Ear Mites in Dogs – Help your Pekingese Handle It Naturally

 


Ear Mites in Dogs – Help your Pekingese Handle It Naturally

Ear mites in dogs is quite common so every owner should know how to handle it appropriately. Nothing drives a pup nuts as quite as much as the ear mites. Just imagine something crawling and creeping inside your ears! It surely gives me the willies! No wonder your pet would shake his head, scratch endlessly and cry as well. Also, all that scratching and ear flapping can damage his ears too.

The one causing it are tiny creatures that belongs to the family of ticks and are very contagious. That means that if one of your pets has it, then you need to to treat the entire furry pack — cats, bunnies, ferrets and other dogs.

Ear mites are the common culprit of otitis (inflammation of ears). You will spot a brown, crumbly debris on your pet’s ear canal. When mites are biting and crawling inside your pet’s ear it causes very intense itching  thus causing your pet to shake his head, dig on his ears or even rub his head against the furniture or floor and will cry.

Ear trauma will result with his efforts to relieve the itch. And for breeds that are pendulous-eared like the Basset hound, beagles and even the pekingese it can cause hematoma where their pinna would then swell up like a balloon.

Dark ear debris and behavioral signs may generally point towards ear mites however it is still very essential for the vet to confirm it. A sample would be taken from his ear and then would be examined under the microscope. Never ever treat your puppy to eat mites until your vet has confirmed it, or you will only be complicating things for your pet.

Ear Mites in Dogs

Home Made Remedies

  • Oil Treatment. It is a fact that oil soothes sore ears and can also float the debris out. Oil can also suffocate the mites itself. Vets say that it doesn’t matter what kind of oil you use just stay away from tea tree oil since it can be toxic for puppies and cats. For best results, crush a few garlic cloves in a cup of il and let it marinate overnight. Garlic are nature’s antibacterial agent that can be useful in treating your pet’s ears. Just remove the garlic prior to using the oil for treatment. You need to clean his ears with this solution everyday for at least a month.
  • Antiseptic Tea Rinse. Green tea is nature’s antiseptic agent. It can be useful in flushing out all the ear debris that has clogged up in your pet’s ear canal. Steep a tablespoon of green tea leave in a cup of hot water for about 3-4 minutes then strain it. Let it cool down before using it once a day for one month.
  • Vinegar Treatment. Vinegar can still infected areas and it is also proven to be effective. The vinegar’s acidity would remove the dirt and debris, revitalizing healthy ear equilibrium. It is recommended to use small amounts of vinegar. Mix oe part vinegar in two parts water. Pour the solution into his ears using a dropper and massage thoroughly. After which, you gently wipe the insides of the ear using a cotton ball.

Ear mites in dogs are very irritating and if you leave it untreated can lead to deafness. Luckily, aside from the commercially prepared products, there are still holistic way of approach which you can try first. You pet would surely thank you for treating his nasty ear mite problem.

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Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese?

Kissing your dog is quite normal in a loving dog-human household. We can never deny that fact. Who could resist a lovely dog waiting for you at the door with tail wagging and excitement in their eyes as we approach nearer and nearer. We all swoop down to their level to give them a hug and kiss on their faces and we also allow them to lick us back in the face. However, is it sanitary? Have you even considered being sick just because of sharing a kiss with your pet? There is a new study conducted that would make you really think twice about that juicy kiss.

Last 2011, a group of Japanese researchers gathered dental plaque from 66 dogs and 81 humans who dropped by the dog training schools and animal clinics in Okayama, Japan. The plaque was then placed under the microscope and they studied the bacteria. And as theorized, the results determined that both dogs and humans contained bacteria in their mouths, which could easily transfer to each other through kissing/licking.

Kissing your Dog

Experts found out about a disease causing peridontopathic bacteria present in the plaque in both dogs and humans that where tested. This bacteria is linked to periodontis, a severe form of gum disease which according to the experts causes the destruction on the supporting tissues of the tooth that would eventually leat to kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease.

Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese?

Kinds of Bacteria Found

The study showed that there are 3 kinds of disease causing oral bacteria: Campylobacter rectus, Porphyromonas gulae and Tannerella forsythia were found in the dogs oral flora and the detection rates of these bacteria were rare in humans. So, we just bested the myth “your dog’s mouth is cleaner than yours.”

The plaque samples also showed the presence of Porphyromonas gulae in 13 human subjects as well as with their dogs. Furthermore, the experts also said that there were 2 more kinds of bacteria found in the dogs’ oral flora and it also showed traces on their owners as well. Just know that all the aforementioned bacteria are known to cause periodontal disease.

If that study isn’t compelling enough to convince you, Dr. Mehmet Oz gave all pet owners a warning about the health hazards involved in kissing your dog.

Dr. Oz mentioned during in an interview with People Pets: “If your pooch is a scavenger, then a canine lick on the lips could jeopardize your health. The half-eaten hot dog your dog found on the street — or the feces he was nibbling on — could be loaded with germs and bacteria such as toxocara, salmonella, giardia, hookworm, tapeworm and many others, putting your family’s health at risk.”

