Ear Infections

ear infections for dogs

Itchy Ears?…

Do This for Ear Infections

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”.

no ear infections here
fairly clean dog ear
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.

How to clean a dogs ears in three easy steps – YouTube

Could the cause be food allergies?

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. Do you have a bad dog

Canine Breeds and Common Ailments


canine breeds and common ailments

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.

a bulldog
the cute bulldog

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.

french bulldog
a cute little bug-my fave

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.

little husky puppies
predisposed little huskies

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.

pic of a black pug puppy
The Pug Puppy

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.

pic of boston terrier puppy
Boston Terrier puppy

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”.

obese or fat dogs
Obesity is sad for dogs

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

small white maltese puppy
Maltese puppy

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.

puppy Cavalier King Puppy
Cavalier King Puppy

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.

huge Great Dane
bone and skin dog needs a comfortable place to lie down for its boney mass

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.

pure breed dog with skin allergies
Pure Breed such as this one has awful skin allergies which is not uncommon. They can be taken care of before they are allowed to get this bad though!

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.

shephard prone to dysplasia
German shepherd

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.

dressed up poodlePoodles 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

pic of a rottweiler pup
Rottweiler Puppy

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.

puppy Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Pup

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!

family of beagle puppies
Family of Beagles

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.

pic of cocker spaniel puppies
Lil Cocker Spaniel Puppies

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

shih tzu family
shih tzu family

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.

sweet pup

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.

picture doberman pinscher puppy
Doberman Pinscher before ears are cropped

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.

pic of yorkshire terrier
Cute little Yorkshire Terrier

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.

pix of a boxer puppy
Boxer Puppy

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

pomeranian puppies
Pomeranian Puppies

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.

picture of German Short-haired Pointers
German Short-haired Pointers

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.

Shetland Sheepdog Family
Shetland Sheepdog Family

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.

aspca adoption
aspca adopt a dog

humane dauchshund_hoadringIf 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.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave your comments or questions below so we communicate back to you! Have a great week.    Do you have a bad dog

Does Your Dog’s Breath Smell Like Cat Poop? What About Cat Pee?

Does Your Dog’s Breath Smell Like Cat Poop? What About Cat Pee?

Has your dog ever jumped up in your lap just to be near you or give you some lovin’ and you begin to wonder what that awful smell is emanating from the dog’s mouth?  Hmm; how come the dog’s breath is so stinky?  Does your dog’s breath smell like cat poop?  What’s going on in the house? The smells of animals; what about cat pee?

Have you ever been standing in line somewhere, in a crowded room or elevator, when someone walks in and they reek of cat urine?  If you have a cat, do you smell like cat urine? Do you have a cat or cats that refuse to use their litter box but you aren’t sure why?

In fact, the kitty litter could be brand new, never even used yet and you have a cat that is insisting on marking every little corner in the house. Even though he’s been fixed? Yep.

We have a beautiful old white male cat that was neutered as a young cat but he had already come into season; his young male life when he was looking for a piece of female pussy cat, and then he was neutered.  This is what happened to our big old boy!  So, he knows what it means to mark his territory and that is basically what he seems to be doing in the house.  But given his age, this boy is also very temperamental and seems to do it when he is pissed off at me too. He does it to get my attention; which happens as soon as I catch him.

Our young male who was neutered as a very young kitten watches his behavior and thinks it odd.  He follows the old man around and smells after him then wants to play so thank goodness our young boy doesn’t think it is something that he has to do too.

Nothing is more gross than a house that smells of stale cat urine EXCEPT when your dog gives you a big wet sloppy, slobbery, kiss up the chin, over the lips, and up over your nose, leaving a bunch of something in your nostrils that makes it kind of hard to breathe.  Not because your nose is too full but because of what your dog just deposited on your face.

It isn’t puppy breath slobber you just got shovelled up into your nose and all over your face because the pooch just had her face in the cat box and ate all of the “kitty roca” she could reach.  I normally catch her trying to sneak into the kitty box though; it’s got a lid over the top of it and a  flap to cover the little doorway in or out.

Our dog had a pretty big head to get into that little entrance with any room to maneuver about but she has been known to clean the poop out of it before she gets caught.  And if I am not at home, there are telltale signs around the entire area that make her raid so obvious.  The biggest of these signs is the crunchy kitty litter all over the floor around the box.

