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Coton Connection, Issue #030 - Seasons and Celebrations
October 10, 2012
|Welcome Coton Lovers:
Seasonal Changes and Celebrations:
I hope you and your Cotons are enjoying the Fall season. Even though I live in Florida now and don't get to see the leaves change anymore, it's still one of my favorite times of the year. Unfortunately, this season may bring challenges for some dogs.
Fall can mean allergies for many humans and dogs. Luc has had severe allergies since he was 2 years old (he just turned 7). I thought I'd share some of the things that have helped him since allergies are becoming a common problem for many pets. Of course, what works for one dog may not work for another so you really have to do a lot of experimenting to find the best treatments for allergy symptoms.
Luc's symptoms came on fast and strong - he was itching and licking so much that he developed infections. He was miserable. The vet put him on steroids and this controlled the symptoms. Unfortunately, when the steroids wore off, his symptoms came back. It's not advisable to be on steroids long term so we went to an allergy specialist and went through a two year period where I had to give Luc weekly allergy shots. This was not fun for Luc or me, and the worst part is that the shots didn't seem to help.
Long story short - here's what has worked:
My best advice is that if you don't find a vet or treatment that works at first; don't give up! It took a lot of patience and we went through several vets, but Luc's allergies are finally manageable. He still has occasional flareups, but now I know how to handle them. It feels great knowing my little guy isn't suffering anymore.
One of the most common causes of allergies is fleas. Depending on where you live, fleas may be a particular concern and figuring out the right flea prevention can also mean experimenting with different treatments. We've had some recent interesting discussion on our website about this topic. You can join the discussion here.
Coton Celebrations:Autumn is also a time of great celebrations. The holiday season is quickly approaching and of course, it's Luc's birthday month :)
One of our special Coton friends, Spanky, was recently celebrated as dog of the month (see below), and it got me thinking that it would be fun to share all of our Coton celebrations with each other every month.
In addition to sharing birthday information, please send me anything you'd like to share in our newsletter about your special Coton. Send me a brief description and/or photo about anything you'd like your dog to get a Shout Out for such as:
October Coton Celebrations
This month we're happy to celebrate Spanky's "dog of the month" recognition. You can check it out here. Way to go Spanky!
Or you can stop by our website and congratulate Spanky here.
Happy Birthday Wishes:
Want your Coton to get special birthday attention? It's easy; just join our Birthday Club.
Meet the Cotons
Stop by and meet the new Cotons here. You can brag about your Coton any time.
Coton VideosNow we have another way to show off our Cotons. Do you have a video you'd like to share? You can submit videos here. Or just take a break and just enjoy videos that others have submitted.
Coton QuestionsDo you have a question about your Coton? You can see all the Coton questions submitted here.
Help or Get Help!
Join us on FacebookSay hello on our Facebook page where you can share more pictures, stories, questions, and comments with each other any time. Need a lift? A quick smile? You have to stop by and browse all the recent Facebook photos - I dare you not to smile!!
Thanks for sharing!
Cool Coton ProductsCheck out our "Cool Coton" products:
I love hearing from you! You can contact me any time here.
Gale and Luc
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