Anderson, IN (PRWEB) July 26, 2011
They’re called the dog days of summer – and technically, they don’t arrive until August. But any dog in the neighborhood will tell people that a warm, sunny, summer afternoon has the makings of a perfectly doggie day.
Unfortunately, summer can also be one of the more uncomfortable times of the year for those who suffer from allergies -- studies show the number can be a high as one in every 10. Like people, allergies in pets can be triggered by a wide variety of agents they inhale, come into contact with or ingest as part of their diets.
“Anyone who suffers from seasonal or chronic allergies can tell you how irritating and frustrating they can be,” says Cindy Dunston-Quirk, owner and developer of Scout & Zoe’s Natural Antler Dog Chews. “It’s no different for our furry pals when an allergy causes them to itch, scratch and bite themselves silly.”
Cindy recently served as a guest blogger on PetSimply.com, drawing attention to the issue of canine allergies and providing suggestions on how to help find their root cause. For Cindy, allergies are an issue that hits home. It was a food allergy in Zoe, her German Shepherd, that led Cindy to discover antler chews as an alternative to bones.
“When Zoe was a pup, she scratched a lot and had bumps on her tummy,” Cindy says. “We found out she is allergic to a lot of things, but especially anything that came from a cow. So for her entire life, she has not had the enjoyment of a bone in any way. I searched and searched and could not find a product for her to chew on, so Scout & Zoe’s Natural Antler Dog Chews was born.”
If a pet is constantly scratching, fidgeting, sneezing or rubbing, chances are pretty good that it’s an allergy. Cindy’s advice is to get professional help, preferably from a board-certified animal allergist. The pet will receive a battery of skin tests, similar to those a person would be subjected to by an allergy doctor. The results will provide a good indicator of foods to avoid or environmental factors to correct.
Those who either can’t find an animal allergist or can’t afford one should seek help from their veterinarian, who will likely help formulate a plan to test different types of food to determine if allergy symptoms are diet-related.
“We all want to do whatever we can to make sure our pets thrive and enjoy life as much as they possibly can – especially on a beautiful summer day,” says Cindy. “The issue of allergies is so important to me, not only because of Zoe’s experience but because there are so many others out there who may be suffering in silence. Hopefully we can get the message out and make just a few more people aware of the potential of allergies affecting their dogs’ enjoyment of life.”
To see Cindy’s blog post, go to http://petsimply.com/blog/does-your-pup-have-allergies/
About Scout & Zoe’s: Scout & Zoe’s Natural Antler Dog Chews are 100 percent natural elk antlers, gathered only after they’ve been shed naturally as part of the animal’s life cycle.
Antler chews are the right choice for the 15 to 20 percent of dogs, who suffer from allergies to beef, chicken or have other digestive issues. They’re a safer choice for any dog because antler chews don’t splinter like bones. Owners like them because they don’t wind up in a gooey mess like rawhide and best of all they take away the need for pets to chew on furniture, shoes and other things around the house.
Scout & Zoe’s are superior to other chews in helping dogs maintain clean, healthy teeth and contain trace minerals such as calcium and phosphorous which add to the pet’s overall health.
Typically last four to six weeks, Scout & Zoe’s chews are available in a variety of sizes to suit every breed. No animals are harmed and no violence is imposed on any elk during the gathering of the antlers.
To order Scout & Zoe’s chews for your pet, go to http://www.scoutandzoes.com or call (317) 457-7222 to find a retail outlet near you.