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The Importance of Puppy Vaccinations

When you were a child you had to have vaccinations at certain points in your life such as measles, tetanus, and other shots. This is important for your dog as well.

Dogs need to have vaccinations to guard against disease. The dose that your puppy is given will be the same amount that every other dog is given, regardless of size, breed, sex, and age. The standard dosage for all puppies is 1cc. If a combination vaccine is given, your puppy may only require one shot at each visit. This shot will be given just underneath the skin, and should not cause a great deal of pain. In fact, some puppies do not even react when the vaccination is administered.

Vaccinations protect your dog from human diseases as well as other problems that could arise. Make sure you visit your vet on a regular schedule. There are potential side effects associated with vaccinations. Soreness and swelling at the injection site is common, as are tiredness and fever. These symptoms are not serious, and should pass relatively quickly. Allow your puppy to rest as much as he needs, and do keep an eye on him to ensure that more serious side effects are not developing.

You will want to watch for signs of an allergic reaction, as these symptoms can be fatal. Swelling of the face, the development of hives and trouble breathing are all side effects that require immediate medical attention. These side effects can appear as soon as one hour after vaccination. However, they can take as long as several hours to develop. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice one or more of these side effects.

Occasionally state regulations will require a different administering chart. It is best to speak with your vet to gain the proper knowledge for your breed of dog as well as the correct vaccinations. Dogs are “man’s best friend” and thus it is important to give proper care that includes treatments.

Other care besides vaccinations can be proper baths, toenail clipping, and feeding your dog properly. Most health problems arise in a dog that is either genetically susceptible or environmentally exposed to human food. Human food because of its greasy qualities can block a dog’s artery. So proper nutrition is often found in high quality dog food or cooking meals for your pet per vet guidelines if your dog has health issues.

Part of owning a dog, especially a bull terrier is to provide it with love and attention just like you need. Proper care is very important on a day-to-day basis like having a routine feeding time or visiting the vet for the proper vaccinations. Vaccinations can determine the longevity of your dog just like a proper diet and exercise. While your vet has spent a lot of time, going to school for the proper care of animals it is always a great idea to be knowledgeable about your pets care. Vaccinations when not administered properly can harm the animal. I would stay away from ordering medications and vaccinations online if you are not familiar with the products and how to give them to your dog, this may cause some medical problems. Any pet deserves the care we would give ourselves and with today’s world, we are finding better ways to make going to a vet easier.

 
 

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Basic Tips for Puppy Training

Have you recently added a new puppy to your family? Although it is all fun and games now while it is small and cute, you have to remember to establish the basis for future puppy training as soon as you allow it into your household. To help make it a little easier, here are some basic tips for a puppy training routine:

Housebreaking

Housebreaking is essential but frustrating for the puppy training process. Whether you choose to allow your puppy to relieve itself inside on newspapers or outside on your lawn is a personal preference. However, you must keep these points in mind:

The muscles controlling the bladder is not fully developed until about six months of age, so you have to be patient during this time – mistakes will happen

Bring your puppy outdoors or to its pad or newspaper after every meal

Praise the puppy whenever it goes where you want it to for positive reinforcement

Never rub a puppy's nose in its mess – this will harm your puppy and can also make it sick



Learning Commands

Every puppy will learn commands differently depending on its own temperament and intelligence. This is when you must be the most patient during the puppy training process. There are some things you can do to try and make it easier for both you and your puppy:

Use positive reinforcement, such as treats, although your puppy will eventually obey just to receive affection from you as its reward.

Take short breaks so that your puppy does not become overtired.

Only teach it one trick at a time until the puppy has it mastered.

Along with the verbal command, try and use a gesture as well.

Repeat the training every day.

Be calm and assertive – raising your voice will only cause stress.



Barking

When you are focused on your puppy training routine, you will need to stop excessive barking as soon as it is present. Because puppies or small dogs are often seen as being cute, many people will not discourage the animal from barking. This means you are telling your puppy that it is allowed to be noisy, and it will only lead to headaches or uncomfortable visitors in the future. As soon as this behavior is evident, discourage it with sharp, firm commands. Just remember that your puppy may also bark if it senses danger, so be sure to pay attention to the way the bark changes in different situations.



