Dog Ear Cleaning

Hearing Loss in Cats

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by on March 11, 2013 · 0 comments

Symptoms of Deafness:

Cats can compensate for early degrees of hearing loss, so sometimes their human companions are unaware of the problem until complete deafness occurs. Sharp eyes may spot symptoms, both early and late:

  • Failure to respond when spoken to or called
  • Cat is easily startled
  • Very loud meowing
  • Signs of dizziness or disorientation
  • Shaking head or clawing at ear (can be indicative of ear infection or mites.)
  • Pus or other drainage from ear
  • Unpleasant odor about ears
  • Pink or scaly areas at the tips of the ears (in white cats or cats with light colored ears).
    Can be the beginning of a skin cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which is common to white cats and other cats with white ears. [click to continue…]

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All About Fleas on Dogs

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by on December 19, 2012 · 0 comments

Fleas are more than just a nuisance. Fleas pose a significant risk to dogs and other animals, even humans. These tiny external parasites live off of the blood of mammals, and their bites can lead to major heath issues. None of us wants to find fleas on our dogs, other pets or ourselves. As a dog owner, there are some basics you should know about the risks, prevention and treatment of fleas. With proper knowledge, you can help protect your dog from the threat of fleas.

About the Flea:

The flea is a tiny wingless insect with a hard and laterally flat body designed to easily navigate through pet hair, legs designed for jumping great distances, and mouthparts designed to suck blood. This external parasite feeds upon the blood of a host, usually a mammal. There are several species of fleas, but the one that most commonly affects dogs, cats and other house pets in North America is the cat flea, also known as Ctenocephalides felis. While this type of fleacan bite humans, it does not infest us, as the human is not an ideal host. This flea prefers cats, dogs, rabbits and similar small mammals.

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Is Candle Wax Toxic to Dogs

Dogs are the creatures that would stand as the best partner a human could ever have. People would do special care to groom their pets. There are people who treat their dogs like their children and make the dog feel that he or she is a real part of the family. But when accidents happen, people would do everything to make their pets feel good immediately. “My dog ate candle wax. Would it hurt my dog?” This is one of the most common problems that dog owners would ask. The incident would usually happen with dogs or puppies that would dig in with anything that would fit their mouth. Owners would tend to have any means just to get wax off the system of their dogs.

It is important to remove wax from the system of the dog especially when the owner is not aware of the amount of wax taken in. To remove wax from the dog would be the best thing that an owner can do for his or her furry friend. One of the candle wax that a dog might accidently eat are ear candles. Owners might happen to leave their opened wrappers of ear candles and the dogs accidentally ate it. That is why it is very dangerous to leave toxic things around the house. The owner should always keep in mind that leaving toxic materials unattended would not only be dangerous for humans but to their pets as well. That is why leaving poisonous materials in the house such as candle wax should always be avoided. [click to continue…]

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Most of the time, dog owners neglect one of the most important body parts of their pets and they are the ears. They must be cleaned regularly for sanitary purposes and this is a crucial part in dog’s care.  Some owners tend to be frightened because the ears of the dogs are highly sensitive. However, as long as you know how to properly clean the dog’s ears, you will never have a problem. In fact, it is a fulfilling task that can be easily learned by anyone. Usually, cleaning your dog’s ear is done once every week, depending upon the breed.  Some breeds may require cleaning at least two times every week.

Why Should you Clean the Ears?

Just like in people, dogs also have ears that secrete waxy substances. These substances can accumulate in dog’s ear canal which can be the reason to start having irritation if not properly removed. The dogs can also feel that their ear is itchy and they become uncomfortable or irritable.  Moreover, some dogs have plenty of hairs that accumulate in their ear canal.  You can leave the hairs as long as they do not cause any problems and you can still properly clean the dog’s ears with hairs still in the area. However, when the ears become inflamed and irritated or you cannot clean the ears with hairs inside the canal, you need to pluck or cut the hair in that area. [click to continue…]

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Pet lovers today need not worry about getting proper pet care for their dogs, cats, fish or hamsters! Because with the Internet creeping into every homes and taking over all other sources of information, one can find the best and most appropriate information from looking after pets to finding a good vet or starting a pet care business all by yourself. No wonder the pet care business today is a 43 billion dollar industry! But pets do not come without their share of problems with regards to health and hygiene and this article is specifically meant to throw some light on dog ear problems.

We are all well versed with the cliché- a dog is a man’s best friend. Pet lovers and owners will vouch for that too. No matter what the day looks like or has turned out to be, your dog will always have an affectionate wag and a playful nudge at the end of a tiring day. Even the most undisciplined ones tend to grow on you like we watched in the film ‘Molly and Me’. However, some of these ‘best friends’ can be pretty vulnerable to health and skin problems unless we keep a tab and have a vet check them up regularly. [click to continue…]

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Looking for safe and effective treatment for dog ear infection? This is a problem rather irritating for dogs as they can’t clean and cure their ears themselves. That is why pet owners should be attentive and caring to their four-legged friends. A dog’s ears may get infected from different sources. The most common ones are bacterial and yeast infections. The reasons why a dog may catch these infections also differ. It’s extremely important to define the source of infection as the diagnosis will determine the type of treatment. An ignorant person will unlike do it correctly therefore you will need to have your dog examined by a professional. Still there is one thing that depends on you and it is the ability to detect the problem and apply for medical help in time. The following symptoms of a dog’s ear infection will help you with it:

