How to treat your dog’s ear infection

Dog ear infections are pretty common, especially in those dogs with drop ears. The most common method to treat dog ear infection’s is a visit to the vet. But there are a few other actions that dog owners can take. Some of these home remedies might prevent one from the hassles of taking the dog to a vet and making it undergo a strict medication regimen.

Some of the most common ways to treat your dog’s ear infection without the assistance of the vet are as follows:

  • A solution of alcohol and vinegar in equal ratio can be put into the dog’s ear with a suction bulb. However, you must remember to bring it out to get the best results. You can repeat the procedure two times a day till the infection is completely under control.
  • Another very effective method to treat such infection is to put around one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide into the dog’s ear. This process must be repeated for at least a week to get the desired results.
  • You can pour rubbing alcohol into your dog’s affected ear for almost seven days, which can do the needful.

You should remember that all these methods must not be applied simultaneously to treat dog ear infection.

In today’s age when vet bills have shot up it substantially, it might be difficult to take your dog to a vet every time it suffers from infections. Therefore, you can treat your dogs mild ear infection using the tips shared above. However, in case the symptoms persist, it’s advisable to consult a vet without any further delay. After all, food-based allergies and sensitivities can often trigger ear infections, and at times, such infections may even indicate serious internal issues affecting your canine friend. So, it’s better to find a permanent cure rather than suppressing the symptoms to offer temporary relief.

By: Craigis Davis

Craigis work at Vet Organics as editor and writer on pet related topics.

The Importance of Dog Fencing

Most pet owners are familiar with the reasons for using a dog fence. They want their pets to remain safe from traffic accidents, strangers and other animals. If you have a pet, chances are you have wrestled with the issue of pet safety.

There are some opponents of the popular electronic fences, and they point out the discomfort that these fences cause the pets. Most pet lovers would argue that the safety provided far outweighs the slight discomfort the animal may feel as they train to stay within the appropriate perimeter. Your dog will feel far more discomfort if they escape and are injured, such as being hit by a car.

One important point regarding the electric or radio fences that send shocks to the collars of dogs is that most kit systems have adjustable intensities of shock. The different levels allow you to customize the intensity of shock. Another thing to note is that prior to emitting the shock, collars beep to issue a warning that the pet is straying close to the border of the yard. Thus, a well-trained animal will learn to avoid the shock.

Training is key when using a dog fence. When you train your pet, utilizing firm training techniques, your pet will quickly come to understand where it is acceptable to run and where it is not. Once your pet is trained thoroughly, shocking is very rarely necessary.

For pet owners with both dogs, consider the dog fence for your safety and containment needs. In addition to the visible, traditional fence, you may choose invisible fencing.

The invisible fence is a great option for the budget-conscious consumer. It is also an effective way to allow your animals to run free in your yard while still keeping them safe.

The two main types of invisible fencing are the electric fence and the radio fences. An electric fence uses a wire buried a few inches underground to create a perimeter that uses a transmitter to send messages to the receiver on your pets’ collars. The radio fence utilizes radio waves to send these messages – no underground wires are required in this version of a dog fence.

 

You can find more interesting tips about choosing best fence for your pets at Dog Fence Wire.

By: dorared

Innovet pet products All Natural Pet Ear Cleaners

Many pet owners see their pets as their family. It is also important to treat them like family as well. This means making sure they are properly groomed and taken care of. Innovet pet products is a company that strives to help pet owners take care of their furry family. They are one of the few companies to offer all natural pet ear cleaners. The main product offered to ensure your pet’s ears remain as healthy as the rest of your cats and dogs are called Purotic.

Innovet pet products: Leading the Pack

Pet owners will not settle for just the bare minimum when it comes to making sure their animals are taken care of. So what separates their all natural pet ear cleaners from the rest? Well for starters the product does not have any harmful chemicals in them that many over the counter brands have. They are made from all natural ingredients such as green tea extract and lemongrass fragrance oil. This ensures that after your pet is done with his or her treatment they will smell fresh for days to come. This all natural mixture does many different things for our furry friends. First off it destroys any uncomfortable earwax that may have built up in your pet’s ears. This can lead to a host of problems such as painful ear infections. It also comes with an anti-inflammatory agent who will help reduce any swelling that may be present because of an ear infection or other swelling around the ear cavity area. It also promotes the fact that it is alcohol and sulfate free. This is something that is important for any pet owner; we know that it could scare them if you go to apply all natural pet ear cleaners to their ears, and it suddenly burns from harmful chemicals. Innovet pet products, Purotic, comes in two virtually chemical free formulas. The cat formula uses lemongrass, green tea, Oregon grape, and yellow dock. The formula for dogs is an extra strength version and has tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oil. The most pleasant thing about the Purotic ear cleaner is the way that it is applied.

