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If you want something for your pet — from food to beds to toys — you'll find what you need at a pet store. But the quality of pet stores and their products varies greatly. Know what to look for and what to avoid.

When you go looking for bakery items for your dog or cat, you want to use the same standards you'd apply to your own treats. Ask when the items were made, and if an ingredient list isn't readily available, ask for the information. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Wes G. of Anderson, Ind.)

Pet Bakeries

Pet bakeries have emerged as a significant market force in the pet industry, as companies capitalize on the attention many owners lavish on their dogs and cats. How do you know who's making the best treats?

dog with a snowy nose
Animal Boarding Kennels, Animal Training, Pet Stores, Animal & House Sitting

Just like you, your pet may pack on extra weight over winter. But that's not the only health concern to watch for in winter. Here's how to keep your dog safe and happy despite the cold.

Dr. Natalie Antinoff of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas, checks the vitals of an iguana named Mischief with the help of assistant Daniella Inman. (Photo by Chris Curry)
Pet Stores

Though unusual, scaly and slimy animals like lizards, snakes and turtles provide stress relief and educational entertainment, but require a long-term commitment from their families.

You know how good you feel when you eat quality, nutritious foods and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Your pet should feel the same way. (Photo courtesy of Angie's Lsit member Regina W. of St. Louis.)
Pet Bakeries, Pet Stores

More and more pet food companies are promoting organic and natural pet foods. Should you make the switch? Check out these tips on organic pet food.

There are several new products available that are safe for both your dog and your family. Ask your vet for recommendations. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lauren G.)
Pet Stores, Pest Control/Exterminating

Does your dog have fleas? You can control fleas in your home and on your pet without using dangerous chemicals. Get tips on green flea control for dogs.

Angie's Answers

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The first answer is pretty thorough but I would like to add a few points. 

First.. the type of food you are feeding your dog may be the key.  If you are using a food that is grain, rice or corn based in the first three ingredients, please change to a food that is meat or chicken based.  Many dogs are allergic to grain, rice, wheat and corn and these things are used as primary ingredients in many well known, name brand dog foods.  Secondly, all treats that have these ingredients should be cut out.  It takes weeks to months before a food change can show results so you must be patient.  Jumping from one food to another will be counter-productive. 

Some dogs are so allergic to flea or other insect bites that one or two bites can cause a severe reaction.  Once the itching/scratching cycle begins, it is hard to stop it.  Benadryl is good but I suggest liquid form.  You can get it inexpensively at one of the dollar stores.  The pills take time to break down in the digestive system so you get better and faster results with the liquid.One tsp= 5cc and most dogs of average size can tolerate that much and more if the dog is a larger breed.  

Allergy testing is very expensive and most dogs will test positive to some things.  That does not mean that the itching is coming from those things as many things in the environment can trigger positive test results.  Breaking the cycle of itching is primary and that can be done with prednisone ( short term and last resort after benadryl and bathing), allergy shots( same deal, last resort after easier methods).   This spring and summer have been particularly hard, weather-wise.

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