Make Your Own Dog First Aid Kit For Emergencies

If you are more of a do-it-yourself type person you can make your own dog first aid kit.  Easy to do with supplies readily available.

Items Needed To Make Your Own Dog First Aid Kit:

Important Phone Numbers:

Your Veterinarian
Emergency Vet or Clinic
Poison Control

Supplies For Your Dog First Aid Kit

    • Soft Sided Insulated Cooler (six pack size) or plastic container
    • Small Magnifying Glass
    • Scissors with Rounded Ends
    • Tweezers
    • Latex Gloves
    • Rectal Thermometer
    • Syringes (various sizes)
    • Cloth & Paper Towels
    • Penlight
    • Eyedropper
    • Penlight
    • Cotton Balls & Swabs
    • Lubricant (such as Vaseline)
    • Slip Leash
    • Styptic Powder
    • Muzzle or Roll of Gauze
    • Large Towel or Blanket (for stretcher)
    • Another Blanket or Towel (for warmth)
    • Disinfectant Such As Isopropyl Alcohol
    • Heat & Cold Packs Wrapped in Towel

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Medications For Your Dog First Aid Kit

  • Buffered Aspirin
  • Saline Solution (for flushing eyes and cleaning wounds))
  • Antihistamine (for stings, swelling and itching)
  • Antibiotic Ointment or Cream
  • Cortisone Cream or Spray
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (can be used to make dog vomit when mixed with water)
  • Antidiarrheal Liquid
  • Wound Disinfectant (such as Betadine)
  • Ear Cleaning Solution
  • Karo Syrup (to help raise the sugar level)
  • Gatorade or Pedialyte (for rehydration)


  • Gauze (rolls & square pads)
  • White First Aid Tape
  • Elastic Bandage

You may find that there is not enough room in the six pack size cooler for all these items. The medications,smaller supplies and bandages can be stored in this container. Then, place this container into a larger cooler or small box.

It requires a little effort to make your own dog first aid kit, but you will have the peace of mind in knowing that you’ll be prepared to help your dog in an emergency.

Make Your Own Dog First Aid Kit (Mini Size)

Your first aid kit for your dog will help you to be prepared should an emergency arise with your four-legged family member. However, there will be times when you are away from your home or car without access to your main first aid kit. When on a hike or walk, particularly in woodsy or hilly areas, it’s easy to encounter bees ar sharp objects. A smaller basic version of your first aid kit for dogs will really come in handy.

  • Small zippered pouch or bag, preferably one that attaches to your belt (fanny pack) or fits easily into your backpack.
  • Pair of disposable gloves
  • Several square and small roll of gauze bandage. make-your-own-dog-first-aid-kit
  • White first aid tape.
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Small bottle with alcohol
  • Small container of wound disinfectant and tube of antibiotic cream
  • Antihistamine (such as benadryl) for bee stings

All these items will be much smaller versions of those in your regular dog first aid kit. They are meant simply to be used when you don’t have easy access to your larger kit. When back at your home or car, you will probably need to utilize some of the other items in your large first aid kit. Of course, if the injury is serious, take your dog to the Vet immediately!

First Aid Kit For Dogs-Be Prepared For Any Emergency

A First Aid Kit for dogs should be in every family’s home that includes a dog as a member of their family. Just as children get into mishaps that require antiseptic and bandages, so do your four legged family members.

Not so long ago, we would have settled for human first aid supplies but as the pet industry has grown, we have become aware of a pet’s sometimes unique needs.

A First Aid Kit For Dogs Is A Necessity

The impact of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters since has made  dog owning families more aware of the need for a dog first aid kit. Many dogs needed to suddenly be evacuated to areas that had no immediate access to veterinarian care. And, even once they returned home, professional medical care was not readily available.

Most mishaps are usually minor in nature such as cuts, bee stings or perhaps cutting a nail a bit too close. Rather than rushing about trying to gather the necessary supplies when this type of event happens, it is so much better to be prepared. First aid kits for dogs are available for purchase from some pet supply stores. Or, with a little effort, you can make your own dog first aid kit.

