Deevo, our older black dog, and his brown-coated younger brother Hans (aka Hansi) are purebred German Doberman Pinschers. The German line has a wider chest and are more muscular/dense when compared to U.S. bread Dobies. Our dogs have a kind heart, although they can be fierce protectors when a threat is detected. The beauty is the mixture of strength, vigilance and dedication to their family. We are grateful to have them in our lives. Submitted by Denise and Thomas.
If you are like most people, you love your pets and treat them like family. You feed and give them water each day, as well as spend time with them outside so that they get plenty of exercise, allowing them to stay in top shape. What you might not know is that your air conditioner can impact pet health in more ways than you realize.
Learning about the ways your air conditioner affects the health of your pets is vital if you would like to prevent them from getting sick when you least expect it. This guide explores the topic and gives you tips on how you can avoid common problems and ensure your furry friends stay happy and safe. You will have no trouble protecting your pet and optimizing your indoor air quality as long as you keep this advice in mind.
Indoor Air Pollutants
There are some common indoor air pollutants that can impact your pets:
— Tobacco Smoke
— Cleaning Chemicals
— Many More
If you or anyone in your home smokes inside, tobacco can build up in your home and expose your pets to secondhand smoke. Depending on where you live, the same allergens that give you unpleasant symptoms can also play a role in pet health that you don’t want to overlook if you care about your animals.
The lingering odor from standard cleaning chemicals can harm your pets if you don’t take proactive steps to protect them. While most people understand that indoor pollutants can hurt their own health, many forget that their pets are also at risk. Being aware of the threat is a powerful step in the right direction that improves your odds of keeping your pets healthy for years to come. You can follow a plan to reduce toxins in the air, and you and your pet will breathe a lot easier.
What Good Indoor Air Quality Does for Your Pets
Poor indoor air quality can impact your pets in many ways, such as increasing their risk for respiratory diseases and causing discomfort. The good news is that you can prevent and reverse most of those issues by maintaining proper air quality. Doing so allows your pet to avoid a range of health hazards and stay in top shape for as long as possible. Maintaining the quality of your air can increase your pet’s life expectancy to give you years of wonderful memories.
Is Your Air Conditioner Running at Optimum Performance?
Now that you know the potential danger of poor air quality and how it might affect your pets, it’s time to consider how your air conditioner impacts the health of your pet. Your air conditioner’s filters remove many harmful toxins and pathogens from the air and enhance the quality of the air you breathe.
If you don’t ensure your system is running at its best, it won’t be effective at cleaning the air in your home. A new filter will collect dust and other undesirable things from the air and give you impressive results. If you want to enjoy the benefits and protect your pet, clean and change your filters regularly before they stop working. Having an air conditioner technician give your unit a tuneup each year is another smart move that will boost your air quality.
A well-maintained air conditioner will collect allergens, pathogens and other harmful substances from the air so that they don’t circulate throughout your home. Since your air conditioner won’t do its job if you don’t maintain it, ensure you change the filters and take other steps to keep your air conditioner running well. You and your pet will then enjoy enhanced air quality and a reduced risk for a range of diseases.
Lola is now one and a half years of age. This photo was taken the day we got little Lola. She is a lovely caring dog with so much enthusiasm and personality. She loves to play with her older sister, and still loves even now to take things out of the garden when she isn’t supposed to! That’s why we love her. Submitted by Laura M.
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Why is Wyatt still at our shelter? This little guy is just adorable and should have been adopted long ago. He is two years old, good with other dogs and good with kids. He has cute, short, stubby little legs, leading us to believe he is part Basset Hound or Dachshund (or both). He is just the friendliest little guy whose tail is constantly in motion and he loves to be scratched behind his ears. Submitted by Washington Wilkes Animal Shelter, Georgia.
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Ear cleaning is just one of the essential responsibilities of being a dog owner. All dogs, regardless of shape, size, or age, should have their ears cleaned every now and then, but there are some dogs that require frequent cleaning, especially breeds that are prone to ear infections.
Before we dive in, there are three important things that you should know from the get-go about your dogs’ ears:
1. Dog ears are sensitive, just like humans’ ears are, and require regular maintenance to keep infections at bay.
2. Dogs generally won’t want to get their ears cleaned, so you’ll have to be patient and work with them — it’s best to make it an enjoyable and stress-free experience as much as possible.
3. You can cause serious physical damage to the ear canal if you aren’t extra careful and take the proper steps when cleaning out the gunk in their ears.
Dogs’ ears are sensitive, and periodic and regular at-home examinations and cleanings will allow you to detect any signs of ear infections or issues early-on. Neglecting the maintenance of healthy dog ears could lead to ear problems and infection, which could further transition into chronic disease or hearing loss.
How Can I Help Prevent Ear Infections?
