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One step further on ear care.







Derrickok
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Jan 30, 2002, 6:55 PM

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To those who understood the importance of the three "S's" in dogs, I am sure you will know what I am talking about. Hey, Leopui, you are excluded and ostracised from this discussion, because (a) You are smart, you know the answers before the questions (b) Your 3 "S's" consists of STUD, SERVICE & SAFEGUARD. and finally (C) concentrate on your job, which is more important, as it is your livelihood.
The 3 "S's" in dogs are:-
1. Sight.
2. Sound
3. Smell.
Because they have such an acute sense in these three above mentioned that it is an asset to themselves and in turn became useful to the owners.
Since May had started on ear care, it is appropriate to take this topic a step further for the benefit of fellow members.
It is absolutely imperative that the owner is able to distinguish between ear cleaner and ear drops when he/she is shopping for such an item at petshops.
Ear cleaner as has been explained previously is solely meant for cleaning and removing/dissolving excessive wax inside-mostly accumulated within the inner ear, almost impossible to reach canal.
Ear drops are ubat for the application of ear cankers, which could be 'wet' or 'dry'.
None of the above solutions will eliminate ear mites. Only a veterinarian or those with the know how is able to treat ear mites.
The ear is divided into two sections, known as the outer and inner ear. If the outer ear is reasonably clean and has the aroma of wax ducks on displayed during CNY, you can rest assured that all is fine.
It is advisable to lift up the ears of your dog/puppy once or twice a week to check for tell tale signs and if time permits, everyday. I am doing 16 ears daily.
Owners of dog/puppy with 'stuck up' ears -erect ears- your job is much easier and it is those with 'stuck-up' ears do have less ear infection, because of air-circulation. But you have a higher risks of haemo-tumour, which is caused by vigorous scratching and violent shaking of the head, as a result, a blood vessel/s are ruptured between the skin and the cartilage.
There are always symptoms prior to any ailments. As you spend more QUALITY time with your animal, you will soon understand the body language of your dogs. This unfortunately I cannot teach you, you will have to learn it all by yourself with your dog, from your dog and through your dog.
I have taken one step further on ear care, do I have a volunteer for sight and smell? Haha! Leopui, I have just had a round table meeting with my Dalmatian Committee and we have decided you are too valuable to be excluded from participating in this forum. Will you please join us and talk about sight & smell?
Regards.



May
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Jan 31, 2002, 11:23 PM

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Wow Derrick, how do you managed to clean your dogs' ears without them protesting???? Mine will move and scratch her ears the minute I put in the cotton bud in her ear...in the end I didn't manage to clean her ear. Can you teach me how ah??


Derrickok
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Feb 1, 2002, 1:56 AM

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Start from young and gently rub on the outer ear first. If you insert the cotton bud deep into the inner ear canal, as if you are digging for gold, I too would protest. Besides, if you read carefully, there is no need to venture further than the outer ear, if your puppy's ears are reasonably clean and have no foul smell.


leopui
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Feb 1, 2002, 8:57 AM

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Well Derrick, thank you for the compliments. I too, just had a quick "briefing" with my Black & White about "the" issue, and I have advised all of them to do a brain storming section in regard the three "S" for you!!! Lets see what they can come out with in a day of two.

"Sight" ... & ... "Smell"!??! <G>, I can hardly spell of to either one of this subject!!! Can I ask to be excluded and ostracised from this subjects??? Thank you for your kind invitation!!! I really not sure what I can contribute on these subjects at this time, please be my guest and get the dish cook, I will then see what I can add in if there is anything in my small head!!!

STRONGLY BELIEVE THERE ARE ALSO OTHER FORUM MEMBER CAN SHARE ABOUT THESE TWO SUBJECTS!!!

Guess leopui have just chicken-out ... ha, ha, ha!!! And his reason is ... busy with his work load!!!