The bottle features a silicone applicator, which is good for a number of things. First, it is comfortable for your pet; you will not have to worry about causing them discomfort like most applicators of this nature. It is the only product on the market that has such a fast, easy, and safe delivery tool. This makes Innovet pet products the sole provider of this outstanding product for our furry friends. The other amazing thing about this product is that it can be used on pets that are already suffering from ear infections; it is not just a preventive tool, but also an effective healing tool. If you notice that your pet is suffering any kind of discomfort due to ear problems, or even if you want to make sure it never happens to them then these are the best all natural pet ear cleaners on the market!


By: Mike Edwards

Mike is a writer for http://www.innovetpet.com

5 Mistakes Dog Owners Tend to Make

We all love our dogs. A ton. So much so, that most of us would consider the dog a member of the family. And families stick together, right? They look out for each other. But sometimes, humans make mistakes with their dogs. Don’t feel bad – there’s no need to worry! Here are five mistakes dog owners are known for making. Fix them up and you could be well on your way to being a happier dog owner than you already are!

Where They Sleep

It is important to make your pet feel welcome in the home. Even designating zones that are “just for them” can be a nice thing. But your pet should not come into bed with you for the night. Before you say, “I’ll never kick my pet out of bed!” just know this — a pet free bed is better for controlling your own allergies and improving your quality of sleep altogether. If you must not be far from your pet – I will suggest to you this option: allow them to sleep in their own little bed, near your bed!

Spontaneous Pet Purchases

When I was in my later college years, I had a friend who simply bought a pet because he had enough money. And that was about the only reason. Now let’s take a moment to think about a typical college lifestyle. You’re constantly going to visit friends. You’re going to class. You’re studying. You’re hosting/going to parties. How do you think this dog’s life was? Not too great, I hate to admit. If you’re considering a dog, only buy one after you’ve truly considered the current state of your life. And if you’re looking for a companion for your current dog, just remember how much effort having one dog takes! This isn’t to stray you away from a purchase, but more so just to make you think.

Weight Issues

People tend to think that a dog with a little extra weight is no big deal. And that belief is reinforced when people are telling you your dog is cute. Overweight dogs are more likely to develop arthritis and other problems. Make sure your dog’s diet is well balanced and healthy. Don’t call your dog “big-boned” as an excuse to not get them checked out!

No Exercise

Even worse than feeding the dog an unbalanced diet full of treats, is doing so without making sure they exercise. Just like how exercise is important to our health, it’s important to a dog’s as well. Exercise should be a priority, and a dog should be walked every day.

Vet Visits

Humans are known for holding off on going to the doctor. Sometimes we wait days to see if we’re feeling better. We can communicate with others to get their opinions. But dogs can’t do any of that, and they’re known for hiding their feelings. If your dog is eating less, vomiting, and doing other things of the sort, make sure you seek help for them immediately. Go to preventive care exams yearly. Doing so will help ensure that they’re always at tip-top health.

By: Lisa Podwirny
Lisa Podwirny is an animal expert and dog lover. She is also the owner of Ketchum Mfg in Upstate NY. Connect with her on Google+!

Dog/puppy Training Advice

Never ever treat dog training like a diet, and give up on it after 3 days; some dogs learn a lot in 3 days, some take 3 weeks for a simple command. If you are going to get a puppy you need to remember what that puppy grows up like is down to you, if you don’t put the effort and time in while they are young you will probably face issues in later life, If you get a puppy at 8-10 weeks your looking at approx 2 hours training per day, almost every day for the first 4 months of the dogs life, but remember this, if the dog lives to 15 years old then what’s 4 months of dedicated committed training at the beginning.

One thing that is really important with any dog, especially puppies is set the house rules early, as long as they are fair, you have to decide things like, Shall I let my dog on the sofa, shall I allow my dog upstairs, or in the bed with me, Shall I allow my dog free roam of the downstairs ect…. Just make sure you have a couple of rules at least, it will help the dog learn. Everyone has different wants, needs and expectations for there dogs.

It is important to remember that most puppy’s will nip, it is often seen as quite sweet and cute in a 8-10-12 week old puppy, and sometimes yes they grow out of it, but most don’t. It is a natural thing for a puppy to do but you have to teach it that it is not acceptable doing it to people, If you don’t you will probably end up with a 2-3 year old dog who still does it, not so funny anymore is it. The best way in my opinion is to implement the discipline (explained earlier in the book) allowing for the age of the dog, If it is a 10-12 week old puppy then a stern No and finger pointing every time it nips, if it ignores this 2-3 times then get up, walk away, ignore the pup, if it follows and keeps on then repeat the stern ‘No’ followed by a stern ‘Enough’ and put in the naughty place.

By: Terry Miles of www.homecountiesdogtraining.com