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6 Tips for Safely Cleaning Your Dog's Ears

6 Tips for Safely Cleaning Your Dog's Ears 0

It isn't necessary to clean some dog's ears. However, for others - especially those with floppy ears - ear cleaning is something that should be done regularly.

Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to clean your dog's ears.

If you want to make sure you do this properly, and that you don't cause any pain or harm to your pup, use the tips found here.

1. Never Use Q-Tips

Did you know when you use a Q-Tip on your own ears, you are actually packing down the "junk" and pushing it further into your ear canal? The same thing happens if you use a Q-Tip on your dog's ears.

Also, don't ever use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean your dog's ears, as this can be quite irritating. Take cues from your dog, as well. If they yelp in pain at any time during the process, then stop right away. This may be a sign of an ear infection.

2. Use Plenty of Liquids

It is crucial that you dissolve all wax buildup and debris that have accumulated in your pup's ears. An effective way to accomplish this is by filling up the ear with a safe ear cleaning solution. Continue adding it until the ear slightly overflows.

Once the liquid is in place, use your hands to gently massage the lower portion of the dog's ear to ensure it works properly. This is going to make a squishy sound and should be done for approximately 30 seconds.

3. Massage Repeat

Once you have massaged the ear for 30 seconds, you can wipe out any ear gunk you can see. If you see a lot of "gunk" on the tissue, then it will be a good idea to repeat the steps mentioned above. Simply add more ear washing solution, massage and wipe once more.

If you repeat this and still see quite a bit of brown goop, then let your dog be for a few days and then try again. This will allow the cleaner to work its magic and soften the wax, so you can easily remove if from your dog's ear.

If there is still a lot of goop coming out of your dog's ear, it may be the sign of an infection. It is a good idea to have your vet check it out.

4. Use a Cotton Ball to Clean Out Any "Goop"

If you have a pup who is a willing participant in the ear cleaning process, then use a cotton ball to clean out the goop. You can soak the cotton in an ear cleaning solution until it is dripping. Avoid using a tissue for this, as it can fall apart in your dog's ear.

Place the cotton ball into your dog's ear and then massage the ear just like before. After about 30 seconds, remove the cotton ball and use a dry tissue to wipe any gunk away. Repeat if needed.

5. Don't Worry About Remaining Cleaning Solution

There's going to be some of the cleaning solution left behind. Don't worry about it. It isn't going to cause any harm.

If you are planning on a complete grooming session for your dog, it is best to start by cleaning your dog's ears and then give them a bath. This lets you remove any left-over goop.

6. Finish with Praise and Treats

Make sure you finish the ear cleaning process with plenty of praise and a few treats. When there is something positive associated with the experience, the dog will be a more willing participant next time.

Cleaning your dog's ears isn't a difficult process, but it is important to know how to do it right. To learn more about the proper and safe way to care for your pet, visit the Doggie Dailies website. Here you can find quality ear cleaning solutions, as well as a myriad of other pet healthcare products.
  • Jennifer M
Plant a Dog-Friendly Garden

Plant a Dog-Friendly Garden 0

Dog-Safe Greenery

Whether planning a garden or bringing a little outdoors in, knowing the difference between safe and toxic plants is crucial to the health of your dog. Unfortunately, dogs aren't able to distinguish between what's good and what's bad. That's why you must take care to plan to have only those plants, herbs and flowers that aren't harmful rather than picking ones just because they're pretty.

Common Plants That Are Toxic to Dogs

Plant toxicity can exist in some unexpected places. While far from exhaustive, here are a few of the plants and flowers you may already have in your garden that should be kept away from your dog.

Azalea

Azaleas, also known as rhododendrons or rosebays, contain grayantoxinare. This toxin is risky for dogs and it doesn't take much to get them sick. Not only can eating a small leaf cause vomiting, diarrhea and drooling, but it can also lead to cardiac distress.

Crocus

There are two types of crocus flowers: the Autumn Crocus and the Spring Crocus. Both can cause vomiting and diarrhea. However, the Autumn Crocus is particularly dangerous, since it contains colchicine. This toxin can cause internal bleeding and damage to the liver and kidneys, and brings a risk of respiratory failure.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen contains substances called terpenoid saponins. These toxins also cause gastrointestinal distress in dogs, but ingesting a large amount can result in heart abnormalities, seizures or death.

