Do any of you have any recommendations for supplements for skin conditions caused by allergies ? Some of these supplements claim to treat the immune system , thus "treating the cause not the symptom " . Most appear to be based on Omega 3 and Omega 6 plus various and sundry natural ingredients . I'd appreciate any input . We want to keep our new boy happy and healthy.
I know that the Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils will help clear up dry, flaky, itchy skin (They have done wonderfully for my boy). I'm not sure if it helps the underlying condition, but it will help reduce the symptom. I have both of my dogs on a skin and coat vitamin from petsmart (can't remember the brand off the top of my head), but it has been keeping them flake free and I don't see much itching. My dogs don't seem to have as severe allergies as yours does.
In humans the Omega oils are being used to help treat autoimmune disorders (my fiance has an autoimmune kidney disorder and is taking large doses of fishoil as one way to help combat it), not sure how it translates into helping dogs with allergies.
I think the myth of the "non-shedding" basenji comes from the fact that throughout the year, you won't see very very minimal amounts of hair coming off your B. Normally (when its not shedding season), I only see a few loose pieces of hair a day. As compared to my old room mate's dog who would loose handfulls of hair when you petted her.
The most noise my B makes is a bark-like sound when startled, or to greet someone coming home. And, when he is trying to get my other dog to play with him (he jumps around like a fool and does an imitation growl, imitation bark, and a-roos at her until either he pulls her out of bed or she gets up willingly)
They usually just shed for a month, or maybe 2 out of the entire year…. but when they shed they loose their ENTIRE coat. There are separate threads here with different opinions on dealing with the shedding. Personally, I brush my B once a day with one of the metal U shaped shedding brushes (not sure what it is called). Bathing does seem to get a lot of the hair out of his coat as well.
He is probably just a tired tired B. I took my B hiking the other day up our local mountain, and he slept on the couch for the rest of the day. While we were at the mountain he was FULL of energy, but once we got home he completely passed out. You'll just have to ease him into it more (as will I).
When it rains I normally have to pull colbey out of the doory, once he gets outside he quickly does his business so he can get back inside faster. Once back inside he promptly licks himself dry. Over the past year he's gotten more comfortable with water and its less of a struggle to get him outside in the rain. He even voluntarily gets his front feet wet in the pond (usually when he is trying to figure out what our mutt is doing wading in the pond).
Those are great! I would love to get my B to do that. My B actually picks up tricks pretty well…. lets see... he can sit, lay down (only on soft surfaces), paw, other paw, and high five. Knowing how independant minded they are, it's been fun trying to see how many tricks he can learn. I like to think that he is easy to train because of how attached he is to me. Unlike most Bs, he actually wants to please me! However, I have had several times when he just gets frustrated and does all of his tricks all at once. Its really cute, and I have a hard time keeping from laughing!
My B's favorite spot in the house is right in front of the heat vent.
When I bathe my B I put him in the tub, and kneel next to it to bathe him. I have a massaging shower head with the long hose that you can bring down into the tub and turn on and off from the shower head. I usually keep one hand on his chest and only put the water on when I am rinsing him off. It works well for my B who hates water so much we have to drag him outside when its raining. Overall, the less traumatic you can make the experience the better it will be for your dog.