Biting

As you progress with your puppy training, you will want to ensure that your puppy learns not to bite people. During the first few months of its life, this will be difficult because of its teething stage, but you must reinforce that it cannot be allowed to nip and bite – no matter how cute it may seem when it is small. An adult dog can easily crush your bones with its jaw, so teaching your puppy not to bite can save lives – including the puppy's. Here are some tactics you can try to discourage biting:

Use a sharp, firm voice when you scold the puppy.

Some people try imitating the sound of another puppy being injured to discourage the biting.

Blow on the nose.




Walking

As you part of your puppy training, be sure that your puppy gets plenty of exercise that will be continued throughout its life. However, you should not walk your puppy in areas that other dogs have been until it is fully vaccinated. This is because your puppy's immune system is still developing and it can catch diseases more easily from other dogs.

When your puppy is fully vaccinated and stronger, you can walk it once or twice a day (though twice daily for upwards to 45 minutes each is recommended). The benefits of regularly walking your puppy are:

It discourages destructive behaviors that come from having too much energy with no outlet.

It keeps the nails trimmed.

It strengthens the bond between you and your puppy, as well as with other dogs that are allowed to walk with you.



Introducing Your Puppy to Other Animals

If you have other animals in the household, you will want to include the puppy's interactions with them as part of the puppy training routine. Keep in mind that it is almost always better to introduce animals  together when they are all young because they will develop a bond as they grow. When you are introducing your new puppy to other animal companions:

Do not leave the puppy alone with small animals because it can easily harm them during play.

Some pets may be more aggressive towards your puppy because of instinct.

If you want your puppy to be cat-friendly, it is best to raise a puppy and kitten together.

If you are getting a puppy as a companion to an older dog, you will want to wait until the older dog is two or three years old to prevent losing two old dogs at once in the future.

Allow your puppy to regularly interact with other pets so that it recognizes them as being part of its pack.



Showing the Puppy Who's Boss

Although it is very easy to want to view your puppy as being your child, you must remember that it is a pack animal with instincts that respond well to hierarchy. If you do not assert yourself as a leader, then your dog will naturally fill that role and try to lead you. This will often lead to an aggressive or nervous dog, and can create other unwanted behavioral problems. Showing the puppy who's boss requires that you remain calm and assertive at all times. The puppy will feed off that positive energy and have a healthier, happier life.

With plenty of love and affection given to your puppy, and dedication to your puppy training routine using these tips, you and your new companion will experience a fulfilling, harmonious life together.



 
 

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Treating Fleas on a Young Puppy

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The safest way to treat a puppy under 6 weeks of age for fleas is to bathe him using warm water and Baby Shampoo and then to manually pick off remaining fleas. Baby Shampoo is very effective and it kills fleas if left on for ten to fifteen minutes while you comfort your puppy.

Fill your sink or tub with warm water. (Test the temperature as if you were giving a baby a bath). Using the kitchen sink is often easiest as you don't have to bend down and you are more in control. Immerse the puppy up to his neck and insure that he is saturated. Wet his face and head with a face washer. Then lift him out and place him on a towel. Gently massage in the detergent.  Massage the soap all over his body and around his neck, ears, face, head, and under his chin, being very careful not to get soap in his eyes. The fleas are not silly and will head for the high dry ground of the head area.

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Then put him back in the water for a rinse. If he is not fighting and struggling too much try to keep his body submerged (with his head above the water of course) for a few minutes. If he is distressed get the job over and done as quickly as possible. Having two people perform the operation is often easier, one person to hold the puppy and the other to massage and wash the puppy. When finished wrap him up in a dry towel and dry him off. Try to do this in a warm atmosphere and don't let him get cold.

After the Bath - Go over the puppy with a flea comb

Flea combs are very inexpensive and usually quite effective in catching fleas that still remain on the puppy after his bath. While the puppy is still damp comb over his body with a flea comb or pick off the remaining live fleas with your finger and thumb nails while they are struggling to get through the damp hair. Have a cup of boiling water ready to drop the fleas into as you catch them. Boiling water is best as I've seen fleas jump out of cold water. Combing may be easier on a shorthair puppy than a longhair one. I have been told that putting some Vaseline on the flea comb near the base of the comb's teeth stop the fleas from escaping the comb.  Another idea is to have some sticky tape placed sticky side up and put the captured fleas on this.