Upon removing the lid of the box will also confirm that she has “hoovered” every little chunk of cat poop. She even eats the cat litter that is stuck all over the poop.  This is just gross but I understand that all dogs love kitty roca and the reason for this is that cats do not digest their food very thoroughly; there is a lot of undigested food in that roca.

Cats will not use a box if it is too dirty but it usually has to be pretty dirty before they will go anywhere else.  Cats are extremely clean; they do not tolerate filth well.  If you do not keep your kitty litter in a clean state, you may find yourself with a cat that uses the corners, your shoes, your bathtub or shower to urinate in.  Preferably they will use the tub or shower, or even the bathroom sink.  On the other hand, just because they are using somewhere in your house besides their box doesn’t mean that their box is not clean enough. I clean the cat box every night.  It gets scooped out, every lump goes.  But I have one cat who “sometimes” refuses to use it.

There is a woman who goes to the same health club as I do and every time she comes in at the same time as I do?  The smell coming from her fills the room and chokes me; I have to move away or I will vomit.  Others watch her as she moves through the weights or machines.  They are obviously smelling the same thing I am.  I am wondering to myself if she doesn’t know, just isn’t aware, or has given up on trying to get the smell out of her clothes?  There is almost nothing as bad as the smell of stale cat piss; almost.

I walked into my bathroom tonight and found that one of the cats (most likely Picallo) had peed in my shower; which is better than on my shoes or the dog’s bed!  Just last week, Picallo had peed all over Molly’s bed; Molly is my dog.  Is your poor dog getting pissed out of house and home by the cat?

The smell of cat urine is unbearable and very unnecessary!  As far as I am concerned; there is no excuse for a person to walk out of their house smelling like a litter box.

My cat is getting old and seems confused at times.  I can tell because when I ask him if he wants to go outside, he used to run to the front door; now he goes to the front door and goes outside but then he runs around to the back, climbs a very tall fence into our back yard, only to come in our back door, all in a matter of minutes!

There are times when Picallo sees me from a distance and doesn’t recognize me so he runs the other way until I call him and he recognizes my voice.  This tells me that he probably isn’t seeing very well either.

I didn’t want to take up this whole post by talking about my cats; but if you know what cat urine smells like after it gets old?  Especially in the house, on clothes or blankets? It ruins whatever the cat pissed on.  It is almost as bad as a skunk!  We have thrown out pillows, rugs, blankets, towels, or anything that the cat chose to leave his mark on.

I did find out my cat’s reason for doing this.  This is where I found out that it was not his potty box at all. It is because he was fixed (neutered) too late in life.; after he had already begun chasing the girls and spraying all over the yard.  Even though he has a cat litter box in the house, he still finds it necessary to mark his territory inside too! but this was because we got another male cat (kitten); but he did grow up as a neutered male.

I didn’t know what to do about the stench of cat piss though.  Throwing everything out was becoming expensive.  I sent Dr. Andrew Jones an email to ask him about what I could do?  Did he know how to neutralize this awful cat pee smell?  I just received an email back and bless his heart!  He; that is, Dr. Jones had an answer for this too.  Get Veterinary Secrets Revealed as a FREE downloadable EBOOK here!  There is so much information in here, you get the unanswered answers to many questions you have been storing up to get answers for.  It’s a great book to have at your fingertips! It’s a great price too when coming from someone like Dr. Jones; a professional veterinarian who cares so much about you and your pets.

AND Here is a FREE gift from me to you! It works wonders on the removal of that stale cat pee odor!

Odor Neutralizer Recipe

Recipe for odor neutralizer (may lighten fabric so test a spot first)

1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1 tsp baking soda
1 quick squirt liquid dish soap

Mix using a wooden (not metal) spoon.  Saturate the carpet or fabric and let it air dry.

I tried it on the inside of my son’s sneaker! Picallo had hunkered down right in front of me!  He let loose in my kids tennis shoe.  It smelled so bad by the next day, even after I had already rinsed it out.

I really had doubts that this recipe was going to work.  I simply poured the whole cup into his shoe and let it soak overnight.  I really thought that Dr. Jones was gonna be sunk with this one. But the next day I rinsed the shoe and let it dry upside down over a heat register in the house. I expected to be smelling cat urine throughout the house because of where it sat.  But there was no smell and upon checking it the next day; the shoe was good to go and wearable.  It Works!

