Does Your Dog Shed Everywhere?

 

 

Hi Doggy Pals!

The shedding season is upon us, so I thought I would share an article that I found very informative. I was reading the article on Petpev.com.

I found the solutions to controlling shedding hair are typical of what is available, and I’m sure many of you have used one, if not all of the listed solutions. I have tried many myself, but I have to be honest, I could not find anything on the market that worked better than DoggyHairNets. Honestly, I do not say that because I founded DoggyHairNets. I make the statement because it is absolutely true. Anyways, enjoy the article! Great stuff!

Freddy Rembert-Doggyhairnets.

 

As dog owners, we love our furry friends and all their fun traits and companionship.  But, let’s be honest…it sometimes gets annoying when all you see is their dog hair everywhere)!  Of course, it can be cleaned up and it’s part of being a dog owner (as is always have lint brushes handy!).  However, what if your dog is shedding so much that you think it is beyond the normal hair loss?

Why do dogs shed their hair?

Dogs naturally lose old or damaged hair by shedding. Although shedding is a normal process for dogs, the amount and frequency of hair that is shed often depends upon their health and breed type. It can also depend on the season.   Many of our dogs will develop thick coats in the winter that are then shed in the spring. Dogs who are always kept indoors, however, are prone to smaller fluctuations in coat thickness and tend to shed fairly evenly all year.

Normal shedding can be minimized by consistent grooming

While you cannot stop a healthy dog from normal shedding, you can reduce the amount of hair in your home by brushing your dog regularly. Your veterinarian or groomer should be able to recommend a specific type of brush or comb that will work best for your dog’s hair type.  If you are vigilant about keeping up with the brushing of your dog’s hair, it will help reduce the shedding.

What makes a dog shed excessively?

What seems like excessive shedding can be normal for some dogs, but it can also be the result of stress, poor nutrition or a medical problem. Your veterinarian can best determine if your dog’s hair loss is part of the normal shedding process or is a symptom of an underlying medical condition.  It can also be stress related:  Have you recently moved?  Has there been any change in your environment?  A new addition to the family?

Excess shedding can be improved by a good, healthy diet

Excessive shedding can sometimes be improved through proper nutrition. Quality pet-food that includes the right amount of nutrients so that supplements are not needed.  However, dogs with allergies and/or sensitivities still might need to experiment with different brands and formulations to discover which pet food works best for them.  As always, consult your veterinarian for advice on what foods will best suit your dog for shedding.

Below are some other reasons why your dog may be shedding excessively:

Parasites (fleas, lice or mites), fungal or bacterial infections, inhalant or food-related allergies; Kidney, liver, thyroid or adrenal disease; certain medications that might cause an allergic reaction; self-induced trauma due to licking; sunburn or contact with irritating or caustic substances.

If you notice any of the below conditions or if your dog’s initial skin problem persists for more than a week, consult with your veterinarian for treatment:

Skin irritation, including redness, bumps, rashes or scabs; open sores of any kind; bald spots or thinning of coat; dull, dry hair that pulls out easily; scratching and/or constant foot licking or face rubbing.

Only you know what’s normal shedding for your pup

While shedding in itself is a normal process, only you as the dog owner will know if it is problematic.  There are many remedies on the market that can help with shedding.  As always, your vet can tell you what is the best solution for your pup’s excess shedding.  If an illness is ruled out, there might be a behavioral issue such as stress or a change in your pup’s environment that is causing the shedding.

You can find more articles on pet care and advice on petpav.com, our pet social network that is likeFacebook for pets.  

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California Family Discovers dog nursing 5 month old kitten

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Hello, it has been awhile! Macie and I are still doing our thing, which is rescuing dog lovers from shedding hair! I am happy to know that DoggyHairNets are helping people take control of that annoying shedding hair.  Anyway, I hope all my fellow doggy lovers and your doggies are doing great!

