knowledge center

Texas Pet

Caring for your Dog’s Coat, Eyes and Ears

by | Feb 26, 2021 | Knowledge Center

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! The best way to prevent disease is to keep your dog healthy and in the best shape you possibly can. Feed him good quality food, give him plenty of exercise, and keep his living quarters as clean as possible. If you take care of these basic needs, your dog will be much better equipped to fight off diseases that come along.

Inevitably, even the healthiest of dogs will become sick at some point and the key to getting them well again is being able to identify the signs of illness and take proper action. In this section, we will be focusing on specific areas of the dog, how those areas should appear and function normally, and what signs to look for that point to potential health problems.

Keep in mind that this is a general overview of dog care, and is by no means a comprehensive text. If you have any questions about symptoms your dog is exhibiting, don’t delay in contacting your veterinarian.
The Coat: The state of your dog’s coat can be a good indicator of overall health. The coat should be bright, with a healthy lustre and shine. It should not be overly dry and should spring back into place when moved. Daily brushing will help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny by removing dead hairs and debris, and stimulating oil production in the skin. It also gives you a great chance to bond with your dog and serves as a good time to inspect for fleas and ticks. Several dietary factors will also help keep your dog’s coat looking good. Foods made with lamb and rice formulas as well as dietary supplements promote healthy coat.

Keep your eye out for the following conditions that could indicate that there is a problem: Dry Coat, Dandruff, Excessive Scratching, Patches of Missing Hair, Lesions, Crusted Areas, Scaling, Red Patches or Sores, Growths or Lumps and External Parasites (fleas and ticks).

If you observe any of these conditions on your dog, take him to the vet right away! If you find any parasites, you may want to consider purchasing an over-the-counter flea and tick shampoo or insecticide application from your local pet store. Your vet may have several parasite control options available as well that can be extremely effective at eliminating and preventing infestations.
The Eyes: The eyes should be bright and clear, with no signs of cloudiness. They should be checked regularly for any abnormalities.

Trouble Signs: Inflammation of the Eyelids, Runny Eyes, Pus in or around the eyes, Crustiness on the Eyelids, Abnormal Thickening or Swelling of the Eyelids, Irritation of the Eyes, or Surrounding Area, Abnormal Colouring or Spots in the Cornea, Cloudiness, and Protrusion of the Third Eyelid.

The Ears: You should check your dog’s ears on a regular basis. They should appear clean, healthily pink, and should not emit any odour. Floppy eared dogs are more prone to ear problems, including infection. Any dirt of debris can be gently cleaned with a damp cotton ball. But be careful not to push the cotton too far into the ear canal, as this can seriously injure your dog’s ear!

Trouble Signs: Excessive Scratching or Self-Mutilation, Sores or Scratches, Redness or Irritation, Foul Odour, Growths, Parasites.


Source by Sean D

Texas Pet Company Buy now amazon

Blog Categories

Calendar

May 2024
M T W T F S S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Follow Texas Pet Company...

 

Advertising and Affiliate Disclosure
Texas Pet Company puts a lot of effort into all of the content on this blog. We are able to provide this content for free because we earn a commission for advertisements on this site. We also earn small commissions for sales generated via our affiliate links. These commissions do not cost our readers anything additional. Clicking on our ads or links helps support our staff and we sincerely appreciate your support.

These Articles May Interest You...

Dogs And Peanut Butter: A Nutty Love Affair

Dogs And Peanut Butter: A Nutty Love Affair

Most peanut butter is safe for dogs to eat, and in moderation, it can be an excellent treat for our furry friends. Here are some reasons why dogs might enjoy dog peanut butter: Protein and Healthy Fats: Peanut butter is rich in protein and healthy fats,...

read more
Sympathy Gift Ideas For Loss Of Dog

Sympathy Gift Ideas For Loss Of Dog

Losing a dog can be a devastating experience as they are often seen as a part of the family. Healing takes time, and it is important to remember that it is okay to grieve and to take the time needed to process the loss.

read more
Natural Dewormer For Dogs

Natural Dewormer For Dogs

There are options when looking for a natural dewormer for dogs. The best natural dewormer for dogs is a balanced healthy diet. A good diet for dogs will help build a strong immune system. Your dog’s IgE antibodies can destroy parasitic worms on their own, so it is...

read more
Pride Month Includes Pets Too

Pride Month Includes Pets Too

Texas Pet Company supports the LGBTQ Community. In the spirit of giving during Pride Month, we partnered with the Thrive Youth Center to outfit individuals in their organization who were dog owners.

read more
Coatimundis: Top 10 Questions About The Coatimundi Answered

Coatimundis: Top 10 Questions About The Coatimundi Answered

Coatimundis, also known as coati, are omnivorous mammals native to South and Central America. There are four recognized species: the white-nosed coati, the South American coati, the eastern mountain coati, and the western mountain coati. Coatimundis are known for their long noses and ringed tails, and they are typically found in tropical rainforests. They are social animals and can often be found in large groups. Coatimundis have a lifespan of 7-10 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity. They are not currently considered endangered, but they do face some threats such as habitat loss, hunting, and disease. The word “coatimundi” is derived from the Tupi-Guarani language and means “one who digs with the nose.”

read more

Visit Our Shop

Texas Pet Co Dog Treat Email Sign Up Form

SAVE 15% OFF

YOUR FIRST ORDER

Become a VIP and subscribe to our email list & stay up to date with the latest products, sales, coupons & more!

You have subscribed successfully! Check your email for your VIP Promo Code.