Most pet owners can easily tell if their dog has ear infections by looking into the dog’s ear. A normal ear is light pink, not tender and easy to examine.
With dog ear infections, their ear will present with a foul-smelling, black, yellow or brown discharge. The ears may be very red and tender.
Most ear infections are caused by an underlying allergy. Some are caused by water in the ear after bathing or swimming.
Dogs with large floppy ears, such as Basset Hounds, are prone to infections as their ear canals have poor air circulation, trapping moisture and allowing bacteria and yeast to grow.
Dogs with ear infections caused by yeast usually have a black discharge; this is commonly second to an allergy.
Dogs with bacterial ear infections often have an organism called “Staphylococcus”.
But then in rare cases, there is a more serious infection that can present which is caused by a bacteria called “Pseudomonas”.
Instructions for cleaning ears
The use of white vinegar (acetic acid) will be very effective at removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and the bacteria which is responsible for any ear infections.
White vinegar is an anti-fungal. In many cases, white vinegar all by itself will be the resolution to any ear infections your dog might have.
But if your dog shows a more serious red with open wounds issue in the ears, do not use white vinegar at all.
Use of this agent will prove to be really quite painful and the dog may not trust you with his ear infections after that.
First, use some topical ointment that has soothing properties, like a mixture of Vitamin E and olive oil. You will want to soothe that painful ear before doing anything else to clean it.
You will also need to pick up a water syringe at the local drug store.
Then using a mixture of white vinegar and water at the 50/50 range, use only 5 ml of the water/vinegar solution per 20 lbs of dog body weight. Squirting the syringe full of the mixture into the affected ear.
If you are treating your cat; use 2.5 ml or half a teaspoon.
First grab gently the ear where it is attached to the animal’s head.
While holding the ear at the base next to his head, take your thumb and forefinger and squeeze them gently together with the ear closed in between them; rub the ear with that thumb and forefinger coaxing the vinegar solution down deep into the ear and canals.
Very gently wipe his ear with dry cotton balls removing any debris that comes up out of the ear canal. This must be repeated daily from 5 to 7 days.
If your dog is prone to ear infections, this should be repeated every week at the same time.
When a dog is prone to ear infections that are recurring, we will want to try changing his diet to something that has less of an allergenic effect.
This means using a food that has a protein in it that he probably never would eat and in this case some people try lamb, venison, fish, turkey, and these are normally mixed with rice or sweet potatoes.
If he is already eating a lamb and rice meal, then cut that out also and go straight to something like the fish and sweet potatoes.
You can get dog food now that is total protein, this means absolutely no rice or potatoes but does contain vegetables and other important ingredients.
The dog food industry has really come to form with what they include in the more expensive foods so that our dogs are getting a diet full of things they would eat if still living in the wild.
If this is still a problem, you may want to speak to his vet. There is one more step in the food department and it is a very bland diet that requires a prescription.
Any allergy that triggers recurring ear infections, essential fatty acids must be added to their diet every day.
You will give 1000 mg for every 10lbs of dog body weight for a therapeutic dog dosage. You can use flax seed oil which is a really inexpensive option and the dosage for that is 1 TB for every 50 lbs of dog body weight.
Medications, Oils, Homeopathic Solutions
Another thing you might give your animals/pets is an antihistamine. The most common is Benadryl and can usually be found around the house already.
The dose is 1mg per 1lb of weight. This can also be given to cats. They get this dosage 2 or 3 times per day.
But before you use anything that your pet has never used however, you should consult your vet. Most often it will normally take about 14 days before you see any significant improvements.
You should be able to clean your own pet’s ears from now on and eliminate debris and dirty build up from any ear infections that you find.
Right here is a good time to tell you about healing oils and especially if your poor pup has inflamed ears.
Since they are going to be rather difficult to work with or touch, a healing oil could be the miracle you need right now.
For healing oils that you might have around the house, using a single tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a single capsule of vitamin E and some crushed garlic will do the trick.
Cut the vitamin E capsule open and mix it with the olive oil and crushed garlic. Garlic is considered to be an anti-fungal and will usually help with those recurring ear infections. Especially if yeast is involved and it typically is if you are looking at allergies.
Put the mixture into you dog’s ear and manipulate the ear with finger and thumb just like above. After letting it soak for five minutes, remove it by wiping it out with a cotton ball.
Almost all ear infections are going to produce ears that are red and inflamed, and look like they hurt, possibly warm to the touch.
You need to decrease this inflammation.
Aloe and Calendula work well on calming inflammation and they also have antibacterial properties.
Using both of these products together have at times resolved the ear infections of many a dog in pain.
Hopefully I have shown you how to diagnose a dog’s ear infections, what are the main causes for them, and how you can clean and treat them effectively.
If your dog is prone to ear infections, you should set up a kit that you can simply pull out at the first sign of a smelly or itchy ear and clean and treat the problem.
Items listed here for a first aid kit for your pet for ear infection cleaning:
We talked about changing your dog’s diet if the ear infections are recurring. You should be able to tell within about 14 days if the diet change is helping.
Make sure that any pet with any kind of allergy problem always has clean bedding. Never allow them to soil the bedding with itchy skin to revisit the same dirty bedding the following day.
Please understand that none of my experience, strength, and hope, which is much cheaper than running to a vet every single time your dog presents with ear infections, will overrule anything that your vet says. However, use common sense in all cases.