As always, I love sharing a good heart warming, soul stirring, mind bendng story of our furry little (sometimes big) friends. I came across the following story of Yahoo. Check it out!
Article by: Amy Sinatra Ayres

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They were brought to a local shelter, and arrived at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., last week. Today, they’ll be introduced to the public in the rescue’s 2 nd Annual Doggie Gras Parade and Fat Cat Tuesday Celebration.

The two have been aptly named for their Mardi Gras debut – the pup is now called Beignet and her kitten son is known as Gumbo. “They love each other. That’s all there is to it. It’s not complicated,” said the center’s inventory manager, Labeth Thompson. “They needed each other and they were there for each other.” The parade serves as the kickoff to find a new home where the bonded duo can live together. – Read it from the Helen Woodward Animal Center

 Freddy-DoggyHairNets

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Have You Ever B…

Have You Ever Been Attacked by a Dog?

 

 

Hi everyone! Today I want to share a story that I discovered on Dogster. I thought this could help someone if they ever found themselves in a similar situation. Hopefully, that never happens, but the fact is that dog attacks do happen.

I have never been attacked by a dog, nor have I been a witness to any dog attacks on humans. I have seen many dog on dog attacks. One thing that I have realized over the years is that most attacks are provoked by humans in some manner.  There are some steps that we humans can take to help prevent dog attacks. First, we can be more alert and aware of dog behavior. Pay attention to how dogs react in different situations. We can become familiar with the characteristics and behavior of different breeds of dogs.  Personally, I put the responsibility of safey on the dog parents, not the dog. Since we are supposely the more intelligent species. Well, at least, most humans. I have my doubts about some people that I know  and know of.  For example, my younger brother was bitten by Macie, my dog. Macie is an aggressive and protective dog.  Macie was secured in my backyard on her chain. I do this if kids are around and we are having guest.  Macie doesn’t like many guys and will let them know without doubt that she doesn’t like them. Well, my brother apparently thought that he was the ‘Dog Whisper”. He tried to pet Macie and she preceeded to bit him on the hand (but it wasn’t the hand that feeds her) J. This is a classic case of ‘questionable intelligence.’

I hope this story helps us all become more vigilent in our interaction with our furry  occupants of this world.

Check it out!

Freddy-Doggyhairnets

 

 

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Even though it was the middle of August, I really didn’t mind walking to work. I had replaced my gas-hog pickup with a 150cc scooter, but the bike was under its tarp with an engine problem. All I had to get me to and from the office were my own two feet.

The road didn’t have a sidewalk for most of the 1-mile distance to campus. It still doesn’t, although the road is wider now.

As long as I left early in the morning before the Texas heat had time to build, I could be on campus in air-conditioned comfort in about 15 minutes. As a responsible pedestrian should, I always walked on the left, toward traffic, past mostly neatly kept homes. There were, however, a few run-down places, and one home had the predictable collection of junk cars in the drive and what looked to be a mini-junkyard in the back. Three dogs came running out from junk area toward me. I can still see them: a light-tan, medium-size dog and a slightly smaller brown dog led by what I thought at the time was a large German Shepherd but have since come to believe could have been a Belgian Malinois.

I don’t know whether you’ve ever had a trio of aggressive, off-leash dogs come running toward you barking and growling. It was a first for me. I’ve never had a fear of dogs, but I had no doubt I was in a bad situation. All those standard rules you hear growing up popped into my head. “Don’t show fear. Keep moving purposefully. Don’t run.”

In truth, I didn’t really have time to be scared. I was too busy tracking what the three dogs were doing as they circled around me barking and snarling. I do remember that I first tried using a friendly, cheerful voice to see whether I could move them from being aggressive to becoming playful, but they were having none of that. As I kept walking steadily up the hill, the two smaller dogs seemed to be losing interest, but the Belgian Malinois slipped behind me and lunged toward my left leg.

There is a difference between a dog nipping at you and a large dog bearing down with purpose. I knew dogs were strong and have teeth designed to tear things up, but you gain a whole new level of appreciation when the object being torn up is your left knee.