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Ideally, you would have two first aid kits for your dog. One to keep at home, in a convenient place, such as under a bathroom cabinet or in a cabinet in your laundry or utility room. It is important to make sure all members of your family know where your first aid kit is kept. The second kit should be kept in your vehicle for those mishaps that occur when your dog is on an outing with you, such as a dog park or on a hike. Actually, a third scaled down version of the kit is also recommended. Place a few emergency items in this mini first aid kit.

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A little pre-planning on your part will go a long way in helping to keep your four legged family member safe and healthy. And your own first aid kit for dogs will contribute to that greatly.

Dog Separation Anxiety Solutions to Save Your Sanity

Are There Any Dog Separation Anxiety Solutions?

  Boy, that is a question I must have asked a million times! Hard to believe that our Jake, the relaxed, without a care-in-the-world dog pictured below, could have ever been anxiety-ridden. But, it is so true and we’ve got the scratched drywall, chewed woodwork and destroyed hardwood floors to prove it.

However, thanks to finding some good dog separation anxiety solutions, we are now able to start repairing all the destruction with a certain amount of confidence that he will not tear it all up again. At least not as badly. Jake is still not happy when all his family leaves at the same time. He still hangs his head, mopes and usually refuses to say goodbye. As we back out of the drive he can be heard barking his displeasure. But now when we come home, we are not met with total chaos. There is still drool in front of the door and his water and food have gone untouched. He truly is in mourning until his people come home. When that happens, watch out! He is flying about the house, grabbing toys and challenging us to chase him. And he will then drink enough water to float a boat. Life is good again. It wasn’t easy getting to this point.but so worth it. These are some things that have helped us in dealing with dog separation anxiety.

Dog Separation Anxiety Solutions:

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  • Make your departure as uneventful as possible. Resist the urge to hug, kiss and make over your dog in an attempt to soothe your guilt. This lets him in on the idea that something big is about to happen and he probably won’t like it. I’ve done this and it never ended well. Instead, keep everything as low key as possible. Pet him if you must but make it a quick pat and just move right out the door as if it is no big deal. You can cry in the car if the need arises (and I have.)  Overcoming dog separation anxiety requires you to be tough.
  • Leave lots of his toys about to give him something to amuse and distract.  Be cautious of any toys you choose to leave when you are not at home.  Leave nothing with small parts or made of material that can be chewed off and potentially cause your dog to choke.  A good choice I like is the Kong Extreme Dog Toy.  This toy is a hard, durable rubber.  Your dog will love to chew on it and it also has openings on each end to hide treats for your dog to shake loose and enjoy.  It comes in an assortment of sizes, shapes and strengths, to meet each dog’s needs.  Also, an old piece of your clothing can provide some comfort to him. Your scent is one of his favorite things.
  • Try crating your dog or confining him to a small room.  Allowing him the run of the house can be overwhelming.
  • Leave a piece of your unwashed clothing  with your dog.  Your familiar scent can be comforting.
  • Start out with short absences. Try 10 minutes to start, gradually increasing by 5 minutes increments. He’ll realize each time that “Hey, they do come back!”
  • Make your return as uneventful as your departure. Enter the house calmly and greet him but do not hug, make baby talk and generally display your guilt to him. After in the house for a short time, then you can play and have some fun.
  • Be sure to doggy-proof the house before you leave, for his safety and your sanity.
  • Another thing that proved to be effective to stop my dog separation anxiety is the ThunderShirt .  The shirt fits snugly on the dog’s body, creating a sense of security. The Thunder Shirt is also helpful for dogs with a fear of thunderstorms.  It worked well in helping one of my other dogs to get over her fear of the storms.

It may seem impossible at the moment but take it from someone that has been there; dog separation anxiety can get better with a little effort.  It’s worth your sanity and your dog’s happiness to try these dog separation anxiety solutions.

Keep Your Dog Safe From Dangers Hidden And In Plain View

Keep Your Dog Safe From Dangerous Situations

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Ah summertime, and the livin’ is easy! Endless days of sunshine and outdoor activities. After a long winter we are all ready for some summer relaxation. Unfortunately, the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer are fraught with danger for our canine friends. Winter can be equally hazardous to your dog. Extreme cold and potential frostbite are ever prevalent during winter months. Precautions are necessary year-round in order to keep your dog safe and healthy.