Thanks and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below. I will get back to you, usually in the same day!
I hope that you and your dog, or cat, or pets truly can calm those ears, clear and clean them up so that your best friends can snuggle close again.
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I’ve been wanting to tell you about an article that I read on canine breeds and common ailments . It pays to get educated early on, before you bring home that new pure-breed of the dog that you have always wanted.
So it’s time in your life for a puppy; the one you have always wanted. The puppy you dreamed about as a kid, the exact pup that you have always wanted for your very own. But you should be very aware of the canine breeds and common ailments before you bring this forever pet home.
Many people have a specific breed in mind. For me it was kind of like picking the place in our world where I always dreamed of living my adult life.
I want a French Bulldog and I wanted to live somewhere in the warmth of our world in the tropics. The only problem for me so far, it has been just a dream. But I’m still working toward my goals.
I never knew until just recently that I could have, or do anything that I really want to do, whenever I want to in my life. I always thought I was just supposed to do whatever it was that made common sense. That would have been my mothers teaching; but I’m pretty much done with that now.
My mother always questioned everything that I ever wanted to do. Most of the time she belittled me for having such stupid ideas. “Why do you want to move halfway around the world, away from your family?” My mother always had a great way of telling me to grow up; quit thinking of only yourself! But at 59, why would I want to do that?
So even though I have traveled pretty extensively, I haven’t been to Mexico yet and I haven’t gotten a french bulldog yet either.
But getting my dream dog can come with a few problems I found out. I wasn’t aware that specific canine breeds and common ailments could come in the same package. Many breeds are prone to certain medical problems.
A little French Bulldog (any little dog for that matter) can start out as a healthy dog or puppy. Then as your new pet grows, you may find yourself up against a few allergies that get worse and worse over time.
Depending on the canine breeds and common ailments listed below, you might find your new little dream pup fighting to clear allergies to something in its food, or a material included in its bedding.
It will behove any new pet parent to study the accompanying list of canine breeds and common ailments below. It is a fairly meticulous list and one that took a great deal of time to establish. These common ailments are illnesses that you should be very aware of so that when and if your puppy begins to show signs, you will know ahead of time what to do and how to care for the ailing dog or puppy.
Now I’m not saying that the risk of the disease or ailment would make any difference in your choice of breed; it certainly wouldn’t matter for the dog breed that I choose.
But if it really matters to you, and it should, then how much research are you willing to invest in your quest for a healthy puppy/dog just might save you and your new family addition a whole lot of headaches.
Reading about your preferred type of dog at the library or online, talking to a vet or two, or even chatting with a breeder, will give you a great start and give you enough insight about what to do and how to spot an ailment that could even be a life threatening situation and save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Remember, you are bringing your new puppy home to cuddle up with, not run back and forth to the local emergency vet clinic.
Make sure that you ask yourself if you plan on skipping this education, “are you willing to take on a dog that could be ill with one of these canine breeds and common ailments that they are known for”? Some dog maladies are worse than others, some are easily treated and then some are more expensive to treat and harder to deal with.
So please choose your new dog wisely; it’s a life long commitment. There’s no giving the dog back and it is a desperate thing to give a sick dog up for adoption later in its life. In my opinion, this new dog is going to be like a new child in your family and a good parent cannot just abandon the new pet. At least not in good conscience.
Depending on the type or breed of dog that you want is going to matter a great deal in many cases. Almost every breed is going to have its own set of problems.
Whether problems come from actual breeding and was something that was bred into this particular breed way back when. Or it could be just a part of natural selection and a new set of problems for this particular breed somehow just became known. Canine breeds and common ailments are particularly pretty well known at this point but there could always be a fluke and a new malady shows up, out of the blue.
For instance, the English Bulldog, is a hefty medium size breed that has problems with its breathing. The bulldog with his very cute, only a mother could love, smashed-in face, might suffer from a particular set of breathing problems. His nostrils are normally rather small, and he has an elongated soft palate, with a specifically narrow trachea. It is for these reasons that he most likely will snore. Has he always been born with these problems or were they bred into this particular dog? You will find some of these same problems in another, yet smaller breed; the French Bulldog (my future dog). I don’t mind snoring, as long as its coming from a dog. lol
It is extremely important to keep your bulldog cool and inside most of the time during the summer weather. Never let him get overly tired, too warm or overheated. This can lead to a life-threatening emergency. Exercising your bulldog should be done with moderation but never overdone. Small, short walks are okay, but this dog won’t care to go sight-seeing in the park.
My favorite dog, the Frenchie or French Bulldog, is just such an adorable little bugger. He also has his own set of breathing problems. He has many of the same problems that his larger English brother has when it comes to breathing and snoring. With the cute smashed in face, elongated soft palate and narrow trachea, also known as a “brachycephalic airway”. So it becomes difficult for him to breath when he overdoes it.
This little guy makes a great indoor dog, or even better, a great apartment dog. Most apartments have a lot less space than houses. This means less stairs to climb in most cases, and rarely do you find a large yard to run and frolic in with an apartment. Keeping this little one in the house where it is cool during hot summer days is his preferable life style.
Both the English Bulldog and the French Bulldog are great house dogs, love to be in close proximity to mom or dad. I mean, who could not love that little face?
