Many of you have asked for more information on our Ruff Housin
Here's the SCOOP!
- Medium or Large Indoor runs
- 5 outdoors excursions daily with Hikes and Dog Park visits also available
- Solid Walls Separate Runs for Safety and Security
- See-through plexiglass doors
- Daily Sanitizing of Pet Area
- Playtime and Socialization
- Special Individual Playtime
- Yappy Hour with homemade treats
- TV with Animal Planet during the day
- Daily Movie Matinee
- Daily River Walk
- Calming Stereo Music at night
- Fresh Air Circulation
- Trained, Experienced, and Attentive Staff experienced in calming Separation Anxiety
- Flexible Pick Up times available
- Lots of Love!!!!!!!!
Bless You! It's Allergy Season for Fido too!
Just like people, dogs can show allergic symptoms when their immune
systems begin to recognize certain everyday substances—or allergens— as
dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments
and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme
reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or
contact a dog’s skin. As his body tries to rid itself of these
substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may
What Are the General Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs?
Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
Itchy, runny eyes
Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
Itchy ears and ear infections
Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
Paw chewing/swollen paws
Allergic dogs may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast skin
infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs or crusts on the skin.
What Substances Can Dogs Be Allergic To?
A few common allergens include:
Tree, grass and weed pollens
Dust and house dust mites
Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
Fleas and flea-control products (The bite of a single flea can trigger intense itchiness for two to three weeks!)
Rubber and plastic materials
Can Dogs Be Allergic to Food?
Yes, but it often takes some detective work to find out what
substance is causing the allergic reaction. Dogs with a food allergy
will commonly have itchy skin, breathing difficulties or
gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, and an elimination
diet will most probably be used to determine what food he is allergic
to. If your dog is specifically allergic to chicken, for example, you
should avoid feeding him any products containing chicken protein or fat.
Please note that food allergies may show up in dogs at any age.
What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Allergies?
Visit your veterinarian. After taking a complete history and
conducting a physical examination, he or she may be able to determine
the source of your dog’s allergic reaction. If not, your vet will most
probably recommend skin or blood tests, or a special elimination diet,
to find out what's causing the allergic reaction.
How Are Dog Allergies Diagnosed?
If your dog’s itchy, red or irritated skin persists beyond initial
treatment by a veterinarian, allergy testing, most often performed by a
veterinary dermatologist, is likely warranted. The diagnostic test of
choice is an intradermal skin test similar to the one performed on
The only way to diagnose a food allergy is to feed your dog a
prescription or hydrolyzed protein diet exclusively for 12 weeks. The
importance of not feeding your dog anything but the diet cannot be
emphasized enough—that means no treats, table food or flavored
medication. This diet will be free of potential allergy-causing
ingredients and will ideally have ingredients your dog has never been
exposed to. He’ll remain on the diet until his symptoms go away, at
which time you’ll begin to reintroduce old foods to see which ones might
be causing the allergic reaction.
Please note, many dogs diagnosed with a food allergy will require
home-cooked meals—but this must be done in conjunction with your
veterinarian, as it requires careful food balancing.
Considering adding a new pet to your family this Spring?
Please be sure to visit our local rescue groups. Click on the Links below to check out the wonderful animals in our area available now.
Watauga Humane Society
High Country Friends for Life
Avery County Humane Society
Ashe County Humane Society
Mel and the Team at Woof Pack