original version of the giant analog also on this list. This “intentional sometimes but always dependable” dog was so well-loved that breeders were inspired to create larger and smaller shapes. The breed’s ever-growing popularity is highlighted by an AKC article that asks the question, “Why doesn’t everyone have a Standard Schnauzer?”

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Dear Dr. Fox: You’ve seen the warning from the Better Business Bureau about Internet scams in your column. I think a lot of people are aware that there are a lot of scams out there for purebred puppies, but I didn’t realize the number of questionable mixed breed adoption sites until recently.

I was trying to adopt a small dog after the death of my 16 year old Chihuahua mix. All my previous dogs were adopting. This was the first time I had to go through the new adoption process of multipage forms and high fees, some as high as $950.

I was looking for an adult or older dog: a mixed breed, on the smaller side, and a female. It took me over three months, a lot of research, and only luck until I was able to adopt a suitable dog. She’s an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix and a true sweetheart. My other dog just loves it; They got along right away. Her wages were $350, which I thought was very reasonable, as they were sterilized, updated in shots and tested for heartworm and turbulence.

Petfinder.com is an easy way to find adoptable pets, but do your homework, and check out rescue reviews on Yelp and other review sites. Many of these dogs come from crowded, high-kill shelters, and are not treated for tuberculosis and parasites as advertised.

Adoption is the way to go, and while most bailouts are run by legitimate and caring people, there are still those people who are just looking to make money. They really don’t care about dogs. LDR, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Dear LDR: I hope all readers looking to bring a dog or cat home will follow your advice and exercise due diligence when going online to find a suitable animal. There are scams around every corner these days, where money above morals is the driver. Those who take advantage of our love and concern for animals are especially vile.

Adoption is the best way to go. In many communities, there are networks of adoption caregivers, who can provide a better environment for adoptable animals than most shelters can provide.



#37. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are much more than the former spokesperson for Taco Bell. These little dogs have very big personalities and maybe even bigger hearts. Chihuahuas develop exceptionally strong bonds with their owners, a trait that has contributed to the phenomenon of young women carrying the breed in their bag wherever they go. Measuring between 6 and 9 inches tall and weighing between 3 and 6 pounds, Chihuahuas are naive about their small stature and are considered one of the world’s best watchers thanks to their vigilance and tendency to bark at suspicious activity.


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