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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to Clean Your Dog's Ears

How to Clean Your Dog's Ears
  It is important to take time each week to examine your dog’s ears for signs of irritation, infection, dirt and parasites. These at-home ear exams don’t take long, and can help you identify minor issues before they become larger, more painful problems. Simply look inside each ear for signs or redness, discharge, dirt, or waxy buildup.Your dog’s ears are the perfect environment to grow bacteria and yeast, which can lead to serious infections.   Routine cleaning and at home examination lets you detect any infections or other problems early. If you suspect your pet already has an ear problem, visit your veterinarian immediately. 

  If your dog’s ears are healthy, meaning there is no infection, they will appear to be the same pale color as the rest of your dog’s skin. Infected ears will appear red and they may be filled with discharge. They also may have a foul odor that you will definitely notice. Plus, your dog’s infected ears will be sensitive to touch and could cause the dog considerable pain. He will probably react to any contact by whining or cringing.

  Prompt treatment offers a better prognosis, reduces the potential for chronic disease, hearing loss, and gives earlier relief for any discomfort your pet may have. Any discharge, odor, excess scratching, pawing or rubbing at the ears, redness, pain, swelling or masses may indicate an infection or other abnormality.
  Another affliction your dog may have is ear mites. Ear mites themselves are difficult to see with the naked eye, but this may be the case if your pet is frequently scratching at his ears or shaking his head. If the mites have been there for a while, you may also notice dried blood inside his ears. A veterinarian will need to diagnose this condition and can provide you with special ear drops that contain insecticide.
  Dogs with allergies are particularly vulnerable, as are those with floppy ears, like Cocker spaniels, Basset hounds and Poodles.

Getting Started With Ear Cleaning
  It is best to clean a dog’s ears in the bathroom, a mud room, or another room of your home where you won’t mind a potential mess. Most dogs don’t enjoy having their ears cleaned, which means spills are inevitable.
  Before cleaning the ears, inspect them. You can get an idea of how dirty they are and you can check for excess hair. If your dog has a lot of hair coming from the ear canal, that hair may need to be plucked. You can do this with your fingers, tweezers, or hemostats. A special ear powder made for dogs may be helpful in gripping the hair. Talk to your groomer or vet's office about this process.
 The best tools to use for cleaning your dog’s ears are a good pair of hemostats and some cotton balls. Do not use Q-tips on a dog’s ears, as they can push debris further inside the ear canal, or even damage the ear. Hemostats can be purchased at drug stores, pharmacies, or from your veterinarian. You can purchase an ear cleaning solution specifically created for pets, or you can mix one up at home. Purchase an ear-cleaning solution from your vet or a pet supply store. This is either a blue or clear liquid and is usually sold in a plastic bottle with a dropper tip. Ask an employee if you need help finding it.
  A highly recommended home ear cleaning solution is 1 part white vinegar to 1 part of water. This solution works wonders on dogs that have chronic yeast or bacterial infections in their ears. Another ear cleaning solution you can mix at home is 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water. Never use alcohol to clean your dog’s ears. Alcohol can dry out the sensitive skin inside the ears and cause allergic reactions.

Steps
  Begin by holding the ear flap up and squirting a few drops of cleanser on the inside of the flap near the ear opening. If using homemade solution, get a squeeze bottle or bulb syringe with a tip that is about an inch long . Next, gently place the tip of the bottle into the ear and give a gentle squeeze. Do not use an excessive amount of pressure when squeezing the cleanser into the ear.
  Before he can shake his head, begin massaging the base of your dog's ear . You should be able to hear a "smacking sound." By massaging, you are helping the cleanser to fill the ridges in the canal and loosen ear debris. After massaging for a few seconds , you can let go and allow your dog to shake. You might want to turn away or hold up a towel for this part.
  Once your dog has a good shake, use the cotton or gauze and your finger to wipe out the ear canal. You can put your finger in the ear canal as far as it will go without forcing it. You may wish to use cotton-tipped applicators to clean stubborn debris out of the ridges. NEVER put the cotton-tipped applicators into the ear any further than you can see! Damage to the eardrum can occur.
  If the ear still seems dirty, you may repeat the process. Then, move on to the other ear. Finish by wiping away any visible debris and drying your dog's head off. Then, reward him with a treat!

