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info Dog Health Care – Give Your Dog A Happy, Healthy & Pain-Free Life

Have you noticed your dog shaking his head or holding it to one side, rubbing his head against the furniture or carpet? An ear infection is common with dogs, so for good dog health, check his ears. Do they smell bad or are they tender or red? Is there a yellow, brown or black discharge in one or both ears? Usually, this is an outer ear infection and is easily solved.
First, try to clean the ears with white vinegar. Pour a small amount into the ear canal then massage the area gently and dry the ear with a cotton ball. Do this once a day until the ear is better. If after a few days you still notice your dog scratching the ear frequently, this can lead to more serious problems: causing blood vessels to break in the earflap and swelling, which can cause permanent ear damage, so take your dog to the vet.
Take your dog’s health care seriously. If your dog is down and you’re not quite sure what is wrong; take your dog’s temperature. This rectal temperature reading is not difficult but is usually best performed with two people, one holding the dog. Lubricate the thermometer with petroleum jelly and slowly slide it into the dog about an inch deep. Wait about two minutes for a mercury thermometer. If your dog sits on the thermometer and breaks it, give him a teaspoon of mineral oil to cause a bowel movement. Do not attempt to remove the thermometer yourself, and call your veterinarian immediately.

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