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Ear Infections and Your Dog

iStock-August 08, 2010It is common for dogs to get ear infections.  You can tell when your dog’s ears are bothering him when you see them scratching or rubbing their ears, or if he shakes his head.  When you look inside the ear, it could look red and swollen.  You may even notice a bad smell.

The most common cause is bacteria and yeast.  Ear mites are also a common cause of ear infections.

First clean the ear with a gentle cleanser.  Remember to be gentle as the ear is sore.  It is not recommended to use Q-Tips, as they can push the bacteria deeper into the ear.  Also, do not use rubbing alcohol or anything else that could irritate the area.

After the ear has been cleaned, it is best to allow it to dry for about 10 to 15 minutes, then apply K9 KlearUp.

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Chewing! It is a common problem….

iStock-August 09, 2008Don’t you just love walking into a room and finding your favorite shoes, socks, cushions, etc. in little bits.  And the culprit is sitting in the middle of the chaos wagging his tail!  The most common reason for this behavior is simply boredom.

Here are some things you can do:

  • First and foremost, take care of your things.  If you don’t want your favorite pair of shoes chewed to bits, put them away.  Keep your things out of sight and protected.
  • Make sure your dog has toys to play with while you are away.  If your dog has a lot of toys, put some away.  When you bring them back out a month or two later, they will be “new” to your dog.
  • Don’t offer your dog socks or old shoes to play with.  This will confuse him.
  • Make sure your dog gets lots of exercise.  A nice long walk just before you go out will encourage him to sleep while you are away.
  • If you catch your dog chewing on something he should not have, make a loud noise to interrupt the behavior and offer him one of his own toys or a treat in exchange for whatever he was chewing on.
  • Never get mad after the fact.  If you see he has chewed something, it is too late to discipline your dog after the fact.
  • If you catch him in the act, use a spray bottle filled with water, and spray your dog in the face.
  • Purchase a bitter spray to spray on your furniture.  Be sure to spray it on a test spot first to make sure the spray does not stain your furniture.

With a little patience you should be able to overcome the destructive chewing behavior.

 

It’s Flea Season… Is your pet ready?

Flea SeasonFleas…. just nasty!  Did you know that even though a flea has no wings it can leap from dog to dog in a single bound?  Fleas are irritating to both the pet and the owner.  Just one bite can cause severe itching and scratching.
To control fleas there are lots of over the counter and veterinarian prescribed products.  In general the ones recommended by your vet are probably best.  Here are a few “natural” things you can do as well:
  •  Make sure you pet is eating a healthy diet.
  •  Garlic can be toxic to dogs in large doses, but a small pinch can help.
  •  Apple cider vinegar has lots of vitamins, nutrients and can help by making the skin more acidic, which helps with fleas.
  •  Don’t wash your dog too often during flea season.  It dries out the skin, and most fleas can survive a bath.
  •  Vacuum your carpet, furniture and your pet’s bedding often.  Be sure to change the vacuum cleaner bag right away, so fleas don’t escape.
  •  Talk to your vet for more ideas
  •  Use K9KlearUp to soothe your pet’s skin from flea bites and allergic reactions to the bites.

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Some interesting facts about dogs:

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  • Dogs have been domesticated for about 15,000 years
  • Some dogs can be as smart as a two year old
  • Over 5 millions dogs are diagnosed with cancer every year
  • Dogs can feel envy but not guilt
  • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, and most of them are made with their ears.
  • It has been proven that dogs can be trained to sniff out some cancers such as lung cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, bladder cancer and prostate cancer.
  • There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.
  • The heaviest dog ever weighed in at about 319 pounds
  • The oldest dog died at 29 years of age
  • Dogs are descended from the wolf family that roamed through Europe, Asia, and North America.
  • The Latin name for dog is “Canis Familiaris”
  • Dalmatian puppies are born pure white.  Their spots develop as they get older.