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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ear Ye, Ear Ye!

Poor Little Man Peanut. He has those long hound ears that keep moisture inside, so every once in a while he gets nasty ears, that brown gunk, redness and smell.

Any of you ever run into that problem? I have an ear wash on hand, and if you catch it in time and use the wash twice a day for a week or so, it usually clears up. However, this time, it started to clear up and then I forgot to keep doing it, so it came back. They look better, but still not 100 percent. If they don't clear up, I might have to take him to the vet for some antibiotic drops, something I've had to do in the past. They also have an ear-cleaning contraption that Peanut hates. He hates when anyone messes with him in any way--his ears, his toes, his butt. He's such a mama's boy, a little wuss, which makes me love him all the more.

He really hates getting the ear wash. I call, "Peanut, time for your ear candy," and he cowers off into the nearest corner to hide his face. After flushing the fluid in, you have to wipe them out and dry them. This does not make him happy either.

I swear, the things we do! Pills, ointments, salves--it never ends. Then I think of all the poor dogs and cats out there with owners who don't do jack for them. They suffer in silence and who knows what happens.

I remember once years ago, the Humane Society got in a dog that had a tumor on its neck the size of a cantelope! How long that poor dog must have suffered.

I hope there's a special place in hell for people who let animals suffer.

The other night, my boss told me about a little Chihuahua that was tied out to a dog house in the neighborhood. A little Chihuahua! He said it barked all the time and they kept moving the dog house farther away. Now it's gone. I'd rather see a dog dead than live such a life. Why do these idiots even WANT a pet? Makes me sick.

But back to ear wax. Any good stories involving treating what ails your pet?

Wags to Witches photo contest and dance: I hope you all saw the article today in the paper about the top 10 pets in the Mr. and Mrs. Wags to Witches photo contest! I loved reading all the stories and the "interviews" of the candidates. You must get a copy of the paper or read it online. And of course VOTE.

It's crunch time for dance tickets to Saturday's Fur Ball Bash. I finally got my tickets on Thursday. They want to fill the room to capacity, so the deadline has been extended until Monday. So please invite your family, friends and coworkers. The more the merrier and you get so much for your ticket price! I'll see you all there!

posted by Sandy at 10/14/2007 06:24:00 PM


Blogger Adrienne said...

Since all my kiddo's have droopy ears, I understand your pain Sandy. I fell in love with the Shih Tzu breed before I found out anything about them. Not something I would recommend to any one before they get a new puppy. Being more experienced with dogs has been a HUGE benefit, but this can be a challenging breed. But hey, Live and Learn right? They are prone to ear, eye and nose problems. I have to clean there face and ears almost every day. I trim the hair out of there ears to help keep them clean and clean them with a mix of vinegar and proxide. Not the best smelling stuff, but it works. Because they have the "bug eyes" they are always runny and at a high risk for eye infections. I trim the hair around their eyes too. As much as I love the two of them, I don't know that I would ever have another toy breed again.

Large breed dogs seem to be easier to train and care for. Stella and Hunter get yucky ears too, but they are not as bad as Mattie and Oscars. They also don't have the eye and breathing problems. When I get out the bottle of ear cleaner, they all run. Mattie always hides under our bed. I love trying to get a 12lb dog out from under a king size bed. Makes Mama happy!! Oscar always runs under a table and Stella runs to her kennel. Hunter hasn't figured out the hiding thing yet. But mom always wins in the end.

Monday, October 15, 2007 7:39:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The only ear story I have it that Cheetah had an ear infection a few years ago. A trip to the Vet and some drops for a week or two (Can’t remember) and she was fine. I did not know the ear issues with some dog breeds. Interesting to know...

Any updates on the brother in law situation with the Pits? My mind still holds that one…

Monday, October 15, 2007 9:36:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I have not made any calls yet. I'm trying to let things die down some before I do. It's a touchy situation since it's family. I did have an offer from a friend who has family in law inforcement in that area. I may take them up on the offer. I'll keep you all posted.

Monday, October 15, 2007 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Oh, the ears! The ear wash goes in and I stand back as fast as I can while the furrkid shakes it out.
Splat on the walls or me or whatever is in range.

Monday, October 15, 2007 5:19:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hey Ginger, glad to have you here. Yes, I've had the stuff sprinkled on me after the shaking, but at least the stuff smells pretty good!

Monday, October 15, 2007 10:51:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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