Archive for March, 2016

Ear mites are very contagious spider-like parasites that are most frequently seen infection the inner ears of both dogs and cats. Ear mites are most often seen living inside the ear canals of dogs; however, they can also be located on other parts of the dog’s body. If your dog is demonstrating the symptoms of ear irritation then it is very likely that he has an ear infection caused by ear mites. Your veterinarian will be able to confirm the diagnosis for you.

The Symptoms of Ear Mites

Symptoms of ear mites in dogs are very easy to spot. Your dog may start shaking his head a lot more frequently; keep in mind that excessive head shaking can actually damage your dog’s ears to the point where the tips of floppy ears start to bleed. If your dog is obsessively scratching or rubbing at his ears then you should consider that he does have an ear mite infection.

The Diagnosis of Canine Ear Mites

While your veterinarian is the most qualified person to give you the diagnosis of ear mites, you may be able to see symptoms of it yourself when you look inside your dog’s ears. When you look into your dog’s ears you will be able to see debris inside of his ear canal; it will have the appearance of coffee grounds and may range in color from dark red, to brown, and even to black. Ear mites in dogs are actually visible to the naked eye so you may be able to see them moving inside of your dog’s ears.

When your vet looks into your dog’s ears he may also take a sample of the debris from the ear canal and inspect it under a microscope in order to get a more affirmative diagnosis.

Treatment for Ear Mites

The treatment for ear mites in dogs will depend on the severity of the infestation. In severe cases, where your dog’s hearing has already been affected, your vet may prescribe a round of antibiotics. Your dog’s hearing may be restored once the infection and associated swelling has decreased.

Your vet may do a thorough wash and cleaning of your dog’s ears while he is in the office; if your vet doesn’t offer this option right away then you may want to consider requesting it as it is often best to let the professionals handle deep ear cleanings. Once the ears have both been thoroughly cleaned out of debris then an insecticide medication will be applied directly into the ears.

At-home care for ear mites in dogs will include additional ear cleanings and applications of the prescription medications. Treatment could extend for as long as two weeks in order to ensure that all of the ear mites have been destroyed. Be sure that you treat all of your animals for ear mites, even if just one of them is currently displaying symptoms of these little pests.


Author Bio

Julie Page first grew to love writing about pets and the pet industry in 2012 while writing a dog travel journal for a Canadian based company. Julie then discovered a lack of informative dog name websites when researching cute puppy names which fuelled her passion even more. Julie founded two quality sites and .When Julie isn’t writing she is on an adventure, or at the very least plotting her next one.

The Rainforest Can Help Your Dog

Modern medicine with all its scientific and technological improvements stills achieves as in the past significant advances from nature. Five out of the ten leading U.S. prescription drugs and 75% of all cancer drugs were developed based on animal and plant research. Our overall health and life expectancies have improved substantially due to medicines developed from nature.

Quinine, cortisone, Novocain, leukemia drugs for children, and Captopril the first orally taken high blood pressure drug are but a few examples.

The global rainforests are the eco-friendliest and most varied environments on earth. They represent a enormous reservoir of knowledge and contain a wealth of ecosystems and wildlife, with many species both plant and animal still undiscovered.

The rainforests have and will continue to source many of these nature-based medications to benefit mankind. Our best friend, the canine, will also benefit from these discoveries. One emerging plant from the rainforests of the Amazon and South and Central America is cat’s claw.

Cat’s claw is a wide-ranging woody climbing vine that gains its name from the thorns growing along the stalk that resemble the claws of a cat. In the moist warm environment of the rainforest the plants can grow a 100 feet high into the tops of the trees.
Like many herbal and natural remedies cat’s claw has been in use for thousands of years. The aboriginal tribes of the rainforests still use it for many medicinal needs. Peru especially has a strong history of using and producing it for commercial use.
But unlike many of these remedies that come from the folklore cat’s claw has had significant studies and trials performed to verify its claims and has caught the attention of many notable researchers in the field of medical pharmacology.
The aboriginal populations of the vast Amazon rainforests that span Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana for centuries have been using cat’s claw for medicinal remedies and preventions for countless conditions including deep wounds, arthritis asthma, inflammations, internal cleanser to neutralize free radicals, dysentery, rheumatism, cancer, gonorrhea, and diabetes.
Cat’s claw received it first significant attention in the 1920s when Germans migrated to Peru and started using it to successfully treat rheumatism and cancer. So after studies started in Europe and England raising its popularity. Since, credible studies and clinical trials have been conducted worldwide in such countries as Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and the United States. These studies and trials have documented positive results against a wide range of maladies such as Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, DNA damage, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Leukemia, lymphoma, and Osteoarthritis. In addition which also speaks highly of its possibilities multiple patents have been filed in the United States concerning Cat’s Claw and it was ranked as one of the top 10 most popular herbs.
Cat’s claw contains numerous active compounds that are phytochemicals with powerful therapeutic qualities. These all have pronounced physiological actions and include alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, flavonoids, sterol fractions, plant sterols, and antioxidant chemicals.
Because cat’s claw contains such diverse and extensive biologically active compounds it has positive therapeutic cures and preventions for likewise diverse and extensive medical issues including arthritis, diverticulitis, colitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, cold sores, herpes, hay fever, high blood pressure and even birth control. It has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of vaccines. In addition by cleansing the intestinal walls, it facilitates the body to better absorb minerals, vitamins, and proteins essential for growth and the maintenance of good health.