So, if you have cat urine issues in your home, or on your clothes?  Then you have it in your car, which cannot be helped.  This is just how it works.

Dr. Jones also informed me that cats are known for their urinary tract infections.  There is now a great remedy that we can give to our cats; especially those  that are prone to urinary tract infections!  Dr. Jones has formulated and patented a potent formula especially for dogs and cats that is high in one particular ingredient.

This one particular, proprietary ingredient, is being given to dogs and cats in the formula that Dr. Jones has developed, prepared, and patented,  then he bottled it for sale. This one particular ingredient  has been proven to exude  properties.

But this one particular ingredient has so many excellent benefits backing its history of homeopathic medicine. Dr. Jones has added the Glucosamine to his dog and cat formulas, because of its history of medicinal healing.  Not only has it proven effective in the treatment of painful arthritic joints in humans and animals, it has also been proved to help eliminate the urinary tract tendency of infection!

Heal Your Pets At Home!

Good luck and God Bless


dr andrew jones with his black lab
Dr. Andrew Jones with his Black Lab

“Glucosamine is being increasingly used for Urinary Tract inflammation, and infections. Especially helpful in cats with Idiopathic cystitis. My one older cat Cleo hasn’t been on my supplement for a while ( I ran out and failed to re-order…)  Both of the cats will be back on it SOON! Glucosamine in proper levels as is in my Ultimate Feline, and Ultimate Canine Health Formulas.  IF you have a dog or cat with urine related ‘problems’, you should really consider trying this.”

ultimate canine and cat supplement
Ultimate Canine & Feline Supplement


My own testimonial for this product?  I have not been using this supplement much longer than a month but my dog’s allergies are already less severe. She has completely stopped scooting around on her rump and her tummy.  The hot red ears are now cool and pink on the inside.  These are huge steps forward for us.  I cannot wait until she can completely stop taking the steroids. We are going to see a new vet this week too!

Actually, if you are interested in the supplement therapy for dogs or cats they have to be ordered at different links which I have listed  below for you.  I ordered them for both cats and my dog, but as you know, my dog passed away last week.  I have a cat though that is about 15 years old and he is as active as our baby cat; about a year old now.  It’s great to see him up and playing with the younger cat for a change.  His energy level shot up the charts with the supplement which contains the Glucosamine that Dr. Jones spoke about above.

Ultimate Canine Health Supplement Therapy

Ultimate Feline Health Supplement Therapy


The only thing I cannot fix for you here today is that age-old question; does you dog’s breath smell like cat poop? Or how to cure your dog from loving that good old kitty roca.  But we answered “what about cat pee?” several times in this post.  Thanks for dropping by.

Have a great weekend.  I am currently working on a site that I should have up by next week hopefully.  If you know anything about the dog whisperer on television then you know how he gets into a dog’s mind and teaches them who is the alpha dog of the pack and he teaches the dog’s owners or parents how to be better moms and dads.

A dog’s behavior is not anyone’s fault really but in order to correct bad or troublesome behavior, you have to know how to connect or communicate with your dog.  I have found our Online Dog Whispererd.  I am going to introduce this guy to everyone because he is willing to give away all kinds of great  information to help anyone and everyone that needs or wants help with their best buddies.  The blog I am setting up will be about dogs only, the lives they lead, what they need from you as their owner, their parent.  And the best way to get that optimum, wonderful, obedient behavior that we all just expect from our pooch.

You will never get that great kind of behavior from your dog, no matter how hard you work at it, until you and your dog understand that you are in charge and all they have to do to make everything okay is to have good behavior. This dog whisperer, he knows his dogs, and he is going to show you how to take control, be the alpha in charge, so your dog can relax and have a good life.

Watch for my announcement to tell you the name of the new blog; how to get involved especially for all the great free stuff coming your way!

I am also going to set up a Facebook page with the same name as the name of the blog so it will be easy to remember.  Anyone and everyone will be able to communicate through the page as long as it is about your dog.  Our dog whisperer will be there as well, posting great new information for us all of the time.

Look for the announcement; will keep you posted as things begin to roll out.

Take care and we will talk again soon.  Wish me luck!

Does Your Dog’s Breath Smell Like Cat Poop? What About Cat Pee?