In this article we will treat all major issues about dog ears, eyes and teeth: the symptoms, causes and how to prevent and treat them.
The dogs are classified as a subspecies of the wolf. It is a carnivorous animal with a variety of breeds. Dogs are considered the most social animals and are excellent predators. The loyalty and devotion that dogs demonstrate are beyond description. Dogs are valued most as a pet for their intelligence. The most important task for a dog keeper is to take required care of his dog.
Dog Ears and Eyes: How To Take Care Of?
Dog Eyes Problem: Red and blue eyes, swollen, watery…
Two very important sense organs of a dog are eyes and ears, which also requires special care and attention. Present here are a few tips to keep your dogs’ eyes and ears healthy. The eyes and ears of the dog should be carefully cleaned every day with a moist cotton ball or moist cloth. The whole procedure should be done gently, caring that the dog is not hurt while wiping. Do not scratch the cornea while wiping.
Eye shape, retina configuration, and the dimension of eye vary from breed to breed. Dogs with protruding eyesore less protected than breeds with eyes that are set deeper, and require the most care. Excessive tears are seen in some dogs, the affected area should be kept dry. Use moisturizing eye drops for dogs that have dry eyes.
Infections of the eye and surrounding structures are common in dogs and usually cause “conjunctivitis”. Causes of infection include various bacteria and viruses. Dogs can develop many different eye disorders; they should be treated at an early stage to avoid it from becoming chronic. Your veterinarian can help in detecting eye disease in the early stages where they can best be treated.
Dog Ears: Infection, mites, cropped, swollen…
Severe irritation and discomfort can be caused by ear infections which are very common in dogs. Due to the particular structure of their outer ears, dogs are more susceptible to ear infections than any other animals. Ear mites are small parasitic creatures that cause severe itching and inflammation. They can be easily seen with naked eyes and are highly contagious. Wash pet beds or blankets in warm water with soap. Eremites usually live inside the ears; they can also survive in the surrounding fur.
It is important to discuss the best and sure treatment with your veterinarian for ear mites. This treatment should be followed up with your veterinarian to make sure that the treatment has completely cleared the eremites.
The dogs with floppy, pendulant ears are susceptible to ear infections due to there being very little air circulation around the ear. A sour, cheesy odor from your dog’s ear indicates that there is a problem in its ears. Check the ears if there is a dark waxy secretion. A severe infection or deafness can result from neglecting a problem. Regular cleaning of your pet’s ear can prevent many chronic ear problems.
Hearing and viewing are the strongest senses of a dog and it is good to take care of them. Through a little knowledge and care, you can make your dog a healthy and happy part of your family.
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Ear Infection Causes and Treatments in Dogs
Dog Ears Infection:
We will start by telling you a story. Once upon a time, an ordinary family, we do not give names, so we will just call them the Smiths, had a playful cute loving dog they raised like their own child. One fine happy day, a little girl was born in the family and so time went by until the little girls turned three. She and the dog were getting along just fine, but, one other doomed day, while the girl was playing with the dog, she pulled his ears, and all of the sudden, the dog turned around and bit her face so hard that they needed thirty stitches to cover her wound.
The parents gave the dog to the pounds, without even giving any thought at all about the reasons that might have determined the dog to react in such a violent way, and change his behavior so sudden. The dog was actually suffering from an ear infection, very nasty and very painful.
Ear infection started from the exterior pavilion, and because the owners neglected the dog and the infection, it got worse, becoming very painful, and the moment the little girl grabbed his ear the dog reacted instinctively, it was a pain reaction.
Show your dog the same tenderness, love, and affection you show to your own child. You must also become very receptive to possible infection signs and try to avoid it by seeing the vet on a regular basis. Many things can cause an ear infection. If you do not dry your dog’s ears after bathing it, if an excessive wax, accumulation occurs, do not use cotton buds, because you will only push the dirt deeper in the dog’s ear, if you do not notice the ticks, etc, all those reasons can lead to an ear infection.
