7 Secrets On How To Give A Dog A Bath

Has she been rolling around in dirt? Or, in something worse? Has he been lying around lazily but still smells little stinky? Are your couch or carpets starting to smell like dog?

Some people enjoy giving their dogs a bath – especially if it’s a water-loving dog like a Lab or retriever, who delights in splashing around. Most people, however, see it as a chore, or, if you are a dog, it’s often something to dread. Dogs generally will resist and protest – after all, they think they smell just fine even if they are a bit stinky! After all who wants to smell like soap and perfume? Your dog may be one of the ones that runs away, cringes, digs in his paws and completely refuses to cooperate with bath time.

Rather than caving (i.e., taking her to a groomer and paying good money for a simple bath), here are a few simple ideas for making bath time less stressful and more fun: But, first question…

How Often Should I Give Your Dog A Bath?

dirty dogThe obvious answer is: “When he gets dirty or stinky.”

Unlike humans, most dogs get bathed relatively infrequently – from once a month to several times a year.

In a healthy dog, a lot depends on how active they are. If she spends most of her time indoors and starts to smell “doggy,” a few times a year is probably enough.

If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors and comes in smelling of something he rolled in – well, a bath is certainly in order. In fact, dogs benefit from the occasional bathing – it can soothe sensitive skin and facilitates the growth of hair follicles.

If your dog has a skin infection, skin allergies or hot spots, regular bathing can be part of the solution if you use an anti-microbial shampoo like Banixx Medicated shampoo, which fights common dog skin infections while rebuilding, moisturizing and strengthening the coat.

Don’t Bathe Your Dog Too Often

A word of warning: Don’t bathe for pooch too often, as excessive bathing can remove skin oil, irritate the skin, damage hair follicles and end up in a bacterial or fungal infection. If a bath is part of your dog’s medical treatment protocol, make sure you get advice from your vet as to how often to bath him.

What To Do If Your Dog Is Afraid of Taking a Bath

scared dog in tubDoesn’t it break your heart to see your dog cringe and tuck his tail between his legs every time the word “bath” is uttered? Many dogs have bad associations with the concept – so do a little work ahead of time to try to change that perception into a positive one.

Here are some ideas that should help:

  • Link the word “bath” with “treat.” Teach your dog to come to the bath and receive a treat, toy or extra bit of lovin’. Repeat the game numerous times – hopping into an empty tub each time – so he associates the bath with something good.
  • Gradually start adding a small amount of lukewarm water in the tub while continuing with the treats every time he jumps in.
  • Some dog owners have been known to even slather peanut butter on the sides of the tub so the dog can focus on happily licking on the treat instead of the bathing process.
  • Be patient. If a bath strikes terror into your dog’s heart, don’t think that the desensitization process will be completed in a few tries. Stick with it and don’t go for the full bath routine until your dog gets confidence in YOU…which translates over to confidence in a bath
  • Start young, if this is possible. If you have a young pup, start the bathing process as soon as you can so that she never learns to fear it. You’ll be really happy that you did when she turns into a big, strong dog!

Preparing For Your Dog’s Bath

  • dog bathVery important – get the right shampoo. A dog’s skin has a natural pH of 7 – basically neutral. Human shampoo is much more acidic, meant for human skin with a pH of around 5. So even a non-tear formula for humans will not be right for your dog. And if your dog has a skin problem, you’ll need a shampoo that will help treat the condition.Banixx® Medicated Shampoo has a gentle, anti-microbial formula with the right pH for dogs. Its sea-sourced amino acids fortify hair fibers and repair damage while providing a deep-skin gentle cleansing for both skin and coat. Banixx is paraben, sulfate and soap free (key to maintaining a healthy coat), using no alcohol or steroids. Its deep-moisturizing, soothing formula is non-toxic with no added color or fragrance, and can be used daily for spot treatments or as an all-over body cleanser. And finally, it’s soap-free! so there’s nothing to dry out and de-nature your dog’s skin.
  • Brush your dog’s coat beforehand. It’s always a good idea to get the mats out before they get wet. Brushing before a bath makes it easier for the shampoo to get into the coat. And note that it’s also smart to brush him AFTER the bath to keep his coat from matting afterward.
  • Make sure everything you need is close at hand. You’ve got a wet dog in the bath – and you can’t reach the shampoo or other supplies. Talk about frustrating! So be sure to have the shampoo, grooming brush, treats, wash cloth, towels and other things in easy-to-access place so your dog doesn’t jump out and start shaking while you go get it.
  • Create a nonslip surface. Dogs don’t like to stand on slippery surfaces, so do yours a favor by putting a towel or nonskid rubber mat in the bottom of the tub.
  • De-stress the water. Before you bring your dog to the tub, fill it with water so he doesn’t worry about the sound of the rushing water. The water should be at least lukewarm if you’re bathing your dog indoors; if you’re outside, cool water is fine if the weather is warm or your dog has a heavy coat.Note: If you decide to bathe your dog outside (maybe because he sheds heavily, is quite large or has a thick coat), you can use the garden hose if the weather is warm enough. Just make sure you keep the water pressure low while bathing him – high pressure can drive bacteria into the skin.

