This is not going to be a straight step-by-step guide to finding a vet but more of a report about my own experiences with vets with both a very sick dog as well as with routine care of a pretty healthy one.
Vets are an important and frequent part of our pets’ lives and finding the right one means finding someone we trust and our pets like – or, well, at least accept. 🙂
Vets are real doctors but after all veterinary medicine is also a business. That is important to realize as the owner of a pet. Seeing it this way is not a bad thing because it means vets are also business people aiming for happy customers to return for their services.
This is the best chance for us as owners to do our own part and take action: ask questions, be skeptical, be informed and consider even unpopular advice and not just the quick and dirty solutions at some point.
Finding a vet with good customer ratings today with the help of the internet and online reviews does not seem to be such a hard thing to do. But it is actually important to first know as an owner what we are really looking for in order to find the right vet for our Bull Terrier.
Today I want to talk about allergies in dogs and treatments from my personal experience, knowledge and understanding. This article is not and does not replace professional advice. But it may be able to give some owners a first slightly deeper understanding of what they are up to when a dog is dealing with skin allergies.
Bull Terriers are sadly known for being prone to skin conditions. Our last Bull Terrier, Fancy, was suffering from very bad skin allergies and we went the entire route of confusion, questions, misconceptions, trial and error all the way down to steroids and Apoquel.
A large part of the information in this article is based on my personal experience and much of it is the result of extensive research for years because our dog was suffering so badly.
First of all because I often hear that question. Let’s make this clear:
There is NO cure to an allergy except either
1) lifelong suppression and/ or relief of the symptoms, which is done by different medications, such as steroids and immunosuppressive meds (Apoquel)
2) removal of the trigger (if possible)
Before I start with this topic I want to tell you something very personal: 95% of the things in this blog are not only thoroughly researched by me but they are actually based on my own experience. And that means that they are also based on mistakes I made myself. It has happened more than one time in my life that I asked myself: “Why did I not know this sooner? Why did I not ask the right questions?”
But at the end of the day there is no reason to beat yourself up about mistakes made of the past.
We always have the chance to learn from them.
So, when you read this and you find yourself doing things now or in the past I describe here as not so good, please don’t take it personal and don’t feel judged. I’ve been there and I have done them myself.
Allergies, especially skin allergies, sadly are part of many Bull Terrier’s lives. This breed – once rated among the healthiest dog breeds in the world – is actually not so healthy anymore.
I blame this on different factors, such as irresponsible breeding, environmental changes and highly processed modern day food. But most of these are topics for another article.
For many Bull Terrier owners it takes a long time to realize that the health problems their dog is suffering from are actually related to allergies.
Today, I want to talk about a pretty serious matter with you guys – the ingestion of objects.
Let’s be honest with each other, even the most cautious and watchful owner will probably at some point run into such a situation: Doggie has swallowed something it shouldn’t have.
If we are lucky it is a small, blunt object that is likely to pass the stomach and intestines without causing any harm or even better it is digestible and not poisonous.
But most of the time – that’s just Murphy’s law – it will be something that raises concern, meaning we are talking about something that is either sharp/pointy or big or both of it (worst combination) and can cause harm “inside”.
JUNE 20, 2017 REcall Expansion!
Manufacturer: United Pet Group
Product: multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products
Reason: United Pet Group, is expanding their voluntary recall of multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products due to chemical contamination to include popular store brands of rawhide dog chews sold by Walmart, Petco, H-E-B and others due to possible contamination with a chemical compound.
Find more information HERE
January 17, 2017
Manufacturer: Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia
Product: Turkey with Bone raw frozen product
Reason: Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey with Bone raw frozen product due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Many people, especially the ones, whose dogs have pink noses like many Bull Terriers do, are asking themselves: Can dogs get sunburn?
The answer: Yes, dogs can get sunburn (and even skin cancer)!
So, how can we determine, If our dog has a sunburn?
Basically the same way we do it as humans: Press one finger on the skin, release and watch how quickly the skin returns from light color to pink or reddish color. The faster the change and the darker the red, the more sunburned is the skin.
Note: Dogs with pink noses, such as Bull Terriers, also tend to get red noses from elevated blood circulation especially in warmer environments, for example when they are active or very excited.
If the red disappears quickly once the dog is back inside and calming down, the suspected sunburn may as well turn out to be the typical Bull Terrier “red excitement nose”.
However, it is always wise to be cautious.
MaY 31, 2016
Manufacturer: Blue Buffalo
Product: Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula dog food
Reason: Blue Buffalo is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula dog food due to the presence of moisture and mold.
March 26, 2016
Manufacturer: Smallbatch Pets Inc.
Product: Smallbatch frozen dog Duckbatch Sliders
Reason: Smallbatch Pets Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of frozen dog Duckbatch Sliders because of potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria and Listeria monocytogenes.
Manufacturer: Fromm Family Foods of Mequon
Product: Fromm Gold canned dog foods
Reason: Fromm Family Foods of Mequon, Wisconsin is voluntarily recalling three of its canned dog foods because of a possibly elevated content of vitamin D.