Archive for Dog Grooming

Dogs can be a human’s best friend, so you know how your dog is going to act on most days because each one has their own distinct personality. That’s why it can be scary when they start acting strangely, and you don’t know how to help them. To keep this from happening in your future, read up on common dog skin allergies so you can take a deep breath. Knowing what the problem is will be half your battle.

Alopecia in Dogs

Alopecia is the technical way to say hair loss, and while it’s more widely known for being something humans deal with, dogs can also be affected. Sometimes it just appears as a thinning of your dog’s hair in places you might not think of as concerning, like the tip of their nose or their ears. However, it can quickly turn into hair loss in giant chunks all over the body.

This skin condition, as well as others, are most often first accompanied by symptoms such as rubbing their face and constant scratching, as well as chewing on their feet or even ear infections. The best way to determine the course of treatment for alopecia is to talk with your vet. Your dog could need just a good bath with the right shampoo, or even medication.

The Common Menace: Pruritus

If you notice your dog constantly scratching without hair loss, they’re probably struggling with Pruritus. This just means that their skin has been irritated and they feel the need to scratch, and it can happen for any number of reasons. Allergies can inflame the skin or even a change in diet. This good news is that this doesn’t require a vet trip to get your dog some help.

The best thing you can do for your furry best friend is go to the pet store and get a calming, restorative shampoo. Instead of grabbing what you usually do, look for a shampoo based in oatmeal, since it’s a neutral formula that will soothe the skin. Use this until you notice the itching go away, and then opt for a permanent sensitive-skin shampoo instead.

Flea Allergy Hotspots

Fleas are a nuisance to dogs, not only because of the risks that they pose, but also because dogs can be allergic to them as well. If your dog is allergic to fleas and gets bitten by one, they’ll start itching, losing hair and showing red skin. The most noticeable symptom will be the “hotspots,” which are red spots with no hair that appear above the hind legs and the tail head.

To get rid of the fleas, put a flea collar on your dog or take them to a vet for medication. In addition, it’d be smart to use some oatmeal shampoo to calm their irritation spots and give them some peace of mind. If your vet gives your dog medication that is applied to the coat and not taken orally, take care not to bathe your dog too quickly and wash the medication away.

Protein Intolerance

Some dogs are actually allergic to certain amounts of protein, which can cause them to experience symptoms like itchy skin. To tell this apart from other diagnoses, your dog would also have an upset stomach or swollen tongue.

Sound like what your dog is experiencing? Your vet will have to run tests on your dog’s bloodwork to determine the specific allergy, and they may even do a skin test. If it truly is an issue with diet, your vet will be able to point you to the right food, and may advise that you dog skip certain treats and bones.

 

When your dog starts to experience skin issues, you may feel panicked because you’re not sure how to handle the situation. Is it something temporary and easy to fix with a bath, or should you go to your vet? While you might not be able to afford a vet visit, you should always call and ask for advice before deciding what to do on your own.

 

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Emily is an avid dog lover and conservation writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To read more of her work, check out her blog, Conservation Folks, and go follow her on Twitter!

How to Help Your Dog Enjoy Grooming

When you become a dog owner, you take on the responsibility of keeping your pup healthy, happy and clean — part of that includes grooming them and clipping their nails. Failing to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and coat cleaned could result in pain, illness and, in some cases, injury.

However, if your pup is like most canines, grooming time isn’t their favorite part of the day. To teach your dog to tolerate, or even enjoy, getting groomed and having their nails trimmed, try out some of these tips.

  1. Make Sure You’re Doing It Right

Before you can expect your dog to behave while they’re being groomed or having their nails clipped, you need to verify you’re doing everything right. This mostly applies to clipping your pup’s nails. If you do this wrong, it could be extremely painful. Follow these steps:

  1. Hold your dog’s paw steady, but lightly. If you grip too tight, it could scare or hurt your furry baby.
  2. Clip off a small portion of the end of the nail. If it feels squishy or spongey while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately. You’re cutting the quick, which is the blood vessel that runs through the nail. If you puncture this part of your dog’s nail, it will bleed, be extremely painful and they’ll probably remember it for a long time.
  3. If you do cut the quick, make sure to stop the bleeding as fast as you can. We recommend purchasing a nail cauterizer, which is a tool that stops the bleeding by applying heat. You could also buy styptic powder that you apply with a cotton ball or Q-tip.
  4. Consider Using a Muzzle

While this might not seem like it’ll be your dog’s favorite thing to wear, you can turn it around to make them truly enjoy wearing their muzzle. Two words: peanut butter. Smear a little bit on the inside of the muzzle, and they’ll love putting on their restrictive gear. You can even find one that has an opening at the end so you can feed them treats as you groom them and clip their nails without having to take it off.