Dieffenbachia

A deep green and tropical plant, dieffenbachia can cause your dog oral distress. The plant's toxic elements burn the mouth and may lead to drooling, vomiting and trouble swallowing.

Daffodil

A common sight with the changing seasons, daffodils have alkaloids that cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and tremors. Although the entire plant is potentially toxic for your dog, daffodil bulbs are a particular hazard.

Kalanchoe

When swallowed, kalanchoe can cause typical symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, as well as heart rhythm abnormalities. In addition, because this plant contains cardiac glycosides, ingestion may lead to death.

Lily

There are many varieties of lily, some of which cause your dog to have tremors, depression and gastrointestinal upset. Stay away from lilies of the valley, peace lilies, calla lilies and amaryllis for the welfare of your pooch.

Oleander

A common plant in warm climates, oleander is yet another beautiful flower that contains cardiac glycoside toxins. In addition to nausea, vomiting, seizure and tremors, oleander can lead to abnormal heart rate and cardiac arrhythmias in canines.

Peony

It is the paeonol toxin in the peony bark that may cause vomiting and diarrhea in your pooch. Thankfully, this usually only causes mild distress, but it's best kept away from any dog.

Periwinkle

This star-shaped flower contains toxic alkaloids, such as yohimbine, vincristine and vinblastine, which may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and tremors. While most reactions are mild, periwinkle is highly dangerous for your dog if he eats too much.

Safe Plants for Dogs

Thankfully, there are many types of greenery that are both beautiful and safe for your dog. Here is just a sampling of the kinds of plants you can use in your landscaping or interior decor without worrying about possible risk to your fur baby.

African Violet

A compact, purple flower commonly placed on windowsills, pet owners can rest assured their dog is safe even if Fido decides to put a little bit of this plant in his mouth.

Aluminum Plant

Also known as a watermelon plant, the aluminum plant has a similar look to dieffenbachia, without the toxicity. This greenery is safe for your canine and feline family members alike.

Astragalus

Harvested from mature plants in traditional medicine, astragalus may help to boost your dog's immune system.

Bamboo

Although regular bamboo won't cause harm to your dog, beware of heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo. These are decorative species that may be toxic.

Burdock Herb

Burdock is a traditional medicinal plant used worldwide. Many dog owners believe it supports a dog's health. If you choose to plant burdock, a rich soil works best. Prune regularly to keep it at a reasonable size.

Peppermint

Generally safe for dogs, some canines actually like to chew the leaves of the peppermint plant to aid digestion. It can also help freshen breath.

Rosemary

Rosemary is ideal for the indoor gardener, as long as it is trimmed regularly. One of the hardiest of the perennials, it will keep providing you with savory flavor through the winter months. Best of all, rosemary is non-toxic for your dog.

Sage

Another addition to the herb garden, sage should not cause any problems for your dog. The plant and its leaves are non-toxic to canines.

Spider Plant

A spider plant is not toxic for your dog, but if you come home to find it overturned and your pooch with some stomach queasiness, he may have just overindulged.

Sunflower

Nothing says summer like a sunflower, and your dog will welcome these plants as well. They won't cause him any distress, even if he goes in for a bite.

It can be scary to think of your beloved family member in medical distress because he ingested something he shouldn't. The good news is that with quick intervention you can help your canine to stay well.

If you suspect that your dog has gotten into a toxic plant, call the Pet Poison Helpline and seek medical care at your local veterinarian. Bring a photo or sample of the plant if you can't identify it, and remember to stay calm and focused on your dog's well-being.
  • Dana S
Doggie Dailies Doing Good With Dogs For Our Brave

Doggie Dailies Doing Good With Dogs For Our Brave 0

Here at Doggie Dailies, we believe there is no better feeling than helping those in need. That's why every quarter we pick a new charity to donate to! 

This quarter we're excited to be donating a portion of our proceeds to Dogs For Our Brave.

Dogs For Our Brave is an amazing organization that provides service dogs to injured veterans who have suffered limb loss while in service to our country. 