Sweating is the primary way the human body controls it’s temperature. Dogs lack this ability and must rely on cooling down through panting and the pads of their feet. Not terribly effective. Because of this we need to be very conscious of the following to keep your dog safe:

Always make sure your dog has an ample supply of fresh clean drinking water. Automatic waterers are great for this but if you don’t own one or are not ready to purchase one, make sure to use a non-tip bowl. Empty and refill it several times a day and more often if it is getting low. Keep the water in a shady area if it is outside. Adding a few ice cubes will help to keep it cool longer and keep your dog safe from the heat.

Many people trim their dog’s fur down in the summer. Just make sure it is not shaved too close or sunburn will be a painful result. The best advice is to keep your dog inside a cool house during the hottest part of the day. Limit your walks with your canine friend to early morning or evenings after it has cooled down. Best for you and him in keeping your dog safe from the heat.

One of the greatest dangers from heat lies within one of dog’s favorite activities, the coveted car ride. Head out the window, fur flying in the breeze (and all over the car and you), nothing could be finer in a dog’s mind. And, all is fine as long as the air conditioner is running. But summertime rides are best kept to short non-stop jaunts. Once the car stops and the air conditioner is off, the temperature starts to rapidly rise. The temperature inside the car can reach 120 degrees within a few minutes, even with the windows slightly open. A dog’s normal temperature is 101.5. At 107 brain damage can occur and at 120 he can suffer from heat exhaustion and die.


Dogs are not meant to endure exposure to very low temperatures any more than humans are. Take every precaution to shelter your dog from the elements. The best and most recommended way is to allow your dog to live indoors with you. Being social creature, dogs need the companionship of their family. If you must (and there is rarely a situation where you must) keep your dog outside, provide him with a warm, safe shelter).

Purchase an insulated dog house for your dog. Place it in an area blocked by the wind, such as behind your house or surrounded by a fence. Never, Never, under any circumstances, chain your dog. Provide him with a fence for safety so he can move about freely. Position the opening of the house away from the direction the wind is blowing. Keep warm, dry blankets in the house or better yet, a heated dog kennel mat and surround the house with bales of straw to provide further insulation against the wind and cold. Check regularly to assure that the bedding is dry.

Provide your dog with a heated water bowl to protect the water from freezing. Keep the water clean and free of debris and change it daily. Check throughout the day to be sure your heated dog dish stays full.


Bugs and bees can create a serious problem for your precocious pooch. Just as curiosity killed the cat, butting into a bug’s business can injure the dog. Bees may appear busy but they are never too busy to notice when a dog’s nose is checking out the same flower they have an interest in. A nasty sting is the likely result. This calls for first aid.  Make sure to keep some antihistamine on hand to help keep your dog safe, should he be allergic.

Ants flies and spiders can also cause some discomfort or even death in the case of a poisonous spider bite. There are some obvious symptoms that can indicate a bug bite. These would require first aid and possibly a speedy trip to the Vet. And of course, the annoying mosquito cannot be ignored. This warm weather pest can infect your beloved pet with the deadly heartworm if he is not on a heartworm prevention medication.

Flea infestation also escalates during the warm weather months. These pests love hot dry weather and multiply rapidly. Check your dog’s skin and coat thoroughly after each venture outdoors. There are many good products that can help to prevent these buggers from becoming a problem for your pet.


Many summer plants, while pretty to look at, can be irritating or deadly to eat or touch. There is a long list of plants that are dangerous for your pet because of their poisonous qualities. And there are those that are dangerous simply due to their structure.

Thorns from roses can become lodged in a sensitive paw and possibly cause infection if not swiftly removed. Check you dog’s paws regularly, especially if you notice him limping. If a thorn is found, remove it promptly and watch the dog closely to be sure his walking returns to normal. If not, a Vet. visit is the next step.

Even a harmless looking vine can become a hazard if your dog becomes tangled in it’s grasp. Better to keep them trimmed back.