How To Give A Dog A Bath

  1. dog in tubBe careful with your dog’s ears. You don’t want to get water in his ears when you’re giving him a bath – he’ll hate it, plus it could lead to infection and other health issues. Try to put cotton balls in the ears to protect them from getting wet, or, if your dog won’t tolerate that, be careful not to spray any water into them.
  2. Start with the neck and work your way down. Use a cup/small container or a sprayer to wet your dog. Make sure to wet your dog thoroughly, working the water through the coat right down to the skin. Apply the shampoo at the neck and continue down her body to her tail, down her legs to her toes. Be sure not to overlook her underside and groin area.
  3. Rinse – and repeat! It’s important to remove all the shampoo from your dog’s skin to avoid drying it out and causing itchy skin and hot spots. When you’ve finished shampooing, rinse thoroughly. If your dog has thick or long fur, it’s a good idea to rinse twice or even three times to make sure the shampoo is completely gone.
  4. Wash your dog’s face last. Once a dog’s head is wet, she instinctively wants to shake, so it’s best to leave this to the end of the bath. Use a damp washcloth. Be sure not to get any shampoo in the eyes, but wash around them and rinse right away. And as stated above, don’t get water in the ears.
  5. The art of drying. The simplest way to dry your dog is to towel her off. You will need more than one towel (including to soak up the water that splashes out of the tub). Start by throwing a towel over her and using another one to dry her face, ears and feet. It’s almost impossible to get through a bath without enduring the “shake” as your dog dries herself off – she just can’t help it! So towel her off as much as possible before she does it.

If you want to speed things up and use a blow dryer, just know that your dog will take some time to get your dog used to the noise and feel of air blowing on him. Set it on the cooler setting to make sure you don’t burn her skin in the process. Hair dryers are actually a good idea if your dog has a thick coat – it helps avoid damp spots in the undercoat that can lead to hot spots.
  6. Beware the “roll.” Dogs don’t like the smell of scented shampoo (note Banixx medicated shampoo has zero perfume). They’d much rather smell “natural.” They also feel like they need to dry themselves, even after toweling off. So after all your hard work in the bath, she will most likely make an attempt to get away and roll in the grass, dirt or worse. Some ideas to avoid this instinctive action are to crate her for a while after the bath, or better, to take her for a walk.
  7. Throughout the process, make it a good experience. Be calm and assertive, while talking to your dog in a pleasant, reassuring manner. Provide treats (peanut butter on the tub sides, anyone?) and rewards. Share affection. Your dog may never beg to take a bath – but your encouraging words can help ensure that she won’t hate it, either!

Banixx Medicated Shampoo

If you’re looking for a good medicated shampoo, we highly recommend the Banixx® Medicated Shampoo. It’s gentle, anti-microbial formula with the right pH for dogs. Its sea-sourced amino acids fortify hair fibers and repair damage while providing a deep-skin gentle cleansing for both skin and coat. Banixx is paraben, sulfate and soap free (key to maintaining a healthy coat), using no alcohol or steroids. Its deep-moisturizing, soothing formula is non-toxic with no added color or fragrance, and can be used daily for spot treatments or as an all-over body cleanser. And finally, it’s soap-free! so there’s nothing to dry out and de-nature your dog’s skin.

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Is A Mixed Breed Dog The Right Dog For You?

Did you know that more than half of all dogs in the United States are mixed breed dogs? Yes, there are 38 million mutts making their owners happy throughout the nation – and many people believe they actually make better pets than purebred dogs.

You may or may not agree with this (purebreds are great, too!) – so let’s take a look at the arguments FOR mixed breed dogs. First, let’s talk about what is a dog breed.

dog breeds

What Is A Dog Breed?

Ever since the first prehistoric people befriended wolves and domesticated them, humans have been breeding dogs purposely to perform various tasks. Some were bred for hunting, others for herding, guarding, racing, bearing burdens and even for sitting in ladies’ laps.

So with all this breeding of dogs into specific types, what makes a dog “purebred”? According to the American Kennel Club, “The simplest way to define a breed is to say it always ‘breeds true.’” By this the AKC means that when you breed a beagle with a beagle, the resulting puppies will always look like their beagle parents.

Did you know that there are more than 340 dog breeds, of which 193 are recognized by the AKC? Each breed has ideal physical traits and temperaments. Purebred dogs have registration papers that show that both parents were registered and of the same breed. When you buy a purebred dog, you have an idea of what its qualities and personality will be like.

What Is A Mixed Breed Dog?

mixed breed dog

A mixed breed dog – aka a “mutt” or (less lovingly) a “mongrel” – is a dog that has more than one recognized breed in his/her gene pool and is often not the result of intentional breeding. Most mixed breed dogs have ancestry that, at least at some point, has more to do with natural selection than human intervention – accidental mating, in other words.

Because of this mixed heritage, these types of dogs all look different, with a huge variety of sizes, coat types, shapes, and colors. One mutt may have characteristics that look more like, say, a shepherd than any other breed, but because of the other breeds in the mix, the dog may not act like a shepherd.

What Is A Designer Dog?