I realized that the dog had not gone after me with as much force as he could have, and while the bite itself definitely hurt, at first I figured I had gotten off with no real damage. According to Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic, the average domestic dog has 320 pounds of bite pressure (humans have about 120 pounds). I concur with Brady’s findings.

Having been nailed once by the largest of the dogs, I had no interest in being targeted again. Since my “friendly” voice hadn’t worked so well, I decided to be “unfriendly” and channeled my father’s best “get in your house and shut up” tone, which I had heard countless times directed at Pal to stop his barking in the backyard.

No one ever said to me later whether it was a smart thing to do or not, but on this occasion, yelling at the dogs did the trick. They backed off and allowed me to walk briskly up the hill toward campus. Once I was sure I was safely away from the dogs my adrenalin rush began to fade, and I realized that my left knee was really starting to hurt. My jeans weren’t torn, so I had assumed I was OK, but once I rolled the pant leg up and saw my knee, I wasn’t so sure. It was swollen and the skin was broken on the left side.

A visit to the school nurse was followed by one to the doctor (just to be safe). I also reported the attack to the police, and they picked up the Belgian Malinois, which was friendly and playful for them. (I was able to positively identify the dog.) I asked about the dog the following week, and I’m sorry to report that the owner never bothered to claim him from the shelter. Yet another case in which the dog paid the ultimate price and the owner just paid a fine. The dogs should not have been running wild. Had they been fenced or on leashes, it would have been just another routine walk to work on an ordinary street. As for me, I got a couple of shots (tetanus was one) but didn’t have to do the regimen for rabies. My knee was pretty sore for a couple of days but back to normal within a couple of weeks. I experienced no long-term trauma or fear of dogs, although I certainly am more respectful and cautious around dogs I do not know.

What about you? Have you been bitten by a dog? How did you deal with situation? Was being more aggressive and yelling at the dogs the right thing to do, or did I just get lucky? Since coming to work for Dogster and spending more time with people who really understand and love dogs, I wonder I could have done something differently.

I certainly wasn’t happy I got bitten, but it has always bothered me that the owner paid a fine and then abandoned his dog. I’ll always believe, under different circumstances, on that same street, that dog and I could have been great friends.

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Memories of Snow

 

 

Memories

I was born in Bellamy, Alabama, a small town of 500. Meridian, Mississippi is the nearest ‘big city’.  I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to live with my mom when I was 5 or 6 years young. My mother and step father had moved to Cincinnati to get employment and settle in. She, my mother, wanted to get everything settled before she brought me up.

Every Summer I would go back to Bellamy to spend the summer with my grandmother.  I have some great memories of my summers in Alabama.  My most memorable are the times with my dogs. I remember the hot summer days, and sucking on one of Ms. Besty’s frozen Kool-Aid Dixie cups! Wow! They were haven on earth in a cup!

One of my dogs was named Snow. Yeah, you guessed, Snow was all white. Snow and I were inseparable. He went just about everywhere I went, except school and church. I remember one time Snow and I was walking through a wooded area behind our home, and from nowhere came this coyote (at least that’s what I was told it was). Whatever it was, it raced towards me and Snow. Snow was a big mixed dog, probably German Shepard and something.  Anyway, this wild canine was charging in my direction and I remember being so afraid.  Snow probably saved my life because when the coyote charged closer, Snow attacked and fought off the coyote. Snow suffered a serious cut on one of his legs. In those days, and especially in rural Alabama, animal care facilities weren’t even a thought. Snow recovered from the injury, but walked with a noticeable limp for the rest of his life.

Why am I writing about my childhood with my dog?  I just wanted to share a bit of my joyful memories of a happy time with Snow. I like stories of fund memorable moments between dog lovers and their dogs, so I thought that I would share one of my most memorable moments.

Thanks for stopping in,

Freddy-DoggyHairNets

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A Sacrifice of Love

A Sacrifice of Love

Hi everyone!

