Signs Your Dog has Allergies and how you can help

As dog lovers, we hate to see our furry little friends suffer needlessly. Unfortunately, this is often the case when outside dogs, especially, are exposed to the various spores, molds and grasses of the summer and spring seasons. At Dogstuff – where we have gift ideas for dog lovers – we are also concerned that our four legged friends be comfortable and enjoy the season along with their owners. It’s no fun to watch them scratch themselves constantly or scoot across the floor. For that reason, we would like to give you some pointers on determining whether your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies and also give you some tips that may help relieve his/her suffering.

  • Itching: Does your dog scratch him/herself constantly especially when he/she is outside? It may not simply be fleas. Constant scratching is often a sure sign that your dog has allergies.
  • Rashes: Of course, constant scratching can lead to the formation of a rash. Check to see if your dog has red, irritated skin where he/she may have been exposed to certain grasses, pollen, etc. Areas to check in particular include your dog’s belly, ears, and paws and in between his/her toes.
  • Obsessive licking: For dog’s, licking is a cure-all for nearly any physical discomfort or injury. It may also be a sign that they have been subjected to some irritant in their environment.
  • Rubbing themselves against objects: Is your dog rubbing itself against the couch, a pillow or the carpet? It may be a sign that he/she is trying to relieve itchiness that he/she feels.

Biting and chewing are other signs that your dog may be suffering from allergies and may need relief. If your dog does any of these things excessively then you should consider taking him/her to the family vet. Other things you may consider doing to help include:

  • Groom your dog after walks: Wiping your dog down and giving him a bath using a hypoallergenic shampoo helps remove pollen and dander.
  • Use supplements such as biotin or omega-3s: Supplements are a natural way to relieve itching and improve your dog’s overall coat.
  • Consult with your vet: Chances are your vet will have seen his/her fair share of pets that have been bothered by allergies. He/she should be able to recommend other treatments for allergy prone pets.

Finally, while you are considering one of our many dog lover gifts for your pet, also consider adding to his enjoyment of the season by watching for these telltale signs that he may be suffering in silence. Dogstuff hopes that you and your pet(s) have an enjoyable summer.

Tips for Making the Dog Park Fun for You and Your Pet

There is an adorable video on YouTube about a dog practically bursting with excitement as he realizes that his owner is approaching his favorite play space – the dog park. [The video can be seen here.] And while there is no doubt that a day at the dog park can be one of the nicest experiences you can provide for your pooch, for us owners it can occasionally be exasperating. That is because other people and their dogs are sometimes inconsiderate and don’t follow a set of rules that would make these parks fun for owners and canines. At Dogstuff – where we have unique gifts for dog lovers of every kind – we believe that these shared experiences between human and canine can be enjoyable for both. It simply takes adherence to some basic ideas when visiting his/her favorite park.

  • Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, has all her shots, and is in good health: If your dog has not been fixed or is ill, then you should not even consider taking him/her to the park.
  • Know your dog: As every pet owner knows, dogs have personalities that are as unique as ours. Before taking your dog to the park determine whether he/she is overly aggressive, passive, etc. If your dog has a problem socializing with other dogs, introduce him/her to smaller, more controlled settings before thrusting him/her into a situation full of strange dogs.
  • Introduce your dog to other dogs on leash first: Doing this will not only control your dog’s initial interaction with other dog’s and possibly avoid fights, it will also remind your dog that you are there to handle conflicts in your way.
  • Remain attentive at all times: Stay off your mobile device and watch your dog as you would a small child in a similar situation. It only takes a second for conflicts to arise and for your dog to get into danger or to endanger another dog or owner.
  • Note your dog’s behavior: Signs that your dog may not be enjoying itself should be evident to you as its owner. For example, dogs that are frightened often exhibit the following behaviors:

–   Tail tucked between legs

–   Low body posture

–   Looking away

–   Pinned back ears

If your dog does seem uncomfortable, take him/her away immediately.

  • Make sure your dog is properly trained: Does your dog ignore your commands? If he/she does then you may wish to train him/her more before taking him/her to the park. An undisciplined dog in an open area of any kind invites danger for other dogs and people.

Finally, just as you would take care in selecting a gift for dog lovers; take the time to ensure that you and your dog’s trip to the park will be fun and memorable for both of you.Dog Lover Gifts

How to Protect your Dog from the Heat of Summer

Imagine that you are wearing a fur coat that you cannot remove even in the midst of the hottest, most oppressive weather. Well, with the exception of certain hairless dog breeds, this is the situation that our furry friends are in all year round. They are just as vulnerable to the heat as we are except they cannot sweat in the way that we can nor can they vocalize when they are in physical distress from the sun. This is why we must be particularly mindful to watch them for signs of overheating during the summer days that will soon be upon us. At Dog Stuff, where we have gifts for dog lovers, we want to make sure that our patrons, who we know love their canine companions, look out for them as they look out for us. Here are a few of our suggestions for keeping your four-legged friends from overheating this summer.

