Natural Ear Infection Remedies for Dogs

If you have a dog as a pet, perhaps you are familiar with the fact that dogs often suffer from ear infections. Since it may not be always possible for you to take him to the vet, knowing how to manage the situation on your own would help. If you are not sure about the most effective dog ear infection remedy, here is a list that can come handy. However, before using these remedies, you should a bit about the causes and symptoms of dogs’ ear infections.

Most of the times, an infection is caused by yeast, bacteria, and mites. These usually affect the external or middle ear, leading to otitis externa or otitis media. However, if you are not sure exactly what is wrong with your dog’s ear, it’s advisable to consult a professional vet before using any of the remedies.

Symptoms of Dog Ear Infection

In order to understand whether it’s truly an ear infection that’s bothering your dog, you need to know the most common symptoms of the disease. These include:

  • Redness and itching in the ear
  • Constant scratching of the ear, along with the irritation in the internal ear
  • Inflammation and painful swelling
  • Rubbing the ear against a carpet or the ground

Your dog is likely not to want to allow you or anyone to touch the affected area. At times, the infected area might emit a yellow substance or a bad smell.

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Ear Infection Remedies for Dogs

Here are some effective ear infection remedies that you can use to cure your canine companion’s complaints:

  • Use a cleaning solution – This is one of the easiest methods to follow when it comes to curing dog ear infection at home. Simply take a soft tissue or a cotton ball and dip it into an especially formulated dog ear cleaning solution. There are many effective OTC (over the counter) solutions available on the market, but you can make your own homemade cleaning solution as well.
  • Clean your dog’s ear with vinegar – If you suspect that your dog is suffering from a yeast infection, you can consider using a mixture of water and vinegar. If you notice brown or red wax accumulated in his ear, these are indications that it’s likely due to yeast infection.
  • Apply olive oil to cure the wound – If your dog is suffering from an open wound, you should not use vinegar since the acid can cause considerable pain to broken skin. As an alternative, you can use tea tree oil (diluted), olive oil, cod liver oil, mineral oil, or almond oil. Any of these oils will help loosen the wax and relieve the itching.
  • Apply a warm compress – This is one of the most beneficial remedies since this helps ease the irritation and inflammation while reducing the pain. By applying a warm compress (essentially a small towel soaked in hot water and squeezed mostly dry), you can also help reduce the redness of the ear of your dog. Compresses should be applied frequently throughout the day.
  • Try a specific yeast infection remedy – If you’re sure that your dog is been suffering from yeast infection, consider trying a specific remedy. Get a tub of natural and organic yogurt with probiotics. You want to be sure that the yogurt is plain, unflavored (no added sugar) and contains active strains of probiotic bacteria. Apply a little amount to the ear of your dog and rub it well.

Remember – it’s important to understand the problem well and then apply a suitable dog ear infection treatment to help your canine friend get relief from the pain and discomfort.

 

By: Craig Davis

Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he shares additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics markets and produces their flagship product, EcoEars, along with a growing array of premium products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.

10 Myths about Pets Dispelled

There is no doubt that your pet is extremely precious to you, and you don’t want to compromise on its health. There are common notions people cling to today about cats and dogs that have been around for centuries, but you need to kick these misconceptions the curb to make informed choices about your pet’s health.

10 Pet Myths

Here are ten myths debunked, along with the facts, so you can keep your pet happy and healthy:

  1. A dry or warm nose means a dog is sick – Many dog owners believe that a wet and cold nose is the sign of a healthy dog. On the contrary, your dog’s nose may remain warm right after he has woken up and this is quite normal.
  2. A dog is happy when it wags its tails – Although this may be true to a certain extent, sometimes it can mean that the dog is in an aggressive mode. A wagging tail also can indicate excitement or stress.
  3. Cats never get injured due to falling – Although it’s true that cats are agile and can often manage to land on their feet while falling, they can get severely injured while falling from heights.
  4. Cats are able to live on a vegan diet – This is one of the most dangerous misperceptions that many people believe. You must remember that cats are carnivores and meat is essential for their proper muscle growth and metabolism.
  5. Using food for training leads to an overweight dog – It completely depends on you since the trick is not to overfeed your dog. Consider taking food from your pet’s daily diet for rewarding an animal during its training sessions.
  6. Your dog doesn’t need heartworm prevention if it mostly stays indoors – Even if your dog is mostly indoors, it is still at risk of heartworm disease, since heartworm is mostly spread by mosquitoes.
  7. Licking leads to healing – Although it’s the natural habit of dogs to lick their wounds, this doesn’t always lead to healing. For instance, if your dog has a hotspot and he keeps on licking it, this may even worsen the condition. A dog may have a wound in his ear, and if he keeps licking his paw and then scratching at his ear, you should opt for proper dog ear treatment after consulting an experienced vet.
  8. It’s impossible to teach an old dog new tricks – Although it may not be that easy to teach an old dog new tricks, it’s not completely impossible. Though it may be a little difficult to get your older pet’s attention, you can succeed by not choosing an activity that requires too much physical exertion and breaking training up into smaller segments.
  9. Cats can’t be trained – It’s a common belief that unlike dogs, cats can’t be trained properly. However, this is not true. You can teach your cat many tricks like turning the pages of a book or playing with a ball.
  10. Dog mouths are cleaner than those of human – This misconception came into existence since dogs keep on licking their wounds and this supposedly helps heal the wounds. Quite contrary to the belief, dogs’ mouths contain profuse germs and sometimes dental tartar is formed due to bacteria. Therefore, it’s unadvisable to share dishes with your dog or let him lick your wounds.
By: Craig Davis

Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he shares additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics markets and produces their flagship product, EcoEars, along with a growing array of premium products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.

Tackling the problem – Pet Diabetes

Every once in a while, people get the opportunity to show how humane they are. Though I must stress that being “nice when it is easy” doesn’t count. You need to show that you don’t forget those who cannot survive without your help, and to do so without any fuss. Specifically, we are speaking about Diabetes which can struck even your pets. If it happens, remember that you mustn’t leave your pet, for you are his lifesaver. Anyway, this is nothing so hard that it cannot be done. Simply read on to see what is required from you, if your pet is in this condition.

What is it?

Basically, there are three types of Diabetes. Types 1 and 2, and gestational one. It is one of the most common opinions that dogs usually get Type 1 Diabetes, and although this is close to truth, it is not that simple. Human blood differs from those of cats and dogs, and thus the Diabetes manifests differently. In it’s core, inability to absorb sugar from the blood, causes rapid weakening of the whole organism, which can lead even to fatal outcome. Insulin is the hormone in blood which regulates the height of the sugar, and any imbalance can have severe health firebacks. For dogs, studies have found that female dogs and those neutered male ones are more susceptible to Diabetes especially in middle and older age, while for the cats, situation is reversed, males are those who will most likely suffer this condition. In either way, if you notice that your pet loses weight, or is overweight or even obese, is taking a lot more water and urinates more often and in increased volume, you mustn’t postpone your visit to the vet. In general, it is not important how famous your vet is, but how much experience he or she has when it comes to this illness. X-rays and/or ultrasonography may be required in order to set proper diagnosis.

Now what?

Now, after the first shock, be sure that you need to take up the responsibility. In general, you will be required to give prescribed medications to your pet, measure it’s blood sugar level, and to take a close look and monitor it’s condition. Those pets which are overweight, will be probably be put on a diet, for extra fat in organism can cause blockade of the sugar consumption. Ask your vet how to make emergency section for your pet, and what should it contain. Some veterinarians might prescribe insulin used on humans, or Vetsulin, which is more suitable for animals. Also, he will probably prescribe proper diet, although there isn’t quite strict table on what your pet should take and what not. Basically, higher amount of fibre intake will be required, along with low fat diet. This will accelerate the metabolism, and will prevent sugar to stay for long to become problem. In the very beginning, both you and your pets might feel scared or even a bit aggressive, so be prepared for eventual bites and scratches. In time, you will get use to it, and once pet realises that you are helping, he will take it more calmly. Here I must stress the fact that you mustn’t abandon your pet, for that would be very cruel, and shows that you treat your pets like items.

Prevention

Well, it is uncertain how much you can affect prevention of this disease, but it is known that cross-breed dogs are more susceptible to it, so if it is possible, avoid this to happen. Also, as I said, avoid that your pet becomes overweight, and that can be prevented by good, healthy nutrition. Better to be safe than sorry.

So, this pretty much covers the basics of dealing with Diabetes which your pets can suffer. Remember not to lose hope, that your pet may be ill, but you can do a lot to help. It is but natural to be sorry, angry, frustrated and nervous, but get rid of those feelings asap. Many people witnessed that this situation made them strengthen their bond with the pet, for as they say, “the strongest steel is forged in the biggest fire.” Ask your friends and relatives to be supportive, and those who ask themselves how can you lose your time with the sick animal, aren’t worth my time writing about them. Ignore these people.

By: Diana Smith
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a proud owner of her German Sheppard Billy and moody apricot poodle Sam. She is interested in alternative medicine for animals and dog’s health issues. Useful information for this article has been kindly provided by Stefmar.