I saw a family out walking their French Bulldog the other day while pushing their baby in a stroller; the dog looked exhausted. I pulled over and told them that their dog looked a little overly tired. His head was hanging down, his tongue was hanging out and I was mad as heck. I knew they were probably going to tell me to mind my own business but I felt I had to say something. But instead they said, “yeah, we’re on our way home now”. Just to add fire to the flame, I told them that their dog was not made for long walks but got no response from that comment. People just don’t think sometimes.
Some dogs seem to be predisposed to “autoimmune disorders” or disorders that disrupt the skin, body hair and even more so, the face, facial hair, and eyes. One such beautiful dog is the Siberian Huskie.
They have the most beautiful eyes but autoimmune disorders can play havoc not only with their skin, their facial area, but even with their eyes and sight.
This disorder can cause glaucoma and even possibly cataracts. There is only one treatment that I have seen listed for this particular problem which is hormones known as corticosteroids. The corticosteroids can inhibit other parts of the immune system which is not good.
The Pug, another sweet doggy. They have their own set of problems. Because they have a squashed in face and their eyes bulge out, these sweet pups run a big risk for eye problems. The most serious problem is that their eye(s) can easily pop out of the socket.
I am not sure if this happens due to an overabundance of pressure behind the eye or because the eye is too easily removed in an accident or while fighting? But if it should happen to your Pug, cover his eye with a damp clean cloth and rush him to a vet where they can put the eye back in place. It will only be clear at that time if the dog will remain with sight or if there is too much damage.
Another little cutey with eye problems? The Boston Terrier is prone to something called “Cherry Eye” because of the protruding eyes.
They are problematic for other eye issues but with cherry eye, there is a tear producing gland that “pops out” from behind this dog’s third eyelid. The gland is round and is bright red; thus the reason it is called cherry eye.
It can be repaired through a surgery. These terriers also run a risk for dry eye, cataracts, and eyelids that are turned inward “entropion”.
Obesity? I thought this was a problem that humans and all dogs suffer from. But that can really only be true if they are overeating correct? I don’t think so.
Apparently the Lab family has a problem with obesity. Now you wouldn’t think that this would be an issue for this dog, especially a Lab since they love to be active. Unless your Lab is getting a whole lot of exercise every single day (and they do need it), they stand the chance of becoming overly fat.
If your dog is constantly begging to eat or be fed, the homeopathic doc or therapist says to try to get him to eat some apple, green beans, or carrots for a snack. I always wondered why my mother gave our black lab mix cans of green beans? And he ate them. Preventing weight gain is always a much easier thing than losing weight through dieting at a later time, or trying to starve for weight loss.
Have you ever heard of the “little white shaker syndrome”? It happens to dogs
of many colors but is much more prevalent in little white dogs. The “little white shaker syndrome” is actually called “tremors” in any small dog of any color but mainly dogs that are little and white like the Maltese.
Their cerebellum is where it begins as an inflammation and it inflicts the poor little guy, making him shake so badly that he can barely walk. They say that it can be treated with corticosteroids. These tremors are not painful and with treatment, they will usually clear up in just a few weeks. But again, corticosteroids are not a great long term medication for any animal or person.
Heart Trouble? Yikes…. But the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is stricken with this mitral valve disease, especially the elderly of these small dogs. It is typical of a younger Spaniel to develop this mitral valve disease early on.
With this mitral valve disease, the valve between the left atrium and ventricle doesn’t close tight enough. This allows blood to leak backwards as the heart pumps, which puts a strain on his little heart. There are other symptoms like lethargy and coughing associated with the heart disease. However, with the right meds and proper monitoring, a dog with this disease should be living for years into senior hood with little or no symptoms.
How about the “great bloat”? Bloat in a dog can be really serious and is prevalent in Great Danes. Because they are so large, they run a bigger risk for “gastric dilation and volvulus” which is called “bloat”. It is life threatening because the stomach fills up with gas and then the stomach twists as it traps the gas and food in the stomach. If you ever see your Dane (or any larger dog I would assume) pacing about uncomfortably, panting, and drooling right after he eats? You will need to call your vet and get him to a place for corrective surgery right away because bloat can be fatal if not treated fast.
Skin Allergies? Geez. I have been reading about the Golden Retriever but I know they aren’t the only dog to have skin allergies because my Staffordshire Terrier had them terribly. I also knew a Shar Pei that went to the groomers and vet once a week because of the oils that were excreted within and under his rolls of wrinkles and in between his toes. All 3 of these dogs licked incessantly, causing sores on their feet especially.
My wrinkled friend was in terrible shape and I was so happy that he was blessed with a really rich owner who could take proper care of him. That poor little dog was miserable when it was close to his weekly visit to the vet.
They tried changing his food, bath soap, tub soaks, medicines. I felt terrible for him but I also felt really bad for my dog. She was also miserable and the vet kept giving her steroid shots which were not good for her. She passed away at 7 from heart failure; I have always blamed it on the vet at that time.
Dogs don’t sneeze like we humans do. So when they are allergic to something, they begin to lick and in most cases their licking, scratching, chewing will lead to “hot spots”. These spots are red and can turn into oozing sores. The vets believe that oatmeal shampoo, adding an omega-3 supplement to its diet, and make sure he always gets regular flea treatments. In our case we also switched the food to something like salmon, duck, and no grains at all.