Regular cleanings are a great and efficient way to help your dog or cat avoid painful discomfort or infections. Your safest bet is to use mild ear cleaners specifically designed for pets. It’s important that you check your dog’s ears at least once a week and perform routine cleaning and at-home examinations. Here’s a few tips you can follow to help prevent ear infections:
— Dry your pet’s ears after they take a bath or go out for a swim. Moisture is one of the key causes of ear infections that often goes overlooked.
— Remove excessive hair on your dog’s ears. This can be done by a groomer, or you can ask your veterinarian to demonstrate the proper technique for removing excess hair in the ears.
— Regularly clean your dog’s outer ear with a mild ear cleaner intended for use on pets. Dampen a cotton ball and gently clean the outer ear. Ensure that the outer ear is not soaking wet. Proper steps on how to clean your dog’s ears with an ear cleaner will be discussed later in this article.
How Do I Know If My Dog Has an Ear Infection?
Sometimes, it’s normal for our pets to exhibit signs of ear irritation, but how do we differentiate that with an ear infection? As your pet’s owner, initially keeping an eye on your dog’s everyday behavior and physical health will indicate when your dog begins to show signs of acting abnormally that may require a visit to the vet. Some symptoms of a possible ear infection include:
— Dark, smelly discharge from the ear
— Crust or scabs on the inside of the outer ear
— Ear redness and swelling
— Scratching, pawing, or rubbing at the ears or the surrounding area
— Head shaking or tilting of the head
— Hearing loss
— Foul odor emitting from the ears
— Sensitivity or pain around the ears
Causes of Ear Infections
Ear infections in canines are often caused by bacteria. Unlike the human ear canal, which is horizontal, the ear canal of dogs’ ears are vertical, making it susceptible to foreign bodies such as debris and moisture to enter the ear canal and stay trapped, eventually accumulating and resulting in the build up of excessive ear wax. Aside from foreign bodies, one common cause of infection is the result of built-up moisture from bathing, grooming, or swimming, which can inhibit growth of microorganisms. According to the American Kennel Club, the most common factors that contribute to ear infections include:
— Drug reactions
— Endocrine disorders
— Excessive cleaning
— Foreign bodies
— Meningitis or encephalitis
— Mites (more common in puppies than in adults)
— Thyroid disorders
— Wax buildup
How To Clean Your Dog’s’ Ears
Like mentioned in the first part of this article, dogs generally won’t want to get their ears clean. As important as it is, it’s also equally important that you don’t get any potential gunk on you! It’s recommended that you clean your dog’s ears inside the bathroom, or somewhere that you wouldn’t mind a potential mess.
What Do I Need to Clean my Dog’s Ears?
When cleaning your dog’s ears at home, it is best advised not to use Q-tips, as they could push debris further down the ear canal or damage the sensitive parts of the ear, which could lead to further complications. All you need to clean your dog’s ears are a safe-grade and good quality ear cleaning solution, cotton balls or gauze, and treats to reward your furry friend to reinforce positive behavior.
You’ll also want to steer away from using alcohol. Alcohol can damage sensitive parts of the inner ear canal. Aside from that, any general application of alcohol to an open source will usually sting, and you can only imagine how painful and uncomfortable that would be for your pet!
Use mild ear cleaning solutions specifically designed for pet use. For instance, InnovetPet’s PurOtic Ear Cleaners are absolutely free from alcohol and sulfates and are made of natural extracts. Their line of products are the safest and most effective, suitable as both a general dog body and dog ear cleaning solution.
Steps to cleaning your dog’s ears with an ear cleaner:
1. Have your dog sit in front of you on the floor, and position his rear between your legs to secure him. For large dogs, have him sit at the corner of the room. Doing this allows a secured position where you can control him, in case of any sudden jerking movements, which could cause severe damage and perforate the sensitive tissue in the ear.
2. Gently hold one ear flap up vertically, but firm enough to expose the inner ear and ear canal.
3. Squeeze enough ear cleaning solution into the ear so that it fills up the ear canal, but does not overflow. Do not allow the tip of the ear cleaning solution to get in contact with the ear. If this happens, wipe the tip with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to prevent further spread of any bacteria or yeast.
4. Continue to firmly hold the ear flap up vertically and gently massage the base of the ear, just below the ear opening for 20-30 seconds. Doing this step allows the solution to move around in the horizontal inner part of the ear canal to soften up any residue and hardened ear wax buildup. You will know that the solution is properly working when you hear a squishing sound as you massage the base of the ear.
5. Wipe away any softened debris from the inner ear canal and the ear flap.
6. Allow your pet to shake his head to naturally remove any remaining solution and debris from the innermost ear canal.
7. Again, gently, but firmly, hold the ear flap up and wipe away any remaining solution and debris.
8. Repeat the steps above for the other ear.
Buying a quality ear cleaning solution and cleaning your dog’s ears at home can save you a lot rather than spending money on frequent trips to the groomer or veterinarian! Once you start cleaning your pet’s ears, you probably won’t want to go back.
However, you’ll want to make sure you don’t overwork it and clean your dog’s ears too frequently. Over-cleaning can also lead to ear infections. A cleaning of the ears once a week should be sufficient enough to keep them clean, but not overclean either.