  1. Take Them to a Fun Pet-Washing Facility

We all know how much dogs love car rides, so why not incorporate one into your pet’s grooming experience? Try finding a pet-washing facility near you and take your pup there to groom them. Make the groomer’s an exciting and happy place for your dog to visit. Take lots of treats with you and be ready to praise your four-legged friend for behaving in the shop.

If your dog is more motivated by playtime or exercise than food, you could also make it a routine to take them on a walk or to the dog park after they’ve been groomed. They’ll eventually associate going to the pet-washing facility with the super awesome walk they get to go on afterward. You didn’t think your pup would stay squeaky clean forever, did you?

  1. Offer Rewards for Good Behavior

Just like with training your dog to do anything else — go to the bathroom outside, not jump all over your visitors and actually drop the ball when you’re playing fetch, to name a few — dog treats are going to be your new best friend — right after your pup, of course.

Use cookies to reward your pet for good behavior while you’re grooming them or clipping their nails. After a while, they’ll relate grooming time with getting treats and will come running when they see the brush and nail clippers.

Dogs have an incredible ability to learn commands and activity patterns — that’s part of what makes them man’s best friend. Tap into that, and you’ll have no problem training your dog to enjoy grooming time. Remember to take the time to learn the proper way to clip your dog’s nails as well. Clipping the quick of your dog’s nail is a great way to make them dread watching you break out the grooming tools.

Shower your four-legged friend with treats, kisses and maybe even a walk or trip to the dog park if they’re well-behaved. Or, make grooming a fun trip to a pet-washing facility near you that your dog will love. You have the tools to make your dog love being groomed — and they’ll come out of the experience looking as beautiful as ever.

 

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Emily is an avid dog lover and conservation writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To read more of her work, check out her blog Conservation Folks and go follow her on Twitter!

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We spent a long time waiting for winter to turn to spring, and now we’re not too far away from seeing spring turn to summer! A lot of people begin to concern themselves a lot with what they’re going to do to keep themselves comfortable when the weather starts to get uncomfortably hot. But what if you share your home with a dog?

 

Many people seem to assume that pets are able to take care of themselves when it comes to these warm months. And while they may seem perfectly happy to be basking in the sun most of the time, there are actually a few problems that can come with the summer months if you’re not getting yourself and your dog ready.

 

So let’s take a quick look at the ways in which you and your furry friend should be preparing for the upcoming heat!

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It’s time for a furcut!

 

During the colder months of the year, your dog’s fur will have been growing at a faster rate in order to keep in the warmth. Owners don’t tend to get their dog’s fur cut during those months, generally because they understand why it’s grown out so much. But a lot of owners underestimate how warm all that fur can get once the sun is a bit closer! When the blaze begins, your friend simply doesn’t need all that fur.

 

It can be very difficult to tell just how uncomfortable a dog is in a given season, but there are some signs you should have your eye out for. Excessive panting and a lot of fluid drinking will tip you off to their increasing heat levels. Get their fur clipped to ensure maximum comfort.

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Pests abound

 

When the sun is out and blazing, plenty of pests come out to play. It becomes a bigger risk in your household, but it’s the outdoors with which you really need to concern yourself. Dogs will spent more time playing around the grass, where ticks, fleas, and other pests abound.

 

Basically, it’s a lot easier for dogs to get dirtier, unhygienic, and pest-ridden during summer. So it’s best to ensure that you give them a good wash more frequently than you would during colder months. You can visit Jim’s Dog Wash today if you need assistance. Aside from that, ensure your pup has the right vaccines and medications to hand.

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Microchipping

 

Dogs will get way more adventurous during these months. So there are a couple of things you should consider here. The more adventurous dogs get, the more likely it is they’re going to lose their collar. In fact, it may even increase the risk of your dog getting lost if it starts chasing after another of nature’s summer wildlife creatures!