If you notice your dog scratching the ears too much, shaking the head, or holding his head it an unnatural position, or if the ears seem swollen, if you notice blood or too much wax, you should have your dog checked up by a vet. In addition, if your dog starts whipping when you touch its ears that is still a sign of a potential ear infection.
As the infection develops, it goes deeper and deeper into the auditory channel of the dog and inducing more and more pain to the dog. You might notice the log leans the head on one side or keeps it still. That only happens because of any touch or movement, even opening mouth cause a huge amount of pain to the poor animal.
Another sign could be the dog’s dizziness and lack of balance and coordination, as the infection moves in. You can also observe the dog walking in circles or vomiting a lot.
Causes And Treatments:
Just like human ear infections, dog ear infections from bacteria can be treated using antibiotics like Azithromycin, Clavamox, or Amoxicillin. However, you need to know what type of ear infection your dog has before throwing medication at the problem. Bacteria is not the only cause of ear infections in dogs – yeast and mites have also been known to cause them. It’s always best to have a veterinarian look at your dog’s ear before proceeding with a treatment plan.
Dog ear infections are often associated with skin allergies, especially food allergies. Food sensitivity is an expression, which describes a general adverse reaction to food. There are two major sensitivity types:
- A food allergy or hyperactive sensibility – it appears when an organism has a sensitivity determined by an immune reaction to a particular ingredient (allergen) that the food contains.
- Food intolerance – when the sensitivity has other causes than the immune causes.
The signs by which you can detect this are usually digestive, skin irritations, and even if they are not dangerous, they still affect the quality of your pet’s life, and therefore, yours too.
The mechanism of the food sensitivity is complex, but in the case of the food allergy, the allergen, which causes it, is always a protein. Once the allergy is there, it can last a whole life, that is why eliminating the ingredient that causes it is the key treatment for the allergy, and this way, your beloved pet will live a great life, and so will you.
Dog Teeth: Dental Care for Dogs
As incredible as it may sound, dog’s teeth two, extremely need to have cared. The same as for humans, they must have their teeth cleaned and brushed. This article will tell you why exactly that procedure is so necessary. The idea of brushing your dog’s teeth will probably have less importance to you, but one of the most important health problems of the dogs is, aside overweight, the teeth issue. Scald accumulation and plaque and therefore gingivitis may generate a more serious line of complications. Most dogs are older than two years that did not get regular teeth checkup to confront those dental issues.
Dog With Dental Disease:
How can you tell if your pet has dental issues? It is very easy to find out, all you have to do is lift its upper lip and take a good look, at the teeth. Plaque’s appearance is a brown-reddish discoloration close to the gum. Scald accumulates and eventually, pink healthy gums will turn red and swollen. At this point, without surgery, gingivitis installs itself or swelling of the gums. This whole process generates a bad breath, and it can often go further, until destroying the jaw’s bones and causing teeth loss.
What can you do to help your dog:
First, get your dog examined by a vet, so he can clean up the teeth. The procedure used for that is very much similar to human procedures when seeing the dentist, and you must know that there are specialized dentists for the animal procedure only. The difference between the human and animal procedure is that the doctor will sedate your pet during the session.
In between doctor’s appointments, brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. How you do that? It is the simplest thing ever you will have to purchase a special dog teeth brush and special toothpaste for it. You can find those in profile shops.
How To Brush Dog Teeth:
You can start by applying a small quantity of toothpaste on your finger and softly rub your dog’s front teeth and gums. After you did that, move up from the finger to a soft dog or kid’s toothbrush. You start by rubbing the front teeth up and down on the upper teeth and the other way around on the lower teeth. The same as you do when you brush your own teeth. After the dog gets used to this new activity, you must start cleaning the teeth from inside the mouth, using the same movement as for the front teeth. An alternative to teeth brushing is using a chewing object.
Waltham’s studies have shown that certain chewing items specially created have improved dog’s teeth, significantly reduced plaque accumulations, gingivitis, and bad breath.
So, you see how it’s important to care seriously about your dog ears, eyes and dental health. Prevent any issues and observe eventual symptoms in your dogs quickly,so you can treat them efficiently.