Most us know how painful an earache can be so staying alert to signs of trouble will help you head them off before they get out of hand and cause unnecessary pain for your dog.
Routine home ear care is very important to the health of your dog. Performed between your regular checkups with the vet, it will help keep your dog’s ears healthy and pain free.
Some things to check for are excessive wax, foul odor, redness, constant scratching, excessive matting of hair in the external ear, rubbing the ears against other objects, head shaking, and disorientation can all be signs of ear problems.
Generally the first thing we notice is our dog shaking his head a lot. Usually by the time we see this sign, there is already a problem.
Sniffing your dog’s ears is another way to detect problems early. Normally a dog’s ears shouldn’t smell foul in any way. If you see a dark waxy discharge this may be a sign of ear mites. On the other hand, if you see a pus-like discharge along with a foul smell this may be a sign of a bacterial infection.
Allergies are also known to cause some dogs to have smelly ears. If you’re new to this and are unsure have the vet check your dog’s ears.
Right after the vet gives your dog a clean bill of health make sure you inspect your dog’s ears. This way you will learn how your pet’s ears should normally look and smell.
As we are now in the spring season and everyone is replacing plants lost over the winter, we would just like to remind everyone of some items that are hazardous to your dogs.
Cocoa Mulch – If you suspect your dog may have eaten cocoa mulch,
the ASPCA recommends contacting your veterinarian immediately or calling the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 for expert advice.
Some plants and flowers common to this area that pose a poison hazard for dogs are:
Bird of Paradise flower
This is only a partial list of toxic plants. For more information please go to the ASPCA website.
It’s once again time to remind everyone of the common potential hazards to our pets during the holiday season.
Christmas is the best time of the year, but keep in mind the things we decorate with may be dangerous to our pets.
1. Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water from spilling, which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he drink it.
2. Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when these are ingested they can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic.
3. Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface, and if you leave the room, put the candle out!
4. Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paw’s reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
While you may love the excitement and noise of the New Year’s celebrations, you pet may be terrified by it.
1. As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in your pet’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps causing obstructions that may need surgery to correct.
2. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. A dog’s hearing is much more sensitive then a human’s.
3. Remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, indoor, escape-proof area as midnight approaches. Many pets run away on New Year’s Eve out of fear in an attempt to escape the extremely loud noise.
During the holiday celebrations you may have more people in your house than you pet is accustom to, so give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to, complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle.
Any behavioral problems that your dog may have should be addressed. Your dog should be well behaved and obedient. Teach him to stay off the furniture. Get him used to the smell of baby powder. Get a doll that cries and moves as a baby would. Practice walking with a stroller. HE must walk behind the stroller. Bring clothing home with baby’s scent on it. Let him sniff it. But don’t stick it in the dogs face. Let him sniff from the other side of the room. Than let him come closer but not closer than you would let him to your baby.
Remember take your time don’t rush you have 9 months to get your dog ready for the new baby. Once the baby is born have everyone else go in to the house before you get home. Also have someone take the dog for a walk before you get home. This will help with the usual excitement and energy. Have them bring the dog in after you get home and you have settled in. Stay calm and relaxed this is crucial. Introduce your dog to the baby slowly. At first from across the room. Then closer a little at the time. Have someone that the dog knows give some obedience commands like come, sit and down using treats to reward good behavior. Praise your dog for any calm interest in the baby. Remember Avoid scolding your dog. You want your dog to associate the new baby with good things!
Now that you and the baby are settling in. You need to show the dog that being around the baby is a good thing. When the baby is up and you are holding the baby. Invite the dog in and give him some attention. Teach the dog that being around the baby is good. Any positive experience is beneficial. A little petting, a couple of treats and this is a great time to do some sits and downs just a little obedience that makes it good to be with the baby. Take them for walks together as long as you have a dog that walks well on a leash, never hook the leash to the stroller. No matter how passive your dog is with the baby never leave a dog of any size alone with a baby.
For help getting your dog ready for the new baby, or any training needs you have call In Control Dog Training, 504-666- 3712.
My Jack Russell mix has been known to be hard-headed and stubborn but she responded really well to training with Morris. The combination of the collar and positive reinforcement was very effective and while initially I wasn’t sure how we could accomplish so much in three sessions, I was amazed at the results I saw in just minutes.
He is excellent at reading their behavior and tailoring his training to their individual personalities. I used to leave the dog park or lakefront in shame because of her aggressive behavior with other dogs.
Now she sits and lays down when other dogs pass, even if they are barking or acting out towards her. On nearly every walk now people comment “look at that well behaved dog!” Morris is able to teach you the skills you need to continue training. Recently we have learned how to ride on a kayak!
My name is Lauren and my dog’s name is Oaklei. Oaklei is a 2-year-old terrier mix rescue. When I brought her, I noticed that she was not responding to her name, chasing after my cats, she had a lot of trouble walking on a leash, begging for food at the table and jumping on people.
After having her for a week, I contacted a few trainers but Morris was the only one who contacted me back about training. He was very interested in meeting Oaklei and seeing what he could do to help fix the issues.
