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Ear Infections in Toy Poodles - How to Avoid

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Ear Infections in Toy Poodles - How to AvoidBy Richard Cussons

Toy Poodles and other Poodle varieties have ears greatest described as "drop ears", meaning the ear leather is long and pointing downwards. The ears which hang close to the head is wide and thickly feathered. Dogs with this kind of ears are more susceptible to ear infections because the ears are warm and moist, ideal place for bacteria, yeast and mites to grow. Regular ear care is therefore needed to prevent ear infections at the same time keep your Toy Poodles healthy and happy.

There are many ways to care for the Poodle ears as much as there are many people who do it. You can have your Poodle's ears cleaned by your vet or a groomer. You can even do it at home by yourself. All you need is the right information on how ear cleaning should be done. So here it is...

As mentioned, leading causes of infection such as yeast, mites and bacteria grown in warm, moist and dark environment. One of the greatest way to prevent ear problem is to keep the ears dry and clean. Removing the hair that grows inside the ear canal increases ear flow thus prevent infection. To remove ear hair easily, apply a small amount of ear powder on the area then gently pluck the hair with tweezers or with your thumb and forefinger. Ear powder and tweezers can be obtained from your vet or grooming supply or pet supply stores nearest you. After you have carefully removed the hair, wipe the ear with a cotton ball - dry or slightlymoistened with astringent or mineral. Instead of astringent or mineral, other people use white vinegar diluted with H2O in 1:4 mixture. The process of removing ear can be done at least on a monthly basis.

To clean the inside of the ears, thoroughly wet a gauze or cloth with cleaning solution or alcohol. Gently swab out the residue and dirt using the moistened cloth or gauze. Keep doing this until there is no more dirt inside the dog's ears. In cleaning hard to reach places, Q-tips can be used, however be very careful so as not to thrust deeper into the dog's ears. Clean your dog's ears about once a week or if necessary.

Check the ears of your Toy Poodles about three times a week. Keep an eye also if your pet is scratching or shaking his head a lot. Shaking and scratching as well as foul odor and redness are signs of ear trouble, so watch out for these.

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Dog Ear Infections - Those Smelly Ears Are Telling

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Dog Ear Infections - Those Smelly Ears Are TellingBy Maly Green

Does your pet have dog ear infection? How can you tell?

Dog ear infection is a common health condition in dogs. It is estimated that at least 20% of the dog population has this condition. Its other name is otitis externa due to the fact that the infection often occurs in the outer ear canal.

Pet guardians sometimes wonder if their dog has a ear problem. They see the dog scratches his ears and shakes its head vigorously. Yet, they do not find any ear debris upon examining their pet's ears.

That's right. Frequently, an infected dog's ear appears clean without dirt or excessive ear discharge. However, the ear is likely to have a foul odor. This is a sign of ear infection.

Some pets do not display any symptoms of a ear infection. The ear problem was only detected during a frequent and regular check-up at the veterinary. The veterinarian probably detected the infection in its early stage, before physical symptoms became apparent to the pet guardians.

Also, our dogs have different threshold for pain and discomfort. Some dogs whine at the slightest discomfort; whilst others remain resilient even when they are in pain.

In fact, a dog's smelly ear may be the first thing you notice when the ear canal is infected.

The foul odor from the ear may indicate a yeast or bacteria infection. Dog ear infection can be both itchy and painful for your pet.

A yeast infection usually produces brown or black ear discharge whilst a bacteria infection has a yellow ear discharge.

Malassezia Pachydermatis is the yeast found most often in association with ear infections. It can cause severe ear and skin infections.

Both yeast and bacteria thrive in the warm, dark and moist environment of the ear canal. These microorganisms multiply quickly when there is excess moisture, or when ear wax build up within the ear canal, resulting in a ear infection.

Dog ear infection is curable when diagnosed correctly and treated early. Do not leave an outer ear infection untreated. The infection could spread to the middle ear and inner ear. This could lead to irreversible damage to the ear drum, equilibrium structure and nerve centre in the ear.

Here is a simple tip to keep your dog's ears in the pink of health.

To prevent dog ear infection, make sure your dog's ears are clean and dry.

Clean your pet's external ear canal 1-2 times per week. Use a ear cleaning solution that contains very strong anti-bacteria and anti-fungi properties. It should help change the pH in your pet's ear to discourage the overgrowth of yeast and bacteria.

There is a variety or diversity of ear cleaning products you can use to prevent a dog ear infection. They are available through your veterinarian, pet supply store, or you can use natural home remedy to keep your dog's ears healthy.

Select a ear cleaning solution that works for your dog, is easy for you to use, so that you and your pet will agree to keep to the ear cleaning routine.

Go ahead, sniff your pet's ears for the tell tale sign of a dog or canine ear infection.

Find out about dog ear infection and useful ear-care information and details that can help you heal your pet's ear problem.


Toy Poodles - Theyre Great Pets!

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Toy Poodles - They're Great Pets!By Richard Cussons

Toy Poodles are the smallest variety or diversity among the Poodle dog breed. And just like other Poodles, they come in many colors - black, blue, white, red, apricot, silver and brown. Poodles are one of the oldest yet one of the most fashionable breeds in the world. With that dignified gait and elaborate clip, many people would be thrilled to have a Poodle as a pet. However, this elegant appearance is sometimes the cause of misconceptions - that Poodles are useless and termed "beauty with no brains". But on the contrary, Poodles are in fact smart, active and excels in obedience and agility trials as well as circus performances. They are actually retrievers or gun dogs and are used in hunting in land and in H2O even until now.

Their hunting prowess doesn't necessarily mean that they are good in hunting alone. They make excellent pets as well, especially the Toy Poodles. City dwellers may want to consider this Poodle variety or diversity because of the fact that they are ideal for city life and very active indoors. Thus a house with a big yard isn't really necessary however they do good in country living as well.

The Toy Poodle as a pet is remarkably intelligent. Potty training, though difficult in some dogs, the Toy Poodle is easiest to train. They learn very quickly compared to other dog breeds. With these small fellows around, you will seldom get bored because they are naturally entertaining. They will keep you up on your toes playing ball and fetch. In addition, you will also get your dose of dailyexercise because Toy Poodles need to go on daily walks to fulfill their primal instinct to walk and also to prevent behavior problems.

Not more than ten inches in height, Toy Poodles make very good watchdogs. They may snap if they are tensed or surprised and when they perceive danger. They tend to bark a lot however with proper training and socialization, excessive barking can be prevented and what you will reap is a pleasant and happy dog good with children and other pets and dogs alike.

Grooming this dog is somewhat a task especially if groomed in show clips such as continental or English Saddle. However, if the show career is over, the dog can be put into a lower-maintenance cut which is less elaborate than show clips. They must be bathed regularly and clipped every six weeks. The ears should be checked for wax or infection and the hair that grows inside the ear canal must be pulled to prevent infection and other ear problems.

Toy Poodles are happy dogs and will definitely make happy pets.

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