The difference between a mixed breed dog and a designer dog is that the designer dog (also sometimes referred to as a “hybrid” dog) has more than one recognized breed, but the breeding is deliberate. This intentional breeding is done to combine existing breeds and form new ones.

schnoodle dog

Schnoodle

One example of a designer dog is the Goldendoodle, which was created to blend the Golden retriever’s wonderful temperament with a poodle’s low-shedding qualities. Designer breeds tend to have cute names like “Schnoodle” (poodle/miniature schnauzer), “Puggle” (pug/beagle) or “Chorkie” (chihuaha/Yorkshire terrier).

Breeders who specialize in these hybrid dogs are interested in establishing their particular variety as true breeds. To do this, they need to create a predictable type, where one individual dog of a “breed” has similar physical and personality traits as another individual dog.

One unfortunate outcome of the designer dog craze is that puppy mills have taken advantage of the popularity of these dogs to sell them at exorbitantly high prices. These dogs are marketed by both puppy mills and breeders as healthy, cute, intelligent, trainable – or whatever the particular traits might be that will appeal to buyers. These claims may or may not be true. Moreover puppy mills are notorious for in-breeding (for example, mating a mother dog with her son). This can, in many cases, create disastrous consequences that the new “owner” has to contend with in terms of poor physical attributes, greater propensity toward seizures and much more.

Why Should I Get A Mixed Breed Dog?

You may be saving a life! The ASPCA reports that around 75% of all dogs in shelters are mutts. That’s the most frequent place that people find their mixed breed dogs (other places include friends, neighbors and relatives). If you don’t rescue that mixed breed fella, there’s a good chance he may be euthanized, so it’s good to know that approximately 1.6 million dogs are adopted each year.

Mutts tend to be healthier than purebreds. It hasn’t been proven, but the theory is that more gene diversity in mixed breed dogs makes it less likely that they’ll develop hereditary diseases and disorders. What has been proven is that purebred dogs are more likely to develop different genetic disorders. For instance, one common disorder, hip dysplasia, affects German shepherds, Rottweilers, bulldogs, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Neapolitan mastiffs and Retrievers. And urinary bladder infections tend to plague Dalmations, Newfoundlands, the Bichon Frise and miniature Schnauzers.

mixed breed dogs

Many shelter dogs have built-in advantages. If you get your mixed breed dog at a shelter, it’s highly likely to already be house-trained (since she belonged to someone else before ending up at the shelter). Alternatively, because the shelter dog is generally not a puppy, house-training is easier because the dog is more mature and so does not need to go to “the bathroom” many times in one day Also, most dogs at shelters are past the exhaustive puppy stage (which may or may not be an advantage in your eyes, depending on how much you like dealing with puppy training). Furthermore, It’s much less expensive to get a dog from the shelter, rather than a breeder. And a dog from a shelter is likely spayed or neutered (or, it’s included in the adoption fee) and up-to-date on all her vaccinations – another cost saving.

Mixed breed dogs may be more intelligent. Studies have shown that, compared to purebreds, mixed breed dogs perform better on intelligence and problem-solving tests. This may in part be due to the lack of the genetic factor of in-breeding – but more likely, it depends on the breeds that are part of the “mix.” According to Stanley Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs,” the Top 7 smartest dog breeds are border collies, poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers, Doberman pinschers, and Labrador retrievers. If your dog’s genetics include genes from any of these highly intelligent breeds, he’s likely to be one smart pooch.

And, the expression, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” simply does NOT hold true. The author has adopted many dogs ranging from 2 to 6 and all that is required to end up with a nicely trained dog, at any age, is regular, consistent training. And this training is not just when the dog trainer, if you use one, is on site but, just as with a two year old child, it’s attention and discipline, applied to every interaction between you and your dog.

What Is Your Dog’s Mix?

dog dna testMost people are content to take a good guess at the various breeds that make up their dog’s genetics, or to forget about it altogether and just love the dog for who he is. But some people would like to know what breeds comprise the “mix.”

The good news is that, just like with human ancestry DNA tests, you can get a pretty good idea of where your dog comes from through dog DNA tests that only require a sample of your dog’s saliva. The test will give you information on the potential breeds that make him who he is.

It may be fun to know what breeds contributed to your mutt’s unique personality – but in the end, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that your dog is your best friend who is happy to see you when you come home and always there for you in every situation of your life. And this is true whether you have a mutt or a purebred!

How Banixx Helps Dogs

Banixx is both effective and extremely safe – it can be used without worry on wounds or fungus infections around the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears, and has proven to be particularly effective at eliminating dog ear infections, dog hot spots, and dog or cat ringworm. Use it with confidence to successfully treat wounds, fungus, horse scratches, rain rot, ringworm, abscesses, thrush, white line disease, bacterial infections, fungal infections, fly bites or just some itchy skin on your animals. 

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Diagnosing and Treating Dog Skin Allergies

If your dog is scratching, biting and licking various parts of his body incessantly, he may have a skin allergy. Skin allergies, also known as allergic dermatitis, are the most common type of allergic reactions in dogs.

Symptoms of a Dog Skin Allergies

  • Itchiness
  • Hair loss
  • Swelling in the face, earflaps or paws
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Hives and rashes
  • Chronic ear infections

In addition, skin allergies can lead to another series of infections generally called secondary infections. These secondary infections occur because the allergy causes intense itchiness of the skin. This unbelievable discomfort forces your dog to scratch, lick and bite at the site, which in turn can develop into a yeast or bacterial infection, with potentially serious consequences.

