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This handout is intended to educate pet parents about the importance of ear cleaning and provide some tips on how to do this at home.
Banfield Pet Hospital reviews how to clean the ears of large breed dogs. A Banfield doctor takes pet owners through detailed instructions on proper and safe routine cleaning as well as steps on cleaning an infected ear with veterinarian-recommended medication.
Yes! Cleaning and caring for your pet's ears are important ways to reduce the chance for ear infections and excess wax build up. Routine cleaning and at home examination lets you detect any infections or other problems early.
That depends on your cat. Many cats are excellent self-groomers and rarely need ear care while others should have routine cleanings. If you notice wax, dirt, or other debris, then it is probably time for a cleaning.
Otitis externa is an inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal and may also involve the ear flap.
Both my dog and my cat's eyes get messy fairly often. They get this gunk in the corners. Should I be cleaning this? Is this normal? How should I go about cleaning it?
Not only is having a clean and comfortable pet important, but starting a regular grooming routine is a great way for your pet to get used to the experience and bond with you at the same time.
What type of grooming care does your pet need?
This handout is intended to educate pet owners about ear mites as well as introduce your family to some of the terms and treatments that accompany this diagnosis.
This handout is intended to educate pet owners on the common causes of ear infections and give an overview of treatment options.
Are ear infections common in Border Collies or Sheep Dogs?
What is the best ear cleaner for Jack ?
My dog Raven has an ear infection, she was prescribed a medication that needs to be inserted into both her ears. I'm not sure what the best way to do that is as she always moves her head/runs away. My...
Our pup got ear drops (10 drops, twice daily) almost a week ago for her yeast infection. The dark wax is gone, however - she has a residue on her ear and there seem to be red rash-type bumps on it now...
Though your pets may not always happily cooperate, there are plenty of times when they will need a good bath. Cats in particular are notorious for disliking a bath. Many people find it is easier to take their cat to the groomer for clipping and bathing and, at the very least, regular grooming and/or haircuts make it easier to give baths at home between trips to the salon.
General grooming is an important part of good coat and skin health for your cat, but how easily this is accomplished and how often will depend on your cat.
If you think about it, making some New Year’s resolutions that benefit your pet is a great idea. Maybe you want to be more active with your dog or spend more time with your cat in the coming year. Whatever the goal, you’ll find that there are plenty of ways to improve or enhance the quality of your pet’s life.
I think that my dog may have an ear infection. He has been tilting his head and scratching consistently. Does my dog have an ear infection? Is there any over-the-counter medication I can give him unti...
My mini schnauzer had a dental cleaning this morning ( this is not his first time) and also had tests to see if his liver is doing better. The results showed he had gotten worse ,she said something a...
After Tigger had his dental cleaning a little while ago he’s been sneezing more than usual, so much that he’s not reverse sneezing. I know he’s just trying to clear his throat or airways of something ...
My Dog came in today for a dental cleaning, His face had become swollen and my vet thinks it was a tooth abscess, Is that something that could have made is face swollen and his 3rd eye lid come out?
Hi. I need to schedule a dental cleaning for my dog Harley, but all the appointments available are only for early in the morning and I can't make those. What should I do?
I have a question about Alexanders left ear, there seems do be discharge from his left ear, I have noticed it when he shakes his head, what can I do, before his vet visit?
Why is my dog prone to having ear infections?
My dog had a little growth on her outer ear. Nothing osing from it, doesn’t look red or infected. Looks almost like a skin tag, I just noticed it today and I check her ears often so either I have miss...
Loki is having problems with his right ear. He keeps scratching it and shakes his head to flap his ears. He's acting like he can't hear well and it's tender to the touch. He has also been chewing the ...
I noticed a lump on my golden boys ear flap. The lump wasn’t there earlier and is this something I should be concerned about. I will be calling his vet Monday.
My dog has suffered from chronic ear infections for the last 2 years. I was told this could be due to a grain allergy, and a Banfield veterinarian recommended Taste of the Wild for dog food. His ears ...
Our dog has one ear that's red and irritated, as opposed to the normal pink. Will saline drops help the issue, or will she need antibiotics?