 

So microchipping is something you may want to consider if your dog only has a collar. If for any reason you can’t get your dog microchipped, then make sure the collar tag has all the relevant information possibly required in case your furry friend ends up getting a little lost.

 

 

 

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Looking after your pup can be a whole lot of responsibility. From feeding and watering to walking and grooming, you have to be willing to be hands on in order to ensure they’re happy and healthy. While some people are keen to pass off some responsibilities to the groomer, undertaking those tasks can be the perfect time for you to bond with your furry friend. From clipping their claws to cleaning their ears and giving them a brush, it’s time for you to cuddle, chat (yes, honestly), and just enjoy each other’s company. While the groomers are best for haircuts, try doing a few things at home and enjoy your time together.

 

Why do it at home?

First things first, there’s definitely a financial benefit to grooming from home. Groomers can be costly, and while it’s far more straightforward to have someone else do it, if you’re watching your cash-flow, it definitely pays to do some of these things at home. Most importantly, though, is it gives you quality time to spend with your pup. It builds trust and strengthens the bond between the two of you, but it also enables you to give them a regular health check. Any suspicious lumps, bumps, scratches or scabs will show their faces when you spend that much time with your pup, meaning you can more easily monitor anything which might be a concern.

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What tools do I need?

A nail clipper (for dogs, not humans), a toothbrush and toothpaste, a good brush, and some hypoallergenic shampoo is a good place to start. If you’ve got a pup with long hair, some sharp scissors for removing hair from between the toes or in front of the eyes can help. You’ll also be responsible for flea and tick management, so some good substances for flea and tick prevention for dogs is also good to have in your repertoire. You’re not expected to go out and buy the most expensive dog clippers – you’re not setting up your own grooming business (yet!).

 

When’s the best time to do it?

You’ll want to set aside a good chunk of time every week or so to sit down together and go through the motions. Spontaneity is, unfortunately, not the key here. Your best bet is to take them out for a walk and a play to tire them out and help them to relax, before putting them in the bath and getting down to it. Time of day obviously doesn’t matter; it’s just about finding the time to do it all properly. A good routine can also help to put your dog at ease, and a few treats never go amiss.

 

What are some essential grooming tips?

Use your finger to separate your dog’s toes before clipping his nails, so you don’t accidentally catch any of their skin, and then clean the area with a cotton pad and warm water. You can also use a cotton pad and warm water to clean their eyes and ears of any residual build up to ensure they’re comfortable and to keep infections at bay.

 

Grooming your pup at home is a great time for you to bond and to build intimacy and trust between you. Do you have any essential grooming tips that you and your furry friend enjoy? Get in touch and let us know!

 

Sometimes your dog deserves to be spoilt. Whether it’s a reward for good behaviour, a birthday gift or just because you feel like it, there are a whole range of accessories that you can buy for your pet. If your four-legged friend prefers chew toys, grooming product or anything else, here are a few ideas to help you spoil them rotten.

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Time for bed?

Although some dog owners like to spoil their pets by letting them into bed with them, a more permanent solution comes in the form of a luxurious place for your dog to call its own. You could create a bedding area yourself out of a basket and some old cushions, or you could splash out on a more extravagant option.

Goose-feather, water-resistant dog beds can be purchased to let your pooch experience the height of luxury. What’s more, these beds are easy to clean and transport, so they also come with practical benefits.

 

Grooming

Dog grooming has become a major industry and so there’s plenty of products available for you to buy. Paws Prof offers a number of different nail clippers for your dog, to ensure that they are always looking their best. What’s more, nail clippers don’t just serve a cosmetic purpose, they make sure that your pet’s claws are trimmed so they can walk properly and are less likely to suffer from an infection.

 

If grooming is your method of choice when it comes to spoiling your dog, then you’re spoilt for choice. There are now dog shampoos, conditioners, hairbrushes and many other products on the market. Why not buy a few different ones and see what works for your pet?

Chews your gift wisely

Giving your dog something to chew as a gift is great for a number of reason. Firstly, it make your dog happy, but also it should prevent them from chewing something else – something that belongs to you. There are chew toys available that are durable, soft, make noises and have a nutritional benefit. A chew toy also provides a great opportunity for you to play with your pet, as a game of tug of war is good fun, even if the dog always wins.