Even though the extensive studies, clinical trials, and folklore that document cat’s claw’s therapeutic benefits is all associated with humans there is no reason to believe it would not be as beneficial for your dog. Many of these medicinal problems and related studies, observations, and personal experiences take significant effort and prolong time periods to effectively determine if cat’s claw performs as asserted. Therefore for dogs there is little or no verified information on its value. The property of cat’s claw needing relatively very high strength and quantity of stomach acid to facilitate the decomposition of the tannins and alkaloids during digestion is significant when developing a thesis for its beneficial use for dogs. A dog’s stomach acid is 10 times stronger than that of humans meaning that cat’s claw in the dog’s digestive tract will be more effective in assimilating the herb into the body’s cellular structure.
The anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to be highly beneficial for dogs for the treatment of joint problems . The medicinal effects for reducing inflammation and pain for damaged joints, muscles, or tendon & ligaments can usually be realized and recognized in a reasonably short period of time, as short as a few hours.
All joint products whether for humans, horses, or canines typically contain Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM). In addition many also contain the additional beneficial compounds Hyaluronic Acid and Cetyl Myristoleate. These complexes of compounds promote healing of the cartilage, meniscus, tendons, and joint membranes.
Since there is almost always inflammation associated with problem joints a good natural anti-inflammatory compound such as cat’s claw is a very beneficial addition to these compounds. By quickly reducing the inflammation in a damaged joint you promote healing by allowing it to be used without the pain and restrictive movement that the inflammation causes. This then in turn gets more blood flowing through the joint promoting healing.
If your dog has symptoms of joint discomfort you need to start using a joint care product and it should contain cat’s claw. The symptoms are obviously all involved with physical movement. They include difficulty either laying down or raising up, slow and measured when walking, straining to get over objects or up stairs, inflammation and tenderness around joints, excessive breathlessness when moving and exercising, hobbling or repeatedly not using a leg, or simply not wanting to chase that ball that they dropped at your feet.

In conclusion, considerable amounts of information on cat’s claw for this article were acquired from the book “The Saga of the Cat’s Claw by Dr. Cabieses. Dr. Cabieses has very distinguished credentials. Beneficial medicinal properties of many plants, herbs, and natural compounds are based on folklore and promoted by commercial profit interests , not by sufficient testing and trials. From the research cat’s claw is different. To support this thesis; The closing statement from Dr. Cabieses’ book is included below.