Possible Causes of Dog Skin Allergies

In order to treat a skin allergy, you must first determine the cause. Some of the main causes of skin allergies in dogs include:

Sensitivity to Certain Foods

dog allergies of the skinFood allergies are common in dogs because some dog foods contain too much corn, soy or other fillers. This allergy can cause itchy skin in your dog, usually around their ears and paws, and may also cause gastrointestinal symptoms. Many people contact us to find a cure for itchy paws that smell like Frito chips. This is the result of a yeast infection that shows up as an intense, unbearable itchiness in your dogs paws. It also comes along with an offensive odor and utter misery to your dog as she chews and bites endlessly at her paws to try and get relief. 

To diagnose a food allergy, vets usually recommend using an elimination diet. This means feeding your dog just one source of protein and carbohydrate for three months and seeing the reaction, then gradually re-introducing other foods. One way of tackling this situation is, when you visit your local dog food store, ask the staff about high protein dog foods. You will find educated, caring staff at these stores who can help you with these choices. For example, Taste of the Wild makes a Wetlands Grain-Free Kibble that has received many accolades and is easy to find in any dog food store.

Parasites

dog ear mites and fleasSome dogs are allergic to flea saliva and get extremely itchy, especially at the base of the tail. You may or may not be able to see the fleas or notice flea dirt – but you’ll definitely notice the licking, scratching, scabs and hot spots caused by fleas. Ticks, like fleas, can also be the cause of allergic reactions. Mites, those difficult-to-see parasites that burrow into your dog’s skin, can cause mange and other skin disorders. 

It’s easy to get busy with life and miss a flea treatment for your dog or be late with her treatment. A lapse in prevention is all it can take at particular times of the year –next thing you know, your beloved pooch has picked up a flea or vice versa. Some treatments require a flea to bite in order to die, and those bites can be problematic for your dog if he is allergic to flea saliva. Other parasites may include ticks or intestinal worms. Your vet can help you with anti-tick treatments or a simple de-wormer to rid your dog of worms.

It’s a good idea for any dog that spends time outside to receive a de-worming treatment. Frequency depends on your dog’s lifestyle; for example, the following conditions call for more frequent de-worming: Is he outside a lot? Does he mingle with other dogs? Do you live in a warm climate? (Warmer climates are kinder to worms and hence less kind to your dog.) But don’t take de-wormers lightly; they are a strong medication so take care with how often you administer it to your dog. The best advice on de-worming for your dog is to work out a system with your vet’s input and advice.

Environmental Allergens

Hot Spots From Itchy SkinIt’s possible your dog may be allergic to dust, pollen, mold or even grass. Other environmental possibilities include grooming products, carpet or floor cleaning products, and lawn treatments. If her itching flares up during a particular season, the cause may be easier to find. Environmental allergens can be difficult to track down and require patience.

Don’t forget that, if your dog has a skin allergy, it’s quite likely all the scratching, biting and chewing may end up breaking the skin and causing a full-scale skin infection, which will also need to be treated.

How to Treat Dog Skin Allergies

Step 1: Handle Severe Allergic Reactions ASAP

If your dog has an acute allergic reaction, take her immediately to the vet or emergency pet hospital. Just like people, dogs can go into anaphylactic shock if they have a severe reaction – but luckily, these reactions are not that common.

Step 2: Avoid Exposure

The best way to help your dog with skin allergies is to avoid exposing them to the allergens as much as possible. Ensure your dog doesn’t get fleas if he’s allergic to their saliva, for instance. Change his diet to one that doesn’t contain the ingredients that cause allergic flare-ups. Try another shampoo if you think your dog may be allergic to its ingredients. Keep him inside on hot days if he gets heat rashes (which are basically an allergy to heat).

Step 3: Visit Your Veterinarian

veterinarian care for dog ear infectionsIf you notice your dog scratching excessively, or see a change in your dog’s skin such as rashes, scaling, redness or bald patches, take the problem to your veterinarian to get her/his diagnosis. You may think you know what is causing the allergy, but sometimes the typical symptoms may actually be signs of other conditions, such as mange, ringworm, impetigo or sebhorrea. Your vet will be able to make a proper analysis.

Step 4: Use the Banixx Home Remedy

Banixx Anti-Fungal Anti-Bacterial SprayNo matter what the cause of your dog’s skin allergy, vets generally recommend supplementing any treatment with a topical, pet-friendly, quality product such as Banixx Pet Care to alleviate the itching, swelling, irritation and even the wounds caused by your dog’s constant scratching. Banixx offers immediate relief to your dog’s itchy skin. It doesn’t sting on application, nor does it smell. It’s also an excellent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial solution that creates an environment in which it is next to impossible for an infection to develop. And it’s gentle, natural ingredients are not likely to cause additional allergic skin reactions.

How To Use Banixx For Skin Infections

It’s a great home remedy that can be used at home: Simply apply Banixx 2-3 times a day to your dog’s skin infection, being sure to saturate your dog’s skin. Massage it gently into your dog’s skin for complete saturation. The solution works on contact.