The book I just read doesn’t mention steroids at all so I am assuming that these vets would never even begin with the steroids. They do stop the itching but only for a short while and have to be repeated once every 30 days or so.
However, now there is a great medication out that can be given to dogs who are in itchy bad spots. I do not know the name of it and I do not know the side effects. I’m sure I will be hearing soon from Dr. Jones, our homeopathic vet.
When the joint ball and socket do not fit together in the proper way, it causes severe pain, arthritis sets in, and problems walking begin as well. Hip Dysplasia is the diagnosis and pretty common with German Shepherds. If you are shopping for a Shepherd puppy, you will want to have this conversation with the breeder to see if this puppy’s parents were screened for hip dysplasia. It sounds as though hip dysplasia could be a bit hereditary since parents with healthy hips commonly birth pups with healthy hips.
Poodles are one of the “handful of Breeds” that are at an increased risk for Glaucoma which is a serious eye disease. A buildup of fluid in the eye causes pressure and pain, and can eventually cause blindness. If caught early (as with humans) it can be treated with medication. If not, then surgery or even a full removal of affected eyes could be necessary.
Joints seem to be a problem with larger dogs and in this case the Rottweiler is a pretty big dog. But these particular dogs suffer from hip and elbow
dysplasia, arthritis, osteochondrosis dissecans or OCD. It is a condition that develops in larger puppies that grow fast when cartilage in the joint forms improperly. The right amount of a balanced diet could keep the joints healthy but many dogs require a surgery that removes this abnormal cartilage.
A dog with diabetes or one that is more prone to diabetes? If you have a Miniature Schnauzer that is drinking water like crazy and all of a sudden he is having urine accidents in the house? These dogs seem to be at a higher risk of diabetes; this is a serious condition. So it’s insulin and diet change for this pup if he is to have a normal and healthy life.
Beagles, another cute smaller dog, are known for epilepsy!
Seizures caused by a brain disorder is more common for Beagles than any other dog breed. A first seizure is usually seen between six months and three years. Epilepsy cannot be cured, but frequency (more than one per month) could be managed with medication.
Cocker Spaniels get ear infections because of the way their ears grow. It is important to trim hair that is growing on the underside with clippers to keep her ear canals dry. Prevention is the best way to keep ear infections from happening so clean the ears every two weeks. Flip her ears back to let them “breathe”. This prevention will also help prevent major problems later in life as well.
Wobbly Knee Caps? Your Shih Tzu has Wobbly Kneecaps? Patellar Luxation
sounds a bit better but this is common in “toy breeds” like Shih Tzus. When the knee cap pops out-of-place, the dog hobbles, skips a step, or limps. This kneecap will normally pop back in place by itself. There are severe cases when surgery might be a necessity for correcting any problems and prevention for arthritis.
I have heard of bad backs in this dog but we always called our dog a wiener dog! I had one of these as a young girl and loved him dearly. He got away from me when we were walking on the beach and someone picked him up and took him home. I found this out at the local store because whoever it was, told them to tell us they were going to keep him, if we happened to come in to ask about him. The nerve of some jerk people. My heart was crushed and I sobbed all the way home.
But yes, Dachshunds can develop back problems because of their long short bodies. There is a high risk for injury and spinal disk problems if they try to jump up on something that is too high or put excess strain on her back.
Limiting their stairs and keep them from jumping down off of the furniture will help to alleviate some stress on the back. Maintaining a healthy weight is also really important.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly diagnosed with a serious heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM. The heart’s chambers are stretched out and they don’t pump blood effectively. Most people do not even realize that there is anything wrong with their dog until he collapses. Vets of Dobermans might suggest annual screenings because it is such a serious and common condition for them. Medications can regulate their heart rhythm and improve the ability for their heart to pump but there is no cure for DCM.
A Portosystemic Shunt or PSS is a blood vessel birth defect common in small breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier. This portal vein will carry toxins from her intestines to her liver, which cleans her blood. When PSS is the problem, this portal vein bypasses her liver, the toxins do not get removed. PSS causes poor growth, vomiting, confusion, and seizures. PSS may be corrected with surgery most of the time and she will be able to live a normal healthy life.
Does your Chihuahua make a honking noise when she gets excited? She could have a collapsed trachea which is yet another common problem with toy
breeds. With the collapsed trachea, the cartilage that holds the trachea in an open position is weak, and so the trachea will flatten. There are some little dogs that can go a life time with a collapsing trachea and have no problems. But others will require a medication and still others with severe cases, a surgery may be necessary to prop the trachea open.
Boxers are at higher risk for certain types of cancer, which include lymphoma and mast cell tumors. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, and mast cell tumors are a type of skin cancer. In both cases, the cancer is often felt as an unusual lump or bump on your dog’s body. Both cancers might be treatable, but important to catch both of them early. So if you have a boxer, please check him regularly for lumps.
Pomeranian’s with Hair Loss? These little pups are predisposed to an adrenal
gland disease called alopecia X, which causes hair loss. Alopecia X usually begins when a dog is young. If a dog with alopecia X is intact, spaying or neutering often causes the hair to grow back (this hair loss is caused by excess production of sex hormones). Melatonin supplements can also help.
German Short-haired Pointers are known for a narrowing of the aorta which is the large blood vessel. It carries oxygenated blood to the body from the heart. When this narrowing or Aortic Stenosis is diagnosed, a strain on the heart over time could cause irregular heart rhythm.