After the first session at my house, I could see a difference. She would come when I called her name, would not pull while on her leash, etc. We have been attending training since May 2015. Since she has started training, she has learned how to walk on the leash, come to her name, and sits on place while we eat our meals. I owe Morris a huge thank you for all the help that he has given.
Dear Mr. Morris:
Hi my name is Nikky and my dog is Roxy. Roxy is a German Shepard rescue I got about a year and half ago. They estimated her age to be about 2 years. About 2 months after having her, she turned aggressive towards people and some dogs if they barked at her or started up with her. I could not bring her anywhere or have anyone come to the home…not even the pizza man. Due to this turn of events I contacted 2 previous trainers and they would not attempt to work with her. Out Vet even prescribed Prozac for her because of her aggressive nature.
Nothing seemed to work until I contacted Morris of In-Control Dog Training. He was very interested in meeting Roxy and we were able to make an appointment that same week. After the first session at our home I could see a difference. I was very nervous about starting the class with the other dogs and their owners, but Morris reassured me it would be fine. Of course, Roxy had to be muzzled for her and everyone else’s safety, but she was able to mix right in and start following commands. We have been going for about 6 months and now she does not have to be muzzled. She is relaxed in class and loves to show off and I have become a proud mom….finally. She has come a long way and I couldn’t be happier with her progress. Many times I thought about giving her back to the rescue group but am glad I stuck it out. Roxy and I definitely owe Morris a great deal of gratitude. Thank you!!
Love Nikky & Roxy
Moving to a new home can be wonderful and exciting, but it can also be a very stressful time and not just for you, but for your pets too. I’m writing this because we just moved to a new home ourselves and experienced first hand the emotional roller coaster moving can be.
It may be best to let your pet stay with a familiar friend, or relative during the actual move so they are out of the way and safe. Doors will be left open while bringing furniture in and people will be going in and out a lot. It is very easy for your pet to want to follow someone out and quickly get confused in the new surroundings and get lost. A lost pet is a sure way to ruin your excitement over the new place.
Remember it’s going to take some time for you to set up your new home and to get used to where everything is, and sometimes the new routines that come with living in a different area. Well it will also take your pets time to adjust to a new living environment and routines. Our pets depend on their enhanced sense of smell to tell them a lot about new people, other animals and new surroundings, so be sure to allow your pets time to smell around and discover the information they need about their new home.
They also depend a lot on us. They can pick up on our moods and if we are stressed and anxious, they will know something is wrong and likely feel confused as to what they should do. In your old home if you are upset, your dog will probably either try to be close to you, or go lay in their bed and stay away, but in the new home they may not know where to go yet and this will cause anxiety for them.
Consistency is the key. This will help everyone to adjust and settle in quickly. Try to keep to your old schedule as much as you can.
While you may want everything nice and new for your new home, your pets will feel more comfortable with familiar objects. This is not the time to get new beds, water and food bowls, or toys. Bring the old stuff and put them in similar places they have always been in. You can gradually replace them for new items as your pet gets comfortable with the new home.
It is also a good idea to make sure your pets are caught up on their vaccinations, heart worm medication and flea preventatives.
This is a busy time for you, but be sure to make time to play with and comfort your best friend, so he can enjoy the new home too.
We have a friend who recently lost one of their puppies to Zinc Toxicity from swallowing a penny.
All pennies minted after 1983 have a zinc core covered by copper.
If you even suspect your dog may have swallowed a penny, contact your vet immediately.
The acidic environment in the stomach, can cause the penny to break down rapidly. Once the penny starts to corrode the zinc is released into the bloodstream and causes anemia and liver damage.
Signs of zinc toxicity and anemia can include extreme tiredness, vomiting, bloody urine, decreased appetite, and seeming depressed. These signs signify the need to get your dog to the vet very quickly.
It could take a few hours to a couple days before signs of toxicity start to show up.
Once penny ingestion and zinc toxicity is determined the immediate treatment goals will include decreasing zinc absorption, correcting anemia, minimizing liver damage, and removing the penny.
Most likely the penny will be surgically removed although endoscopy may by possible if the penny is still sitting in the stomach. The time it could take to allow the penny to pass, if it even will, could cause irreparable damage to the liver or even death.
Pennies are just heavy enough that they tend to stay in the stomach even when the animal has been given medication to make him or her vomit.
Once the penny is removed the patient may need a blood transfusion to correct the anemia and will be given IV fluids to flush the liver to help the body get rid of the zinc.
Additionally, the dog may receive Pepcid for stomach upset and/or an anti-nausea medication to prevent vomiting.
Supportive care may be needed for additional days or weeks depending on the amount of toxicity and how the animal responds to treatment.
Other common objects or products that contain zinc include zinc supplements, diaper rash ointment, sunscreen containing zinc oxide, automobile fuses, wire, nuts, bolts and some nails. But the one most often overlooked is still the penny. More information about dogs swallowing pennies.
If you even suspect your dog may have swallowed a penny, contact your vet immediately.
Last modified on February 1st, 2017