The best prevention is to do a thorough scan of the area your dog plays in and eliminate any potential hazardous elements. In general, anything that would be a harmful plant to a child would also be harmful to your dog. Maybe even more so since dogs tend to scamper into smaller areas and are never cautious about anything.

Any season can be a great fun time for you and your dog with just a little thought and planning on your part. ENJOY!

Travel By Car With Your Dog

Travel with your dog by car can be a great experience with some thoughtful pre-planning. Just the mention of the words car, go or bye-bye and many dogs are running to the door and ready to go.
Many of us cannot bear to leave our canine family members at home when we vacation. But, while they may be ready to take off at the drop of a bone, we need to take time for a little planning. It can make the difference between a vacation delight and a vacation disaster.

Whether you are planning a short get-a-way or a full-fledged vacation, it is important to gather the right equipment and documents to help assure a happy, safe and fun trip when you travel with your dog.

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10 Basic Items You Must Have When You Travel With Your Dog:

Health items needed when you travel with your dog:

In addition to the items you will need to gather before you travel with your dog, there is also information you will need.

Tips For Traveling With Your Dog:

  • Record phone numbers and locations of Emergency Veterinarian Clinics along your route and at your destination.
  • Locate dog-friendly lodging, dining, attractions, events, parks, campgrounds, beaches, etc.
  • Obtain information on kennels in the area you will be staying in. Even if you don’t plan on kenneling your dog, something may come up that you have to do so. Better to be prepared.
  • Check to see if the area you will be in has any restrictions on your breed.  Check here for cities and states with BSL or Breed Specific Legislation.
  • Research your travel destination for possible hazards to your dog that you may not have in your hometown.
  • Bring several clear, recent pictures of your dog in case he gets lost and you need to copy and place in places such as veterinarian’s offices and on street posts as well as social media sites.
  • Plan to stop at least every three hours to walk your dog and give him water.
  • Make test runs in your car if your dog is not a frequent car rider.  Start with short intervals of about 10 minutes, lengthening the time with each subsequent ride.
  • Do not allow your dog to ride in the front seat.  He may be a great travel companion, but the front seat is a dangerous spot for him.  Instead, set him up comfortably in the back seat, in a car seat for dogs and secured by a dog seat belt.  Give him his favorite top and/or blanket to snuggle with to help him feel secure. 

Traveling with your dog can be an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog.  Planning and being prepared for the trip will make all the difference between a wonderful, fun-filled trip or a potential nightmare.  Traveling with your dog is much like traveling with a toddler; anything can happen.  Surrounding your dog with as many familiar items as possible will help him to be less anxious and happy on his road trip.

Take the time, gather the proper equipment, records, and destination information before taking off to travel with your dog.

Best Dogs For Children

You’ve decided to get the kids a dog. Great! Now it is important to find the best dogs for children. There are many things to consider. We’ll help you with the information you need to make the best choice.

First, make sure you are getting a dog for the right reasons. Consider the following before moving forward:

  • Don’t get a dog to teach the kids responsibility. The dog deserves an owner that is already responsible, not one that is learning on him.
  • Don’t get a dog simply because the kids have “worn you down.”

Deciding on the Best Dogs For Children Requires Careful Consideration

Okay, so you’ve decided that you are getting a dog for all the right reasons. But how do you determine which are the best dogs for children? There is no clear-cut fool-proof answer to that but armed with the right facts, you will be on the right path to a good choice.

Although some breeds are known to usually be good dog breeds for children, each individual dog will need to be evaluated on it’s own. Consider the following:

Best Dogs For Small Children

Larger dogs can easily knock into a smaller child, pushing them to the ground. Though most kids will simply get back up, ready for more, some children will become frightened by this doggy enthusiasm.

On a similar note, small dogs can be injured when a rough and tumble child falls onto them.
Try to match the size and energy level of the dog to your child.

Sometimes it is just better to put off adding a dog to your family until your child is a bit older.

Can A Puppy Be Amongst The Best Dogs For Children

Can there be anything cuter than a puppy? YES, a puppy and kids, romping, rolling, running and playing together. But, puppies are also usually rambunctious, untrained and time consuming. Do you have the time to devote to obedience training and housebreaking? Are you prepared for the possibility of chewed furniture and shoes?