Making them look fashionable

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Yes, it is strictly true that dogs don’t need clothes, but when it makes them look so adorable then what’s the harm? Fashionable accessories are available in the form of raincoats, jumpers, bandanas and harnesses. If you choose a reputable manufacturer, you’ll also ensure that these stylish items don’t just make your dog look great, but that he or she is comfortable as well. If you’re looking for ways to bring you and your dog closer together then you can’t do much better than matching outfits.

 

Owning a dog can be expensive and there are plenty of regular costs that you have to deal with, including food and veterinary bills. However, that doesn’t mean that a treat, every now and then, is out of the question. If you do have some money leftover to spend on your dog, what better way to show your love and appreciation than with a gift or two?

 

There is no feeling that’s more amazing than adding a new puppy or dog to your family. There’s excitement, lots and lots of love, and, of course, a small amount of nervousness. Bringing a new pet into your home isn’t something to take lightly, after all, dogs are for life. Some breeds can live for up to 20 years, so it’s essential that you’re sure about it before you adopt a new furbaby to bring home. Unless you’re 100 percent sure that you can give your new pup a home for life, don’t bring him or her home.

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The number one reason that dogs are put in shelters or abandoned is due to money. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that money isn’t something to think about when it comes to adopting a puppy. But the truth is it’s an incredibly important factor. That’s why, before you adopt a puppy or dog, it’s essential that you’re sure you can afford to look after them. To help you do that, we’ve put together this handy guide explaining all the costs that come with owning a dog.

 

Monthly food bills

The cost of the food pills for your dog will depend on various factors; from the breed to the age of the dog. Larger breeds tend to eat more food than smaller breeds, which makes their monthly food bill more expensive.

For example, a small breed dog like a Jack Russell tends to cost between $20 to $30 a month to feed. While a larger breed, like a Labrador Retriever, tends to cost between $40 and $60 a month to feed. So make sure to take the breed into account when working out how much they will cost to care for.

 

Training and daycare

If you want your new family member to be happy and well behaved, it’s essential that you take them to training classes. This allows you to establish who is in charge and learn the best ways to teach and discipline your dog. Most beginner dog training courses cost between $10 and $13 a lesson, or around $70 for a block of classes. This doesn’t change depending on the breed; this is a set amount.

Then there’s doggie daycare services to take into account. You see, if you’re out at work all day and can’t leave your new family member at home, you’ll require a daycare service for them. Good doggy daycare services cost around $50 a day to take care of your pet. That’s a great price for daycare; it just depends if you can afford it.

 

Vet checkups and annual jabs

There’s also vet checkups and annual jabs to take into account. Most vet checkups cost around $45 a visit, that’s before any treatment has been prescribed. Treatment tends to come at an additional cost.

There’s also the cost of your pet’s annual jabs and boosters. The initial set will probably cost between $50 and $95, with annual boosters costing a little less than this. These are essential for your dog’s health, so it’s crucial that you’re able to afford to get them. Else, your dog could become seriously unwell.

Adding a dog to your family can be the most amazing thing to do, if you can afford it, that is. A dog’s for life, so you need to make sure that before you adopt a new pup into your family that you can afford to look after them.

 

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.

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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 www.femaledognames.net and www.maledognames.net .When Julie isn’t writing she is on an adventure, or at the very least plotting her next one.

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he shares some benefits of regular pet grooming.

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If by any chance you decide to get a family pet, it is important that you understand your responsibilities as their owner. You can’t just get a pet because you want to or you are envious of your neighbor’s new Labrador pup. Remember, raising a pet is never easy as it requires patience, time, effort, and money. So, before you pursue your decision, you have to think about it carefully.
When raising pets, every owner has to know a lot of things, and that includes the importance of grooming. Pet grooming plays a vital role in their lives. Not only does it make your pets look clean and tidy; it also keeps them strong and healthy. Apart from that, there are plenty of benefits pets and owners can enjoy with frequent grooming. Here are some:

Healthy Pelt
By using pet-specific shampoos, you are actually keeping your furry pal’s pelt nourished, healthy, and clean. This is because it involves the process of brushing, scrubbing, and blow drying, which effectively removes any dead hair and skin.

