Dr. Giroux Answers Your Questions – 3/9/10

by on 09/03/10 at 3:09 pm

Dr. Giroux Answers Your Questions – 3/9/10

Once or twice a week, Dr. Giroux goes through the questions asked on the tag board and presents answers to the best of her knowledge. If you do not see your answer here, please be patient, as we go through all the messages. If you have a question for Dr. Giroux, you may also comment on any post here.

Brian: My dog has an ear infection Anything I can do to help?

You should clean your dog’s ears regularly to help prevent infections. There are many good cleaners available, or a very mild solution of antibacterial soap and water flushed into the ear with an ear syringe works well. Do not use too much force, just keep flushing until the fluid runs out clear. Blot dry with a towel, then cotton. Ear powder is drying and will help many minor irritations, but if there is a very foul odor or lots of exudate, you should see your veterinarian for proper treatment.

Amy: I just got a 3 mos. Maltipoo. She hacks almost like she has a fur ball. Can puppies get fur balls?

A cough in a puppy could be viral or bacterial. Puppies don’t usually get hairballs. Small puppies like yours can get very sick very quickly, I would suggest getting her to the vet as soon as you can.

Candy: My 13 year old mix breed dog has been diagnosed with canine staph. Are there any supplements you can recommend?

First, your dog should be on a good quality premium type dog food.

I would recommend a good multiple vitamin such as Canine Plus or Pet Tabs. Something to support the immune system, such as Glycoflex I with Dimethylglycine, could help. Missing Link is a great product rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which also offer good support for the immune system, and are, in general, good for a health skin and haircoat.

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  • rachelregan

    I have a 4 month old Husky. She had coccidia which has been treated successfully, but developed a high level of bad bacteria in her system. She has also been treated for the bacteria issues. Her stool has been free from parasites and the bad bacteria, but it is still very loose, sometimes almost liquid. I am feeding her Innova large breed puppy formula. Is there a better food? or what else would you recommend to resolve this issue.
    Thank you for our advice. Rachel

  • my dog has not been eating his dog food but he has been eating grass . He has been more lazy than usual

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