We love this organization even more because they try to use rescue dogs everytime they can so they are helping injured veterans AND shelter animals. How awesome is that?

Their mission is to provide professionally trained service and companion dogs at no cost to veterans who have suffered debilitating injury or illness while in service to our country. Their goal is to provide professionally trained service dogs and in most circumstances veterinarian care and food for each dog.

Each dog is trained to do the normal commands (sit, lay, come, stay). In addition, each dog is trained to turn on and off light switches, open doors, retrieval, bracing, and pulling. Other commands are taught to help the specific needs of each veteran. 

There are a couple of ways you can help contribute to their awesome cause. You can make a donation to the organization. 100% of your donation will go directly to the program. They have some volunteer opportunities too! Contact them and tell them a bit more about yourself and where you're located.

A super easy way to donate is to shop on smile.amazon.com and select Dogs For Your Brave as your charity. And lastly, follow them on Facebook and share their posts! 

Their story is amazing and something we were really touched by. You can read more about them here.

 

  • Jennifer M
Dogs Gone Wild: 15 of Our Favorite Dog Shaming Photos

Dogs Gone Wild: 15 of Our Favorite Dog Shaming Photos 0

As much as you love your dog, owning one surely has its ups and downs. When your dog is downright naughty, sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh and share a dog shaming photo with friends and family. From eating poop to destroying carpets, there is no end to dog shenanigans.

1. Fowl Play

Dogs are famous for eating all sorts of things, but when they resort to coprophagy (eating poop) it can get downright weird. This dog was caught eating chicken poop and moms, rightly so, called, "Fowl breath!"

2. Modell Behavior

This pup exhibited behavior worthy of a shaming. Not only did it destroy a baseball helmet newly ordered from Modell's sporting goods store, but also the dog shaming photo paper caption.

 3. What Happens in Dark Bedrooms, Stays in Dark Bedrooms

The best friends are those who know how to keep a secret or, better yet, cover up your wrongdoings. This dynamic duo will make you proud of them being dog partners in crime.

4. Jock Jerk Lifer

Pascale Lemire is often credited for starting the whole dog shaming craze online. Beau, her infamous troublemaker, was charged with eating the underwear of Pascale's fiance and sentenced to life as a jerk.

5. I Spy With My Naughty Eye...

This pup put on a spectacle, literally. His obsession with eyeglasses led him to destroy a total of five. Too bad his owner was still able to see what he had done.

6. Cone Head

There aren't too many things worse than having your dog go around licking his balls all the time. This dog was placed under house arrest and required to a wear a cone 24/7.

 7. Om Nom Nom

This dog took to his own devices and helped himself to some leftover carryout. Well, they don't call them "doggy bags" for nothing.

8. I Can't Believe It's Butter

While it makes perfect sense for a dog to get into the trash or steal a nice juicy steak, you may not understand the temptation to eat butter. This dog must have gotten into a quarter pound stick of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. 

9. Pupcasso

What's worse than a child drawing on a wall with crayons? A dog painting his paw prints on a beautiful hardwood floor. *gasp*

 10. It's a Dog Eat Dog... er... Bunny Poop World

If it weren't for this grin, this could go down as the most disgusting thing ever. How cute is this?

11. The Elephant in the Room

The elephant in this room is so obvious that it's staring everyone right in the face... right through the elephant's own face. They say not to give your pet dog toys that look like stuffed animals. This is a perfect example of why not. 

12. Running Over the Big Dogs

This cute little pug gives new meaning to "running with the big dogs." He likes to use a doggy wheelchair to run over dogs at least four times his size.

13. Stress-Free Sabotage

When you come home from work or a stressful day, there's nothing like being able to sit down on the couch with a nice cup of tea. You also look forward to cuddling up with your dogs, unless they do something like this.

14. Karma

You know what they say about karma. What goes around, comes around. This dog, who happens to be named Karma, got just what he deserved.

15. What Goes In, Must Come Out

It just doesn't get any more embarrassing than this. This poor dog who ate vaseline, of all things, has to walk around with his sticky mess.

So, what's the worst thing your dog has done? Perhaps it deserves its own dog shaming claim to fame.

  • Jennifer M