Tips
  • Rewarding the dog after a cleaning helps them relax and realize that if they cooperate the next time, they'll get a treat.
  • Never insert a cotton swab deep into the dog's ear canal! This can cause permanent hearing damage.
  • The vinegar helps dissolve wax. If your dog's ears are fairly clean to begin with, you can just use water to wipe them out.
  • Your veterinarian can show you how to properly clean your pet's ears; just ask.
  • Be gentle! Remember it's just a little dog.
Warnings
  If your dog has had ear infections before, ask your vet what to use to clean his ears and how often to do so. Too much cleaning can actually cause ear infections.
  Do NOT poke into the dog's ear canal. Your dog and his hearing will not be happy with you.
  If your dog's ear(s) are very dirty, gooey, or have discharge (pus: yellow, red, green, or brown), DO NOT clean his ears. 
  SEE YOUR VET - your pet probably has an ear infection.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Keep Floors Clean From Dog Paws

How to Keep Floors Clean From Dog Paws
   After a long day at work, you come home and feed your hungry pup its dinner and then start your own meal. When you turn back around once your dog is finished, you see its bowl halfway across the floor, remnants of the meal scattered all around, water has dripped everywhere and its face and fur are covered in a mess of food. Now you have to take some time to clean it all up when at least one of you thinks the time would be better spent playing fetch
  Dogs get dirty, and they don't care one bit about tracking that dirt through your house. It seems as if dog paws are designed to trap as much dirt, mud and grass as possible -- even a quick romp in the yard can lead to a big mess in your house. If your dog's dirty paws are dulling your floors, take control of the situation and put an end to the parade of paw prints. 
  If you lay down a few ground rules, sharing your home with an animal needn't mean too much extra work. Don't worry that you might not be able to train your animal well enough to follow house rules — the rules are for you, not your pet!


 1.Designate one door for your dog to use when he comes inside your house. This enables you to focus your efforts in one location. Ideally, you should choose the cleanest entry point. Avoid doors that lead into dirt or grass. Instead, choose an entry point surrounded by deck or concrete to give your puppy's paws time to dust off before they reach your door.

2.Place a mat outside and inside the door your dog uses. Some mats are better for dislodging dirt than others, and this partially depends on the size of your dog's paws. Look for a mat made of rubber or another washable material.

3.Place a shallow bin of water inside your door and dip your pet's muddy paws into the water before allowing him loose in your house. This is also beneficial for removing debris or snow from between his toes after an outing. Have him step on a towel to dry off some of the water.

4.Consider dog booties after heavy rains or in snow. This will not only save your floors, but it will protect your pet from salted sidewalks and other winter hazards. Not all dogs take to booties right away; keep trying if your dog resists, and encourage him with lots of treats.

5.Be consistent. Keeping your house clean of paw prints will be a lot easier if your dog knows what to expect and cooperates because of it. Use the same door and clean his paws every time he comes back inside, using treats for distraction and positive reinforcement.

6.Clean up dirt, grass and mud immediately. If you leave dirt on your floor, your dog will keep walking through it and track it into every corner of your house. Keep a broom and dustpan handy at all times.

 And here are must-haves for the messy four-legged eater in your household — guaranteed to make everyone happy.

Elevated feeder
  Minimize the distance between your dog’s food and its mouth with the Our Pet's High Rise Diner Elevated Dog Feeder in the hopes of keeping the food off the floor. Made specifically for large dogs, this elevated feeder minimizes stress on bones and joints, is easy to clean and has a spill ridge to keep the food in the bowl and not all over the kitchen. 


Rubber mat
  If your pup is extra eager and noses its bowl all over the place, keep it in one place with the rubber Bella Spill-Proof Dog Mat that's slip resistant and has anti-skid feet. This bone-shaped place mat for dogs is nontoxic and BPA-free and made for both indoor and outdoor use. If food does start flying out of the bowl, at least it'll be contained and ready for easy cleanup.






Fun feeder
  Sometimes the mess comes from an over-eager eater that wolfs everything down in two seconds flat. Slow your dog down while making mealtime fun with The Company of Animals' Green Dog Slow Feeder. Like a maze for the mouth to navigate, getting the kibble becomes a game — one that makes it impossible to gobble everything in just a few messy bites. 
Snood
  A snood is a mealtime must-have in my house to keep long, furry ears tied up and out of the way. This goes double if your pup eats a raw diet that tends to be messier than kibble. Our fave is the handmade Beach Living Dog Snood from DayDogDesigns. It just slips over the dog's head and is held in place with elastic until the very last bite. Too cute!





Dental treats
  Messy eaters can have messy teeth, so keep your pup in tip-top shape with the new Milk-Bone Brushing Chews. When fed daily, these chews have been clinically proven to clean teeth as well as twice-weekly brushing. Low-calorie and affordable, these oral health must-haves don't involve you having to wrestle your dog's mouth open.


Wipes
  Crusty, smelly dried food in your dog's fur? Eww, no thanks! To combat that nastiness, wipe your dog’s face and fur after an award-worthy chow down with the PawGanics Natural Grooming Wipes For Dogs. The alcohol and lanolin-free formula is safe for even the most sensitive furry friends out there and are gentle enough for daily mealtime cleanup.




Sturdy bowl
  Flimsy plastic bowls are not what your messy eater needs. Instead, treat it to Loving Pets' Robusto Bowls, the sturdiest and most-solid bowls you'll ever buy that come in a variety of fun colors. The heavy gauge aluminum construction was put to the test and survived being run over by a 6500-pound Hummer. So it's safe to say nothing your dog can do will faze this wonder bowl that will stay put 'til meal's end.




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