My four-year-old dog has never had a teeth cleaning. At our last appointment, our vet recommended that we have her teeth cleaned professionally. Can you please give me some information regarding this ...
A 6-month old, neutered male Miniature Pinscher named Ralf presented for evaluation of itching at his legs and tail for two weeks duration. He was eating and drinking normally, current on all vaccines and heartworm test and prevention. His littermate is showing no signs of scratching and appears completely normal.
My dogs gums are growing over teeth. She gets dental cleaning yearly for the past 4-5 years. Only meds are heartworm & flea and tick control. 1st Vet said it was common in some dogs, Don't worry. As ...
Hello, My cat just returned from his annual teeth cleaning and comprehensive exam. His blood work shows his platelets, hemoglobin, MCH, MCHC and RDW are low. I didn’t see the results until I got home...
My 19-year-old cat has pus coming out of her left ear and a very bad odor with it. The odor has been present for a few months now. Today, I could see it has affected her balance and that eye has start...
Cat had surgery today to remove tooth and to treat ear infection. It is 8 hours after release and she is not good. Her one eye pupil is huge and the other eye is not centered. They gave her pain meds ...
One of the most common diagnoses in 2011, ear mites ranked in the top 10, accounting for 7 percent of kittens (up to 1 year of age) treated at Banfield hospitals. Ear mites are insects that live as parasites in the ears of your cat...
My cat sweetie keeps scratching her ear and sometimes when she shakes her head water comes out.Is this a problem?
I have a pit bull with a severe ear infection and its being treated using Zymox Otic. It seems to be working great except the outer part of his ear is raw and cracked. I want to know if I can safely u...
Our cat has a glossy, hairless patch on her ear. This occurred before but cleared up in a couple of weeks. It seems worse this time. Any suggestions beyond cleaning it? Thanks!
Our cat seems to be scratching his right ear sometimes. Recently we found out he's got something looking like a hard and dry protruding bump on skin behind his right ear, at the bottom base of it. ...
My cat has been scratching her ears a lot lately. Why is she doing this? Is it serious?
what to do expect after you cat has dental cleaning and there is anything we need to do
Just as important as providing your pet with regular physical exams is an annual, professional dental cleaning. Even with good regular at-home care, plaque and tartar build up, making professional cleanings essential. Untreated dental disease can cause significant discomfort and pain as well as permanent loss of teeth and gum tissue. Remember, your pet cannot tell you when he or she is in pain. Pets rely on their owners to take care of them and recognize when something is out of the ordinary.
My dog is shaking his head frequently. Is this natural?
My dog is scratching her ears and seems to be in pain, what can I do at home?
The thyroid gland produces essential hormones that are involved in the regulation of many vital body functions. Hypothyroid pets produce too little of these important hormones.
Hi. My dog Wally was running through the woods earlier today (and rolling around) and now I noticed some scratches/scrapes on his underbelly and near his legs. The scratches don’t look too bad they ar...
Banfield Pet Hospital provides helpful tips on how to brush your dog's teeth at home.
We visit our dentist for a professional cleaning at least twice yearly in order to reduce our risk for dental disease. Your pet also needs to receive a dental check-up and professional dental cleanings to reduce their risk for dental disease, especially since they cannot brush their teeth daily as we can. The Banfield Applied Research & Knowledge (BARK) team has found that dental disease affects at least one in five dogs and cats in the United States!
Atopy and food related allergic skin disease are caused by reactions to inhaled, ingested, or absorbed "allergens" (pollen, mold spores, dust, dust mites, food, etc.). This is similar to "hay fever" in humans. However, instead of the sinus and nasal signs in humans, pets may manifest the disease as skin irritation that can include the entire skin surface and ear canals.
Cat & Dog Dental Treats are beneficial at-home dental care but they cannot replace professional teeth cleaning. Learn more about cat & dog dental care from Banfield Wellness Plans.
Download this handout to see what stage of dental disease your pet's teeth might have.
Can you please tell me what your protocol and procedures are for anesthesia? My cat has an appointment on Thursday for a teeth cleaning, but I am very worried about the anesthesia. She is the sweetest...
This handout is intended to educate pet owners about periodontal (dental) disease as well as introduce your family to some of the terms and treatments that may be associated with this diagnosis.
