Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Barking Wednesday - Healthy Dog Ears

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  
Each week I post stuff about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  

All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life. 

Labs are prone to ear infections.  Kingers is pretty good except when he does a lot of swimming.  If Kingers is swimming he will get a ear infection.  Here are a few tips I have learned over the years to ensure his ears
are healthy.  I always contact my vet whenever I think he has a infection.  His tale tale
 sign of a ear infection is when he starts shaking his head.  If he shakes his head side to side...odds are he has some type of issue with his ears.  Getting medication quickly can make a huge difference.
The earlier I start the medication the faster his ears heal.

Here are a few natural tips I have learned to help reduce and improve Kingers ears.

  • Lightly apply Aloe Vera Oil or Vitamin E oil to your dogs red areas in his ear 
  • By gently cleaning your dogs ears with a cotton swab or gauze dipped into vegetable oil can help to remove a buildup of wax and dirt.

Check out this pic of your dogs ear canals. Much different that humans.  Always be VERY careful when treating your dogs ears.


A update on Kingers seizures. Since he started taking his medication he has not had any seizures.  Last week he went to the vet for his blood work to ensure that he is receiving the proper dose of medication.  He is..his levels were right where they should be.
I am also happy to say that after one month on the medication - Kingers is back to acting like himself. At 1st when he started the Phenobarbital he acted a little goofy. Walking was not steady and he kind of acted drunk - but now he is back to normal! :) There is a few side effects to the medicine that he has. Number 1 is weight gain. He gained 2 pounds in one month! Not good! So we have started him on a healthy weight control plan. Number 2 is the amount of water he wants. He has NEVER been a toilet drinker. Since he started on the medicine we have had to increase the water we keep in his bowl. If not he will seek out a open toilet! ICKY!!!  When I told the vet about these issues the vet told me that these are two of the most popular side effects of Phenobarbital.


20 comments:

  1. Good to know. I've never owned a dog so I would never had know this.

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  2. Great tips on dog ear care. I am going to have my daughter read this, because she is hoping to get a lab one day.

    I'm glad to hear the medication is working for him.

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  3. So glad the medicine is working. Ear health is so important for our pets!

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  4. Awe, I am so glad he is on the road to recovery... I had no clue the ears could effect dogs like this...

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  5. now i need to get my tobey's ears checked out. i'm glad your pup is ok

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  6. My beagle always have ear problems so this is a great post for me!

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  7. My dog had an allergic reaction in her ears this year.

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  8. I am so glad to hear your baby is doing better! It is so hard when our pets are ill. Thanks for the information on ear issues with dogs.

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  9. oh wow, I didn't realize this - I do not have a dog but this is interesting!

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  10. So glad he's doing much better now, but yep, keep those toilet lids closed!

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  11. Thanks for the tips on how to treat dog's ears. They are so much different and too many people like to try to stab cotton swabs in there. It's just not safe.

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  12. This is good info to know! I will keep this in mind for my dog too!

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  13. Great info. I am really glad he has not suffered from those seizures!

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  14. There are even natural ways to help heal and feed dogs! I love this post! I learned something new about labs. I had no idea they were prone to ear infections! :)

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  15. I have a black lab mix and he gets some ear infections. Thank for the natural tips to help reduce them. I am so glad your doggie is getting better from the seizures that would be scary.

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  16. our dog is a German Shorthair Pointer so keeping her ears clean is a must - thanks for sharing these tips

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  17. Great post! I remember taking my Shih-Tzu to the groomer just recently and her talking to me about my dog's ear. Very similar to what you just wrote about.

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  18. Sharing with my dog owning friends!!!

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  19. Aww so glad to hear your doggy is back to normal!

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  20. Thanks for sharing! Our dog has long floppy ears and they get very dirty! This will be very helpful!

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