Caring For Your Pet Naturally and Holistically
Apr 30 2013
A yeast infection is a typical example of a beneficial organism revolting and causing harm if other systems of the body are not functioning properly. Yeast, a single-celled fungus that reproduces asexually by budding or division is present in the body and intestinal tracts of a dog. In a healthy dog, yeast identifies and destroys harmful bacteria and is controlled by the immune system.
A weakened immune system drastically reduces the number of friendly bacteria in the body. Without the active support of these friendly bacteria, yeast undergoes a dramatic change from a non-invasive and sugar fermenting organism to an invasive and mucus damaging organism. This is the start of a primary yeast infection. Secondary yeast infection occurs when yeast penetrate skin that has already been damaged by scratching or injury.
Skin problems in dogs and other pets produce symptoms that can bring about significant changes to the look of your pet. Conditions like canine and feline acne, dog and cat dandruff, dog ear mites, pet intestinal parasites, imbalanced diet and eczema can cause an itchy skin. The resultant scratching can lead to skin damage and this increases the risk of penetration by yeast. Yeast infection mostly affects moist parts but can prevail in almost any part of the skin.
Apr 6 2013
I absolutely love rubbing my dog’s ears! Regardless of the shape and size, dog ears are adorable and most dogs melt with ecstasy when they get their ears rubbed. However, ear massages alone will not be enough to keep your dog or puppy’s ears healthy.
Ears are one of the central breeding areas for yeast infections, mites, fleas, etc. and it is your responsibility to take good care of that area to prevent the buildup of microscopic dangers. You will need to keep your dog’s ears free of moisture and build up of wax because parasites grow best in that type of environment.
Different Ears Mean Different Cleaning Needs
Not all dog ears are created equal, therefore there are different cleaning regimens for different breeds. Some dogs need their ears cleaned every day, while others only need a touch up every few weeks or so.
A good rule of thumb is knowing that dogs that have larger ear flaps will need some personal ear grooming attended to more often due to lack of circulation. You may also be faced with a dog that has too much hair growing from the inside of his ears. If so then you may want to trim away the excess air.
Feb 27 2013
Pets are a major responsibility and once you have decided to own a pet it is your responsibility to ensure that they are healthy and active. Though there are many issues, medical and otherwise, that you will have to reckon with, the hygiene and cleanliness of your pet is one aspect that you will need to maintain constantly.
Dog ears are often neglected while giving your dog a bath or ensuring overall grooming. Your dog may be squeaky clean from the outside and may have an extremely shiny coat, but if you have not ensured that his ears are cleaned every week, there is a high probability that your dog is slowly becoming a breeding ground for ear mites and bacteria.
Dog ear mites are less common than cat ear mites . But they can get extremely frustrating, if unattended, since they can develop into larger and more complicated issues. Dog ear mites can also cause behavioral changes in your pet that can lead him to be irritable and moody. And surely, the last thing that you would want to do is to have your pet put to sleep due to some aggressive behavior that occurs due to an ear infection.
Feb 9 2013
Pet owners are often confronted with pet ear problems. Even though there reasons other than ear mites are the most common cause of ear infections in pets. Some major causes of infections in dog ears are:
* Wet ears that do not dry on their own
* Dog ear mites
* Skin diseases
* Allergic reactions
* Injury to the ear canal
* Insect bites
The structure of a dog’s ear is such that water gets entrapped easily in the ear canal. A dog’s ears naturally produce some amount of wax. This wax should be cleaned regularly as part of normal grooming. Severe instances of infection normally leads to excessive wax production that refuses to go away despite regular cleaning.
Moist wax is an invitation for yeast infection. If your dog scratches or rubs his ears excessively or shakes his head without any reason, it is prudent to inspect the ears for any signs of yeast infection. A particularly foul odor, redness, swelling of the external ear and an oily discharge are sure indications of a yeast infection.
Nov 29 2012
The decision to have your dogs ears cropped is a matter of preference. Some pet owners believe that a boxer looks much better with cropped ears and therefore opt for a surgical alteration in the structure. Others feel that the soft floppy ears give a soft look to their pet.
Many who are sensitive to animal suffering explicitly voice their dissent about this cruelty that is being meted out to some breeds of dogs. I personally feel that the boxer has been provided by the floppy ears by nature to actually cushion the otherwise gloomy expression that the breed has.
But there are people who prefer to crop the ears of their boxer pets to allow easy cleaning of the ear and prevent dog ear mites. They normally want to do this because drooping ears aid in creating a favorable environment for ear mites to breed. Let me explain how it happens.