Puppies are best suited to households where adults are home most of the day to see to their needs. Raising your kids and dog together is a neat experience and can create a strong loving bond between child and dog as long as the parents have the extra time to devote.

Sometimes An Adult Dog Is The Best Dog For Children

Consider an adult dog also. Many of these more mature dogs have had some training, perhaps have previously lived with a child and have come through some of the rambunctious stage. They are usually calmer than a puppy and their temperament has already been established.

Temperament and Personality Will Help Determine the Best Dog For Your Child

Opt for a laid back attitude when selecting your new dog. Some dogs are okay with anything and adjust well to whenever the kids want to play, run, bounce and jump. They may think it is great fun when their kid uses his doggy body for a toy truck ramp. Other dogs only want to play on their own terms and some dogs can be down-right irritated when the children of the house interrupt a doggy nap. (HINT: This later type may be better in a childless or older child home.)

Best dogs for children need to be ready (although maybe not thrilled) to participate in tea parties, dress-up and maybe even some nail painting sessions.

Kid’s dogs should have lots of energy to withstand hours of play. In short, the best dog for children needs to be a superdog because he’ll have the awesome responsibility of being a super best friend to the best kid in the world, YOURS!

Although there are many popular dogs that are known to be good dog breeds for children, everyone has their own idea on child friendly dog breeds..

Best Places To Get A Dog For Your Child

  1. Dog Rescue Groups

    – I believe rescue groups are the number one best place to begin your search for a dog for a child.  Do your research for reputable rescue groups in your area.  Ask around and gather information about the groups.  Call the groups and/or visit their websites to find out how they operate.  You want a rescue group that cares about their dogs and who they are placed with.  The best groups will: temporarily house their dogs in good foster homes where the dogs will learn to live in a family situation,  make sure their dogs are fully vetted, vaccinated and spayed or neutered before being adopted,  require an extensive adoption application with veterinarian references

  2. Dog Shelters

    – Shelters are full of many wonderful dogs needing homes.  Some shelters are very good and have workers and volunteers that work with the dogs to determine their personalities and suitability for children.  Unfortunately, there are bad shelters who just bring the dogs in and send them out without much human contact or concern.  Even the good shelters are often so understaffed that the dogs do not get as much interaction as they should.

  3. Private Dog Breeders

    – Although I firmly believe rescue groups and good shelters are the best places to look for a dog for your kids, private breeders can be another option, provided you check out the breeder carefully to determine they are not simply running an operation that continuously breeds their dogs to obtain as much profit as possible.  If they are repeatedly advertising puppies for sale, chances are the breeder is a puppy mill, which is to be avoided at all costs.Dogs from puppy mill operations are born to mothers that are usually always caged and provided minimal care and contact.  They are there as “breeding machines” to make the breeder profit.  These dogs are usually never bathed, groomed, vetted or exercised.  The moms are often discarded when they can no longer be profitable.  The puppies born at these operations are likely to be sickly and have congenital defects.  The Amish are huge contributors to the puppy mill industry.  Behind their pristine perfect homes with the perfect green meadows, they will have a building full of puppies and pregnant females, living in their own waste and their feet will never be allowed to touch or run on that perfect grass.A responsible breeder will care about the breed and their puppies, caring for them within a family situation, where the will have family interaction.  They will make sure their pups are vetted and vaccinated before leaving and obtain a complete reference and Vet check on potential adopters.  Many good breeders will also require their adopters to sign an agreement to return the dog if for whatever reason they can no longer keep him.  They care about their dogs!


    Pet stores usually obtain their puppies from puppy mill operations.  The puppies are often sick or will show signs of illness very shortly after purchase.  If you are looking at the pet stores because you simply must have a purebred dog, remember; many rescue groups and shelters do have purebred dogs too.  And, some rescue groups are breed-specific and as such, take in adult dogs and puppies of a specific breed.  Do your research and google the breed you are looking for along with the words “rescue group.”

