Preventing Dog Ear Infections, How Common Are They & How To Treat Dog Ear Infections
Ear infections in dogs are not all that uncommon, and they are very much treatable, however if your dog does have an ear infection, you do want to get it treated as soon as possible so damage to your dogs ears do not occur as well as the longer you take to fix it, the longer your dog will feel miserable or be in pain.
If you are human, I am sure you have had an ear infection probably at least once in your life, and some of us more than once! If you are lucky enough to of never had one – consider yourself lucky! Whether you are a human or a dog – the ears need to be clean to prevent infections from happening, not only is it not fun for your dog but each time your dog gets an ear infection and you need to have it treated – those costs will add up quite a bit pretty quickly!
If your dog’s ears look nasty, one thing you can try pretty easily first at home is by taking a washcloth, or cotton ball with mineral oil and gently try wiping out your puppy’s ears, going no deeper than the first bend on your finger (typically 1-inch MAX or less)
“Ear Mites” are a common cause to your dog having an ear infection, mites plus an ear infection = more mites and worse ear infections and it will keep getting worse until you take care of the problem. Watch for your puppy scratching his/her ears, or even just not acting like normal. Check the ears!
I suspect my dog has an ear infection, but how do I know if my dog has an ear infection?
There are a few questions you must ask yourself that will help you find out or not.
1. When is the last time your dog’s ears were cleaned?
If you have not cleaned your dog’s ears in quite some time, the possibility of them having an ear infection is much higher.
2. Do your dog’s ears look healthy, pink and clear of dirt?
If your pups ears look clean and healthy as far down as you can see, that is great!
3. Do your dog’s ears have a foul smell?
Your dog’s ears should not have any nasty smell coming from them if they do then your dog most likely 99% of the time has an ear infection!
4. My dog’s ears smell fine, look fine, and I keep up with cleaning them or having a professional clean them, but I still suspect an ear infection or something wrong with my dog’s ears! Now what?!
When in doubt, put the safety and health of your dog first, take them to your local licensed veterinarian and have your dog checked out!
So… What is the best way to prevent your dog from getting an ear infection? The answer is simply to do your best to keep your dog’s ears clean as good as you can, and also keeping up on some kind of dog ear mite medicine! Prevention for anything is always BEST & CHEAPER for you and your dog compared to treatment!
If you do not feel comfortable cleaning your dog’s ears, or you do not know how, as your local vet or find a reputable dog breeder that can show you how if you would like to learn, if not, you need to find someone to help you clean your dogs ears and try to do it on a monthly basis or every few months at least!
At your local pet store, big box store, or even at your vet – there are many very affordable products that help with the early treatment and prevention of ear mites, as well as things to help you keep your pups ears clean! If you keep your dog’s ears clean, and free of mites, you should not have any ear infection problems in your future!
If you got your puppy from us and ever have any questions or need any tips, we are always a phone call or text away from giving you the best advice that we can!
How Do I Trim My Dog’s Nails & How Often Should They Be Trimmed?
So, how often do I need to trim my dog’s nails? This is a question many ask, but there is no exact answer for all dogs. There are many things that can make the answer to this differently. The dog food your dog eats, different surfaces your dog is on, does your dog dig, what breed/size is your dog?
Depending on all of that, that gives you a wide range, anywhere from 1 – 4 months on average! If you dog digs or scratches a lot as some dogs do on harder surfaces, they are naturally wearing down their nails on their own so little trimming will be required.
Certain ingredients in dog food may also contribute to your dog’s nails growing faster than other dogs, as well as the breed of your dog, some dogs nails tend to grow not much at all, and some dogs nails seem to grow super fast!
There are tons of online videos that show you how to carefully and properly cut your dog’s nails! You can also see if your vet or a local groomer would be willing to teach you if you already give them a lot of business and not trying to be a “freeloader” they will typically be more than happy to teach you! As a breeder, if you have got your puppy from us, we will be more than happy to show you how or give you tips!
They sell very nice dog nail clippers that make cutting dogs nails a breeze these days! There is a chart below that has some more details on how short to cut your dogs nail without hurting your dog and causing damage, it is very important not to cut too short, but to cut enough to where you are actually making progress!
This video below is great for helping you learn how to cut your pups nails at home carefully!
Help Me! What Do I Do If My Dog Just Ate Chocolate?
FIRST – CALL YOUR VET.
First of all, why is chocolate toxic to dogs? Because it contains caffeine, which both speeds up the heart rate and nervous system of your dog. The risk of your dog becoming sick from eating chocolate depends majorly on the kind and the amount of chocolate that your dog consumed, as well as the size/weight of your dog. Chocolate also contains a chemical called “Thebromine”, which is safe in humans but can kill your dog.
Cocoa powder is most toxic, bakers chocolate is next in line, then semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate is not very toxic.
