Wyatt the Mixed Breed

Wyatt the Mixed Breed

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.

Wyatt the Mixed Breed

Wyatt the Mixed Breed

Wyatt the Mixed Breed

Wyatt with his new Dad… Congratulations 🙂

Wyatt and Dad

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How To Clean Your Dog's Ears

How To Clean Your Dog’s Ears

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

How To Clean Your Dog's 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:

— Allergies
— Bacteria
— Drug reactions
— Endocrine disorders
— Excessive cleaning
— Foreign bodies
— Injury
— Meningitis or encephalitis
— Mites (more common in puppies than in adults)
— Moisture
— 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.

How To Clean Your Dog's Ears

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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Sammy the Great Pyrenees Mix

Sammy the Great Pyrenees Mix

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.

Sammy the Great Pyrenees Mix

Sammy the Great Pyrenees Mix

Sammy the Great Pyrenees Mix

Sammy the Great Pyrenees Mix

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Getting Rid of Pet Hair: 7 Tips for How to Clean Your Carpet

Getting Rid of Pet Hair: 7 Tips for How to Clean Your Carpet

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.

Adhesive Tape

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.

Getting Rid of Pet Hair: 7 Tips for How to Clean Your Carpet

Carpet Brush

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.

Carpet Shampoo

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.

Getting Rid of Pet Hair: 7 Tips for How to Clean Your Carpet

Steam Generator

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 (Best Home Carpet Cleaners for Pets : Review by Steamcleaning). 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.

How to Keep Your Dog Happy While You're at Work

How to Keep Your Dog Happy While You’re at Work

If you’re a working dog parent, then you know that one of the toughest moments of each day is when you have to leave them in the morning to head to your job. To ease your mind, here are a few suggestions for how to keep your dog happy while you’re at work.

Provide lots of cozy spots for snoozing…

Dog owners can take assurance in the fact that for the majority of time while you’re at work, your dog is probably sleeping. On average, an adult dog sleeps for 12-14 hours per day! Older dogs sleep upwards of 16 hours per day, and puppies may need between 18-20 hours of sleep.

And a lot of that snoozing happens while you’re at work. Without their human around, your dog uses this time to nap and rev up for the moment when you do come home. So you can take comfort in knowing that, even if you were home, your dog would probably still be sleeping, same as when you are at work.

To make your dog as comfortable as possible for all this nap time, make sure they have a cozy place to sleep. Set up their dog bed with their favorite items – you can even include a shirt you’ve recently worn that smells like you for them to nuzzle up with.

Keep the TV on…

Not that your dog is actually going to be watching TV, but leaving the television on, or a radio with some soothing music, can help provide some background noise to put your pup at ease during the day while you’re gone. It will give them something to listen to, as well as distract them from any potentially stressful sounds outside that might cause them to bark, like the garbage truck or the delivery man.

Arrange for a walk while you’re out…

If you have a high-energy dog, if you have a puppy who needs extra attention (and potty breaks), or if you just don’t want your dog to be by themselves for a full day, then consider setting up a dog-walker visit while you’re at work. If your dog needs to be let out in the middle of the day, and you don’t work close enough to home to do it yourself, a dog walker is definitely the way to go.

There are so many easy-to-use and respected dog walking and dog care services available for dog owners to choose from today. For example, Trusty Tails Dog Walking provides professional dog walking and pet sitting – so whether your dog needs a 10-minute walk, or a two hour visit, they have something for every pet!

Many of these service providers put their handlers and walkers through rigorous training and background checks, so you can be sure that your pet is in the best possible hands. Many of these service providers also encourage their walkers to send you pictures and text updates, so you can see just how well your dog is doing while you’re at work.