By doing this more often, air can circulate properly through their skin. Keep in mind that shampooing doesn’t only apply to cats and dogs with long hair. This is for all pets, regardless of hair length. Here is one tip. A healthier coat can be achieved if you also use a deep moisturizer conditioner.

Fragrant and Fresh Smell
Pets must not smell bad. Just like humans, they always want to be fresh and fragrant all the time. With regular grooming, you will not just keep your pets from smelling dirty; you can also prevent your house from having that odd dog-smell.

Nowadays, pet shops sell a variety of products for your beloved animal friends. But, this does not mean you can buy any product you want. To ensure you get the right one, read the labels and instructions provided.

Reduced Shedding

Can you imagine how great it would be not having furs on your floor, clothes, and furniture pieces? Well, during the grooming process, plenty of these loose hairs will be removed. Hence, you will not have to worry about checking and cleaning every corner of your house for any signs of fur that might cause allergies.

Prevent Illnesses

Pets are also like humans. They are prone to illnesses and diseases that eventually show up out of the blue. But if you only groom them habitually, you no longer have to worry about bringing your pet to the vet every now and then. All you have to do is to start inspecting the tails, the toes, and the head of your pet. From there, you can easily spot any abnormalities.

However, you don’t just end there. You have to brush their fur as well, so as to remove any ticks, pollen, allergens, and dirt. This way, the chances of allergens flying in your home will be significantly reduced.

Neat Appearance
Though pets can’t talk, it is quite obvious that they feel happier if they are clean and tidy. Even if a shaggy appearance looks good on your pets, regular grooming can guarantee that your pet will always be at its best, no matter how long its hair is. If there is excessive hair in its face and paws, it can result in hygiene problems. And worse, it can lead to infections.

Moisturize Fur
With constant brushing, essential skin oils will spread all over the coat of your furry pet. These oils are very useful as they keep the fur shiny and moisturized all the time. To achieve a more moisturized fur, sometimes, a topical finishing spray must be used. But, to be very certain, you can consult the veterinarian first. He can give you a list of products that could help improve the fur of your pet.

Ensure Comfort
If the fur of your pet is matted and tangled, chances are these will make them feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Any knotted fur can stretch and pull the skin underneath, which can be painful for them. If you only groom them regularly, your pet will be relieved from the tension and stress these tangles bring.

At the end of the day, the overall health and appearance of the pets depend on the owners. If you really love to raise pets, but you think you can’t keep up with all the responsibilities that await you, it is best that you opt for pet grooming services.

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Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter.

Whether your dog’s ears are long, shaped like a rosebud or bat ears, or they stand up in prick-eared fashion, it’s important to keep them clean. In extreme cases, dogs with dirty, infected ears can lose their hearing. Infected ears can lead to other health problems as well. Fortunately, regular ear cleaning is easy to do and it doesn’t require much in the way of accessories.

What you will need

You only need a few things to clean your dog’s ears:

 

  • Ear cleaner
  • Cotton balls or cloth

If you have a Terrier breed or a dog that has a lot of hair inside the ear, you may need a hemostat. This is a pair of tweezers with a small clamp-shaped end and handles so you can easily remove hair from inside the ears. This will allow air to get inside the ear and prevent ear infections. You can use a little ear powder sprinkled in the ear to make this hair easier to grip.

With most dogs you can simply use the ear cleaner and the cotton balls or cloth. You can buy ear cleaner from your veterinarian or from a good pet store or a pet retailer online. There are many good brands.

Cleaning your dog’s ears

To clean your dog’s ears you should make sure the ear cleaning solution is at room temperature. Nothing will make a dog squeamish about his ears faster than if you squirt cold liquid into them so make sure the cleaner is a pleasant temperature.

Try to clean your dog’s ears when you’re both relaxed. Your dog should be in front of you. It’s good if you have some treats with you so you can reward him for his cooperation.

Start by putting a few drops of the cleaner in one of your dog’s ears. Then gently massage the base of your dog’s ear. Slowly move your fingers over the base of the ear to loosen any wax and dirt that have accumulated. This should feel good to your dog. Then gently take one of the cotton balls or the cloth and stroke the inside of the ear to remove the loosened wax and dirt. Keep wiping the inside of the ear until the cotton ball or cloth comes away clean. You may have to put in a few more drops in your dog’s ear and massage a little more if the ear is very dirty.