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Treating an older puppy for fleas

Once your puppy reaches 8 weeks of age you can use a top spot flea product such as Advantage, Front Line Plus or Revolution. Ask your vet for advice on which flea product to use. Front Line Plus and Advantage distribute through the body oils and Revolution is absorbed into the puppy's bloodstream. Top spot flea products are not necessarily expensive. You can shop around for them on the internet or from store to store. What is expensive is using products that don't work. That is throwing money away for nothing. Some chemicals may also harm your puppy and may result in a large vet's bill. The makers of top spot products recommend that you apply them monthly but I have found that once you attain flea control in your surroundings you may not have to apply the top spot for many months.

You must treat the environment as well as your puppy.
  It is not sufficient to treat just your dog or puppy for fleas you must also treat your house. If you have an understanding of the flea cycle you will know that only 5% of fleas in your environment are actually living on the pet. The other 95% in the form of eggs, larvae and pupae are living in your house or/and yard. For example, if you catch 10 fleas on your puppy then at a rough estimate there are approximately 190 fleas developing and maturing in your house.



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Shasta & Jixer's Bull Terrier Puppies Born 05/21/2012

At KY HillBullies we pride ourselves on selling Bull Terrier Puppies of the highest standards for health, temperament, and conformation.


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Jixer Lee Habermehl Bullet - Father

GSXR Lee Habermehl Bullet of KY HillBullies (Jixer) was born February 3rd 2011 and is owned by Brittany Qualls and Jamez Habermehl. Jixer is a big, muscular, strong, healthy bull terrier weighing almost 70 pounds with a great temperament. Jixer joined the Qualls / Habermehl family when he was six weeks old and loves to play with Alice, also owned by Brittany and Jamez. Jixer has a wonderful personality and a very loving nature.


Shasta Black N Gold Bullet - Mother

Shasta Black N Gold Bullet of KY HillBullies was born on February 20th, of 2010 and is owned by Shannon Qualls. Shasta is a healthy, playful, intelligent bull terrier full of love and has a wonderful loving nature weighing 45 pounds. Shasta has been a part of the Qualls family since the beginning of 2012. Shasta immediately became a member of our family and fit right in with the other bullies. She loves to run, jump, and play with the other bullies. She is always eager to play and eager for attention. She has a great temperament and loves everyone.


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Emergency Preparedness and Your Pets

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Human beings have been attempting to live on planet Earth for thousands of years, even as the planet itself appears to be trying to kick us off. Human civilization is threatened each year by natural disasters ranging from hurricanes and tornadoes, to floods and typhoons. Try as we might, our advanced technologies and knowledge gained from past events cannot protect us fully from the next emergency we may confront.

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The best thing we as individuals can do is to try and prepare ourselves for the unknown so we are capable of confronting emergencies and disasters when they occur. Although we try our best to remember everything as we prepare for emergencies, we often forget about all the members of our family. During good times, our cats, dogs, and other pets are loved and cared for just like every other member of the family. When disasters or emergencies strike however, they are often the first to be forgotten.

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There are many things that can be done to ensure that just like our spouses and children, our pets are cared for when disaster strikes. Believe it or not, remembering the necessities for our pets is just as easy as remembering the necessities we need for ourselves.

The best place to start when preparing your pet for the unforeseen is to keep your pet up to date on veterinary visits and maintain accurate records regarding those visits. Just as we strive to keep ourselves up to date on vaccinations and doctor’s visits for health reasons, it is important to provide your pet with that same luxury. This includes ensuring the following:

-          Your pet has been tested for worms, heartworm, and other diseases

-          Your pet is on medication for heartworm

-          Your pet gets flea/tick/mosquito prevention treatments

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By keeping your pets up to date on these treatments, you are ensuring that should they become separated from you and left to their own devices they are protected from diseases they may encounter outside the home. Additionally, maintaining accurate records will make it easier to get your pet back and help prove that your pet does indeed belong to you.

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While our modern technologies cannot always protect us from or prevent emergencies and disasters, we are often fortunate enough to receive a warning ahead of time. When this is the case, it is important to prepare all the things you’ll need to keep your pet comfortable when and if your family becomes uprooted for an extended period of time. The most important things to remember for your pet are:

-          Microchip registration information

-          Food

-          Water dishes

-          Heartworm and flea medications

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Sometimes the emergency we face is more sudden than the onset of a natural disaster. Unforeseen issues such as a death in the family or hospitalization of a primary caretaker can leave a pet in limbo. In the event of this type of emergency, many of the steps listed above still apply. On top of those precautions however, it is a good idea to have a plan in place to provide care for your pet. Speak with a friend ahead of time about taking your pet for the short term in the event of an emergency. Make sure this individual is aware of the medications your pet needs, how often they need to take them, how often to feed them, and any other information that will make the transition easy for your pet.

