Food Allergies in Dogs

One of the most common health topics for dogs these days is food allergies and food intolerance.  Some of the symptoms of food allergies can be ear infections, skin rash, hives, itching and paw biting. Vomiting or diarrhea can be a symptom of either food allergies or food intolerance.

Food Allergies is one ailment that you can treat yourself.  By understanding what food your dog is allergic to, you can adjust her diet and improve their health significantly.  If you don’t see an improvement in a few weeks, you should check with your Vet to make sure there is not a more serious problem.

To get a good understanding of food allergies, Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott of Modern Dog Magazine, wrote a great article on Food Allergies 101.

Is your dog itching and scratching? Does she have frequent ear infections or poor coat quality? You could be contributing to your dog’s distress without knowing it if she’s allergic to what you’re feeding her. Food allergies are a rising concern with dog owners and it seems like more and more dogs are suffering from them.

But what exactly is a food allergy?

Food allergies are different from food intolerance. Food intolerance is the result of poor digestion, such as lactose intolerance. People and dogs with lactose intolerance are either missing or have low levels of the milk digesting enzyme lactase.

Food allergies are the over-response of your dog’s immune system to an invading protein. In the case of a food allergy, this protein is contained in your dog’s food. Proteins are present in most of the foods your dog eats. While most people recognize that meats are a source of proteins, there are also proteins present in grains and vegetables. Any one of these proteins has the potential to cause a food allergy.

Your dog’s gastrointestinal system (mouth, stomach, intestines) protects her from potential allergens each day. Approximately 70 percent of the body’s entire immune system is centered in the gastrointestinal tract. When your dog eats a meal, the food is first digested in the stomach. The large pieces of food are broken down into smaller pieces by stomach acid and then enzymes and stomach acid work together to break the complex protein structures down into smaller structures. The partially digested food then moves into the small intestine. The food is further digested until the proteins are broken down into their smallest parts, amino acids, which can then be absorbed into the body through special cells called enterocytes. Enterocytes act as both a welcoming hostess to amino acids that they like and want, and as bouncers (door guards) for amino acids they don’t like. When a whole protein is absorbed in the intestines instead of being broken down first, the immune system reacts and your dog shows symptoms of a food allergy………

Click here for the entire article on Food Allergies 101 from Modern Dog Magazine

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Dog Dying From Cancer Gets Grand Last Meal

Cancer even strikes man’s best friend.  This is repost of a story about a boxer named Lennox, that was dying of cancer, and how his owner decided to give Lennox the grandest of final meals.

Article from Melissa Knowles | Trending Now

 

One of the hardest experiences that anyone can endure is the loss of a pet. The sometimes prolonged illness leading up to the pet’s passing can be even more gut-wrenching. Lennox, a boxer breed, was plagued with cancer and arthritis, and he had survived multiple surgeries, but a recent tumor growth on his left shoulder made it difficult for him to even stand.

Lennox’s owner decided that the humane thing to do would be to put Lennox to sleep to end his suffering. His roommate, “Nikolaoss” on Reddit, explained the situation in a post on the site. He included a twist to the story: Lennox would be given an incredible last meal, consisting of a turkey leg, sausage, bacon, and rice. There’s even a video of Lennox eating his last meal. Lennox goes for the bacon first.

The post about Lennox received 24,000 upvotes on Reddit — and tons of positive comments. People offered their condolences and shared their stories of losing pets. One user wrote, “One of the greatest lessons a pet teaches its owner in life is that it ends.”

In an update to the original Lennox post, Nikolaoss writes that Lennox was euthanized and passed peacefully on Jan. 23. He added, “Thanks for all the comments, my roommate appreciates it a lot. This post isn’t meant to be sad. He lived like an absolute boss all his life!”

Sounds like a fitting end for a beloved pet.

 

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Top 11 Live Action Dog Movies

Here at Doggertainment we wanted to put together a list of our top live action dog movies. The dogs are the real stares in these movies. You can see and feel the real emotions for these dogs in these movies. It makes you wonder, Why is there not an Academy Award for Dogs? Look over our list and tell us who you think should get the Oscar? or Nominate another dog.