Because your pet ages six to 10 years for every year a human ages, he or she should receive regular examinations from a veterinarian in order to maintain optimal health.
Yes! Home dental care is one of the best ways to help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy. Start as early as possible in your canine friend's life so he or she will become accustomed to having the mouth handled.
Dental tartar is composed of various mineral salts, organic material, bacteria, serum, and food particles. In the early stages of accumulation, the material is soft, but as time passes, it becomes hard and adheres to the teeth. Tartar builds up under the gum line as well as below it. Tartar is visible as a yellow to brown material on the tooth surface, usually near the gum, or gingival line.
When your pet is outdoors and exposed to environmental allergens, it can cause a variety of hypersensitivity reactions, such as atopic dermatitis. This commonly begins in dogs from 6 months to 6 years of age. Here’s an overview of the symptoms and how atopic dermatitis is diagnosed and treated.
Learn how to care for an older pet with senior dog and cat tips from the pet health experts at Banfield Pet Hospital.
Bite wounds are common injuries. They have great potential for infection as bacteria are transported under the skin at the time of damage by a tooth. Cat bites frequently become infected and can easily abscess.
An abrasion is a damaged or scraped area of skin. A laceration is a cut in the skin. These injuries can be mild and superficial or large and very deep with multiple areas involved. Whenever the protective outer layer of skin is damaged, bacteria can easily invade deeper tissues and cause infection.
As pets age, their preventive health care needs can evolve. Because needs can change, it’s important to review your Optimum Wellness Plan® regularly.
The best way to fight fleas is to prevent them...
An abscess is a pocket of infected material, or pus, consisting of bacteria or other organisms, as well as red and white blood cells.
Banfield is proud to take part in the Mars Volunteer Program (MVP). MVP is a worldwide initiative that gives all Mars associates the opportunity to make a difference in the communities where we live work and play. 
The most common concerns for pet rabbits are nutritional, environmental and oral. Symptoms can sometimes be very subtle and quick detection and treatment is the key to giving your rabbit a long and healthy life.
A pre-anesthetic examination is always performed by your pet's doctor on the day of surgery. Pre-anesthetic blood work is performed the day of the procedure to ensure your pet is a good candidate to go under anesthesia.
A home-care guide to brushing your pet's teeth. Learn how to properly care for and brush your pet's teeth.
Banfield Pet Hospital and the Banfield Foundation came together for the Portland Veteran’s Stand Down, an event that supports veterans who are either at-risk or experiencing homelessness.
Because your pet ages six to 10 years for every year a human ages, he or she should receive regular examinations from a veterinarian in order to maintain optimal health. Banfield recommends that pets have twice-yearly comprehensive exams.
Banfield is proud to participate in Stand Down events to care for the pets of homeless and low-income veterans.
See some of the data highlights from this year's State of Pet Health Report.
In this year’s edition, our Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team analyzed trends from the past 10 years and highlighted the most common diagnoses affecting cats and dogs.
Earth Day is approaching and what better time is there to “think green” where your pets are concerned?
Yes! Home dental care is one of the best ways to help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy.
Read this guide to make a customizable bed for your dog or cat.
With periodontal (dental) disease, your pet can develop a build-up of plaque on and around the teeth. Not only can it cause discomfort and pain for your pet, but can result in bad breath, inflamed swollen gums, exposed tooth roots, loose or broken teeth and weight loss (due to a refusal to eat).
Abnormal urination can often be a sign of potentially serious urinary tract or other disease. Inappropriate urination may also be behavioral. Any pet that exhibits abnormal urination should be promptly evaluated by a veterinarian to determine if the problem is medical or behavioral.
This is the story of a dog named Snoopy, who we treated for swelling near the eye and discovered a tooth abscess.
Did you ever wonder if your pets have the same issues with their teeth as you do? Do pets get cavities? Can they develop plaque or tartar buildup? Should your pet undergo professional cleanings just as you would? Read on to get the answers...
Often referred to as Scabies, Sarcoptic Mange is a condition in dogs and cats that starts with a microscopic mite. The mite burrows under skin, causing very intense itching and infection in your dog or cat.
Kittens are curious little devils that love to explore, but there are plenty of hazards in your living environment that can harm them. In this article, we discuss tips for kitten-proofing your home.