The proper design of research protocols for human application in neoplastic diseases and in severe problems of immune deficiency (AIDS) is not child’s play, and the limits between the possible and the desirable are frequently cloudy and diffuse. A link between “in vitro” and “in vivo” is now being designed in Peruvian medical institutions of great prestige like the University Cayetano Heredia and Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas, as well as under the direction of experts in alternative medicines like natural medicine (Father Edmundo Szeliga, Doctor Mirez, Doctor Lida Obregon) and homeopathy (Dr. F. P. Iaccarino). This leads me to believe that it won’t be too long, dear reader, before you and I can sit down together again for a second edition of this monograph.
Meanwhile, what should we do? What should you and I do with all the information invading our homes and our hospitals about cat’s claw in Peru? What do we do, dear aunt of my neighbor? What do we do, dear doctor, respected colleague? Do we resist the tide and abstain from using this interesting plant of our jungle? What do we tell our friend, the desperate father of the young fellow who has AIDS? Do we tell him to ignore this ray of hope? Do we, as doctors, tell our patient suffering from a malignant tumor not to seek refuge in cat’s claw, at least to satisfy his desperate relatives? Or do we tell our patients and our friends to buy a ticket to this lottery and see what happens with cat’s claw? Do we love cat’s claw or not? Do we accept it or prohibit it?
Biology’s dizzying advances have confronted us with hundreds of dilemmas like this one. When you face a true dilemma, you suddenly find that you have no answers. A dilemma is a question without answers. Or, to put it better, a dilemma is a question with two or more answers, whose every answer is at once attractive and defensible and capable of leading us to defeat and frustration. Modern biology has brought us to a vast field paved with dilemmas like this; disoriented, we now seek satisfaction for all our doubts and questions. Such satisfaction does not exist. A road there must be built and found in the labyrinth of biological dilemmas, and the way to do so is called Bio-ethics.
The ethics of Biology: a science that still does not clearly exist. An elusive, slippery, unattainable moral law. A set of rules where it is always difficult to find what is good, what is proper, what is just. A time bomb hidden behind each scientific discovery.
That is why I wrote this book. To shed some light on this difficult path. Here we have a “new” medication which is recommended and praised by many people who have used it. Here we have scientific evidence that it is not toxic. Laboratory tests carried out in serious academic institutions prove that the extracts of this plant have clear anti-inflammatory effects, that it has some action modulating the immune mechanisms, and that, in certain circumstances, it inhibits the crazed growth of cancerous cells. . . .
So we still have not identified the active principal? We have not identified how it works? For two hundred years, quina bark saved more lives annually than those killed by the atomic bomb in 1945. And during all those years, nobody knew that there was an alkaloid which would later be named Quinine. For a hundred years, humankind used aspirin to stop pain and inflammation, though nobody knew until the discovery of prostaglandins why it worked.
Of course, in this dangerous quagmire of official indecision, the indifference of the authorities and the absence of controls acts as an incentive to fraud, to the illegal substitution of products, to falsification, adulteration and deceit. These should lead us, physicians and conscientious citizens, to help our patients and friends help themselves against con artists and quacks and who promote spurious and adulterated products. All physicians who have patients taking this particular medicinal plant should try to document seriously and scientifically all those cases, positive or negative, in order to gather enough scientific information about the medical effects of cats claw.


Why are dogs so friendly?

If someone asked you the question why are dogs so friendly? How would you answer them? Yes we all know and love our dogs, and they love as back just as much, but where did this love come from? Where did it all begin? Let’s dip in and discover the answer to this question, which is truly amazing.

Why are dogs so friendly – The domestication Process


It’s hard to imagine, as you’re cuddling up to your beloved canine that his/her ancestors were wolves. Scientists have clear DNA evidence that shows our best friends did in fact descend from the gray wolf.

The oldest fossils that have been discovered were from a dog grave which was 14,000 years old. However there is clear DNA evidence that does indeed suggest that dogs originated from wolves a lot sooner than this; with figures going back 15,000 to over 100,000 years ago.

Historians have all agreed that we domesticated our faithful companions long before any other animal. So not only are dogs our best friends they are indeed our oldest best friends. Is it any wonder why we have such an unbreakable bond with them?

We don’t exactly know how dogs and humans first discovered each other, there are many different theories. One theory is that humans began taking in the pups of wolves and that we learned how to tame them. Another theory suggests that the very tamest wolves were always around us searching for food, they were the ones who weren’t afraid to come close to us in the hope for food which would have increased their chances of survival.

One of the Pack

Wolves are pack animals and as they became tamer towards us we were considered by them to be the pack leader, or the “highest ranking wolf” the wolves therefore quickly became obedient towards the new pack leader. The tamer the wolves kept on becoming, the longer they stayed around us, and so either we intentionally bred tamer wolves, or evolution did it for us. The end result was much tamer wolves, until eventually we got our best friends of today, the dog.

Humans and the tamer wolves built up a strong bond and developed great teamwork in regards to hunting, we had the brains for hunting and the wolf had the speed and also the ferocity, which enabled us both to survive. We shared our food that we had caught together, and we depended on each other for survival. This is where the bond between us stems from, we needed each other. This is one answer to the question why are dogs so friendly towards us?

Our little wolves of today

While we may not have been able to cuddle a wolf back in those dayswe can cuddle our best friends that we share our lives with today, they are very special indeed. Although we may not have to go hunting together for each other’s survival, we still share a great bond and it’s a bond that can never be broken. We love our dogs and they love us back, just as much.