(Use these tips to help save your dog, do not panic, do not wait until it is too late) The first thing to do if you are already freaking out because your dog ate chocolate, is taking a few deep breaths and handle the situation. If you have a small dog and they just ate a ton of chocolate, then you should be more concerned and give you local vet a call so they can take a look at your dog, and help the issue. Now, if your dog ate a few Hersey kisses or chocolate chips, your dog will most likely be totally fine.
Signs of your dog being poisoned by chocolate are as follows.
(Signs of chocolate poisoning usually appear 6 to 12 hours after your dog ate the chocolate and may last up to 3 days)
Anytime your dog has eaten any amount of chocolate, it is always best for you to give your vet a call, just in case, and do it as soon as you can, longer you wait the worse things can get.
If your dog has eaten chocolate in the last 2 hours, your veterinarian may induce vomiting to work the toxins out of your dog’s body quickly without it being absorbed into your pups bloodstream.
It is important to note that older dogs that already have heart conditions are most at risk for sudden death.
As soon as your dog has eaten chocolate that you find out, your dog may start of vomit on his or her own which is a good thing to get the toxins out of the body. There are some steps you can take in an emergency that can help save your dog’s life.
Give your dog a teaspoon of “Hydrogen Peroxide”
Mix the peroxide with water or vanilla ice cream to make it easier for your dog to want to eat it.
Next, get your dog to move, take your dog on a walk for 15 or so minutes, physical activity will help your dog to induce vomiting.
If your dog does not vomit after about 30 minutes, do not give more peroxide, as so much of this can also be harmful to your dog. You can also try using grass as dogs will typically eat grass to make themselves vomit.
If you can not get your dog to vomit, then feed them something that they really love to help dilute the chocolate that your dog has already eaten and reduced the potency of the “thebromine”.
How Big Will My Puppy Get When He/She Is Full Grown?
This is a question we get very often, from almost every customer. We never mind giving you an estimate of the range your puppy will end up weighing full grown, but it is almost impossible to tell you how many pounds your puppy will weigh full grown. The best you can do is know the weight of the dam and the sire and you will get an estimate of the puppies full grown weight, and also depending on the breed of the puppy – you can get an estimate of the puppies adult weight from that as well. We cannot ever promise you how much your puppy will weigh full grown, however.
Also, not always – but normally – it seems that boys tend to be a little bit larger than female puppies. Some puppies are born smaller and can end up getting a growth spurt and catching up on size, or it can stay on the smaller size like it currently is.
We raise 3 different breeds of puppies currently. 1. Toy Poodle 2. Cockapoo 3. Cavapoo
Below I will give you the estimated normal size of each breed that the dog will normally weigh when full grown.
Toy Poodles normally grow to be between 5 and 10 pounds full grown
Cockapoos tend to be between 16 and 24 pounds full grown
Cavapoos are normally 14 to 20 pounds full grown.
As I mentioned above, there is no way I can promise you any size because I do not want you to be misled, but these are the normal ranges of each breed full grown size.
One of the most simple – yet effective ways to get a guess of puppies full grown weight – is to take their weight when they are 8 weeks old, and multiply that by 3. For example: If a puppy is 5 pounds when they are about 8 weeks old, that puppy would come close to about 15 pounds full grown if the growth of the puppy stays current based upon the puppies first 8 weeks after being born.
How important is exercise for your pup? Exercise is very important in making sure your puppy grows into a healthy dog and stays a healthy dog! It is okay if your dog likes to lay on your lap, or cuddles with you – that is important also! BUT, your pup needs lots of good exercise! Smaller breeds like the dog breeds we raise generally get lots of exercise by running around the house, playing with you and different toys. We have a large dog yard for our dogs, so all of our dogs can run and play together. If you only have 1 dog, they usually want you to play with them, that also helps them get more exercise, bond with you and your family, and just be an all-around more healthy dog. However, nothing compares to the good exercise your dog gets while being outside. It is good when you let your puppy outside to go the bathroom, that you leave them plenty of time to play, run around, and gets lots of exercise, and just be a normal dog! They love to run and play, especially outside! It is also helpful to allow your dog/puppy to get lots of exercise to help keep his/her energy levels lower while being inside your home. Normally, if your dog is not getting enough exercise – they end up not wanting to go to bed on time, and they go crazy with lots of extra energy inside your house, so make sure they get the time they need outside! You can easily tell when they are done outside because they will want to come back inside with you, or they will go lay down because they have worn themselves out and are ready for a nap!
However, looking at some newer research of X-rays taken on puppies, to much exercise on small puppies can be a bad thing, because everything inside your puppy (bones, joints, etc) are not completely formed yet until closer to 1 year of age, and while the body is still forming to much exercise can cause permanent growth damage to your puppy. It is rare, but just do not overwork or over exercise your puppy.