If it is a mild case, it is possible there are no symptoms. But if the case is severe, your dog could become weak and tire easily. Usually and unfortunately, this is one of the things that can shorten your dog’s life. It can be managed however, with medications.
The Shetland Sheepdog are a beautiful breed. However these Shelties can be affected by a whole group of eye problems that are related, also known as “Collie Eye Anomaly”. It affects the retina and optic nerve. If the case is mild, the dog’s vision may not be affected at all. Moderate to Severe cases might lead to blindness. There is no known treatment for “Collie Eye”. It is fairly widespread among dog breeds affected by it. If you are out shopping for a Sheltie puppy, make sure you ask if it has been tested.
If you must have a pure breed puppy, then do your homework. Check the breed with as many different resources as you can so that you know what you may be purchasing. If there are tests that can be done for puppies, make sure the puppy that you pick has been tested. Check the parents lineage as well.
I will always recommend that adoption of a “dog” or “puppy” be the way to purchase a dog. Adoption from a local shelter is about the best way to pick your loving little bundle.
After shopping around for my last puppy, I found that adopting a dog that has already been house trained was optimal. Vaccines are already completed and in all cases, whatever you decide to adopt, will either be spayed or neutered before you bring them home. Many dogs out there have been removed from places of abuse or “torture chambers” is what I call them.
There are so many grown up human beings that do not deserve to have a loving bundle in their care. If you do deserve one and get one to bring home, chances are you are going to need homeopathic over the counter medications and supplements.
I do not have a whole lot to say about regular pet stores. You can find “cheap” all the way to “really high end” dog foods and then take hours in between trying to find the best and making up your mind for what is supposed to be the most nutritious, not using cereals, toxins in medications, and on and on it goes.
My suggestion to any good doggy parent? Go to the sources at the top and start with someone who is educated, someone who has taken the time to study about the products they are selling.
Starting here: Vetionx Pet Health Care Products. There is a very common malady that I mentioned in another post and went into quite some detail about it; separation anxiety. If you already have a pet, possibly your dog is suffering from it and if so, I truly hope that you will get the homeopathic and really effective medication for it. Anxietrex; safe and effective!
Hopefully, there are many loving and caring people like myself, and like you who can give these deserving little bundles a great home full of love and caring and healthy living. It’s what they deserve, that is for sure.
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If you are using allergy meds for your pets; STOP now!
What do you know about medications or home remedies that you would use to treat allergy and arthritis symptoms? No, I’m not speaking about the more serious medications that a vet can give you such as steroids either; those should be avoided at all costs!
Avoid serious medication side effects by using natural remedies!
The BIG MYTH: “Antibiotics and Anti-inflammatories or Steroids have very few side effects, your pet will be fine”. This is often very very WRONG. If you are using Allergy meds for your pets, STOP, even if they are prescribed by your vet, stop it now.
My baby girl for instance had chronic allergy issues. I even went so far as to get her allergy tested which was $1,000 bucks and then have the allergy shots built specifically for her needs (I won’t tell you what I spent on that). The shots had very little, if no effect on her poor little body. The vet insisted on Steroid pills, before that it was injections once a month. Those, I had to stop immediately. The challenge? For us it was finding something that would work.
Changing her food was the first serious step. She went from the bagged dry garbage purchased from the grocery or pet store to a very high cost, no grains, no fillers, high protein diet. It did help her quite a bit, I must say, but did not alleviate her allergies totally.
I changed her bedding several times too; always upgraded her bedding to brand new dog beds to see if this would help her. This seemed to have little if no effect. In fact, she always wanted her old dog beds back; she did not care for the newer bedding. But this has everything to do about being a dog and had nothing to do with her wanting to solve her allergy problem.
The only thing that we could physically do for her at home besides the steps above was to make sure we bathed her frequently (at least twice a week) with a dermatitis OR oatmeal shampoo and use proper flea treatments once a month. The holistic vet says that oatmeal shampoo is the best at relieving any itchy skin possible. You have to let the shampoo sit on their skin for at least ten minutes.
When we went for a walk, upon returning home, her paws had to be wiped down with hypoallergenic baby wipes. In between her toes and halfway up her legs. I had to clean any area that might have come into contact with the grass; this included her bottom and tummy areas as well. She could have an allergy to the grass. What?
There were several other things we found over time that seemed to help in between bathing her.
I brewed mint tea as strong as I could get it and used the cooled tea to wipe down her coat and skin and I soaked her paws in it; she had a habit of chewing on her feet. If you can get your hands on fresh mint which seems to grow wild just about anyplace that you plant it. This is much better than mint tea because the mint hasn’t been dried and the oils from the mint are what you want anyway. The mint oil in the tea had a great calming effect on her irritated and allergy ravaged skin.
My dog chewed her feet so much that they would balloon up from her constant chewing and then we would end up with another infection. Infections always made us use another round of antibiotics which constantly played havoc with her tummy and gave her another yeast infection. I tried to rub her feet with clove oil so she would not chew on them because of the taste, but somehow she always got past that and found a way to chew.
Do not use anti-inflammatories if it can be avoided at any cost. Dogs can develop ulcers and liver disease from the use of them.