If your dog licks it off after you apply it, it will not harm your dog – but it will remove the solution and slow the healing process. Try distracting your dog so he doesn’t lick it off and Banixx has a chance to work.

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How To Clean Dog Eyes: Boogers, Crust and Stains

Good grooming involves more than taking your dog to get his hair washed, trimmed and toenails clipped a few times a year. One area that many dog owners easily forget is the eyes – those beautiful, expressive windows into your dog’s soul. While vision isn’t your dog’s most awesome sense (smell and hearing top vision by a mile), it’s still important to ensure your dog’s eyes stay healthy. Cleaning can prevent bacterial eye infections, ulcers or sties from developing, so make it a point to pay attention to this little chore.

How To Properly Clean Your Dog’s Eyes:

Crusty Dog EyesClean your dog’s eyes every time you give her bath. Clean them more often if there’s a discharge coming from the eyes, if you notice dirt or debris near the eyes, or if they seem to be itchy.

To clean your dog’s eyes, moisten sterile gauze with a sterile saline solution. (Note: Some preparations recommend use of cotton balls for this purpose, but we are not fans of cotton balls, since they can shred, leaving tiny filaments of cotton attached to your dog’s eyelashes that can lead to further problems). Use a good saline solution recommended by your vet, or purchase a pet eye wash. Make sure your own hands are clean when you begin cleaning.

Wipe each eye gently with moistened sterile gauze or eye wipe. Start on the inner corner of the eye and move outward toward the other side of the eye, using soft strokes. Wipe away discharge, making sure not to rub the gauze directly over the eye-ball. Use a separate gauze for the other eye.

If your dog has a lot of hair around his eyes, either comb it so the eyes are not obstructed, or trim it slightly to prevent irritation. ONLY use blunt-tipped scissors (that you can buy at your pet supply store), and wipe away the cut hair with a damp washcloth to prevent it from finding its way into the eyes.

What to Look Out for When Cleaning Your Dog’s Eyes

How to clean a dogs eyesDogs’ eyes are sensitive and need a bit of extra care. Healthy eyes are clear, moist-looking and shiny, and the white of the eye is white, not yellow or red. Dogs can have normal discharge, often called “eye boogers.” It’s important to distinguish between these and other things that can affect the eyes, so be sure to check for the following:

  • Is your dog blinking excessively or pawing at his eyes? This could indicate an infection or other problem.
  • Is the eye red or swollen? Do your dog’s eyes look different than normal?
  • Do you notice pus or mucus around the eye? This could be from a cold, allergies or pinkeye. Or it could be a blocked tear duct or problem with the oil glands.
  • Is the nictitating membrane (third eyelid) visible? Is the cornea colored? Does your dog act like it’s painful when you touch his eyes?

Any of the scenarios painted above make the case for a precautionary visit to your veterinarian. When it involves irregularities with your dog’s eyes, hesitation is not your friend!

Causes of Dog Eye Stains

poodle with eye stainsIf your dog gets reddish brown stains that run from her eyes down her muzzle, she may have a condition sometimes called “poodle stains” or tear stains. These unsightly stains may occur in any dog, but it’s usually most visible in dogs that are white or have light-colored coats.

Following are some of the possible causes for these tear stains, according to AKC Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein:

Genetics

Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to tear stains, and some individual dogs may be predisposed to getting tear stains. Dogs that have shallow eye sockets and protruding eyes, such as the Pekingese, Maltese, pug and other short-nosed dogs, can suffer from excessive tearing. Poodles and cocker spaniels often are more likely to have blocked tear ducts. And these conditions can lead to chronic tearing that produces stains.

Porphyrin

This is a pigment that is excreted in tears, saliva and urine. The stain comes from some of the iron released from the breakdown of red blood cells that goes into porphyrin. It can leave a reddish-brown stain as it courses down the muzzle.

Problems with Lashes and Tear Ducts

If a dog’s eyelashes fold inward (entropion), it causes more tears than normal. And if a tear duct doesn’t properly drain into the nasal cavity, it gets clogged and may be the cause of tear stains.

Environment

It’s possible that some factors in your dog’s environment, such as high iron content in the water or reaction to plastic food bowls, can be the source of tear stains (sometimes actually being signs of allergic reactions).

Infection

Skin infections around the eyes can cause symptoms that look like tear stains. If your dog is tearing constantly, an infection may develop in the chronically damp area – you’ll get a hint if it smells bad, itches or looks irritated.

If you’re concerned about the cause(s) of your dog’s tear stains, make sure you ask your vet to weigh in – you may be able to remove the source of the irritation and eventually be stain-free.

How To Clean Dog Eyes Stains

Banixx Anti-Fungal Anti-Bacterial SprayGenerally speaking, Banixx Pet Care will do an excellent job at removing these stains. Simply apply Banixx liberally to sterile gauze and wipe these areas gently. Depending on severity, you may need to clean this area with Banixx every day, weekly or once a month – you are the best judge of how often to do this.

Banixx is proven safe to use around the eyes, and your dog will not react negatively, as it has no sting or scent to alarm him. Banixx is also very effective at healing skin infections that might develop as a result of the moist tears; it is very gentle and soothing on tissue but deadly to the yeast, bacteria and fungus that cause these infections.