Nov 25 2012
Dog ear infections mostly involve pathogenic organisms that are sensitive to antibiotics and are easily treatable. After an antibiotic treatment regime, most of the bacteria are killed but in certain cases the residual infection is of a resistant and literally immortal bacterium called pseudomonas. Pseudomonas is a special species of rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria, resistant to every antibiotic known to the medical world. Gram-negative relates to bacteria that do not retain the violet stain used in Gram’s Method.
Dog ear infections are a common occurrence and there are certain factors that combine to cause infections in a dog’s ear. These are:
* The dog ear anatomy that does not facilitate easy expulsion of parasites, debris, wax or foreign substance that once enters the ear.
* The L-shaped structure of the dog that provides a moist and humid environment for bacteria and fungus to thrive upon.
* Long floppy ears that prevent air circulation for easy drying of ears.
* Allergic reactions.
* Thyroid dysfunction.
* Parasites like dog ear mites.
* Side effects of drugs.
* Unclean ears.
* Immune mediated and other medical conditions.
Aug 11 2012
Otitis Externa is a medical term for a chronic or recurrent ear infection of the external ear and the ear canal. It is the result of a vicious circle of cause and effect. Poor grooming and unclean ears often act as an invitation for bacterial and fungal infections. Treatment is difficult as the anatomy of the dog ear does not allow the medication to reach the inner ear easily. Infection causes the skin lining of the external ear to thicken, which further inhibits exit of infectious fluid and entry of medications for treating the infection.
Dog ear infections are common but mild occurrences tend to aggravate. When the dog scratches his ears due to the itching, further complications like blood clots and haematoma are likely to occur. The external ear skin thickens and becomes reddened and scaly. With the passage of time, a discolored secretion starts creating a foul odor that is unbearable.
As the condition aggravates the ear assumes a cauliflower-like appearance, eventually leading to the blockage of the ear passage. Once the infection reaches the middle ear, otitis externa becomes more painful and brings about behavioral changes in the dog. The dog is likely to become less responsive and will shy away from opening his mouth or being petted on the head.
Aug 7 2012
Yeast infections in dogs can be detected by the presence of scales on skin. These scales give out a fetid greasy smell and can be extremely offending.
The scientific name of the yeast that is usually present in dogs is Malassezia pachydermatis. It can appear in the ear, rectum, vagina or anal sacs. The name pachydermatis comes from the fact that the yeast infected skin is similar to the thick skin that most pachyderms have. And therefore the infected area of the skin resembles the tough skin that elephants, rhinos and hippos have.
The mere presence of yeast usually does not cause any major problem for the dog. But in most cases the yeast infection indicates the presence of another infection. These other infections and allergies can cause abnormal itching in a dog. This makes the dog skin more vulnerable to yeast attacks. To confirm the presence of a yeast infection in your dog, all you need to do is to scrape some skin off the infected area and get it examined under a microscope in a laboratory.
To treat the yeast infection effectively, it is essential to target the fundamental infection that causes it.
Jul 8 2012
Dog ear canals are L-shaped to protect the sharp hearing capabilities of dogs. This unusual shape is nature’s way of protecting the ear drum. But this shape is also the major reason why an ear infection is common in dogs. This is mainly due to the fact that the structure allows the ear mites moisture, ear wax and debris to accumulate.
When moisture and excessive wax accumulates in the ear, it can lead to severe infection of the ear, especially if there is also a prevalence of dog ear mites. Conventional medications that include antibiotics and antifungal drugs tend to weaken the immune system. Home remedies for dog ear mites, on the other hand, attempt to focus on the underlying cause without harming other functions of the body.
Mar 13 2012
Although an uncommon occurrence, ear polyps can severely damage the ear drum of your cat if they are not treated in time. Ear polyps are neither breed nor sex specific but they usually occur in cats between the ages of 1 to 4 years. Ear polyps in cats produce symptoms that are almost similar to those caused by parasites like cat ear mites or other ear infections.
* Inability to walk in a straight line.
* A tilted head.
* Droopy eyelid/s.
* Partial covering of the eye by the third eyelid.
Ear polyps are usually located in the horizontal passage of the ear canal and difficult to see without an otoscope, a medical instrument with a magnifying glass and light used for examining the tympanic membrane. The veterinarian might need to sedate your cat for the examination.
A polyp is actually a small vascular growth on the surface of a mucous membrane that appears almost similar to a squamous cell tumor. The first step in diagnosis is to get a biopsy of the polyp and remove doubts regarding a cancerous growth.