Based on Information from The State of Pet Health by Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge.
From puppy and kitten to all stages of adult life, every member of your four-legged family deserves quality preventive care. Banfield Optimum Wellness Plans® help pet owners take the guessing out of doing what’s best for their pets.
Here are some safety measures you can take to puppy-proof your home.
Start a complete flea control program immediately. Fleas live by sucking the blood of your pets. They can bite humans as well. Fleas can cause discomfort by biting, anemia, skin allergies, spread disease, and transmit tapeworms. Spare your pet the discomfort of a continued infestation.
The most important thing to remember when you’re expecting visitors, is to make sure you let them know you have a pet in the house—especially if they are uncomfortable around pets, are fearful or have allergies. Remember that even though you know your pet well and have become comfortable around him, your guests may not be comfortable and could be quite agitated if they perceive your pet is dangerous. A pet should not be present if the guests are afraid of him.
New report finds food allergies may not be as prevalent in pets as expected – Banfield Pet Hospital provides data on the more likely cause of pets’ skin irritations.
When it’s time to plan your summer vacation, bring your dog along for the ride. Whether you go to the beach, a campground or a new city, slobbery kisses and tail wags make everything better. Check out these tips and tricks for going on a dog-friendly road trip.
Winter is quickly approaching along with freezing temperatures in many parts of the country. Now is the time to protect your dog from the elements and colder weather.
Winter is quickly approaching along with freezing temperatures in many parts of the country. Now is the time to protect your pets from the elements and colder weather.
Download our dog and cat diet trial handout to learn how to determine if your pet is having an adverse reaction to certain ingredients in the pet food(s) he or she normally eats.
Nothing is more frustrating than when your dog won’t listen. Here are some tips to help you cope with this annoying issue.
At Banfield, we believe in preventing pet health issues before they happen. With Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans®, you receive a package of preventive pet health care services and discounts designed to meet the needs of your individual pet.
Banfield Pet Hospital®, the world’s largest veterinary practice, and Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused education, today announced their partnership to create affordable programs for becoming a Credentialed Veterinary Technician (CVT). Through this partnership, any Banfield associate can enroll in Penn Foster’s veterinary technician degree program at a discounted rate to help reach their career goal of becoming a CVT.
The more you know about your pet’s health, the better you will be able to make informed decisions about your pet’s health care. Doing periodic reviews of your pet’s medical records is an important part of being able to make informed decisions. Knowing your pet’s vaccine history, current weight, feeding regimen, test results, prescriptions and other important health information can help remind you when routine care is due, how to administer medications or provide at-home care. In addition, the knowledge gained from reviewing your pet’s medical records will come in handy at the next veterinary visit as you can be prepared with specific questions.
The possibilities may seem endless for why your cat won't eat but the most important thing to remember is that if this behavior lasts for more than one day, it is very important to take your cat to the veterinarian. A cat's loss of appetite is a medically significant symptom and often indicates illness. A comprehensive examination along with certain tests can detect anything serious right away and can help lead the way to successful treatment.
Banfield associates from across the country team up to help one lost dog named Zeus find his way home. 
Scratching is a normal feline behavior. The difficult part is training them to use something other than furniture or door frames.
Our pets are fed a variety of processed food proteins and carbohydrates, which are then broken down during digestion. Adverse food reactions may be due to either a chemical intolerance or a unique allergic reaction to a protein ingredient.
Banfield Pet Hospital, the world's largest veterinary practice, released its State of Pet Health 2013 Report today, revealing that spaying and neutering dogs and cats, among other factors, may influence a pet's lifespan. The report, compiled by Banfield's internal research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), analyzed data collected in 2012 from nearly 2.2 million dogs and 460,000 cats cared for in Banfield's more than 800 hospitals in 43 states. The State of Pet Health 2013 Report includes state-specific statistics regarding lifespan of pets, and provides a comprehensive summary of overall pet health, including common and chronic diagnoses.
Read our Gerbil Care Guide, from the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital, and learn how to feed and house your small pet.
Banfield Pet Hospital released its State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report today, revealing a staggering 48 percent increase in the prevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection in cats and a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of infection with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in dogs.