Treating Dog Ear Infections

One of the main reasons people get dogs is for them to have fun with it. It will be however hard to have fun with a dog that has certain problems that could be affecting its health. One of the common conditions that could cause a dog to be lethargic is ear infections.

This infection is very troublesome for dogs. They will keep on shaking and scratching their heads because of the uncomfortable feeling it brings. If you think that being uncomfortable could be taken by your dog because he’s a tough one, think again. Leaving it untreated longer will only lead to deafness.

How can you command your dog to attack a burglar when it is deaf? How can you command your dog to crap on your neighbor’s yard? See all the fun things that you would be missing when your dog becomes deaf.

When you see presence of ear infection suffered by your dog immediately take it to the vet for medication. One sure sign that will be present that makes sure you need to bring your dog to the vet is the foul odor and yellowish or black discharge of the dog’s ears.

The treatment that will usually be given to the vet is just administering of medication. You would also need to clean the ears of the dog daily. It may be a tough job, but its tough love.

Be very cautious when cleaning the ears because they are still sensitive. The dog may become pissed off and bite off your hand. To keep your hands safe, ask the vet how to do it properly.

The best way to cure ear infection has always been prevention. Try to be a responsible dog owner and learn how you can prevent your pet from suffering at home.

Prevention should be given importance to those pets that have hairy ears pendulous ears or medical or allergic problems that makes them prone to ear infections. If you are unable to clean the ear of your dog weekly, bringing the dog to the vet for ear cleaning will help. Cleaning the ears of the dog also has other benefits as well.

Dogs that have hairy ears should have their hair inside the ears plucked by their groomer or vet.

If you love your pet so much, you should be able to show it life long care. One way to give it the life long care it needs is by grooming it properly. After all, the usual health problems of dogs are caused by being unhygienic.

How To Recognize Emergency Symptoms In Your Dog

When dogs are ill, it is often difficult to know if they should be taken for emergency treatment. The first thing you should know in the event of an emergency is where you should take your dog. There are normally several veterinarians in any given area that offer 24-hour emergency services. Ask your regular vet if this service is offered and if not, locate an office near you where you will be able to obtain 24 hour emergency services for your pet and keep the information handy.

Here are some of the more common symptoms that may warrant an emergency visit to your vet’s office or you local emergency care provider. Most veterinarians will advise you to call the closest emergency provider and speak to a member of the staff. They will help you assess the situation and in many cases will have you bring your pet in for an examination. Emergency symptoms may include:

Extreme abdominal pain. If the dog shows signs of acute abdominal pain such as refusing food, standing with an arched back, and tenderness to the touch, you should take the dog to the nearest emergency clinic and have a full exam. Vomiting, difficulty breathing, shaking, and crying are also signs of abdominal pain and could be a symptom of Gastric Torsion. This condition can begin suddenly and tend to affect larger dogs most often, but can certainly affect any dog.

Bleeding in the chest area or uncontrolled bleeding. If your dog has a cut or deep scratch, apply pressure to the wound with a clean bandage. If the bleeding does not stop within ten minutes or if the bleeding is from the chest, go immediately to the closest emergency clinic.

Broken bones. If the dog has been in some kind of accident and you think it may have broken bones, contact your vet’s office or emergency clinic and have the dog examined right away.

Breathing difficulty. If your dog has trouble breathing, a professional should treat him immediately. There are several serious conditions that may cause breathing difficulties and could possibly be life-threatening if not treated right away.

Automobile accidents. If a car or other vehicle has hit your dog, seek emergency care immediately. There could be serious internal injuries that may not be noticeable right away. Be sure and wrap the dog in a blanket and keep away from the dog’s mouth. Dogs in pain may bite, even if the dog never bit before.

Seizures or convulsions. Any type of convulsions warrants emergency treatment. This could be an indication of poisoning, tumors, or any number of problems. Convulsions can be life threatening in many cases.

The Egg Diet

Traditionally when we think of eggs, we think of something we should avoid because of high cholesterol, but that is not always the case.

In your super market you can find a 99% Pure Egg White product right above the regular eggs. These egg whites products contain 0 Fat, 0 Cholesterol and only 30 calories per serving. Make a meal out of these with a couple of slices of Fat Free Cheese Slices(also have 0 Fat, 0 Cholesterol and only 30 calories) and you have a meal that is very filling, very high in protein and only around 200-300 Calories. Make sure you use a 0 calorie cooking spray for the pan and add some spices like red and or black pepper.

If you still need some more diversity, try adding some fat free turkey hot dogs and make an omelette!

Substitute the Egg White meal for 1 or more of your regular meals and you can save a couple of hundred or even thousands of Calories and Fat grams per day!