As adorable as kissing your dog may be, it may give us more than what we asked for in form of a gum illness caused by bacteria or organisms that are not normally found in a human’s oral flora. You can always cuddle, hug and show affection towards your pet in other ways and just save the kiss to the human pack members.

Are you sharing a kiss with your Pekingese? If so, I hope you won’t contract with any of the said organisms so that your health won’t be jeopardized. Want to tell us your story? Do so by entering it on the space provided below.

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When to Take your Dog to the Vet – Does your Pekingese Require a Vet ASAP?

Really, do you know when to take your dog to the vet asap? You don’t want to be one of those owners who would be just shocked to find out that their beloved pet is already dead, do you? If you notice that there is something “off” with your pet, then a vet visit is a must! After all, your beloved pet cannot talk to you.

News flash people: Dogs don’t suddenly “die” at home nor should they. Not unless it is due to a sudden acute internal bleeding (like hemangiosarcoma) or from a pericardial effusion ( the abnormal accumulation of blood around the heart sac), it is something that your vet could have treated.

An educated owner knows where to get his/her resources: the Internet is the most reliable source, though not always. A simple call to your vet or reception to the animal hospital can already help triage your pet’s problem and can help you decide if should you or should you not bring him over for a check up.

When you are in doubt, it is best to take him to the emergency clinic just to be sure. It may be costly but it can help you ease your mind that your pet is in a good condition. No pet should die at home since signs would be shown if he is not feeling good or if in pain. It is not good to let your pet die miserably at home when he could have been treated at the medical center.

When to Take your Dog to the Vet – Does your Pekingese Require a Vet ASAP?

When to Take your Dog to the Vet

  1. Difficulty in Breathing. Medically coined as Dyspnea, difficulty in breathing can manifest as choking, weak/raspy breathing, wheezing or even respiratory arrest. This may be due to a blockage on his throat, heart/pulmonary disease or allergic reaction. If you see a foreign object lodged on his throat, do not attempt to remove it by yourself especially if you don’t have experience about it. You may cause it to lodge even deeper thus completely blocking your pet’s airway. Do not wait any minute and take him to the vet immediately.
  2. Seizures. Dog seizures are considered as a neurological condition but since it is the culprit to most pet mortality rate, let us discuss it deeper. If your pet has experienced seizure for the first time, he must be seen by a vet immediately. Signs and symptoms may be uncontrollable tremors and shaking  paddling with the legs, loss of consciousness, loss of urinary and bowel control. The most common cause of seizures in dogs is epilepsy. So, if your pet has been diagnosed as epileptic, not all seizures are an emergency. You should know which ones require a vet visit. If he has multiple seizures in a 24-hour time span and that every episode lasts for minutes, then he needs immediate vet attention.
  3. Trauma. If your pet has sustained trauma of any kind: fall, getting hit by a car, gunshot wound or he was involved in a dog fight then he needs immediate vet attention.
  4. Neurological Conditions. Neurological problems may come as a form of in-coordination  disorientation, lethargy, coma and unresponsiveness. A healthy and normal canine is responsive, alert and bright; thus any notable change in his mental status would require immediate vet attention. Never ignore weakness and lethargy since it can be a sign of a serious illness.
  5. Vomiting and Diarrhea. These are common to dogs and it can be due to a simple gastric upset which may resolve within the next 24 hours. If your pet is okay aside from his gastric upset then you can withhold his meals for 4-6 hours to rest his stomach and be sure to give him lots of water to prevent dehydration. And if you notice additional signs like weakness, pain, lethargy then bring him immediately to the vet. Also, if diarrhea and vomiting that persists more than 24 hours or if you notice blood present already, then bring him to the clinic asap.
  6. Unknown Toxic Exposure. One day you found your garden fertilizer ripped open or a chewed up rat bait on the floor and suspect that your pet dog has eaten it then call the animal poison control for immediate intervention. A vet may ask you to do induce vomiting, you can use hydrogen peroxide for it. It is always safe to let the experts see your pet.
  7. Urinary Issues. If you observe that your pet is not peeing then better see the vet immediately. Urinary blockages can occur, though quite rare in dogs and more often in cats, but it is still life threatening. Bloody urine or difficulty in urination must be seen by the vet as soon as possible.
  8. Abdominal Pain. If you see your pet has distended abdomen or is in pain, then something is wrong surely, so better take him to the vet immediately. Distended abdomen is often accompanied by retching, weakness, dry heaves, difficulty breathing and collapse. Abdominal distention is due to trapped air in the stomach thus causing the stomach to twist on itself. This is a life-threatening condition and the experts call it GDV (gastric dilatation volvulus) or in lay man’s term “bloat.”
  9. Ocular Issues. Eye problems in dogs have a bad habit of deteriorating faster than the other organs of the body. Such problems escalate so fast thus causing blindness if not treated immediately, especially glaucoma. Signs and symptoms of eye disorders include eye discharges, redness, squinting, swelling and constant pawing in the eye area.
  10. Delivery Problems. Whelping brings a lot of problem especially if you have a tiny dog breed and it is her first time. If you see your pet going into labor more than 4 hours and no puppies has gone out, call your vet immediately. She may be experiencing dystocia.