  • Frequent head shaking and scratching at the ears
  • Loss of balance (depending on the severity of case)
  • Foul odor from the ears
  • Thick discharge from the ears, usually yellow or brown in color, excessive earwax
  • Black substance inside the ears that look like coffee grounds
  • Crusty skin at the base of the ear flaps, red or swollen skin inside the ears

The type of treatment depends on the cause of infection. Once the diagnosis is set, your dog will be prescribed the necessary medications. At present it’s getting more and more popular to combine conventional and holistic methods of treating diseases. That is why you can use both medications prescribed by your vet and some natural home remedies as treatment for dog ear infection. [click to continue…]

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A homemade dog ear cleaner can become an effective means for your dog’s home ear hygiene program. The reasons why your dog may develop ear conditions are numerous. The most common ones come from bacterial and yeast infections in a dog’s ears. Different parasites such as ear mites in dogs also contribute to developing an infection. Some dog breeds with long floppy ears or great swim lovers such as Retrievers are particularly prone to acquiring different ear problems. Excess humidity in the ear canal forms a perfect environment for bacteria to flourish thus favoring the development of an infection. The problem with the long ears is that they hinder a normal ventilation of the dog’s ear canal making it a hotbed for bacteria or fungus. If you see the following:

  • Excessive head shaking and scratching at the ears
  • Rubbing on different objects or the floor
  • Yellow or brown discharge from the ears, increased earwax
  • Thick black substance resembling coffee grounds
  • Inflamed, swollen or crusted skin around the ear flaps
  • Strong odor from the ears, [click to continue…]

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Having trouble with ear mites in dogs? This is one of the most common problems your pet’s ears may face. Though not life-threatening, ear mites in dogs cause much discomfort and pain to the animal. Damaged eardrum and loss of hearing are among the most serious consequences of ear mites in dogs. As the name suggests, ear mites usually pick for their residence damp wrinkled ear canals where they can easily hide. Ear wax, warmth and humidity form a perfect environment for dog ear mites to develop and breed. That is why dogs that have long floppy ears with poor air conditioning are especially prone to this disease. Nevertheless, ear mites in dogs can easily shift from the ear canal to any other part of the body, which makes the situation even worse. This fact should predetermine the ear mites treatment. Being highly contagious, ear mites in dogs have different ways of infecting. But the most common one is by contacting with other animals. Though the indirect contact is also possible when ear mites wait for the chance to jump onto an animal and settle down. But this case is quite rare. Thereby, if you suspect one of your pets of having caught ear mites in dogs, treatment of the others should be done simultaneously. Ear mites are especially common in puppies and kittens as their immune system is still weak. Find out how to spot, cure and prevent ear mites in dogs by reading further. [click to continue…]

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A yeast infection in dogs is rather an unpleasant phenomenon both for you and your pet. Yeast infections usually affect humid areas of the body. Mucous membranes, ear canals, the dog’s skin behind the ears, on the belly and between the toes are all a hotbed for bacteria. A yeast infection in dogs manifests itself in itchy irritated skin, scaliness, skin rashes, inflamed pimples, hair loss. This disease appears the most under-diagnosed in the veterinary world. This fact prompted the American Kennel Club to sponsor research grants for yeast infection in dogs. In any case, this disease is largely treated. Though, sure there is no better cure for yeast infection as its prevention.

But first, let’s look at the essence of a yeast infection in dogs. This will help you better understand what you are dealing with.

Every live organism has a certain amount of bacteria and yeast on its surface. A well-known family of yeast is Candida albicans. It normally lives in the digestive tract of the body consuming sugar and fats. Another “innocent” yeast is Malasezzia pachydermatis. These bacteria live in a normal balance and bring no harm to the body. As long as the immune system is health, it can keep them under control. Moreover, these bacteria prove to be rather beneficial. They protect the body from disease causing microorganisms, such as Salmonella or Shigella. But, once the immune balance is violated, these opportunistic feeders begin to quickly increase in number. They produce toxins and enzymes which ruin membrane integrity and they kill “good” bacteria. At this point a non-invasive Candida turns into a severe relentless yeast infection in dogs. [click to continue…]

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Dog ear cleaning is by no means on the list of the necessary pet grooming things for a good pet owner. The constitution of a dog’s ear makes it a perfect environment for bacteria, yeast or fungus. This may cause severe damage to your dog’s health. The ability to avoid these potential ear problems lies in your hands. It’s on your responsibility to provide a good care to you pet. Regular and diligent dog ear cleaning can prevent ear infections, frequent visits to the vet and other discomfort.

Many dogs don’t like to have their ears cleaned. This makes the process of dog ear cleaning a bit difficult and challenging. Sometimes you may have to take some restraining measures. But you can easily avoid it once the right approach to dog ear cleaning is chosen. Before getting started gather as much information on pet health topics as possible. Remember, you can always apply for help to a veterinarian. He will gladly show you how to clean your dog’s ears or will do the job for you.

If you still don’t know how to get down to your dog ear cleaning business, just take the following steps.

  1. Get into the habit of examining your dog’s ears on a routine basis. You can check them while petting him or having you usual pastime together. Do it unobtrusively. Dogs are usually not well disposed to dog ear cleaning. The best way is to place your dog on a table. For small dogs, you can even have them sit in your lap. You don’t need to use any special tools. Simply check for any possible abnormalities that may strike your eye. It can be excess wax discharge, debris, inflammation or even strong odor. These may be signs of an infection. In this case special dog ear medication will be necessary. If there is no infection, you should perform dog ear cleaning on a routine basis. [click to continue…]

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