Saturday, March 17, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Dog Safety, Otitis, Hearing Loss, and more ...

Common Household Items Hazardous to Dogs

Dr. Karen Becker/Mercola Healthy Pets

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Dog Safety, Otitis, Hearing Loss, and more ...

I do believe that in the wild, animals know what is dangerous and what is safe. The biggest hazards come from civilization. And if you think that your home is a perfectly safe environment for your dog, you might need to think twice. Dr. Becker's article provides a room-by-room blueprint to poison-proofing your home.

10 Everyday Activities That Can Land Your Dog in the Vet or ER

Dr. Jason Nicholas/PreventiveVet

I bet that some of the things on Dr. Nicholas' list will come to you as a surprise.  No, these are not common sense, unfortunately, else they wouldn't be landing dogs in the ER or worse. For example, do you know that everyday dogs die from suffocation? Yes, sadly, dogs suffocate in snack bags every day. Did you know that a purse or backpack can contain deadly hazards to your dog?

While I don't agree that you should never share any of your food with your dog, I do agree that it is important to be discerning. It is one thing to share a piece of turkey breast and another to share the pan full of drippings.

If you're going to share food with your dog, know what is toxic to them and what can cause serious illness, such as pancreatitis. The foods we share with our dog(s) include lean meats, fish, veggies and some safe dairy products such as plain yogurt.

Otitis in Dogs: Navigating the "Ear-rie Canal"

Dr. Julie Buzby/Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips

Top Veterinary Articles: Otitis in Dogs

First I'd like to stress that the meaning of the word otitis is inflammation of the ear. The reasons behind inflammation can be allergies, parasites, a bacterial infection, a fungal infection, a foreign body,  even systemic issues. Figuring out your dog has otitis is only half, or more likely one third, of the work.

You should know that the common cause of otitis in dogs are allergies. An infection might follow secondary to that.

So while the symptoms are quite straight-forward, a proper diagnosis might not be. That is also why self-diagnosing and self-selecting a treatment for your dog is not the best plan.

Learn more about otitis in Dr. Julie's article.

3 Diseases that Owners Can Diagnose Better than the Vet

Karen Louis/VetChick

If your dog has a problem, you gotta see a vet. Period. You might even need to see more than one if they are unable to come up with a proper diagnosis. Believe me, that happens often enough.

So could there be any diseases that you could diagnose better than a vet? You quite can tell whether there is something wrong better than a vet because your dog might not exhibit any signs while in the clinic. You might also know that things that might sound normal to a vet are not normal for your dog in one way or another.

Dr. Louis lists three diseases which are difficult for a vet to diagnose; hearing loss, dementia, phobias, and anxiety. Your role in discovering that something might be wrong with your dog cannot be overstated. You are your dog's advocate and the first line of defense.

Note: Not everything that might look like your dog is losing their hearing, for example, might be due to hearing loss. If your dog doesn't respond to a command, it might be because they didn't hear it can have pain issues behind it. If your dog doesn't come running at the sound of a can opener, it might be because they didn't hear it or because they feel nauseous and are not interested in eating. Dogs to pay close attention to sounds around them. I can tell you that Cookie can hear and responds to the sounds of socks being put on! If she didn't, I'd be asking whether she didn't hear, didn't care or couldn't respond.

You need to look at everything in context. But the bottom line is that you do know your dog better than anybody and if you feel that something is off, something is off. You're in the unique position to detect such things.

Whether your dog is losing their hearing or has another reason for not responding, it is important to get to the bottom of it. And realize that even a "simple" hearing loss can have serious causes such as an infection, inflammation, trauma, and nerve issues.

Same applies when you suspect dementia, phobias or anxiety.

1 comment

  1. This is a nice roundup of informational posts for pups. I'll be sure to share as well. Perfect timing since this week is National Puppy Day. :) Thanks for sharing this important info for pet parents.