“Safe” steroid use has caused diabetes, vomiting, and diarrhea. While used to stop the itching from allergies, the negatives against steroids are much more serious. If you hear steroids being used in the vets vocabulary, RUN.
Too many cats have developed kidney failure from supposed “safe” pain relievers.
Numerous vaccine reactions, including vaccine-induced cancers have been documented and reported in dogs and cats. These are the vaccines that our pets are “required” to have in order to get a rabies license, or in order to be kept overnight at the kennels or boarding place when their owners have to leave them. It is best to try to avoid these “required” vaccines. Learn to do your own bathing and grooming. Find a friend to stay at your house when you have to be away. Your pet will be much happier to be at home anyway. Avoid dog parks if possible, have play dates with friends and their dogs in a deserted field or one of your own back yards. Do what’s best for your animal; those vaccines are very dangerous.
Allergies are one of the most common reasons that pets go to see the vet. There are a huge number of allergens; but all of them are contained in 3 main classes. These are Food, Fleas and Environment.
The most common signs of allergies look like excessive scratching, paw and anal licking, hair shedding, and excessive dandruff.
If you think that your pet may be suffering from any allergy, there are two things that are recommended for you to try immediately.
1. Eliminate external parasites (fleas or ticks), and;
2. Start a hypoallergenic diet for 4-6 weeks. There are many out there but even though they say they are hypoallergenic, read the ingredients on the bag or can first. The first common culprit that has to be eliminated are all grains. Grains are wheat, rice, oats, corn, barley, or any other plant grown nutrient that we as humans eat. Eliminate seeds and nuts as well. In any case, the vet can give you a written prescription for the food. You are sure to get a sure-fire hypoallergenic food this way. It is expensive at about $70 bucks for a small bag of dry food and $3.50 for a can of wet food; they both smell and look like tree bark or tree bark paste. No color added? Looks grey and smells unappetizing and is expensive as heck. You can get a recipe and make it at home; wet food is certainly preferred according to Dr. Andrew Jones.
Some very helpful at home remedies that I used are:
BATHE: Oatmeal shampoo with cool water will ease the itchiest skin. Leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes then rinse well with cool water. With the most severe of allergies, you should bathe the pet at least twice a week. In between bathing, use the mint tea water to soothe aggravated skin. Load a spritzer bottle full of the tea so you have it on hand at all times. Another great topical soother is Calendula ointment; it is an herbal medication that has been successfully used to relieve severe itching. Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas.
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My poor girl has been diagnosed every single year with allergies; she is allergic to everything according to the allergy tests that I paid $1,000+ for. I was really angry when I got the bill for the allergy tests! I was never told how much they were going to cost. Apparently, a veterinarian is just like a regular physician. They charge for whatever they want to charge or what they can charge, just to see if they can get away with it, I think.
I was beside myself; in fact I had no clue about what I should do, until I began this little blog about kennel cough that my girl developed while I was on vacation. Animals are just like children; when they are around other animals, they are bound to get sick with whatever the rest of the animals have. This is what happened when I boarded her at a well known kennel and went on vacation (mentioned here)
I was checking out ebooks at Clickbank to see if I could find information about veterinarians and dog treatments for excessive itching and chewing. I found a rather young guy who had been practicing animal medicine for 20 years. Well, he seemed pretty young at the time. After reading some of his ebook, I decided that this dude was going to be our new Vet; he is a firecracker! His name? Dr. Andrew Jones! His free ebook? Veterinarian Secrets Revealed.
He quit his job as a “medical veterinarian” and became an “online teaching veterinarian”. He GOT angry and fed up with the education he received while going to school to learn veterinarian medicine. His dog died early in life from something that he believed had been caused by the very medications we are told to give our dogs at an early age to ward off illness and disease. He got rid of his business, sold it all, and became an online vet. Doing research, formulating healthy recipes to provide our dogs with a raw food diet. He will supply recipes for dog food, if you feel so inclined and want to make your own pup’s food. This is exactly where I am at today. My Molly is getting healthier all of the time now; she’s even losing massive weight.
Thank goodness; I felt a sigh of relief finally. Dr. Andrew Jones is a veterinarian who believes in home remedies and homeopathic medicine. He has developed a special formula that is added to my Molly’s food. Not only have her allergies begun to clear up but so have the arthritic knees in her hind legs. I asked her if she wanted to go for a walk? She dances and spins, her ears are up in the air. She is like a young pup now. She never acted like this when I first adopted her from the Humane Society.
I truly had been praying to find out what was wrong with Molly and hoping that whatever it was, we could find some kind of help for her. I felt so badly because she was scratching all of the time. She licked her front paws incessantly, they became infected after a while. Then she had to take antibiotics, this began another yeast overgrowth for which she had to take medication. She lies on the floor with her hind legs out behind her and scoots around to itch her belly which began to grow skin tags all over it. She sat back on her bottom and turned circles to scratch her female anatomy. She tried to rub her face all over anything that she could reach or manipulate; her little face itched all of the time. Her ears were constantly inflamed and itching and needed drops. Her eyes were itching and needed ointment every hour or so.
Then her vet put her on steroids to help the itching and to help kill her arthritis pain. The steroids were just masking the issues, they were not fixing any of the problems. When she stopped taking the steroids, everything would begin all over again.
