August 30, 2011

How to Treat a Dog’s Ear Infection

Filed under: Dog Ear Care — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 9:22 pm

dog-ears-sticking-upA dog’s ear has three parts: an inner ear, a middle ear, and an outer ear. The outer ear canal is most prone to infections. A dog’s ear is especially vulnerable because it retains to water and debris that get in the ear.

Dog ear infections can be caused by many things. Allergies are typically the biggest cause of ear infections. If your dog has allergies then it has a higher chance of getting ear infections. Water in the ear is another common cause of ear infections. It is important to not allow water to stay in the ear because it provides great grounds for bacterial and yeast growth.

Some of the symptoms of ear infections include excessive head shaking, a yellow or brown discharge in the ears, yeast like smell coming from the ear, redness, and swelling. If you notice these symptoms occurring in your dog, it is time to take him to the vet.

Your vet may recommend the use of dog ear drops to treat the infection. You may add a couple drops in each ear. After, begin to rub and loosen the debris stuck inside the infected ear using Q-tip gently. Finally use a soft cloth to gently wipe all the dirt out of the ear. This process should be done at least once a day because the ear is extremely venerable at the time of infection.

After the cleaning stage it is time to apply the dog ear remedy which will be prescribed by a veterinarian. If your dog has a bacterial infection then your vet may prescribe antibiotics. For a yeast infection then you will be given a prescription for anti-fungal medication. If the ear infection is severe, oral treatment may be administered. If treatment proves to be ineffective, your pet may need a surgery in order to fix the ear canal.

August 22, 2011

Treating Your Dogs Paw Injury

Filed under: Dog Paw Injury — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 8:38 pm

A dog’s paw is critical part to its survival. The paw is the toughest part of the skin and absorbs shock. So naturally a paw injury can be severely debilitating to a dog. A paw injury is like having an injury to the soles of our feet and our hands. A dog paw injury should be immediately taken care of.

The injuries a dog can obtain are abrasions, lacerations, punctures, burns and blisters, dryness, cracked pads and objects lodged between the toes. The mentioned injuries if not treated can easily worsen and be prone to bacterial infection. What results from the injuries is bleeding, limping, holding the injured paw off the ground, discoloration of the pad and excessive licking and/or chewing of the paw.

Dogs are outside in an unpredictable environment so the probability of something happening to its paw eventually is high. As the care giver of the animal it is your responsibility to examine the dog regularly for injuries and also provide the right care to its injury. The first step to healing a dog’s paw is to clean the wound. Then bandage the paw with about 2-3 layers of bandage. The next step is caring for the wound. This means putting a plastic bag or wrap for outside visits. Not allowing stress being applied to the paw. Antibiotic cream and soap should be applied to the wound twice a day and then disinfected with betadine and newly wrapped again. If the dog begins to chew or lick the bandage an Elizabethan collar or a e-collar would prevent the dog from dog from damaging the paw. If these precautions aren’t working then it is critical to take the dog to the vet for further analysis and help.

Natural pet remedy is growing in popularity like natural dog cream. A natural Paw repair cream is excellent for damaged paws. Two key ingredients in the cream for a speedy recovery are Neem and propolis.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.