 

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car: Don’t leave your pet inside a locked car in the summer as it can easily reach 140 degrees within minutes. This results in many pets dying from excessively hot temperatures.
  • Watch hot surfaces: Asphalt can quickly heat to a temperature that is distressing to a dog’s paws. In fact, the ground can get hot enough to burn your dog’s feet. When temperatures begin to soar, be sure to keep walks to a minimum and watch for surfaces that may be too hot.
  • Provide plenty of water: If your dog is an outside dog, in particular, remember to provide him/her with plenty of cool water. Change his/her water bowl frequently, otherwise he/she will be drinking hot water in an attempt to cool off. Finally, be sure that your dog has plenty of shade during sunny days.
  • Apply sunscreen: Consider using a veterinarian approved sunscreen and applying it to your dog’s ears, nose and areas vulnerable to the sun.
  • Let him/her go for a swim: If you have access to a pool, let your dog go for a swim with you to cool off. If you don’t have a pool, let him/her run through the sprinkler. You’ll both have fun and he/she will cool down considerably on hot days.

In short, humans sweat in response to high temperatures. Dogs pant as their way of cooling off. However, panting is not completely effective in cooling off dogs. When a dog’s normal temperature of around 100 to 102.5 reaches 106 or above they are in deadly distress and need the help of a vet. Treat your dog with the gift of caring this summer and yourself with one of our items such as a golden retriever statue.wg2802-2__33849-1486509883

Top Irish Dog Breeds

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner we at Dogstuff thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to some of the top Irish dog breeds. We have dog collectibles for people of all tastes but with the popular Irish/American holiday coming up we knew our customers would appreciate a look at these special animals. So without further ado, here are the top Irish dog breeds.

Irish Red Setter: What says an Irish dog breed more than these intelligent, elegant, auburn-haired bird dogs? These canines are known for their good nature and their ability to get along with children.

Irish Wolfhound: A shorter-haired breed than the Setter, Wolfhounds are massive dogs. They can grow to weigh up to 100lbs. Despite their size, they are generally even tempered and loyal and are best for owners who have lots of space for them to play around in and explore.

Irish Water Spaniel: The tallest of spaniels, Irish Water Spaniel make excellent hunting dogs because of their webbed feet which help them in water. However, they can be somewhat high maintenance since their curly hair needs to be combed regularly in order to prevent matting.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: For people who prefer a mid-sized dog, there is this native of Ireland. These dogs, which have a somewhat wooly coat, are a favorite for people who desire a dog but may have children with allergies in the household. Note that because of their energetic and feisty nature, they may require patience when training.

Kerry Blue Terrier: This mid-sized terrier breed was originally developed as a eradicator of small pests such as rabbits, rats, badgers, etc. They are called Kerry Blue because their coat – which is actually silver-colored – resembles light shades of blue.dogstuff_logo

Kerry Beagle: One of the oldest Irish hound breeds, Kerry Beagles are a larger, longer hound than beagles that are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). These dogs are often very good in households with children but do require plenty of regular exercise.

Jack Russell Terrier: Known to some as the “Frasier” dog, the Jack Russell is a small
terrier breed that was originally developed to be used in fox hunting. This long-lived dog breed is energetic and sometimes stubborn.

Glen of Imaal Terrier: Also known as a “Wicklow Terrier”, this medium sized breed originates in Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. They are energetic and tenacious and even a bit stubborn but can be trained by determined owners.
These are some of our favorite Irish dog breeds brought to you just a few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day. You can find collectibles that celebrate this most Irish/America of holidays at our store.

Tips for Starting a Figurine Collection

The one thing that everyone who visits our site has in common is that they love dogs. You can even say that for some of them dogs are obsessions. As we dress, care for and pamper them, dogs are never far from the thoughts of many of us. So it makes perfect sense to consider turning this love of man (and woman’s) best friend into a hobby. Indeed, collecting is an excellent way to demonstrate your passion for our canine friends and at the same time, develop a hobby that can be as inexpensive or expensive as you like (this of course depends on the size of the collection). Moreover, collecting is a hobby that people of all ages can begin. At Dog Stuff, we have several dog figurines and dog collectibles that you can make centerpieces to your collection. But in order to make the most of your collecting we offer the following suggestions.

Decide on a budget: As stated before, collecting dog figurines does not have to be an expensive endeavor. It ultimately depends on how much you want to spend on your collection. Do you have a specific amount that you wish to spend weekly, monthly, yearly? Keep what you want to spend in mind but don’t be price obsessed as this can lealivshd001-2td to your acquiring poor quality items.