Then the allergy tests were ordered; and of course, she was really allergic to everything according to the tests. She had to begin a special diet; Science Diet Allergy for which we had to have a prescription. At $75 a bag and $3.75 for each can of wet food, the vet bills, the prescription drugs; I was broke and miserable every month and my poor girl; she was just miserable.
The best thing to do for any food allergy issues, is to learn how to make whole, fresh, and raw foods for your dog on your own. It is going to be cheaper, healthier, and your dog is going to love it. I am sure that you have heard at least once by now, that in the days when the dogs had no caretakers, they had to eat food that was either road kill, killed by another animal from whom they stole their dinner, or they killed the food for themselves. This means that dogs ate other animals – protein. Not a bunch of crappy stomach filling carbs. Dogs used to run in packs as well, so hunting and eating was probably a team effort at times. The only thing that could have changed the way that dogs ate, was a human! I assume that humans got tired of feeding their dogs good meat from the dinner table and so began cutting corn off of the husk, or cooking up potatoes to supplement the food they fed their dogs. And so man, once again, had to play with what God had made perfect. We began feeding dogs food that did not accomplish what it was supposed to and ended up with dogs that had diabetes. Go figure!
After I began reading Dr. Andrew Jones’ FREE ebook; Veterinary Secrets Revealed and it pointed me in the right direction. I began reading his blog, newsletters, and email I received from him. Everything that he said about the itching and the pain in her knees was right on. I also signed up to be in the inner group with Dr. Andrew Jones. His ebook; Veterinary Secrets Revealed; which is FREE is going to be a lifesaver for anyone that has a dog with any medical maladies.
Our new Vet; he is a firecracker! I have to hand it to him. He has even developed a special formula which I add to Molly’s canned food / raw food diet now. This formula was a miracle for my girl. It is jam packed full of nutrients and everything she needs to take care of her itching and her arthritis pain too. She no longer has to take any prescription medication! Those medications were $130 every month. What a financial savings for me, but even better, what a physical blessing for my poor girl!
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When I took her off of those poisonous steroids? My little girl was so sick. She went through a very long and traumatic withdrawal. She did not come out of the bedroom at all, except to go potty and get a drink of water. She slept for days. OMG; I felt so guilty for everything that she has been through. I am so so very happy that our new vet; he is a firecracker! Download his free ebook here: Veterinary Secrets Revealed and get your dog back on doggy tracks; healthy and happy.
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Relieve Constant Paw Chewing and Excessive Hair Loss
Help Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections
Alleviate Recurrent Episodes of Diarrhea and/or Vomiting
Lower Excessive Intestinal Gas and Relieve Upset Stomach
Help Stop Repeated Bladder Infections
Increase Energy – help your Dog if Withdrawn and Sleeping Longer
Help if your Dog has difficulty Climbing Stairs or Jumping into the car
Improve an Ineffective or Weakened Immune System
May Improve Cataracts or Watery Eyes
Stop a strong Odor coming from Skin or Ears
Improveyour Dog’s Coat and Skin
Relieve Whimpering or Moaning when Joints are touched
Lower Arthritic Pain and Inflammation
Reduce the Risk of Allergies
I cannot say enough about this “dude” that I thought was just a little too young to be an effective veterinarian! I was really skeptical at first; but then I have been burned so many times on the internet. People have ripped me off by selling things that are going to save my career and all they did was to put money in the seller’s pocket and rip a hole in mine. So this was kind of a test I suppose; but it sure turned out in our favor!
Good Luck and our prayers are with you and your pooch(s)! Love Molly and Rene`
We just got back from the Vet where I learned my dog has “allergies” and “anxiety” too! The vet says that she most likely has the anxiety from being left alone for any period of time with no one around. To alleviate some of this, she said to leave a television on with the volume low and she won’t ever tire herself by trying to listen what is going on outside with the neighbors. My dog is getting antsy if she hears any kind of noise outside. The vet explained that much of this comes from being pure bred; I have never heard of this before.
My dog came up to me and rubbed her head and ears on my leg as hard as she could, almost knocking me over; I thought she was looking for attention. Then I noticed that she scoots around the floor on her tummy; I called this “playing army”. I thought it was just something cute that she was trying to show me. She sits on her butt and turns around in circles, obviously to scratch her behind; my son calls these “woo circles”. Kind of like a top spinning. At first I thought that this behavior was kind of amusing, but then I began to understand what she was doing as I continued watching her. All I could think of was, she must be miserable; something is wrong, again.
It was after observing this odd behavior that I finally made a Vet appointment and off we went. My dog loves to go “bye bye”. It’s a good thing that I had invested in the Vet’s Pet Health Plan. For the low cost of $160 for a full year, we get to see the Vet as often as we want or need to, I should say. Darn good price since two visits cost that much. I was mad and wanted to blame this on the kennel she had stayed at. But come to find out I couldn’t do that either.
What I couldn’t understand was how she came down with these allergies all of a sudden? She has never exhibited this kind of behavior before the past couple of weeks; I had adopted her six months ago. The Vet explained to me that because she was an adopted pet, she still might have all kinds of behavior stuff that I have not seen yet. What was next?
We are still getting to know each other; my dog and me. It is possible that she has been hiding some of this behavior from me. These dogs are extremely smart and if she had ever been punished for any of it, she would do her best to make it look like something else. Obviously, if she was crawling on her tummy and I was laughing because I thought it was so cute, then yes, she pulled one over on me. If my dog had allergies, she wasn’t showing it, or, I was simply being an airhead.