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Conclusion

Whether your dog has an irritating eye condition or is just a normal pup with no major problems, take your dog to a vet for regular eye check-ups, and get into a regular routine for keeping their eyes clean.

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Dog Eye Discharge: When To Worry About Dog Eye Boogers

Do you sometimes wake up in the morning and have “sleep boogers” in your eyes that you need to rub away? It’s a pretty common thing that happens, and you wipe your eyes and then go your way. Most people believe that “dog eye boogers” are the same innocuous thing – nothing to worry about.

The fact is, dog eye boogers could indeed be innocuous – or they could be a sign of trouble for your dog.

Types of Dog Eye Boogers

Let’s take a look at various ways dogs’ eyes secrete “gunk” that turns into boogers – and see if they’re something that require a visit to the veterinarian:

Normal Eye Discharge

dog eye boogers on a normal dogWhenever a dog sleeps, tears (which continue to moisten the eye even when your pooch is snoozing) may not all drain through the tear ducts at the inner corner of each eye. The dried tears combine with mucus, dead cells, dust and oil to accumulate into what looks like a crust or bit of gunk. This is perfectly normal – and it’s basically the same as the sleep boogers that we humans experience.

Grayish-White Discharge

Sometimes a dog can suffer from dry eye (also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS), which usually occurs when a dog’s immune system attacks and destroys the glands that produce tears. To make up for the loss of tears, the body tries to lubricate the eyes by making more mucus, which ends up being a discharge that is grayish-white in color. But mucus doesn’t function as well as tears, the eyes become red and painful, and ulcers can develop. An untreated case of dry eye can lead to acute discomfort and pain from his blinking and even an injury requiring surgery and blindness.

Too Many Tears

If your dog’s eyes are constantly watering, it could be anything simple from allergies to a foreign body in the eye. Other more serious conditions could include abnormal eyelashes, blocked tear ducts, scratched corneas or even glaucoma. The excess tears could be your dog’s way of dealing with whatever the issue is with his cornea and the damage it may have sustained. You should always take any cornea and tear duct damage very seriously.

“Poodle Stains”

poodle with eye stainsReddish brown tear stains that discolor the fur from your dog’s eyes down her muzzle are sometimes called “poodle stains” because they’re so often found on white poodles or other light-colored dogs. These stains are caused by this medical condition that is sometimes referred to as dog eye gunk. Most of the time, these tear stains aren’t a major concern, though they don’t look as cosmetically nice as you’d like. However, the moistness of the stained areas can possibly lead to infections.

Green or Yellow Discharge

A dog whose eyes produce yellow or green discharge often has an eye infection. One such infection is conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the lining of your dog’s eye. If it’s conjunctivitis, you’ll also see redness, irritation, squinting, pawing at the eye, etc. Other symptoms may include eyelashes that are stuck together, red or pink eye whites, and general puffiness.

What To Do About Dog Eye Discharge

A small amount of eye boogers is normal. The eyes are clear with a white eyeball, the boogers are white, milky or pale yellow or black in color, and they’re found in the corners or underneath the eyes. You know your dog best and what is “normal” for her in terms of eye discharge. If she doesn’t seem bothered by the discharge, you don’t need to do anything except wipe it away (see below for best techniques).

veterinarian care for dog ear infectionsHowever, if your dog has excessive eye boogers (more than usual) and shows any signs of irritation, such as redness or squinting, rubbing or itching, then it may be a good idea to consult with your vet to discuss his condition.  Moreover, monitor your dog for bloodshot eyes, a bad smell, a discharge over the eyelids that impede movement of the eyes, a visible third eyelid, or cloudiness/change in eye color.

Since there are so many different causes of dog eye discharge, it’s important to get the right treatment for your dog. Your vet will be able to provide a proper diagnosis and treat appropriately. Early veterinary intervention, particularly when it comes to eye health, is not only the best course but, very often, the less expensive way.

How to clean off eye boogers safely

Whether the dog eye boogers are “normal” or need a vet’s care, you’ll need to clean them off your dog’s face and the skin around his eyes.

Banixx Pet Care is an excellent product for this purpose, for these reasons:

  • It is clinically proven safe to use around the eyes, and can be applied without worry about hurting, stinging or having long-term effects on your dog’s eyes.
  • It is also a proven anti-fungal, anti bacterial formula that aids in creating a pH environment that gently wipes out infections.
  • And it can safely be used in conjunction with any other medications prescribed by your veterinarian.

Apply Banixx liberally to a sterile gauze pad and wipe these areas gently. Sterile gauze is better than cotton balls, because it doesn’t shred or leave tiny filaments of cotton attached to your dog’s eyelashes that can lead to further problems.

Depending on the severity of the discharge, you may need to clean this area with Banixx every day, weekly or once a month – you are the best judge of how often to do this.