A few weeks ago I came across a touching story about the sacrifices dog lovers make for our furry friends. I was really touched by one particular story of a newlywed couples’ efforts to raise money for their blind puppy. This was just one of many, but this story just resonated with me.  I have a big heart for dogs, and especially those that need us the most.  My passion has grown deeper over the past two years, and that is largely because of my Macie.  Macie has an interesting story. You  can read Macies’ story on one of my previous blogs called ‘Macie and Shedding Hair.’

Well, without further ado, here’s the story! Enjoy.

Freddy-

The Doggyhairnets

A newlywed couple has given up their honeymoon to help raise vital funds for their blind puppy and her five siblings.

Lee and Ashley Harrower had planned to spend their honeymoon lazing by the pool in Bali, but instead put the money towards surgery for six-month-old black retriever cross Bella, who was born with congenital cataracts.

Bella’s brothers and sisters were also born with varying degrees of the disease, which causes mild to serious blindness.

After discovering the pups needed eye surgery costing $4500 each, Mrs. Harrower said they were determined to raise the money themselves, despite the other puppies finding new owners.

“If helping them means giving up our dream honeymoon, then so be it,” Mrs. Harrower said.

“It seemed unfair that we should go on a holiday when our dog can’t even see properly.”

The pair has so far raised $5000 towards the surgeries, which are likely to take place in six months at Animal Eye Care, Malvern East when the pups’ eyes finish growing.

For more details about the puppies, go to: giveforward.com/blindpuppies.

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Every Dog Needs a Cat

I love funny heartwarming stories about animals, and especially dogs and cats. I am the founder of the DoggyHairNet, which I believe is the best solution to controlling shedding dog hair. I received an email from a customer that had purchased a DoggyHairNet. The email was titled ‘Every Dog Needs a Cat”. I thought it was cute, so I want to share it with everyone! I added some fun comments.

Check it out!

Freddy Rembert

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“I Love You So Much”

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“Oh Love, Kiss Me Again”

Image “Be Gentle Big Boy”

Image “Love, Comfort and Joy”

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

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Macie and Shedding Hair

Macie-And Shedding Hair

One summer day in 2010, my wife and I decided to add a new member to our small family of two, my wife and I. I had been softly pleading my case to her about getting a dog, and finally my plan was becoming a reality. We visited several animal rescue shelters here in the Chicago area. It took only two stops to find the second love of my life, Macie! Macie is a German Sheppard mixed with pit and she is an awesome dog.

Macie basically adopted Debbie (wife) and I. She wasn’t even the dog that I wanted. The dog that I came to see had been adopted before I could get there. We looked at several other dogs, but none really made that special connection. After looking around for a few more minutes, I decided that we should visit another shelter. As Debbie and I were leaving, we passed this one holding stall and this dog (Macie) started jumping up on the fence wagging her tail as though she missed me, and was so happy to see me return. It was a strange moment. The attendant said that Macie had been in the shelter for 11 months because of her temperament.  She had been found on the side of some road with her mouth bind by rubber bands. She was only 5-6 months old when she was taken to the shelter. I looked at her as she jumped around excitedly, and I felt in love. Now Macie is a big part of my life and I love her so much.

However, I did not love what came with Macie, Shedding hair nightmares! Wow! I had never vacuumed, brushed, and combed so much hair. I was going nuts and getting so frustrated with all the hair in my car whenever I would take her for rides. I looked everywhere for a solution, but to no avail.  One day my wife and I were complaining to each other about the shedding hair, and I made a casual remark, “they should have hair nets for dogs just like I had to wear when I was a cook.” Suddenly, a light went on in my head. We came up with the idea of the Doggyhairnet. I do not want this to sound like an advertisement, but I do want everyone that reads this to know that the Doggyhairnet works better than anything I have used to control shedding hair.

Well, thanks for your time and I hope enjoyed Macies’. Why would anyone do such a cruel thing to a helpless creature? Every time I look at Macies’ scar it tears at my heart that some people can be so evil.

Freddy RembertImage

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