The Vet said it may be that your dog became overly anxious in your absence. Anxiety shows up as many different things and in many odd ways. It could be that some of this scratching isn’t allergy stuff at all. Or my dog has allergies and it could have been set off by the anxiety. The Vet thought it kind of odd that I had never noticed any of it before. She is my dog and the only one I communicate with in the evenings. How could I not notice? It could be because I thought she was playing army when she was scooting and not trying to itch her tummy. So it is all possible that I had played it all off to my pup’s having some cute tricks. When she was muzzling me to itch her eyes, ears, and face, I thought she is just loving me. OK; so I am the one who is learning every day. The darn dog is smarter than I am.
I asked the Vet about this Dog Anxiety that she had mentioned. She said that many dogs suffer from different kinds of Anxiety disorders. (I have an anxiety disorder myself but we don’t need to go there) I mentioned that I had often wondered if my dog had Anxiety issues when I left her at home alone; there have been a couple of times when she peed in the hallway after I had gone, ripped up the garbage cans, and pulled the cat dishes off of their stoop and taken them over to her bed. She never did this when I was at home.
The Vet said that she felt there was some Anxiety that my dog suffered from when she was away from me. It would make a lot more sense to her than my dog all of a sudden showing signs of allergies that she had never shown before; but both were possible even and at the same time. She mentioned a medication that she could get for me, but that I would probably find it cheaper at 1-800-PetMeds. I don’t hear Vets being honest about this kind of thing very often. (For the convenience of anyone interested; here is the medication she was speaking about for Anxiety) Comfort Zone with D.A.P. For Dogs.
The Vet wanted to know if I was concerned about what she was allergic to? There are allergy tests that can be done to determine what my dog has allergies to. When she told me that the tests would run about $1,000, I about choked and figured I would just have to think about this for a bit. That is a lot of money to find out what your dog is allergic to. I guess I could understand it if she was coughing all the time or her throat was closing from something that restricted her oxygen intake, but if it can be controlled with diet or changing where she goes potty; we will try other things first.
I was told that dogs like her, especially purebreds (Staffordshire Terrier), many times they are allergic to everything including the grass they walk on, the food that they eat, and most possibly, their bedding. And so, to find out what my dog has allergies to; the quest is on.
I began reading food labels and OMG, I cannot believe the crap they put in our dog foods. It is no wonder that my dog has allergies. I would be allergic to this junk too with as much grain, cereals, oats, flax seed, sweet potatoes; incredible. I was on an endless journey I found out, to see if I could find a dog food that had no grain in it. Impossible. At least I thought, but I have been told that there are foods out there that are “grain free”.
I did decide that if I could not find an appropriate dog food with no fillers, no grains, and no meat by-products, I would simply start making her food myself. It’s almost like you have to try and put yourself in their paws. The Vet brought up a story that she told me to look up later and read about it myself. It has something to do with a “dog food scare”? I will check that out later. It stands to great reason, that if our dogs get high protein meals without the fillers, they would eat less food, and poop less too. I will be getting to the bottom of this; finding out what my dog is allergic to.
Just because my dog has allergies, there is no reason that she should not have an almost all protein diet. This is what dogs ate when they hunted for their own food. They certainly didn’t go out and roast some cheerios for dinner, or bake a loaf of bread. To get other nutritional value, I guess you could add vegetables and fruits to the proteins. If you can get her to eat them. The Vet did tell me that my dog may have an intolerance to chicken and lamb as well. For a while, everyone thought that the big answer was lamb and brown rice; but that was well overrated. It is the chicken and lamb that dogs have grown an intolerance to along with beef, only because it is so overused in their diets.
Some dogs will have to consume a protein that is more of an unknown to their system, such as buffalo, duck, goat, goose, pheasant, etc. Any protein that is not readily available in the local dog food department. These types of meats are most likely something I would have to purchase from someone that hunted a great deal. I am quite sure there is someone out there that has thought of this already; I can probably purchase this kind of food for a small fortune. I did find a website that sold freshly made dog food; it was very expensive. It would be better if I simply made it myself. Cheaper and fresher to boot! No fillers and nothing that I cannot pronounce.
I spent two hours today at Pet Smart reading dog food labels. Most of the foods I read only the first few ingredients before I could not pronounce anything more. I also knew that I didn’t have to read any further; I would not be purchasing this one. Even some of the “high end” dog foods at $60 a bag. I had just spent two hours reading; I was beat, tired, ready to go home and let my mind melt. I had tried to pronounce so many unpronounceable words this afternoon that my brain was fried.
I was ready to go home and fry some turkey tenders up for my girl, when I came upon the “Science Diet”. This is the food that the Vet told me to try for my dog. They have one especially for allergies that my dog should be able to tolerate. She told me to use the wet food especially for her pills; make a little ball with her pills in the middle. For giggles (this was a prescription food and the only way to get it was with a prescription from the Vet) I purchased a can of the wet food. It cost over $3.50 for a can of this food. When I got it home, I opened it. It had the consistency of thick paste. It smelled like paper; like a paper mill. My dog would not eat it either. So I just lost a full dose of medication inside the lump of pasty wood smelling stuff in her dish; she stuck her nose in the air and walked away; after she had given me “the look” first. Disgusting; there was nothing I could do to dress it up either.