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In the event that you need to go somewhere and will take your pet with you, don’t forget to bring the small creature comforts along in the car that will make it easier for your pet. Their meds, food, and a portable water dish are all easy to forget, but with a little forethought can easily be packed and ready to go.

It is nearly impossible to predict when emergencies or disasters will strike, but the best way to cope with them is to be prepared. Some 600,000 pets died or were left stranded when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast states of the U.S. Many were left stranded as unprepared residents fled the path of the storm. With a little preparation, your pet can avoid this same fate.



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Canine Hair Loss

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For pet lovers, it is devastating to see a beloved pet lose large patches of hair.  Hair loss in dogs can be due to something as simple as seasonal shedding while other causes may be much more serious.  Some shedding for most breeds of dogs is normal, but there should not be large, bald patches left behind.  An underlying health problem could be the culprit.

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If the main hair loss is along the top and down the flanks of your dog, then the culprits may be flea and mosquito bites.  Your dog may be hypersensitive to these pests’ bites and an anti-flea treatment will usually solve the problem.

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Allergies cause hair loss in your dog and can closely resemble the symptoms of flea and mosquito bites.  Allergies in a dog can come from medications, foods, or any number of inhaled allergens.  Cortisone injections can relieve allergies and allow hair growth.

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Hormonal changes during a dog’s pregnancy can cause hair loss in your dog.  Vitamin supplements and a special diet for your pregnant dog will help.  Usually the hair loss ends when your dog has her puppies or after the puppies are weaned.

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Another possible cause of hair loss in dogs is a skin disease called mange.  Mange is caused by a parasitic mite that burrows itself into hair and skin follicles.  This mite cannot be seen by the human eye.  There are three varieties of mange and one of them, sarcoptic mange, can be spread from animal to human.

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Thyroid problems can cause your dog’s hair loss.  Other symptoms may be dry skin and lethargy.  Dogs with low thyroid levels can take medication to treat the problem.  A blood test will verify the diagnosis.

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Dogs have stress just as humans do and it sometimes shows up as obsessive/compulsive behavior.  This behavior causes a dog’s hair loss by excessive, persistent licking and chewing of his skin and fur.

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A staph or other bacterial infection can cause your dog’s hair loss.  A dog’s immune system is usually able to fight off a staph infection, so a dog diagnosed with a staph infection will have a compromised immune system.

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Sometimes, your dog’s hair loss is nothing more than seasonal weather changes.  If you have an outdoor dog or indoor/outdoor dog, he may lose hair in the spring to keep cooler during the hot summer months or in the fall in order to grow a thicker coat.  Seasonal hair loss will not be accompanied by excessive scratching or inflamed areas on the dog’s skin.

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Whether you suspect a seasonal hair loss or a more serious skin condition, it is advised to consult a veterinarian.  No one but a knowledgeable vet can determine what caused the hair loss and how it can be treated best.  It can take several tests and procedures to find out what the cause of a dog’s hair loss is due to so, before trying any over-the-counter treatment, see a professional first.



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Choosing a Dog Bed

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Dogs, like their humans, associate beds with the evening ritual of rest and relaxation. In order to provide pets with this sense of comfort and security, dog beds have been designed in an array of styles to suit their needs. When selecting a suitable bed for a dog, owners should take into consideration factors that can impact the well being of their beloved pet.

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Bed Size and Type

Dog beds typically come in extra small, small, medium, large and extra large sizes. Although the size of the dog is a determinant in choosing a bed size, it is also important to take into account the position in which the dog likes to sleep. Nest beds or donut beds are perfect for dogs that curl up to sleep. For those dogs that stretch out to rest, pillow beds that can accommodate their body length are recommended.

Durability

Location is a factor in selecting the appropriate dog bed. Outdoor dog beds will require a more durable, water resistant fabric that can withstand the elements. These beds, like the indoor dog beds, tend to have a polyfil cushion that can be removed so the outside case can be easily laundered.

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Comfort and Support

The quality of support the bed provides may also be of importance, especially with older dogs that suffer from arthritis or joint problems. Orthopedic dog beds made of high-grade polyfoam are specifically designed for these situations and can help to alleviate any discomfort or stress on the dog’s elbows and hips.