Your Puppy Growing Into An Adult – Health Records & Recommendations
Keeping up on your puppies health, all the way into adulthood, and then through your dog’s entire life is VERY important. We give you your puppies current health records when you get your puppy from us. It will tell you what vaccines have been given and when, as well as when the puppies have been dewormed or given anything else we may give for your puppies health that we find that is highly important for your new puppy you get from us. I am also going to be adding that chart here on this page for you to use to always have as a resource in case you lose your document we give you or you would just like to look here for a quick reference.
Panacur (dewormer) (6-8 Weeks Of Age) Albon/Flagyl (6-8 Weeks Of Age) Nobivac DAPPv 5-way Vaccine (6-8 Weeks Of Age) Panacur (dewormer) (8-10 Weeks Of Age) Albon/Flagyl (8-10 Weeks Of Age) Nobivac DAPPv 5-way Vaccine (8-10 Weeks Of Age) Rabies Vaccine (Veterinarian Gives At Around 16 Weeks Of Age) DAPPv 5-way Vaccine (Around 16 Weeks Of Age)
Then for your puppy here on out, We recommend your puppy getting the 5-way vaccine every 1 to 2 years, Rabies Vaccine every 1 to 2 years, and being dewormed every 3 to 6 months on average.
Your puppy will have his/her vaccines before going home with you. The vaccines that we give our puppies, as well as our adult dogs, is called “Nobivac – DAPPv”. You will see it listed on the paperwork of health records for your puppy that we give you. This vaccine is necessary for puppies to have, as well as your dog as they grow. This vaccine will help protect your puppy from multiple different major problems that can happen in dogs. Nobivac covers Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvo. Those are some of the most common big issues that dogs can get, so it is very important for puppies to have this vaccine. Once your puppy reaches 16 weeks of age he/she will need to get the rabies vaccine as well to protect them from rabies.
We have created a reference page that shows you what to do when from our recommendations mainly based on AKC’s standards and recommendations. You can view that page by clicking HERE. You will also get that same sheet given to you upon getting your puppy from us, plus it will show what has already been given to your puppy and when.
What Puppy Food Do We Recommend For Your New Puppy, As Well As The Puppy Growing Into An Adult Dog?
Ingredients, Ingredients, Ingredients! The ingredients in the dog food you buy is a top priority when it comes to making sure your puppy/dog grows good and stays very healthy. This does not mean going to the store and buying the most expensive dog/puppy food. This means simply taking a minute to look at the ingredients on the back of the dog food bag. You will see a list of everything that is in the dog food to make it. Many dog food brands have “corn” as the first ingredient, that is not good, high-quality dog food! You want the first ingredient on the list to be some kind of meat. When meat is listed as the first thing on the list, that means it weighs the biggest % over all ingredients in the dog food and this usually means that food is a good choice for your puppy/dog! Also, buying larger bags of dog food at a time, such as the 20lb or 50lb bags will usually get you the most food for your money instead of buying the tiny 5lb bags. You do not have to feed your puppy the same kind of dog food we feed the puppy here, just make sure to stick with a good brand of dog food and keep using that. changing brands of dog food often are usually not good for your dog/puppy and can lead to belly problems and diarrhea.
This also can be very normal for the first little bit or even a few days when your puppy gets to his/her new home with you. The puppy is out of the environment that it grew up in, away from his/her brothers and sisters, around new people and just starting a whole new life. The best thing ALWAYS you can do is be very nice, and gentle to the puppy, never scold or punish a puppy for not wanting to eat or try to force them to eat. As they grow, and start getting used to a new home with you, they will get more eased up and get used to new life with you! There are some things you can do in the meantime to get the puppy to eat and drink. There are many popular puppy foods you can get at your local pet store or even at Wal-Mart such as Ol’ Roy that ALL puppies love because it is juicy, and comes in soft chunks. We highly recommend this if you are having problems at the start of getting your puppy to eat if you are having problems.
You can mix this with the hard dog food that you are giving the puppy at his/her new home, mix it up together with one of these packets really good, and they should nearly inhale it, they love it so much, and then over the days you can slowly start to wean them off of it as we do here at our house before they go to new homes. Sometimes if you are having problems with puppies eating when they get home with you, you can do this same process we do here, again and get the puppy eating like normal! If the puppy still does not eat, after 24 hours at all, please take your puppy to your local vet and they can give your further information and help.
Puppy Vomited On The Way Home And How To Prevent It
We get this question every now and then, we are driving on our way home and the puppy vomited, is this normal? Yes, It can be common, all puppies are different and unique in their own ways. You must think, the ride home with your puppy is one of the first times the puppy is being in the car, so the puppy is simply getting car sick. Your vet can give you medicine to help your puppy better with car rides, some puppies only do it for the first few car rides, some puppies grow into dogs that almost always will get car sick, and some dogs just will never get car sick, but your vet is able to help you with medicine for this problem. Also, a good way to help avoid this is to not give the puppy food for a couple of hours before you plan to travel. When the puppy is in the car, it is good to help keep the puppy calm, and do not upset the puppy more in his/her already new environment.