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Dog Breeds Most Affected By Dog Eye Discharge

Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, Dachshunds, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Siberian Huskies, Australian Shepherds, Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Miniature Schnauzers , Shih Tzu, Boston Terriers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Pomeranians, Havanese, Shetland Sheepdogs, Brittanys, English Springer Spaniels, Pugs, Mastiffs, Cocker Spaniels, Vizslas, Cane Corso, Chihuahuas, Miniature American Shepherds, Border Collies, Weimaraners, Maltese, Collies, Basset Hounds, Newfoundlands, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, West Highland White Terriers, Belgian Malinois, Shiba Inu, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Bichons Frises, Akitas, St. Bernards, Bloodhounds, Portuguese Water Dogs, Bullmastiffs, English Cocker Spaniels, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Papillons, Australian Cattle Dogs, Dalmatians, Scottish Terriers, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Airedale Terriers, Whippets, Bull Terriers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Chinese Shar-Pei, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Great Pyrenees, Dogues de Bordeaux, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Cairn Terriers, Miniature Pinschers, Lhasa Apsos, Old English Sheepdogs, Italian Greyhounds, Greater Swiss Moutain Dogs, Chow Chows, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Setters, Giant Schnauzers, Chinese Crested, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Coton de Tulear, Russell Terriers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Bouviers des Flandres, merican Staffordshire Terriers, Rat Terriers, Basenjis, Border Terriers, Standard Schnauzers, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Pekingese, Leonbergers, English Setters, Keeshonden, Welsh Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Afghan Hounds, Pointers, Chorkie and Labradoodle.

Dog eye boogers can of course affect other dog breeds, these are just the most commonly affected pups.

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Dog Ear Types

When looking at the world of dogs, one will notice that dog ears are all different shapes, sizes, and types. It is not that surprising when you think about it, considering the world of genetics.  It’s interesting to see how the best attributes of dogs have been used to create various breeds.  This has led to dogs with unique coats, personalities, and of course, ears. While many people are used to seeing erect or pendulous ears, there are many other types of ears in the dog world. Today, we are going to be looking at the wide world of dog ears as well as some of the terms that are used by dog clubs and fanciers to help decipher them. Here are just a few of them, but there are many more! 

Erect Ears 

Erect dog earsAs the name states, these types of ears are upright and point in an upwards direction. 

This is the typical ear position on many wolfish looking dogs such as Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes, Belgian Malinois, and Samoyed. 

Smaller dog breeds that also feature upright ears include West Highland Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Norwich Terriers.

Many people have become fond of erect ears as they feel it gives the dog an intelligent yet alert look as well as bringing back the wolf look.

However, not all dog breeds feature naturally rigid ears. In many cases, breeders and owners have resorted to cosmetic surgery, called ear cropping. 

Great Danes, Boxers, and Dobermans that have erect ears were typically not born with those manufactured alert ears.  But, were instead generally born with floppy or semi-stiff ears; however, surgery has used to make them upright.

Drop Ears 

neosporin as a dog wound care productAs this name implies, drop ears are pendulous and hang down. Oddly enough, these types of ears are often most associated with the domestication of dogs. 

Back in 1923, Max V. Stephanitz, a famed German shepherd breeder, said that floppy ears are the sure sign of domesticated dogs (note: since wolves do NOT have floppy ears)

He believed that any dog that has lived in captivity has no need for ears that are going to provide extra security for protection against predators and to aid in the hunt. Eventually, he surmises, the ears lost their muscle and use and subsequently dropped down to the point where they are now. 

His thoughts were indeed proven when wild foxes were brought into captivity and bred for specific qualities and temperaments. Eventually, their erect ears began to flop, and their color began to change to something that would not easily camouflage in the wild.

Many people tend to gravitate towards dogs with drop ears because this gives the dogs a constant puppy-like look. Some typical breeds with drop ears include Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

These specific breeds were built for swimming, and the drop ears help to prevent water from entering the ears. However, this look is not limited to these breeds and is quite common among most mixed breeds.

Bat Ears 

a dog with pointy earsAs we all know, bats have large ears for their size, which is where the name comes from for dogs with erect ears that are too big for their bodies.

The French bulldog is one breed that has bat ears, being wide at the base and much smaller at the top with a rounded edge.

Bat ears are one of the most distinguishing features of the French bulldog, and anything other than bat ears requires disqualification for the breed.

Rose Ears 

Rose dog earsIn essence, this is an erect ear; however, the skin does fold backward, which leads to the end part of the pinna to fall over to the side.

The name for this specific ear type is solely due to the shape of the ear, which resembles the petal of a rose.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that whippets must have ears shaped as roses that are small and fine in texture during a dog’s relaxed period.

In these specific breeds, moreover, erect ears are penalized by the AKC. Other breeds that feature rose ears are Italian Greyhounds and Greyhounds that have ears that are fine in texture and thrown back unless they are alert or excited.

Semi-Pricked Ears 

semi pricked ears on a border collieThese can also be found under semi-erect ears. This is for those dogs whose ears are in between erect and floppy. Dogs born with semi pricked ears have ears that are generally erect but tend to fold over at the tip. 

Dogs with these ears include Fox Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, and Collies. 

The American Kennel Club states that Border Collies can, in fact, have ears that can be either erect or semi-erect. Moreover, if they are semi-erect, the tips of the ears must fold either outward to the side of the ear or forwards.

Button Ears 

dog with button earsThese ears are literally as cute as a button. At first glance, these ears may look semi-pricked.  But, as opposed to bending at the tip of the ear, the skin fold is generally longer and covers more of the ear.