Old Yeller (1957)

Old Yeller PosterYoung Travis Coates is left to take care of the family ranch with his mother and younger brother while his father goes off on a cattle drive in the 1860′s. When a yellow mongrel comes for an uninvited stay with the family, Travis reluctantly adopts the dog. After a series of scrapes involving raccoons, snakes, bears and all manner of animals, Travis grows to love and respect Old Yeller, who comes to have a profound effect on the boy’s life.

 

Turner and Hooch (1989)

Turner & Hooch PosterScott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some “real” cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a witness in the case is Amos Reed’s dog, Hooch, which Scott Turner has to take care of if it’s going to avoid being “put to sleep”.

 

 

Homeward Bound (1993)

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey PosterRemake of the popular Disney classic, this time featuring some well known voices as two dogs and a cat trek across America encountering all sorts of adventures in the quest to be reunited with their owners.

 

 

Eight Below (2006)

Eight Below PosterIn the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission while his dogs fight for survival.

 

Benji (1974)

Benji PosterThe first movie about the famous golden mutt. Benji is a stray who has nonetheless worked his way into the hearts of a number of the townspeople, who give him food and attention whenever he stops by. His particular favorites are a pair of children who feed and play with him against the wishes of their parents. When the children are kidnapped, however, the parents and the police are at a loss to find them. Only Benji can track them down, but will he be in time? If he can save the day, he may just find the permanent home he’s been longing for.

 

Lassie Come Home (1943)

Lassie Come Home PosterHard times came for Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog to the rich Duke of Rudling. However, Lassie, the dog, is unwilling to leave the young Carraclough boy and sets out on the long and dangerous journey in order to rejoin him.

 

 

Marley and Me (2008)

Marley & Me PosterAfter their wedding, newspaper writers John and Jennifer Grogan move to Florida. In an attempt to stall Jennifer’s “biological clock”, John gives her a puppy. While the puppy Marley grows into a 100 pound dog, he loses none of his puppy energy or rambunctiousness. Meanwhile, Marley gains no self-discipline. Marley’s antics give John rich material for his newspaper column. As the Grogans mature and have children of their own, Marley continues to test everyone’s patience by acting like the world’s most impulsive dog.

 

Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven PosterThe Newton family live in their comfortable home, but there seems to something missing. This “hole” is filled by a small puppy, who walks into their home and their lives. Beethoven, as he is named, grows into a giant of a dog… a St Bernard. Doctor Varnick, the local vet has a secret and horrible sideline, which requires lots of dogs for experiments. Beethoven is on the bad doctor’s list.

 

K-9 (1989)

K-9 PosterThe extravagant cop Michael Dooley needs some help to fight a drug dealer who has tried to kill him. A “friend” gives him a dog named Jerry Lee, who has been trained to smell drugs. With his help, Dooley sets out to put his enemy behind the bars, but Jerry Lee has a personality of his own and works only when he wants to. On the other hand, the dog is quite good at destroying Dooley’s car, house and sex-life…

 

My Dog Skip (2000)

My Dog Skip PosterA shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 19 42, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of the boy, Willie, as he grows into manhood. Based on the best-selling Mississippi memoir by the late Willie Morris.

 

Cats & Dogs (2001)

Cats & Dogs PosterA secret war between cats and dogs quickly peaks as Professor Brody a scientist tries to create a serum to cure dog allergies in humans. As the unsuspecting humans go through their busy lives, the cats make several attempts to possess the formula, as their canine foes try tirelessly to stop them. Caught in the crossfire, a young beagle named Lou, adopted by the Brody family, tries hard to succeed as a secret agent, and in being a friend to the young Scotty Brody. A evil snow white cat named Mr. Tinkles is planning to sabotage the efforts of Professor Brody to discover a cure for human allergies to dogs. And he’ll even make every person on Earth allergic to dogs so that he can take over the world with his army of evil cats!

Thanks to IMDb for all the movie descriptions  and images.