How Dog Training Can Relax Your Dog

If your dog is uncomfortable with strangers, jumps at sudden movements, or shows fear at ordinary everyday occurrences, you may be concerned that his life is not as enjoyable as it should be. There are a number of dog training methods you can use to overcome his fears, but caution is needed. Going about things the wrong way can do more harm than good.

Signs That Your Dog Is Nervous

You may not realize that your dog is shy or nervous until you contrast his behavior with that of other dogs. Signs that your pet may be less confident than he should be include:

  • His tail low down or between his legs.
  • Urinating in the house, although house-trained.
  • Hiding away, or withdrawing.
  • Trembling, or rigid muscles.
  • Eyes wide, with pupils dilated and whites of eyes showing.
  • Destructive behavior such as chewing.

If your dog is also aggressive and dangerous, this is not something you can handle yourself — you need professional help. For milder forms of nervousness, however, dog training and socializing can make a difference.

What Causes Nervousness?

There are a number of reasons why dogs might exhibit nervous tendencies.

  • Sometimes they may have experienced abuse by a previous owner.
  • Occasionally, a dog may have been deliberately trained to be wary of humans, for instance for use as a guard dog.
  • Most often it is due to inadequate socializing in the first four months, when a pup should be exposed to positive experiences in a wide variety of environments.

How You Can Help Your Dog

Although you can never get those first four months back, it is not too late. There are some types of dog training you can use to help your dog become more confident. As well as helping him to enjoy his life, it will help you to enjoy being with him.

  • When you know which situations trigger the signs of nervousness in your dog, try to avoid those situations. In dog training you should never push your dog towards one of these situations, and never use a treat to lure him towards them. This could simply result in his becoming nervous of treats.
  • If the fear is of visitors to your house, ask your visitors to ignore the dog, not to try to be friendly, as this will make him more nervous. Once the dog no longer reacts to visitors, ask a friend now and again to drop a treat casually in front of him and walk away without making a fuss of him. The dog should gradually come to realize that visitors are not a threat.
  • Other dogs can be a big help in dog training, as dogs imitate other dogs. If you have a friend with a well-adjusted dog, arrange for the two dogs to have play sessions together, and your dog should soon start to absorb the other dog’s confidence. Make sure their initial introduction to each other is on neutral ground, such as the park, and only bring the second dog to the house when the two know each other well.
  • Establish a stable dog training regime, especially for regular exercise. Exercise is especially important for nervous dogs, as it releases endorphins in their brain.
  • Spend 30 minutes a day massaging your dog, and use aromatherapy oils.
  • Your dog will respond to calming, soothing music — it will really relax him.

Dog Boarding

If the time comes when you have to go away, you may wonder about dog boarding. Many experts say that dog boarding is not appropriate for a nervy dog, and in fact is cruel. However, if dog boarding is your only option, choose your kennels carefully. Some kennels do have special pens for nervous dogs. Above all, ensure that your dog will be in a pen which does not face directly on to other dogs’ pens.

It takes time to help your dog overcome his problems, so don’t expect a quick fix. You will need a lot of patience in your dog training, as you are trying to change established and deep-seated responses. If you only help him relax more around strangers and find the world a less stressful place, you will have made his life happier and it will have been worthwhile.

By Robert Gold

Robert Gold, an avid blogger in the pet industry and author for Paradise 4 Paws. Paradise 4 Paws is a luxury boarding facility that offers luxury pet boarding in Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.  For more information on what Paradise 4 Paws has to offer, be sure to visit our website or stop by.

How to treat your dog’s ear infection

Dog ear infections are pretty common, especially in those dogs with drooping ears. The most common method to treat dog ear infections is a visit to the vet. But there are a few other actions that dog owners can take. Some of these home remedies may prevent a pet owner from undergoing the hassle of taking the dog to a vet and making it undergo a strict medication regimen.

Some ways to treat your dog’s ear infection without the assistance of the vet are offered below:

  • A solution of alcohol and vinegar in equal ratios can be put into the dog’s ear with a suction bulb. However, you must remember to draw the fluid out after insertion to get the best results. You can repeat the procedure two times a day, until the infection is completely under control.
  • Another very effective method to treat ear 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 results.
  • You can pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into your dog’s affected ear for around a week’s duration, which may resolve the infection.

Please note that 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 dog’s mild ear infection using the tips shared above. However, if the symptoms persist, it’s advisable to consult a vet without delay.  Food-based allergies and sensitivities can often trigger ear infections, and if these are the cause, the infection may 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: Craig Davis
Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he shares additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics markets and produces their flagship product, EcoEars, along with a growing array of premium products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.