Decide on a Niche: Are you partial to certain breeds of dogs? Do you favor specific kinds of items for your collection or is your interest in dogs more general. Either way we can supply you with all kinds of knick knacks that will help you grow your collection.

Plan your space: Decide where you wish to display your collection. Be aware that as the size of your collection grows you may need more space to branch out. Curio cabinets – cabinets with glass doors – make excellent display areas and they are also convenient for showing off your collection to visitors.

Keep records: You may wish to keep notes on which pieces you acquire so that you can avoid getting the same piece again. A binder will also help you better organize your collection by breed, size, etc.

Keep it fun: Some people collect items in order to “flip” those items later. There is nothing wrong with this but remember that if it’s not fun, then it’s not worth doing in the first place.

There you have it. We hope this list helps you begin the process of building the dream collection that will show everyone around you, your love and appreciation for our four legged friends. Just remember to keep it enjoyable and interesting.

Pet Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for family and friends to share good times together and for many of us our “families” include our pets. They may not know what the all the fuss is about with the decorations, the stream of visitors and the food and decorations that they see all around them, but for pet owners no holiday would be complete without their presence. This is why it is essential for owners to remember that the holidays, as joyous as they are, can present dangers to our furry little friends. At Dog Stuff we have unique gifts for dog lovers that are safe as well as engaging and durable. We also offer these tips to keep your pets safe during the holiday season so that they can enjoy it in comfort and security along with your human family.

  • Watch the bones you give your dog: While, it is tempting to slip dogs a treat while they sit at your feet during holiday dinners, you should take care in giving them small bones that can lodge in their esophagus or intestine. Poultry bones, for example, are often small, sharp and hollow and can be dangerous for your dog to digest.
  • Watch out for holiday plants: Popular holiday plants such as poinsettia, mistletoe and holly can make your dog sick and lead to symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Microchip your pet: The holiday seasons comes with many distractions as friends are coming and going, parties are being thrown and gifts being exchanged. It is easy to let your pet get out of sight. Micro-chipping your pet will give you peace of mind and keep your cat or dog safe.
  • Keep the noise down: Noise poppers, firecrackers and even gunfire are very distressing to a dog’s sensitive ears and can thus terrify them. Such sounds can also damage a dog’s hearing. Remember this as the New Year approaches.
  • Watch the alcoholic drinks: While celebrating the holidays with toasts etc. be sure to keep alcoholic beverages out your pet’s reach. Pets can become ill or even die as a result of alcohol poisoning.
  • Watch the wires: Wires such as those used in Christmas lights can pose a danger to pets as they may chew into them causing electrical shock. Keep these and glass ornaments away from your pet.

Finally, follow these tips and you will make sure that your pet enjoys the holiday as much as your human family does even if he/she doesn’t know what all the commotion is about. Have a happy holiday season with your human and furry family members from the folks at Dogstuff.

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Why Coats are Great Gifts for Dog Lovers

As every dog owner knows, pets are not deterred one bit by the dropping temperatures that are already upon us. They are always ready to go outside and walk around in order to explore new scents, play in the falling leaves and to…relieve themselves. But for some of our four legged friends that have shorter coats – such as an American foxhound, Beagle, Boxer, Bull terrier and other breeds – a trip outside on a chilly fall morning can be uncomfortable. Often owners may notice their dogs begin to shiver particularly as cold rains fall. Shorter haired breeds can get cold just as we would if we went outside without sufficient covering. That is why if you have a short haired breed you should consider buying them a coat so that he/she can weather the coming rain and falling temperatures of Autumn.

At Dogstuff we have a multitude of dog rain coats to protect your dog from the cold rains of the coming season. They come in different sizes to fit various breeds and are both practical and functional. They allow dogs to move about without restricting their movement. Pair one of our coats with one of our backpacks that fit on your dog and you can take with it everything you and he/she needs for an enjoyable Fall walk. Other things to remember about how the falling temperatures may affect your dog include:

  • Rain mixed with lower temperatures can increase the incidence of an ear infection in your dog. Use an ear rinse recommended by your vet if you notice an infection.
  • If it is too cold or rainy outside remember that you can still exercise your dog on a treadmill, steps, etc. indoors.
  • If your dog begins to shiver excessively bring it indoors as soon as you can.
  • In Winter watch for watery eyes that can’t be dried. They may be a sign of dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis. sicca)
  • Consider buying your dog shoes in order to protect its feet against cold surfaces during the height of Winter.

Finally, remember that gift ideas for dog lovers can be practical, stylish and attractive as one of our rain coats or backpacks or as fun and whimsical as one of our durable squeaky toys. At Dogstuff we offer a whole line of products that are fun and safe for your dog but that also give you peace of mind as a dog owner and your pet’s best friend.dog-stuff