    Also, keep in mind, a mutt can be the best “breed” you could ever add to your family.  And, dogs with several breeds in their genetics are often healthier than purebred dogs since they will not have too much of any one breed, along with the genetic predisposition of that breed’s health problems.

    With the proper planning and research, you can find your best dog for your children.  Whether it turns out to be a purebred, mutt, large dog or small dog, he will give you many happy years of love.  The best dog for children is different for everyone, depending on your situation.  He will never stop loving you.  Teach your children to respect and care for their dog in a loving way and he will be their best friend for life.

Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Air Purifier

If you have allergies to your dog, you will need a quality air purifier to avoid itchy eyes and a runny nose. The Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Air Purifier is a top-rated product that outperforms many brands of air purifiers in its class. Clinical tests show that it is five time more effective than other models in toxin removal.

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What Makes this Air Purifier Special?

The Surround Air Intelli-Pro is fully loaded with sensors and monitors to detect andSurround- Air- XJ-3800- Intelli-Pro- Air- Purifier determine what pollutants are in the air. It also has a feature that tells you when it is time to change the filters.

You’ll always know when there is dust, cigarette smoke, pollen, pet dander, chemicals and mold spores around. If you have dogs, there is always dander around. The Intelli-Pro’s clean air monitor tells you how clean or how polluted the air is. Guesswork is eliminated because diagnostic sensors indicate when to clean the metal dust collector grid and when to replace filters. Light indicators also tell you that the UV light and ionizer are functioning properly.

Most other air purifiers use two or three types of filtration. In the case of the Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Air Purifier, there are a total of seven stages.

7-Step Purifier Stages

1. Pre-filter to capture the largest particles

2. Electrostatic precipitator to trap dust particles

3. Thin carbon filter to remove odors

4. HEPA filter removes 99.97% of airborne pollutants

5. Photocatalytic Oxidation Filter to remove bacteria and odors

6. Ultraviolet lamp to kill most microorganisms

7. Negative ionization

The electrostatic precipitator attracts and collects dust particles and other pollutants. It requires little maintenance – simply wipe it clean when it gets dirty. The ionizer is safe and releases virtually no ozone. The pre-filter is washable and does not require replacement. It increases the durability and improves the performance of the other filters.

The Intelli-Pro is powerful yet works quietly. It has a Multiple Air Inlet Design that allows maximum air flow through the unit. The unit’s powerful fan distributes the purified air throughout the room. If you are concerned about energy consumption, you’ll be pleased to know that the Surround Air Intelli-Pro is energy efficient. It uses sensor technology to save on electricity and features a “Quiet” setting for noise-free operation.

What Customers Are Saying About this Air Purifier

“Elegant/professional look to it”

“I highly recommend it for quality and value!”

“Even in a quiet room you can barely hear it.”

“I bought two, loved them, then bought five more.”

“You just “smell” the clean and feel it when you breathe.”

The Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Air Purifier has an incredible 4-1/2 star rating on Amazon.

Quiet Operation

One of the biggest drawbacks to air purifiers is the amount of noise they produce during operation. This is not the case with the Intelli-Pro. It operates silently in the quiet setting mode, and even the highest setting boosts performance with minimal noise. In addition, its sensor automatically adjusts the power settings to reduce energy consumption.

Sensor Technology

Guesswork is eliminated and you only get clean air with the Surround Air Intelli-Pro air purifier. It has a self-monitoring system that provides instant information about the unit’s performance. People with allergies will like the odor-, dust- and allergen-sensors that tell you what pollutants are present in the air.

Things to Like About This Air Purifier

If you want to remove odors, smoke and allergy-causing pollutants in the air, the Intelli-Pro should be the first thing on your mind. The different filters in the unit remove airborne particles responsible for allergies and breathing problems such as tobacco smoke, dust mites, pollen, dust and pet dander. Sensor lights turn on when there are pollutants in the air and they go off when the air quality is improved.

This air purifier has an ionizer filter but emits very little ozone. This is a good thing because ozone can worsen asthma attacks.

One of the features that many consumers like about the Intelli-Pro air purifier is its low noise level. While some air cleaners produce a loud sound from the moving air, this model is very quiet particularly in low or medium setting. When set on high, it makes a “white noise” that is not annoyingly loud at all.

