How To Prevent Dog Ear Infections

Causes of dog ear infectionDog Ear Infections

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Everyone that owns a dog should learn how to prevent dog ear infections.  Checking your dogs ears frequently will prevent infections.  Dirt, wax and parasites can lead to canine ear infections in dogs.

Healthy ears are pink.  Any signs of redness can be a sign of infection or inflammation.  A small amount of earwax is normal and healthy.  An excessive amount, a change in color or consistency can be a cause for concern.

If your dogs ears have a unusual smell, strong odor, or if he whines when you touch his ears, it may have a health problem, such as infection or dog allergies.

Cleaning your dogs ears regularly prevents wax and oil build up.  Excessive amounts of earwax can provide a fertile environment for bacteria and fungus.  You should regularly pull out the hair any hair in the ears of  your dog.  This improves air flow in the ear canal which prevents infections and infestations.

Ear infections in a dog can be uncomfortable and agonizing.  If left untreated, canine ear infections can compromise hearing and cause permanent deafness.

Canine anatomy which includes heavy overhanging ear flaps are a cause for infection.

The most common dog ear disease is otitis externa which is an inflammation of the external canal.  Otitis media which is a middle ear infection can develop from otitis externa and canine allergies is the biggest cause of infection.  About seventy five percent of dogs with a food allergy or atopy have ear disease.

Some ways to prevent infection in a dogs ears are:

  • cleaning dogs ears on a weekly basis
  • tape the ears over the dogs head for one to two hours each day to increase ventilation to the ear canal.
  • feeding an all natural diet

Routine dog ear care can prevent many ear problems.  Regular cleaning keeps the ears of your dog healthy and odor free.

Canine Food Allergies

Food allergies in dogsCanine Food Allergies

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Your dog has started vomiting up some of his meals and scratches his ears frequently.  Canine food allergies are an immunologic reaction to food.  Not all dogs with skin or intestinal problems have a food allergy.

Most dogs have been eating the offending food for two years before signs of food allergies appear.  A few dogs can develop signs as early as two months of eating the offending food.  Food allergic reactions do not normally appear immediately after introducing a new food.  When they begin to show, the onset is often sudden and serious.

When your dog ingests a small amount of an allergic substance it can provoke a reaction within hours.  The dog allergic reaction may be vomiting, diarrhea, itchy or redden skin in the ear canal or ear flaps.  The dog may shake or rub it’s head, scoot, scratch their ears or develop a food allergy rash.  The dog can develop secondary skin and ear infections with bacteria or yeast.  Ear disease is common in dogs with food allergies.

Food allergic reactions can start at any age, but most dogs show symptoms before they turn one year of age.  They are seen in all breeds.  Around 15% of dogs that have these allergies have both skin and gastrointestinal signs and 30% of dogs will have itchy skin from fleas and other allergies in dogs.

The primary cause of food allergy is meat sources such as poultry, beef, lamb and fish.  Two thirds are caused by beef, dairy products, what and chicken.  Chicken, lamb, soy and eggs account for one third of allergies.  Pork, rabbit, cow’s milk, mutton, horse meat, oatmeal, corn, rice, wheat, flour, potatoes, kidney beans, and dog biscuits can cause allergies too.

Most cases of common food allergies can take months to diagnose.  You can’t cure a dog allergy and most dogs have to take shots for life.  You can learn to manage your dog’s allergies over time.  Sixty to seventy percent of dogs show a big reduction in symptoms after taking steroid shots.

Treatment for dog allergies involves antihistamines, antibiotics for infections, medicated shampoos, topical medicines and in extreme skin reaction cases steroids.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between food allergies and food intolerance.

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Dog Nutrition

Dog HealthDog Nutrition

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When it comes to dog nutrition it is very important to read and understand what is in your dog food. All ingredients should be listed on the label. The first ingredient listed is the primary ingredient and so forth. There should be no toxic ingredients. Some foods are premium brand. One premium type of food is all natural. Dog with allergies should have an all natural diet. All natural dog foods are oven baked in order to keep in most nutrients.

If you decide to change your dog food, we suggest mixing half of your old dog food with half the new food. This will prevent diarrhea and an upset stomach.

Certain preservatives used in dog food can be dangerous to dog or puppy. Preservatives are used to prevent the food from going rancid. A list of these preservatives are:

Ethoxyquin
BHA
BHT

BHA and BHT can cause an allergic reaction and also affect kidney and liver function.

Ethoxyquin was used in making tires as a rubber stabilizer. When it was first introduced to dog food it caused many problems in dogs. This ingredient may cause cancer. Premium dog food contains natural preservatives such as vitamin E and vitamin C.