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February 20, 2011

Cares with the ears of the dogs

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 9:26 am

otitis_externaOne of the most common problems in the dogs is the otitis externa. Different from the people, the dogs have very long ear canal and the shape in “L” hinders the visualization of the canal without the otoscope. 
 
The format in “L” of the canal also hinders the exit of the water as she enters in the ear of the animal, causing infection and irritation. The dogs with pendulous ears, it creates a warm atmosphere, favorable for the growth of bacteria. 
 
It is important to examine the ears of the animal to see if there are irritation or excessive formation if secretion. Secretion discharges are inflammation sign. 
 
When giving bath in the animal, always put cotton in the ears to avoid that the water enters in the ear canal. And after the bath, dry the ears well. 
 
Be more attentive to the dogs with pendulous ears, if the dog scratches the ears insistently or feels pain when being played in the area.    
 
Make the cleaning of the ears with cotton and products adapted weekly. 
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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February 12, 2011

Knowing West Highland White Terrier

Filed under: Breed dogs — Tags: , , , , , — Cynara @ 6:02 pm

west highland white terrierThe origin of the race West Highland White Terrier is a little controversial, but the theory more it accepts is that they are descending of old Terries of Scotland, especially of Cairn Terrier.  
 
Some historians still attribute the development to Colonel Edward Donald Malcom that, while it hunted, it would have gotten right for his mistake favorite dog. 
 
After this accident, the Colonel was very shaky and he began being devoted to the creation of white dogs, for not running the risk of confusing, again, their followers companions with the hunt.  
 
The mission of the dogs during the hunt was outside the one of to enter in the burrows and to drive away the prey. 
 
The animals of that race have a cheerful temperament, they are full of energy and they are disposed always for a good game or walk, but it doesn’t confuse that with hyperactivity. They are obedient and used not to have aggressive and destructive, same behaviors being origin hunter’s dogs. 
 
In the requirement adaptation with others, they need to know from small the other animal, because the hunt instinct is well sharpened. 
 
They are excellent companions, they adore to be close to the owners and to accompany them for the house and they need exercise, at least twice a day, be through games or walks. 
 
To maintain the pelage and the hygiene of the animal is recommended shears it every 2 months and bath to each 15 or 20 days. It is important to maintain them brushed. 
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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February 6, 2011

Diarrhea: when it worries

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 1:00 pm

dog_dairrheaIt is very common that dogs and cats have diarrhea (intestinal movements abnormally loosened or frequent). 
 
Most of the cases is caused when the animal eats some thing that didn’t owe, but it can also be a sign of something more serious as distemper include  fever. 
 
One of the most dangerous things in the diarrhea is the loss of water of the organism, what takes the dehydration. 
 
What to do in case of diarrhea: 
 
1 – it interrupts the feeding - stop giving eaten by a period from 12 to 24 hours so that his intestine rests and there be time for him to recover of the inflammation. If there is not anything in the intestines, there won’t be anything to evacuate. 
 
2 – it maintains the moisturized animal – it is certified that the animal always has free access to the water, for him not to dehydrate. 
 
3 – it consults the veterinarian before giving some medicine – not always it is recommended to cut the diarrhea with medicines, the veterinary orientation is important to supply the animal an appropriate treatment. 
 
When to go to the veterinarian: 
 
1 – black feces with pitch consistence 
 
2 – extremely badly scented feces 
 
3 – feces with great amount of red blood 
 
4 – following diarrhea for vomit 
 
5 – sharp pain during the evacuation 
 
6 – fever 
 
7 – appetite loss 
 
8 – lethargy 
 
Most of the simplest diarrheas, in that the animal still feel well and usually behaves, it is of pasty consistence or it just contains little of blood. It can, usually, to be cured home, with a first aid. In case the diarrhea persists for more than three days without improvement, it takes the animal to the veterinarian. 
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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