The Intelli-Pro is reasonably priced at Amazon. No doubt you can find air purifiers that cost much less but do not have the multi-stage filtering process of this product. All in all, you get a lot more value for your money with the Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Air Purifier.

Last but not least, this product has a sleek and futuristic design that you will love.

Bottom Line

This is a high-quality, sturdily built air purifier with excellent features. The Surround Air Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 removes allergens and odors very quickly. Its automatic mode provides just the right amount of power that you need and saves electricity. If you’re looking for a “smart” air cleaner, this is the one for you. Buy it now for a great price at Amazon.

Allergy To Dogs Does Not Mean You can’t Have a Dog

Living With An Allergy to Dogs

For people with an allergy to dogs, allergy season lasts all year. A dog is without a doubt man’s best friend, which is why it is so devastating when people find out that they have allergies to the dogs they love.

There are no words to describe how devastating it is to have to choose between your health and the furriest member of your family. This is the reality for many doting pet owners each year. But there is good news for dog owners; living with dog allergies is possible. As long as the person is not experiencing a serious allergic reaction, like asthma attacks or severe hives, they stand a good chance of being able to deal with their allergy to dogs in a safe and painless way.

Medical findings have made it easier to lessen the allergic reaction of dog allergies. Doctors have found that allergy medication can reduce your symptoms. But they also say that medication alone will probably not be the complete answer to your allergy to dogs.

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Dog Allergy Remedies

    • Wash your dog at least monthly to remove pet dander. Brush your dog daily to remove loose hair. Do this chore outdoors when the weather permits. A tool I like to use for brushing my dogs is the FURminator  deShedding Tool. There are models for long hair, short hair and in-between. This amazing tool really gets a huge amount of loose hair off the dogs.

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  • Launder pet beds in hot soapy water several times a week. Large towels or small blankets make nice, washable beds.  There are also some excellent pet beds available that are durable and washable.
  • Use hard flooring surfaces in your home whenever possible. Wood and tile floors clean up so easily with a damp mop. Carpets tend to harbor pet hair as well as other yucky things.
  • Invest in a good vacuum cleaner that is designed to pick up pet hair, especially if you have carpeting. My favorites and the ones I own are the Dyson DC50Animal Ball-Technology Vacuum Cleaner and the Shark Rocket True Pet Ultra Vacuum. These pet vacuums truly do pick up an amazing amount of dog hair from my wood floors as well as the carpet in my bedroom.
  • Install hepa filters in your heating and air conditioning units. Hepa filters are capable of trapping the minutest particles of dander and dust before they enter your air and settle on surfaces. Be sure to check the filters several times a month to determine if they need replaced.
  • Invest in an air purifier. We did this and it has made such a difference in our air quality and helped to lessen the stuffiness we suffer from due to sharing our home with four dogs and two birds. These are air purifiers we recommend.
  • Switch to leather furniture if you like the look of it. Leather is so easy to just wipe clean of pet hair and dander with a damp cloth. Fabric upholstery should be wiped with a damp cloth and vacuumed regularly if you have an allergy to dogs. Opt for slipcovers which are easy to remove and wash. Lay out your cushions onto a clean sheet spread in the yard. Do this several times a month during nice weather.
  • Keep hard surfaces wiped clean with a damp cloth. Using an anti-static spray when dusting will help to lessen the attraction of dust.
  • Keep your dog out of your bedroom. This can be difficult. Ask me how I know! We sleep with two Labs which definitely contributes to stuffed up sinuses in the morning and a not so restful sleep. In this case, I’m better at telling others what to do than actually doing it myself. I just can’t say no, but hopefully you can. It will help. However, if you do give in to the pleading eyes and whimpers, encourage the dog to sleep on his own bed or place a sheet across your bed for him to slumber on. Then you can just toss it in the wash on a regular basis. Be sure to move the air purifier I mentioned earlier, into the bedroom at night. Better yet, buy an extra one to keep there.

If you are just considering adding a dog to your family, check out our article on Hypoallergenic Dogs for some suggested breeds least likely to cause problems for those with an allergy to dogs.