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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Natural Dewormer for Dogs: An Option for your Pekingese

Your pet doesn’t need to take all those medicines at a very young age, if you can go organic, the better. Today, I will discuss about natural dewormer for dogs. Yes, there are lots of natural methods in order to get rid of those pesky worms in your dog’s system. Mother nature has given us lots of remedies which we could use in aiding our health as well as our pet’s to ensure a long and healthy life ahead. Though not all the time the holistic approach could be used. If your pet has light infestation, then we can use the herbal medications; otherwise a conventional dewormer is needed. Thus it is also wise to have your pet checked by your vet every 3 months via stool examination. Do not be shy in asking your vet if you can treat it holistically either.

So, what are the signs that your pet is already infested with worms? Check his feces. If you see tiny, white worms then it is a positive. He has something that looks like rice grains on his anus. He has diarrhea and would vomit often. He is losing weight and listless.

If you notice that your pet is having repeating infestations, then take a closer look at the environment. Roundworms spread from eggs in the soil, grass or stool on the ground. See to it that your lawn is clean and that all feces are secured. Tapeworms are due to mice or fleas; ask your vet about flea-control program and go buy some mouse traps.

Natural Dewormer for Dogs: An Option for your Pekingese

Natural Dewormer for Dogs

  • Garlic. Aside from the fact that this is good in boosting your pet’s immune system, this has shown to be effective against Giardia parasite. Your pet can acquire this parasite by drinking infested water and garlic has the reputation to ward off all kinds of worms. You can mince 1/2-2 cloves of it and add to your dog’s food daily. Be warned though, garlic has anti-platelet activity and would increase the risk of bleeding. Tell your vet about the garlic supplement before any form of treatment or sugery.
  • Pumpkin Seeds. This was proven to be effective against hookworms and tapeworms. If your pet is fond of hunting mice around the house, then you may want to use it as an effective preventive measure. The recommended dose is 1 tsp of ground seed per 10 pounds of body weight. You can grind it using a grinder and store it in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Mix it daily with your pet’s food.
  • Carrot. Finely grate carrots and add it to his daily diet. Give him up to 3 Tbsps. (depending on his size) daily. The carrots would keep his digestive system clean and reduce the risk of worm infestations.
  • Black Walnut. This is a common anti-parasitic used for treating tapeworms in dogs and cats alike. The recommended dose would be 1 capsule of the ground herb per 20 lbs of body weight. Using black walnut should be under an expert supervision. Do not exceed on the recommended dosage since it could be harmful in large doses.
  • Papaya. This fruit has been proven to be effective in eliminating roundworms. As a supplement, mature green papaya fruit is an amazing source for digestive enzymes. If you don’t have any access to this fresh fruit, then you may get its powder form from the health stores.

For keeping pets healthy the natural way, we recommend you go learn the natural dewormer for dogs. This could not only boost and aid your pet’s immune system, it could also be a great source of nutrients for them aside from eliminating those parasites. The holistic way of caring would enable you to treat your pet at home without the use of drugs using safe, no side effects and tested healing methods for your beloved pets.

Know more natural herbs and fruits which are also proven to be natural dewormer for pets? If so, then please do enlighten us and share your knowledge below.

 

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How to Treat Worms in Dogs – Beat it Out of your Pekingese’s System

One of the most common health issue for dogs would be worms, thus knowing how to treat worms in dogs is a must. In general, there are 5 kinds of worms that would affect your dog which are: tapeworms, whipworms, roundworms, hookworms and heartworms. There are other kinds that are more easier to detect than the others. For instance a tapeworm, it would look like a grain of rice on your pet’s stool. On the other hand, heartworms are harder to diagnose and your infected pet would only show subtle signs until it is already very advanced.

Most Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Vomiting. Most of the time, dogs that are infected with worms often throw up. And roundworms sometimes appear in the vomit.
  • Diarrhea. Canine diarrhea and soft stools can be due to worms. Hookworms also causes your pet’s feces to have blood.
  • Coughing. Dog coughing is one of the most advanced stage symptom for heartworms.
  • Low Energy. If you notice your pet to be less active than usual and lethargic, then he may have worm infestation.
  • Pot Belly. If your pet would look like bloated or begins to look pot bellied, then he may have worms. This appearance is common in puppies who have contracted the worms from their mother.
  • Appetite Change. Roundworms causes your pet to have sudden appetite change. Other worm types also causes this as they would steal your pet’s nutrients.
  • Weight Loss. If he suddenly loses weight, then suspect worms in his system.
  • Dull Coat. A healthy, normal canine would appear to have a thick, shine coat. Otherwise, worms can be the culprit. Hair loss and rashes also indicates worms.
  • Skin Irritation/Itching. Skin irritation denotes a severe worm infestation.
  • Scooting. If you see your dog rub his bottom on the ground, this may be due to worms. However, this sign is most associated with anal gland issues.
  • Worms in Poop. Tapeworms are commonly seen in your pet’s feces, as well as in the area around his anus.

How to Treat Worms in Dogs – Beat it Out of your Pekingese’s System

How to Treat Worms in Dogs

Roundworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Dull coat
  • Weight Loss
  • Swollen Belly
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • If left untreated may result to death

Treatment:
Oral medication, a dewormer and a check up every 3-6 months is necessary. Once his treatment has started, he is most likely to be given a monthly heartworm medicine as well. Ask your vet about what dewormer to give.

Tapeworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Weight Loss
  • Itchiness in the anal area
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight Loss

Treatment:
Bring to vet immediately since a normal dewormer won’t eliminate this kind. A strong medication such as Epsiprantel or Praziquantel will be needed.

Hookworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Blood in stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale gums
  • Anemia
  • Weight Loss
  • Lethargic / Energy Loss
  • Skin irritation
  • If untreated, death would result

Treatment:
Usually, your pet would be given oral medications and a close monitoring for the next 3-6 months. IV therapy and blood transfusion will also be needed if the case looks bad.

Whipworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Flatulence
  • Weight Loss
  • Mucus/Blood in feces
  • Anemia
  • Diarrhea
  • Energy Loss

Treatment:
This kind of worms can only be killed with certain medications such as Febantel or Fenbendazole. The treatment course would last for 5 days and will then be repeated after 3 weeks. A monthly heartowrm medication is also expected here.

Heartworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Energy Loss
  • Dull Coat
  • Pot Belly
  • Has a great potential of causing death

Treatment:
Bring to your vet immediately for treatment. Most of the time your vet would give special medications that are designed to kill the Heartworms. Also, do not try to do it at home since the treatment course itself can also kill the dog, thus a professional should be the one to do it.

Each dog lover out there should know how to treat worms in dogs, or at least have an idea how to prevent it. If left untreated, these worms can cause a lot of damage in your pet’s internal organs thus leading to loss of consciousness and eventually death. If you think your pekingese has worms, take him immediately to the nearest animal clinic. Most of these worms are just easy to treat and the vet would then prescribe the meds needed to be taken by your pet. Lastly, the best way to keep your pet safe is to ensure that he has heartworm prevention treatment that would last all year round.

When did your pekingese had his last deworming session? Did you know that deworming is done every 3-6 months? Share with us your story and we may be of help and vice versa. Go ahead, don’t be shy; enter your comments/suggestions below. Share and like this page too if you find it informative.

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