The Dog Liberator™

The Dog Liberator rescues abandoned dogs throughout the Southeast. Based in Central Florida, this non-profit organization fosters all of their dogs in a home environment. Founded in 2009, all dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The Dog Liberator focuses in rescuing the herding breed, which consists of Border Collies, Shepherds, Sheepdogs, Aussies, Collies, and Deaf/Blind Dogs.

Ear Problems, Dirt, Wax & Odors?

Ear Problems, Dirt, Wax & Odors?
Sarah and Sasha the Cocker Spaniel
Sarah and Sasha the Cocker Spaniel

Written by Andi Brown

Keeping your pets’ ears clean and bacteria free is as essential to their good health, as feeding wholesome, natural foods.

Pets with long, floppy ears, such as cocker spaniels, beagles, and labrador retrievers are apt to need more attention than their “wolf-like” looking cousins, whose ears stand straight up. Ears that fold over tend to develop more problems because air can’t get in and bacteria tend to grow, so infections can develop.

Regular grooming should consist of thorough ear checkups, so that you can also help to eliminate dirt, wax and odors.  If your pet shakes its head, digs in its ear with a back foot, or rubs its ears on the carpets and sofas, these are sure signs that something needs your attention.  Black specks in the ears may indicate ear mites, and an unpleasant odor is definitely a sign that there’s an issue. A conscientious owner observes and analyzes.  The sooner you detect a problem, the easier it will generally be to remedy it. 

Andi with Rascal and Holiday
Andi with Rascal and Holiday

I’ve found that most dogs and cats enjoy the added focus or caressing you place on their head, neck and ears.  For those of you who like to make their pets’ products, here is my recipe for an herbal ear wash to eliminate most any common ear condition, and you’ll find it easy to use.  The ingredients in this effective ear relief remedy are available in most health food stores. Check out my easy ear wash recipe below.

Andi Brown,

Author of The Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs & Cats

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