Health

Dog beds are sometimes filled with cedar chips that are a natural deodorant and insect repellant. These beds usually have a zippered enclosure to access and refresh the chips. This type of dog bed can be extremely useful in preventing flea infestation.

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Safety

Active dogs are prone to injury when jumping to and from furniture. Multiple dog beds throughout the home may prevent possible injuries from occurring as the beds are set on the ground.

Although raised dog beds provide the added comfort of resting above cold floor surfaces away from insects, many of these beds are made with PVC. Dogs can chew through this material which can be harmful to their health. Instead, select chew resistant dog beds with metal frames.



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Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

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A relatively common disease in dogs, diabetes is typically an adult onset disorder and is very rarely seen in puppies or even young adults. Female dogs are more frequently affected, as are certain breeds such as retrievers. The cause of diabetes in dogs is unclear, but genetics may play a part.

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Insulin is a hormone normally produced by islet cells in the pancreas. This hormone controls the concentration of one of the body’s main sources of energy, glucose or blood sugar.  In healthy animals insulin prevents the liver from producing excess glucose. It also ensures that any excess glucose an organism gets from food is stored in the body.

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The pancreatic islet cells of diabetic dogs produce little or no insulin. This lack of insulin in the blood results in excessive production of glucose by the liver as well as an inability to store glucose derived from food in the body. Diabetic dogs have very high glucose levels in their blood. A high level of glucose in the urine is also characteristic of the disease.

Early symptoms of diabetes in dogs include appetite increase, excessive water consumption, increased urination and weight loss. As the disease progresses, loss of appetite, severe weakness and dehydration may occur. Without treatment, diabetes can lead to coma and death.

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With proper monitoring and treatment diabetic dogs typically have a healthy existence and a normal life expectancy. Treatment includes dietary changes and daily insulin injections. Insulin therapy is tailored for each animal’s condition and needs. The initial dose of treatment post-diagnosis is calculated based on a dog’s weight and blood glucose levels.

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Owners of diagnosed animals may need to periodically check urine for glucose with special test strips. Regular visits to a veterinary clinic for a blood glucose curve, that is multiple blood glucose measurements over the course of a day, help ensure an animal is on the correct therapeutic plan. Insulin dosage may be altered according to the blood glucose curve results and an animal’s clinical presentation.

References:
Canine Diabetes; Diabetes Mellitus; Peter A. Graham, PhD; 1995

The Bark; Preventing and Treating Canine Diabetes; Shauna S. Roberts, PhD


WebMD; Diabetes in Dogs: Symptoms, Treatments and Dietary Management; 2007



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Dog Allergies

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Dogs, like humans, can suffer from a number of different allergies, but determining the exact cause of an allergy can often be a difficult task. Dog allergies are very common and occur when foreign substances (allergens or antigens) cause the immune system to overreact or respond inappropriately. Typical allergy symptoms include itchy and dry skin, shedding, chronic hot spots, coughing, sneezing, poor coat, stomach upsets and ear infections.

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Dog allergies can produce a wide variety of symptoms, and this can make it very difficult to decide whether or not your pet has an allergy. You obviously know your dog better than anyone else, so if it shows any signs of unusual behaviour you should keep a close eye on it. Keeping a detailed diary can be extremely useful in helping to get to the root of any possible allergies, and it should include everything from what your dog has eaten each day to what the weather is like. You also need to remember to make a note of anything you buy for your pet, such as new collars, bowls and bedding. This wealth of information may also make it easier for your vet to diagnose the condition.

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There are five main types of dog allergies and they include food, contact, bacterial, flea and inhalant.

Food allergies

Food allergies are responsible for around 10 to 15 percentof all allergy problems in dogs, and symptoms can include scratching, sneezing, coughing, eye and nose discharge, loss of appetite, hair loss, vomiting and diarrhea. It is not always easy to locate the offending allergen, but some of the more common food culprits are wheat, corn, dairy, soy, eggs, lamb and beef - corn and wheat being two of the worst offenders, as they are commonly used in many pet foods as cheap fillers. They can then build up in your dog’s system and eventually cause an allergic reaction. Treating a food allergy can involve a great deal of trial and error. You could try putting your dog on an elimination diet, which involves preparing a less commonly used meat, such as rabbit or venison, and then mixing it with rice or potato. You could also try using pet foods that contain hydrolysed proteins, as these are less likely to affect the immune system. If your dog’s condition begins to show signs of improvement, you can then start to reintroduce other ingredients, one at a time, to see if anything sparks off a reaction. Whilst performing this exercise, it is important to keep a diary of everything you do and note down dates and times of any reactions and their severity. If you purchase a new dog food, always check the ingredients first and keep a close eye on your dog in case of any reactions. If you are lucky enough to find out what is causing the problem, then you will obviously be able to avoid the offending ingredient in future.