LEO PUI
Get REAL, Train REAL & Be REAL! Do RIGHT and FEAR No One!


leopui
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Feb 3, 2002, 1:26 AM

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As mentioned, both "Sight" & "Smell" is either a "HARD" subject for me to express, I am doing what I can on "Smell" at this time ... beside the immediate care when you noticed that your dog's nose is running, crusting, discharge, etc. I am here sharing about the facts of Dog's nose and what you can do with this (on training) since I am not a Vet!!! Please feel free to make reference from the below statement.

The nose knows # Canine scents and sensibilities

Fastened to a long line clipped to his harness, Slugger surged forward, following an unseen trail. Nose to the ground he worked the field, through tall grasses, past a shrubby copse and stopped. Something was wrong. Slugger raised his head, sniffed the air. He went a few steps forward, then back; he wandered in a tight circle, sniffing, sniffing. There! He turned right and continued on, his nose working furiously.

A few minutes later, after two more turns, the big Akita stopped again, this time to nudge at a wallet on the ground. Tom picked up the leather billfold and Slugger continued on to the marker flag and a successful run in an American Kennel Club tracking test. After today, he would be known as Littlejohn's Major Leaguer TD for Tracking Dog.


Tracking is a sport; the tracking dog test demonstrates the dog's ability to follow a trail and find a dropped object. A tracking dog can rest on his laurels or go on to train for Tracking Dog Excellent, a more difficult trial to prove his natural scenting skill.

Tracking is also a serious business for working dogs. Canine noses ferret out drugs, bombs, fire accelerants, and contraband; escaped criminals; lost children; and victims of disasters. They work at airports, military installations, police departments, fire departments, immigration points, and in search and rescue teams.

The canine nose is an awesome organ, perhaps a million times more sensitive than the human nose. Fido's nose can discern the presence of a friend or foe, find a submerged dead body, sniff out a bomb or drug cache, and locate objects bearing the scent of a particular person. L. Wilson Davis, writer, trainer, and one-time AKC tracking consultant, described the incredible depth and breadth of a dog's sense of smell in his book Go Find! Training Your Dog to Track:

"If a skunk sprays your rose bush, you will be unable to smell the roses. If the assumption that the dog's sense of smell is simply keener than ours is correct, certainly the odor of skunk would obliterate any other odor even more for him than it does for you. This is not true. Tests have been made with skunk odor and it has been proven that a dog trained in scent work is capable of correctly designating a particular article among a number of articles, all of which have been sprayed by a skunk."

The source of this incredible ability is a nasal cavity rich with blood vessels and nerve endings that connect to a highly developed olfactory center in the brain. This combination allows Fido to gather information from minute particles of scent and to translate it into action.

Odor can travel depending on climate, weather conditions, and terrain; but Fido's keen sense of smell is seldom fooled. Whether following the odor of crushed grass mingled with prey scent or seeking the telltale odor of contraband or a dead body, the dog's nose leads him to his quarry.

It hardly seems possible that the leathery patch at the end of a dog's muzzle could be such an important communication device, yet it is with his nose that Fido becomes acquainted with his surroundings. It is also his nose that makes him useful as a hunter, tracker, police dog, military dog, search and rescue dog and a fascinating family pet.

Here are some facts about your dog's nose:

The canine nose is normally cool and moist, but not wet. It has no sweat glands; the moisture is caused by the mucus lining. The nose is generally dark-colored, but may be pinkish or spotted on some dogs. White dogs often have pale noses, but some breed standards penalize pale or spotted nose leathers.

If Fido has a runny nose, suspect a foreign body in the nasal passage or illness, allergy, or a tumor. Dogs don't get colds like people do, but they do get respiratory infections.

Dogs do sneeze, however, generally from some irritation in the nose. Some dogs sneeze from excitement or nervousness that stimulates the nerves in the nasal passages. Many Akitas make "happy sneezes" after greeting a favorite person or playing.

Persistent sneezing without discharge indicates a problem such as a polyp or tumor or an inhaled foreign body. A dog with something in a nostril will generally paw at his nose and rub his muzzle against a hard surface. The irritant may cause the nose to run or bleed on the affected side.