You should not hold the bottle up and pour it into your dog’s ear. Not only is this unpleasant for your dog but that’s far too much liquid to put in your dog’s ear. It only takes a few drops of the cleaner each time to loosen the wax and dirt.

Once you have cleaned the first ear you can move over and clean the other ear. Make sure you give your dog some treats while you’re working to keep him cooperating.

Mites and infections

If your dog has ears that are no more than normally dirty, it should just take you a few minutes to clean them. However, if your dog’s ears are very gunky with brown or black wax, cleaning may take longer. This might indicate that your dog has had some mites or an infection at some time. Look for signs that your dog has any current infection or parasites. If you see anything that looks suspicious you should contact your veterinarian. Your vet can provide you with a miticide to get rid of ear mites. A yeast infection can be harder to eliminate. If you see signs of an infection you should talk to your vet and let him or her examine your dog’s ears.

In most cases you can clean your dog’s ears and be finished in just a few minutes. If you practice cleaning your dog’s ears each week then you will quickly spot any potential problems before they become something to be concerned about.

If you clean your dog’s ears gently and give him some treats while you clean, most dogs won’t mind having their ears cleaned. It also helps if you start cleaning ears when your dog is young so they know that it’s no big deal. Take care of your dog’s ears and you’ll never have a problem.

Does Your Dog Need Sunscreen?

Believe it or not, some dogs do need to use sunscreen. While dogs enjoy the sun as much as any of us, there are some breeds that are hairless and other breeds with white or pink skin which is sensitive to the sun. Owners with these dogs need to take some special precautions so their dogs’ skin won’t burn.

 

Which breeds?

Hairless breeds include:

  • Chinese Crested (AKC and other registries)
  • Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog) (AKC and other registries)
  • Peruvian Hairless Dog (Perro Sin Pelo del Perú) (FCI, UKC, AKC Foundation Stock Service)
  • American Hairless Terrier (UKC)

 

Non-registered breeds:

  • American Crested Sand Terrier
  • Hairless Khala (Argentine Pila Dog)

 

All of these breeds might need some sunscreen when they are out in the sun, especially if you live in a very hot, sunny area. Some of these dogs have both hairless and coated versions, or dogs that have some slight fur on their bodies. The hairless dogs may need some moisturizer for their skin, too. For example, the Chinese Crested has both a hairless and powder puff variety. The hairless has a smooth body with skin showing. They feature silky hair on their head, “socks” on their paws, and a plume on their tail. They require sunscreen when outside and they often need some moisturizer for their soft skin.

 

The Xolo or Mexican Hairless Dog also has skin showing over his body. These dogs are an ancient breed from Mexico and they were sacred to the Aztecs and other central American people. The dogs are believed to date back more than 3000 years and it’s thought that they derive from a spontaneous genetic mutation for hairlessness.

 

Hairless dogs sometimes have problems with acne if too much lotion or cream is used on their bodies or if they are bathed too often. Bathing can strip away their natural skin oils, just as it does with coated dogs.

 

Other dogs that need sunscreen

Other dogs that sometimes need sunscreen include dogs with white or pink skin. If your dog has a white or partly white coat, then he probably has white or pink skin beneath it. He should be fine outside unless he likes to lie on his back and show off his stomach. The fur is very thin over the abdomen and inner thighs. You can apply sunscreen in this area to protect your dog.

 

If your dog has a pink or pale nose you can also place some sunscreen on it for protection. Delicate ears are another place where you might want to apply some sunscreen.

 

And, any dog that has a thin coat with little undercoat might need some sunscreen. But try not to grease your dog up with too much of the product. If you can easily see your dog’s white or pink skin through his hair, then some sunscreen might be in order. Or you can limit your dog’s exposure to the sun.

 

What to use?

Vets advise you to avoid using any product with zinc oxide on your pet. If your dog licks zinc oxide it can make him dangerously anemic. Otherwise you can use sunscreens that are SPF 15. There is one sunscreen that is made specifically for dogs (and horses) and approved by the FDA: The Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen.

 

Most dogs can enjoy the sun without any problems but if you have a hairless dog or a dog with more sensitive skin, a little sunscreen can provide the protection your dog needs