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Contact allergies

This is the least common of all dog allergies and is caused by something coming into contact with your pet’s skin. Hair loss, swelling, and red, itchy skin are commonly seen with this type of allergy. Changing your dog’s bed or bedding, removing its flea collar, or changing its feeding or water bowl could make all the difference.

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Bacterial allergies

Staphylococcus bacteria are present in all dogs in varying degrees and this doesn’t generally cause any problems. Sometimes, though, dogs can develop an allergy to the bacteria and this can result in hair loss that looks similar to ringworm. This type of allergy needs to be treated with antibiotics.

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Flea allergies

A flea allergy is actually caused by the flea’s saliva and not the flea itself. Symptoms of flea allergy include redness, itching and swelling, which often results in hair loss due to incessant scratching - hot spots can also form. If you suspect that your dog has a flea allergy, a test can be carried out by your vet to determine it.

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Inhalant allergies

An inhalant allergy (otherwise known as atopy) is the most common of all dog allergies and is caused by environmental factors. A number of things can cause the allergy, such as human dander, pollen, feathers, mold, or dust. Symptoms of this allergy include scratching, chewing, and licking around the abdomen, paws, armpits and genital area - reddish-brown stains can often be seen in these areas too. As many allergies have similar symptoms, inhalant allergies can be tricky to diagnose. If, however, you have tried everything else, then this allergy could be the culprit. Treatment consists of antihistamines, corticosteroids, allergy shots, or a diet that is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Bathing your dog in a cool bath and using medicated shampoo can also help to alleviate the symptoms.

If your dog is going to develop some type of allergy, it will normally develop it by the age of four – so if your pet has not displayed any allergy symptoms by then, it will hopefully be spared the irritation. If you ever suspect that your dog is suffering from an allergy, it is always best to consult your veterinary surgeon for advice on appropriate treatments before trying any home remedies.



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At KY HillBullies we pride ourselves on selling Bull Terrier Puppies of the highest standards for health, temperament, and conformation. 


Female - BB
SOLD - Picture taken 06/10/2012

KY HillBullies Bull Terrier Puppies
BB - 05/28/2012 - SOLD - Paid in full

Male - Lil Bud
SOLD - Picture taken 06/10/2012

KY HillBullies Bull Terrier Puppies
Lil Bud - 05/28/2012 - SOLD - Paid in Full

Male - Oni
Sale Pending ($200 Deposit Down) Picture taken 05/28/2012

KY HillBullies Bull Terrier Puppies
Oni - 05/28/2012 - Sale Pending - $200 Deposit down

Buddy Boy Bullet

Buddy Boy Bullet of KY HillBullies was born July 12th 2010 and is owned by Shannon Qualls. Buddy is a healthy, intelligent and loving bull terrier with a perfect temperament, beautiful brindle coat and great personality. Buddy loves to play, snuggle and meet new people. We bred Buddy with Alice to sire his first litter. He is sure to sire some beautiful puppies.


Buddy & the Rocking Horse - Buddy at 8 months old

Our oldest daughter brought this rocking horse over to the house and it was no big deal, but when you squeeze the ear it makes a sound like a horse. After hearing the rocking horse, Buddy went crazy. We had to take the rocking horse out of the room, but not before catching Buddy on video.



Alice Marie 
Habermehl Bullet

Alice Marie Habermehl Bullet of KY HillBullies was born on Christmas Day in 2009 and is owned by Brittany Qualls and Jamez Habermehl. Alice is a very sweet, playful bull terrier with a great temperament and loving personality. She has been a part of the Habermehl family since she was born. Alice loves to play with the other dogs and loves to play with her basketball. She is a great bull terrier. This will be her first litter.


Alice & Her Favorite Teddy Bear

KY HillBullies short video of Jamez and Alice playing with Alice's favorite teddy bear. 



The Bull Terriers of KY HillBullies - 2012

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