Oh, sweet Sammy. We could not be more in love with this gentle, mellow girl. She gets along great with other respectful dogs and she is even okay with cats, and loves her people! Sammy is nine years old and is currently in a foster home where she is getting lots of love while she waits for her forever family. Submitted by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
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This is Daisy. She is a 22 month old Maltipoo (Maltese, Poodle mix), born December 25, 2016. She goes crazy when someone lies down to go to sleep and will do anything within her power to prevent that from happening. Submitted by Amir F.
For lots of people, their pets are not just animals but very real and favorite members of the family. We love and cherish them, and they give their love to us in return. But unfortunately both owners and pets have their fair share of problems. Just like people might leave their clothes lying around the house, our pets leave their “clothing” lying around in the form of shedding their hair. If you have your heart set on getting a dog or cat, then you will have to resign yourself to frequent cleaning, sweeping and vacuuming. These seven tips will help you keep your house clean and improve your relationship with your favorite four-legged companion.
Wet Rag or Broom
Admittedly, this is the first thing that comes to our minds when we think about cleaning up hair from a carpet. This tip is the easiest one. But despite its seeming obviousness and simplicity, this trick can be handy. All you need to do is take a rag that you use for cleaning, soak it with water, ring it out until the rag is damp, then very gently wipe the carpet while squeezing the rag. You can also use a wet broom. Wet the broom and then shake it to get rid of excess moisture, and then sweep the carpet. When your rag or broom gets dry, remove the collected hair, then repeat if necessary.
This tip may seem strange at first, but it might be the most effective. Adhesive tape has about a million uses, and cleaning pet hair from carpet (and from clothing) is a true pro tip. Here is the instruction: take the tape, cut off a small piece, and simply put it on the carpet where you see hair. All the hair will stick to the tacky side. This trick is pretty handy, but it has a couple of disadvantages. First of all, you obviously can’t clean the entire carpet… just where an excess of hair is clearly visible. Secondly, you won’t be able to get to the hair that is set deep into the pile.
One more easy and common method of carpet cleaning is using a thick-bristled brush with a handle. This common household tool can capture deeply set hairs and leave your carpet perfectly clean. You can use a dry brush or a wet one. This type of brush can be found in the housewares department of most grocery or department stores, and you choose from various kinds of bristle material and bristle thickness. The only disadvantage to keep in mind with a hard-bristled brush is that it can harm soft pile carpets.
This household chemical can be applied to carpet and rugs. The principle of action of using carpet shampoo involves the chemical interaction and wet cleaning of the pile with the further usage of brushes or a vacuum cleaner. Shampoos can prove to be very effective in removing hair and pet odors.
Pet Hair Remover Glove
If we use it to groom our cats and dogs, why can’t we clean the carpet with it? This kind of flexible glove allows you to brush the loose hair from your animal, as well as remove it from clothes, furniture, and carpets. On the palm side, the glove has rows of special soft rubber tips that catch every single hair. Simply put the glove on your hand and carefully brush the carpet with the rubber side. When you are finished brushing and all fur has been removed, you can peel the hair off the glove. This tip is quite similar to using a carpet brush, but the gloves are usually softer and will brush your carpet more gently. The pet hair remover gloves are available for purchase online.
Robot Vacuum Cleaner for Carpets and Rugs
A robot vacuum cleaner is another beautiful and useful way to keep your house clean. The vacuum cleaner is an effective tips which can guarantee you a perfect result. Moreover, you don’t even have to vacuum the carpet yourself anymore. Some models are equipped with special brushes that clean flat surfaces so that you can choose the best robot vacuum cleaner for carpets. Remote control will allow users to run the cleaner via smartphone. Modern models meet all standards of safety and quality and can be an indispensable assistant in housekeeping. There is one drawback: these robots can be rather expensive. But they are worth buying, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the result.
A steam cleaner is a device that cleans very similar to other cleaners, but without any harmful household chemicals. The power of steam is much greater than the power of these chemical agents. A steam generator is usually used in stain removal, bathroom cleaning, and carpet cleaning. It heats the water to steam and then produces steam under great pressure. Just like vacuum cleaners, some models are additionally equipped with special brushes and will filter out hair. The high temperature disinfects the treated surfaces and refreshes the air.
As you can see, with a proper budget it is easy to find the best tip for carpet cleaning. But remember that pet hair around the house is not just an unwanted stain. It can be a serious source of allergens and respiratory problems. So if you have a pet, regular wet cleaning is vital for your health, especially for families with children. In addition to all the above-mentioned tips, you can also should try to treat excess shedding. Regular brushing and special vitamin supplements can help to reduce the quantity of shedding.
Spencer is ten years old and is a Shih-poo. He is a very good boy! He loves treats and loves to sleep with us in our bed! He has an Australian Shepherd mix brother named Boomer who was also featured on DogPerDay just yesterday. Submitted by Toni S.