The name button ears come from the fact that the ear appears to slightly resemble a buttoned fold, as seen in the pocket of shirts. 

This ear type can be found on several breeds of dogs, such as the standard Pug.  The American Kennel Club states that the ears should be soft and look like black velvet. Two types are accepted, including button and rose, with the button being the most acceptable.

Other breeds that sport this type of ear include the Fox Terrier and Jack Parson Terrier. This style of ear was more than likely chosen when breeding since these dogs are used as tunnel hunters, and it helps to protect them.

Butterfly Ears 

Butterfly dog ear type

This ear type is typical with the Papillion breed. The butterfly ear is erect in nature and tends to move like that of the spread wings of a butterfly. However, you will not find every type of Papillion dog with this confirmation.

A typical litter will not show butterfly ears; many will have dropped ears. In this case, those born with dropped ears are known to have ears, which translates to moth-eared in French. While the phalene ear is in full flight,  it often appears as a moth fluttering in the air.

Candle-Flame Ears 

candle flame dog earsThis is a type of ear is only seen in the English Toy Terrier. As the name  implies, the ear looks similar to the flame of a candle. These are generally narrow and long erect ears.

The Kennel Club of the United Club states that this breed features candle flame ears that are erect and situated at the back of the head with pointed tips. 

Filbert Ears 

The Filbert Ear is another ear found only in one breed, and that is found on the Bedlington terrier. 

Filbert dog ears

This ear is triangular in shape and features rounded tips that feel like velvet. The most common trait of these ears is the small silky tassel found on the tip of the ear.

The name of this ear is derived from the word filbert, which generally means a nut in the hazel tree family.

Folded Ears 

folded ears on a dogThis is an extreme version of the drop-ear where the ears are long and have deep folds. These are ears that touch the ground, typically associated with Basset Hounds and Bloodhounds. These ears are generally found on those dogs that have been bred for tracking.

Their ears drag the ground, which helps to stir up scents and molecules, which are essential for tracking and picking up the right scent. These types of dogs were explicitly built for one task, and that is one in which they excel to this very day. In time, however, they have made the transition to being excellent home dogs for companionship and love.

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How Long Can A Dog Go Without Peeing?

One of the most common questions dog owners have is, “How long can a dog go without peeing?” As a dog owner who travels a lot with their pet, it is vital to determine when your dog needs a potty stop to relieve himself. It’s essential to be able to spot some of the signs that indicate potential health issues if your dog seems to pee more or less frequently than usual.This assumes that your dog is on a healthy diet and drinking enough water. So, is your dog’s peeing frequency average or irregular? Read on to find out.

How Often Should a Dog Pee?

Typically, canines pee about three to five times a day or every six to eight hours. Moreover, vets recommend taking your pup out to pee every six to eight hours to keep indoor ‘accidents’ from happening. However, several factors could affect a dog’s peeing habits. Diet, what your dog drinks, size, breed, and age are some of the things that will determine your dog’s peeing frequency.

Puppies tend to pee more often than full-grown dogs. This is because they have smaller urinary bladders, which can only hold small amounts of urine. Conversely, senior or older dogs might also have to pee more often due to age and some health conditions that older dogs may have. Furthermore, factors like the level of hydration, type of breed, and physical activity can also determine how often a dog needs to relieve itself.

How Long Can A Dog Hold Its Pee?

dog peeing on trash canIf you’re unable to let your pup out to pee after every six to eight hours, then you’ll be glad to know that dogs can hold their pee for ten to fifteen hours. However, forcing some dogs to hold their pee may lead to bladder or kidney problems. Well-trained canines can hold their pee for extended periods without accidents, but, while they can, it’s uncomfortable for them and could be detrimental to their health.

What Causes Dogs to Urinate Frequently?

Several things could cause a dog to urinate more frequently. Fear or sudden excitement may cause a dog to urinate suddenly. If this is the case with your dog, consider taking him/her to a vet as this may be a simple health issue or a sign of behavioral problems. Health-related problems that could cause a dog to urinate more frequently include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Polyuria and Pollakiuria
  • Liver disease
  • Lack of steroid hormone production
  • Diabetes
  • Tumors
  • Age
  • Side effects of medication
  • Overproduction of steroid hormones
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Behavioral or psychological problems
  • Side effects of some drugs
  • Hormonal disorders

Should I Be Worried If My Dog Pees Less Frequently than Normal?

dog with diarrhea but acting fineYes! If your pup is peeing less frequently than usual, he could simply be dehydrated, or there could be moderate to severe health issues. Once hydrated, if this unusual behavior of infrequent peeing continues, consider scheduling an immediate appointment with your vet. It’s the old adage, “better safe than sorry.” He’s your best friend and relies 100% on you for his health!

Summary

So, in summary, a dog can go without urinating for a maximum of 10 to 15 hours, but you should really allow them to relieve themselves at least every 6 to 8 hours. The same applies for almost all dogs, including 1 year old, 2 year old, senior dog, little dog, large dog, and overnight.

We hope you found this article helpful and if your dog ever gets any cuts, abrasions, ear infections or hot spots, we hope you keep Banixx Pet Care in mind.

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