They consider us as one of their pack, just like the wolves did all those years ago, some characteristics will never change, and we wouldn’t want them to. It’s hard to imagine our faithful companions being related to a gray wolf, but indeed it is true, take a close look at your dog, the features are all there to see.

The loyalty of dogs

Dogs are such loyal companions to us humans, is there any wonder they are considered to be man’s best friend? You only have to look at stories in the newspapers to see stories of such loyalty, when their owners have been away for a long time and suddenly come home, the pictures of the dog’s reaction is beautiful, and shows just how much they love us, unconditionally. Some people might say they are loyal because we feed them this however, definitely isn’t the truth. They love us for much more than this.

Dogs are pack animals, they think that their owners are one of their pack. Dogs don’t want to be on their own, they need numbers, as they thrive in a pack. When something happens to one of their pack, they miss that member considerably.

Dogs are affectionate animals they have a strong instinct in them that craves bonds either with other dogs or indeed us humans. Dogs don’t want to fight they want to be loved and they want to protect all the members in their pack, no matter what.

Final thoughts

Dogs are our most loyal, trusting friends to whom we have developed such a strong bond. They love us no matter what, and we love them for this.The friendship we have with our beloved canines goes back thousands of years, so it shouldn’t be too hard to see why they quickly became “man’s best friend.”

The unconditional love they give us means everything, and they ask for nothing back, just food, shelter and lots of love .They want us to be a member of their pack, and we are more than happy to be, we will always have a strong bond with dogs, we have taken them into our hearts, and surely that’s where they’ll stay. Hopefully this has answered your question, why are dogs so friendly?




Author Bio

Julie Page first grew to love writing about pets and the pet industry in 2012 while writing a dog travel journal for a Canadian based company. Julie then discovered a lack of informative dog name websites when researching puppy names for boys which fuelled her passion even more. Julie founded two quality sites and .When Julie isn’t writing she is on an adventure, or at the very least plotting her next one.

Should We Dress Our Dogs Up?

If you’ve ever spent any significant time on the Internet, chances are you’ve come across pictures of dogs dressed up as something adorable/terrifying.

The owners will often be the first to tell you that their dogs absolutely love being dressed up, but is it ever ok to parade your pooch around in one of these costumes?

Upon considering this question, I find myself torn. As a dog walker, I have a passion for pooches of all shapes and sizes, and some of them genuinely need an extra layer when we go out for walks. But it’s not an Elvis costume or Santa suit that I choose – it’s a dog jacket. Apart from a few smaller dogs that aren’t quite built to deal with the cold effectively, I generally find that very few dogs need a jacket, even in extreme weather. Dogs have evolved to regulate their body temperature in these conditions, and making them wear a jacket interferes with this regulatory system. Man’s best friend is tough as nails, and making them wear unnecessary layers of clothing can be detrimental to their survivalist instincts.

And it’s not just mild discomfort that a dressed up dog might experience; some experts have warned that it can have a similar effect to leaving them locked in a car without an open window, something that kills thousands of dogs every year. The RSPCA have further clarified the severity of unnecessarily giving dogs an extra layer of clothing by warning that owners who do so could be prosecuted for neglect, making it serious business.

But even if you’re taking care to only dress up your dog when you feel that they absolutely need the extra layer, there is another aspect to this argument that is rarely discussed – embarrassment.


There are claims that dressing dogs in extra clothing, even if it’s just a simple jacket, can actually be quite demeaning. I wasn’t totally convinced by this argument until I saw a huge Lurcher being paraded around in a fluffy poncho – his face definitely suggested embarrassment and discomfort.

The main argument that I hear from pet owners who dress their dogs up is that their pets ‘enjoy’ wearing the extra clothing. But in many ways, this could be even worse for the dog’s behaviour and development. Loving your dog is understandable, but ultimately they are pets and should be treated as so. Dogs that are dressed up by their owners tend to behave poorly because they aren’t treated like animals; they’re treated like spoilt kids. So don’t be surprised when they behave like a spoilt kid.

But despite my arguments, there are times when dressing up dogs is entirely appropriate. Family photos just aren’t the same without a dog in a bad sweater, and every dog should have at least one bad Halloween costume. Just make sure you take it off straight after they’re done posing in it, you don’t want them to overheat.

Dog clothing has become a huge industry in recent years, and an increasing number of owners have started dressing their dogs up on a regular basis. But whether you’re doing this for a laugh or you’re doing it because you genuinely believe they need the extra warmth, always consider their safety and feelings first.



Barbara owns Dog Walking Dunfermline ( a dog walking company based in Scotland.