Owners should not try to remove a foreign body from a pet's nostril. The inside of the nose is easily damaged and the object may be too far back to be easily plucked with tweezers. Some dogs may need to be sedated or anesthetized to have the object removed. Cases of irritation or inflammation should be treated with antibiotics to prevent tissue buildup that can lead to chronic breathing problems.

Both polyps and tumors can cause breathing difficulties if established in the nose. Polyps are not malignant; tumors can be benign or malignant. Early removal is recommended for these growths.

A discharge from the nose generally means trouble. Several diseases involve nasal discharge, including distemper, bacterial rhinitis, infected sinuses, and kennel cough (in puppies and toy breeds), so a trip to the veterinary clinic is definitely in order if Slugger' nose begins to run.

Some dogs experience loss of pigment on the nose leather or blistering of the nose. Collies and related breeds can get a weepy, crusty dermatitis on the nose if they spend too much time in the sun. Treatment for Collie nose involves keeping the dog out of the sun and treating the ulcerated area with a steroid preparation. Once the nose is healed, it can be blackened with tattoo ink to protect it from sunlight.

Other causes of loss of nose color are vitaligo, snow nose, and plastic dish nasal dermatitis Vitaligo causes black pigment in the nose and sometimes the lips to fade to brown. Snow nose causes the nose to fade to brown in winter; normal color returns as summer approaches. Snow nose occurs mainly in white-coated breeds; the color change can become permanent in older dogs. It is not associated with disease.

Plastic dish dermatitis can occur if the dog eats or drinks out of plastic or rubber bowls. It is triggered by a reaction to an antioxidant found in the dishes.

Nose games are great fun for pet dog owners. A dog that finds his toy, a treat, or his owner by using his nose is a dog that looks forward to interaction with his family and is less likely to be destructive when left alone. Training begins by placing the object in plain sight; then, as the dog understands "find it," moving the object further away. The goal is to be able to hide it completely between sofa cushions, inside a shoe in the closet, under an upholstered chair, etc. and send the dog to look. A variation on the game involves placing a dog biscuit under one of three or four upturned flower pots or plastic cups, then telling the dog to "find it."

A pet can learn to find his leash, find Billy, or find the toy he left in the back yard. Pet owners interested in more than fun games at home might think about teaching their pet to track.

LEO PUI
Get REAL, Train REAL & Be REAL! Do RIGHT and FEAR No One!


Derrickok
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Feb 3, 2002, 2:54 AM

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ThankQ leopui. I knew you will never let the members down.
On "sight" we do it together. I will do part one send it to you thro pvt e-mail., you will then conclude the subject.
Use the copy and paste technique OK?
Regards.


leopui
K9 Maniac

Feb 3, 2002, 4:09 AM

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Two heads is always better than one!!! You bet and I'll do what I can. Stay Health.

LEO PUI
Get REAL, Train REAL & Be REAL! Do RIGHT and FEAR No One!


Derrickok
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Feb 3, 2002, 4:20 AM

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Ular dua kapala?


leopui
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Feb 3, 2002, 4:26 AM

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Hahaha ... didn't you see from my so-called two heads iron???

LEO PUI
Get REAL, Train REAL & Be REAL! Do RIGHT and FEAR No One!


Derrickok
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Feb 3, 2002, 5:37 AM

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OIC correction<Anjing dua Kapala>
Happy & shiok shiok now?
BTW a dog's nose I think is the least of all organs that required maintainance, it is also a barometer for its overall health. Right or wrong?


leopui
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Feb 4, 2002, 7:26 AM

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Bingo ... you got it right!!!

LEO PUI
Get REAL, Train REAL & Be REAL! Do RIGHT and FEAR No One!


babymiki
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Apr 15, 2006, 6:15 PM

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But you have a higher risks of haemo-tumour, which is caused by vigorous scratching and violent shaking of the head, as a result, a blood vessel/s are ruptured between the skin and the cartilage.



can u explain more about this tumour thingy? thanks



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