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Teach your dog it sit up

We all love to teach our dog tricks. We do this for several reasons. Some of the tricks are just to get them to behave like to sit, stay, and lay down. But we also like to teach them tricks to show how smart are dog is.

This is a nice video to show how to teach your dog to sit up on his hind legs. As Wendi Faircloth shows in this video, it is not only a easy trick to teach your dog, but it is also good for there stomach muscles.

Check out this video to teach your dog to sit-up.

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Crazy Dog Lady?

I am sure you love your dog. But how do your show your love? Walks? going to the park? or a nice belly rub?

But what about pictures? or other things to remind you about your best friend? Just how crazy in love with your do are you?

This post is about a crazy dog lady that is crazy about her dog, and the things that she has done to let people know just how crazy she is.

What items do you have with your dogs picture or likeness on it? Do you think she is crazy?

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Man And His Sick Dog In Lake Superior

Do you see the story about John and his dog Schoep? This was such a great photo, but the story is even better. Read the story about how John adopted this dog a 8 months and now takes care of the dog and why he takes the dog to Lake Superior.

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Dog Jokes

Who does not like a good joke?  So, what about some dog jokes?

  • Two Scottish nuns have just arrived in the USA by boat and one says to the other, “I hear that the people in this country actually eat dogs.”
    “That’s odd,” her companion replies, “but if we shall live in America, we might as well do as the Americans do.”
    Nodding emphatically, the mother superior points to a hot dog vendor and they both walk towards the cart. “Two dogs, please,” says one.
    The vendor is pleased to oblige, wraps both hot dogs in foil, and hands them over the counter. Excitedly, the nuns hurry to a bench and begin to un-wrap their ‘dogs’. Hot-Dog-Dog-Costume1
    The mother superior begins to blush and, then, staring at it for a moment, leans to the other nun and whispers cautiously, “What part… did you get…?”
  • If you can start the day without caffeine,
    If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
    If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
    If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
    If you can overlook when people take things out on you,
    If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
    If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
    If you can conquer tension without medical help,
    If you can do all these things, ……………Then you are probably the family dog.
  •  Late one night a burglar broke into a house. He froze when he heard a loud voice say, “Jesus is watching!” Silence returned to the house, so the burglar crept forward.
    “Jesus is watching!” the voice boomed again. The robber stopped dead in his tracks and frantically looked all around. He spotted a parrot in a cage.
    “Was that you?” asked the burglar. “Yes,” answered the parrot.
    The criminal sighed in relief and asked, “What’s your name?”
    “Clarence,” said the bird.
    “That’s a dumb name for a parrot,” sneered the burglar. “What idiot named you Clarence?”
    “The same idiot who named the Rottweiler Jesus.”

    A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs, and  asked her what their names were.
    The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named  Timex.
    Her friend said, “Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?”

     ”HellOOOooo,” answered the blond. “They’re watch dogs .”

If you have a good dog joke, send it in, so we can post it for you.

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Dogs and Costumes

I am sorry, but I never did understand why people like to dress up there dogs.  Some, I can understand where they may need a sweater for the cold weather.  Some people I think shave their dogs, just so they can put people clothes on them. Really?
I was on this site called Rumpers, that has some funny dog pictures, and I found this canine cruelty picture.

Really?  I think someone should give the owner a ticket, or make the owner have to wear a silly costume to work or something.   This poor dog.  He does not look very happy.

If you want to play dress up, buy a doll, but don’t torture a poor dog like this.

Canine Cruelty

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6 Funny Videos from 2012

Happy New year!

Wanted to put together a quick little post with some of my favorite videos from 2012.
I hope you enjoy.

10 short little funny clips. Very Funny

Britan’s Got Talent with Ashliegh and Pudsey.  I mean who does not love a dancing dog!

Gotta have at least 1 dog barking Christmas songs

Another great compilation of several videos, but make sure you watch all the way to the end. It made me laugh out loud.

Ever seen a Lab cross its eyes? Kinda creepy.

Here are a few different dog tricks. Which one do you wish your dog could do?

Hope you enjoy them.

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