Weight, Triglycerides and Your Health

Is there a relationship between weight, triglycerides and our wellbeing?
Most doctors, advertisements and people talk about the importance of lowering their cholesterol. But few people know the importance of keeping triglycerides to a minimum.
Elevated triglyceride levels are associated with a myriad of illnesses. The risks of stroke and heart disease top the list of chronic illnesses. And then, there is the metabolic syndrome, obesity and high blood sugar.

Either way physicians measure it too many triglycerides are not a good thing. Certain physical experts associate high triglycerides as an indicator of a host of other medical conditions: hypothyroidism (insufficient levels of thyroid), kidney disease, poorly controlled diabetes and liver disease. Not to mention, high triglycerides have been shown to trigger unusual genetic conditions.

To keep triglycerides below the radar, use these healthy tips:

Caloric reduction.
Because extraneous calories are converted into triglycerides, they are amassed as fat. Lowering daily caloric intake represents a decrease in triglycerides.

Make healthier food decisions.
Instead of eating food high in saturated fat, substitute foods with monounsaturated fat. Instead of cooking with margarine, butter and vegetable oil, replace them with monounsaturated such as canola, peanut and olive oils.

Trim the fat.
Being a few pounds overweight can heighten triglyceride levels. Shedding just a few pounds of weight can help decrease triglycerides. For weight loss inspiration, concentrate on the overall health advantages of trimming the fat.

Watch cholesterol intake.
For a healthier diet, restrict cholesterol intake to less than 275 milligrams a day. Case and point, foods with the highest concentration of cholesterol include: egg yolks, organ meats (liver, intestines, heart) and whole milk products.

Red Meat May Cause Cancer

According to recent studies, people who consumed large amounts of red meat were at an increased risk of getting colon cancer. At the end of a 20 year study, the American Cancer Society has confirmed that those who eat more meat get more cancer.

As a specific statistic: those who eat the most meat get colon cancer 30-40% more often than those who eat it sporadically. In fact, eating meats like, hot dogs, sausages, and lunch meats were at a 50% greater risk than those who ate them less frequently.

Those who chose to eat fish and chicken were at a decreased level of risk for colon cancer.
According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, “The researchers collected detailed information on the diets of nearly 150,000 men and women aged 50 to 74 living in 21 U.S. states. They collected data in 1982 and 1992-1993, and followed them through the end of August 2001. In that time, 1,667 of the study participants developed colon cancer.”

Although the study was not designed to pin point the healthy amount of meat to consume, the study found the lowest colon cancer risk was in men who consumed less than 1.5 ounces of red meat per day and in women who ate less than 1 ounce of red meat per day.

The best way to reduce the risk of cancer, living an active, healthy and smoke free life will help. Meat is not the only cause of cancer but it takes a significant portion of the risk with regard to colon (site-specific) cancer.

Can Alkalizers Make Dog’s Live Longer?

If you want your dog to live longer, you might soon get your wish.

Researchers are studying whether a natural alkalizer named Alkazax, can actually help dogs live two to four years longer than their average lifespan and live happier, healthier lives by protecting their liver, kidneys and other organs from oxidative stress. Liver and kidney failure are among the most common reasons why dogs die as they get older.

Trials have begun to learn if the preventative effects of Alkazax, can improve the overall health and longevity of dogs. A previous study found that it may have significantly increased the lifespan of mice in the lab, possibly due to alkalizing acids in the bodies of the mice.

If Alkazax has a similar effect in dogs when given to them throughout their life—and it’s important to keep in mind we don’t know this yet—then a typical large dog might live two to three years longer, and a smaller dog’s life could be extended even more.

A more advanced trial is about to begin that will study the positive effects of Alkazax on several different canine breeds, including beagles, labradors and poodles. Alkazax will be sprinkled on the food of canines in the study group over a 2 year period and compared to a control group that has not been given Alkazax. The dogs will be observed for improved heart function, immune function, activity level, healthy body weight, and cognitive measures. The full study will take about three years to complete.

Man may finally be able to spend a little more time with “Man’s Best Friend”. 

Researchers do not know if they can achieve the same results on canines as seen in mice, but it looks very promising, even if using it only adds a year, a month or a day to the life of a dog, it would be worth it to most dog owners.

Personal Note From The Author:

After doing the research for this article I found so many additional health benefits from this particular product that I personally decided to get ahead of the study and purchase a bottle of Alkazax on Amazon. I selected the 3oz size because it breaks down to only about $12 a month. The 1oz size only lasts a month and it is $29, so it is way overpriced.

I am sure it will help in one way or another, so I am going to give it a try, but you should always do your own research on Alkazax, there is a large amount of additional information to be found on news and veterinary journals so you can easily do some additional research on your own.

Jason Rand –