The aforementioned list is not the complete list on when to take your dog to the vet. There are several emergencies that may occur but it is a compilation on what are the common cases seen over the years. If you think there is something wrong with your pet, then help is just a phone call away. Always keep a number of your attending Vet and the poison control center.

Can you think of more cases on when it is an emergency to bring your pet to the vet? If so, do not hesitate to share it wit all of us. Simply enter your suggestion/tips below.

 

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Dog Hiccups – Helping your Pekingese Stop It

Dog hiccups occur more frequently in puppies, however adult dogs may also experience it as well. Hiccups may be due to stress, excitement or certain medication. In general, dog hiccups will eventually go away even without any intervention and there’s no medication needed either.

Just like in humans, hiccups are a result of diaphragm spasm. The air suddenly rushes to the lungs affecting the vocal cords, thus the hiccup sound.

An episode of hiccups may either be brief or sometimes lasts even to hours. However, there is no need to worry about it. The most common causes of hiccups in canines are: stress, excitement, inhalation of irritants such as smoke or other chemicals, ingestion of food in a fast manner, eating spicy food pr if his body temperature dropped.

In rare circumstances, a dog may also develop hiccups due to pneumonia, asthma, pericarditis, heart stroke or respiratory defect.

Lastly, muscle relaxants also causes hiccups.

Dog Hiccups

Dog Hiccups – Helping your Pekingese Stop It

Home Remedies:

  • Distract him. distracting your pet by petting or playing with him would allow the hiccups to go away in a fun and effortless way.
  • Feed him. Giving him a snack, treat or a meal would cause your pet to change his breathing pattern temporarily and it may be enough to get rid of the annoying hiccups.
  • Water. Just like us humans, offer your pet water to drink.
  • Startle him. Startling can work with dogs and humans alike. However, do not startle your pet often since this would cause your pet to mistrust you. Just once is enough and see if his hiccups would go packing.
  • A bath. Give him a bath. For most dogs, a bath is already enough disruption in their daily routine that would also change his breathing pattern causing the hiccups to go away.
  • Massage. You can try massaging his chest which would aid in relaxing of his diaphragm muscles which can eliminate his hiccups.

Dog hiccups are just a simple spasm of the diaphragm. Dogs and humans alike find it annoying even though it is harmless. Puppies are very prone to hiccups due to the fact that their insides are growing at a fast pace. Hiccups will go away after a few minutes even without intervention, so no need to worry.

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Living with Blind Dogs: Know for the Sake of your Pekingese

If you have owned a pet that is blind or low-visioned, then chances are you already know how it is living with blind dogs. However, for the benefit for those who are still new to it and would be willing to learn as much as they can about blind dogs, then this post is for you.

If you have a pet dog or have been with dogs all their lives, then you must know by now that like us, they have various personas. And that each dog would react to stress, trials or hardships differently as well. Generally, young dogs that go blind make an easier and faster adjustment to blindness especially if he is not the pack leader. On the other hand, frail, old, dominant dogs may undergo difficulty. Experts say that adjustment period may occur between 3-6 months, but there are cases that take longer.

Dogs react differently to blindness. Others go through depression while others have aggressive behavior changes. And there are others won’t change a bit and their owners can’t even tell that they are already blind. Dogs may use different behaviors in order to cope up with their vision loss. They may use more than one behavior at one time or sometimes even switch back and forth between behaviors. Though most of the time they show aggression, depression, dependence and fear.

Living with Blind Dogs: Know for the Sake of your Pekingese

Living with Blind Dogs

How to Deal with It

  • Get a small bell. Attach a bell to your pant leg or shoe and get everyone in the house to do it — include other pets if any. The sound of the bell would let him know that someone is near.
  • Stair gate. If your have several stories in your house then put a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs. Any blind or low-visioned dog isn’t allowed to go up the stairs unsupervised; the falling hazard is just so great.
  • Use Aromatic oils. Wipe a tiny amount of any aromatherapy oil on any vertical surface (e.g. furniture  door frames), both outside and inside. This will help your dog avoid collision.
  • Stay put. Keep his water and food bowl, as well as your furniture in the same place. A blind dog can quickly learn about his environment as long as you won’t move things around often that would end up confusing him.
  • Take a hike. Let him go for a walk and it is ideal to use a retractable leash since it would let him do some running while not being endangered at the same time.

Living with blind dogs is not a problem really, as long as you are willing to adjust. Dogs go blind due to old age, injury, illness, or that they are born with it. A blind dog can function as well as any normal pet can. Do not underestimate or misjudge a blind pet, they can be a real treasure.

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