Does my dog have ear mites?

Unless she is a young puppy or you have had ear mites definitely diagnosed in another pet in the house most likely no. Ear infections are very common in dogs, especially those with big floppy ears such as Labradors or Beagles. These ear infections can be either yeast, cocci bacteria or rod bacteria or a combination of any of the three. It is important for your vet to look at a microscope slide to determine which type of infection is present as the treatment is very different depending on the organism. Chronic ear infections can be indicative of an underlying problem. Many of these are really secondary to an underlying allergy. Others are due to the physical shape and size of the ear canal or even the lack of proper maintenance after a lot of water sport activity. Don’t let these go without help. Chronic ear problems can cause ear drum rupture, inner ear infections, calcification of the ear canal, deafness and definitely a lot of pain and irritation.

Is there such a thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog?

It depends upon your allergy. There are dogs touted as hypoallergenic because they do not shed and have hair far more similar to people. This includes Poodles, Bichons, Labradoodles, and Yorkies. However, there are some people who are so sensitive that they react to dog saliva, etc. Also, keep in mind that dogs who play outside can bring allergens into the house on their coat and highly sensitive owners would need to clean their dog regularly.

Guest VET: Dr. Annie Price of Ormewood Animal

HospitalOrmewood Animal Hospital
749 Moreland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 963-5885

www.ormewoodanimal.com

My dog is licking his rear end constantly, what is that?

There are few reasons for rear end irritation and licking. The most common is due to fullness of the anal glands located in the wall of the rectum. These are grape sized, shaped like pouches and hold some of the smelliest material on the planet! They have been theorized to be old scent marking glands. When they become full it can be quite uncomfortable for your pet and would require manual removal of the material. This needs to be done by an experienced person because if done wrong it can cause a lot of pain and possibly rupture the gland itself.

Some dogs may have small and empty glands but are still quite irritated because the glands themselves are inflamed which is called anal gland sacculitis. This condition is secondary to an underlying allergy such as food allergy or environmental allergy say to grass or pollens. Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms can cause an itchy butt as well as flea infestation.

Here is an interesting bit of information. It is said that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will scoot their rear ends as a behavioral issue. They are known to do this when company comes over and they are showing off. Wow.

Does my dog have ear mites?

Unless she is a young puppy or you have had ear mites definitely diagnosed in another pet in the house most likely no. Ear infections are very common in dogs, especially those with big floppy ears such as Labradors or Beagles. These ear infections can be either yeast, cocci bacteria or rod bacteria or a combination of any of the three. It is important for your vet to look at a microscope slide to determine which type of infection is present as the treatment is very different depending on the organism. Chronic ear infections can be indicative of an underlying problem. Many of these are really secondary to an underlying allergy. Others are due to the physical shape and size of the ear canal or even the lack of proper maintenance after a lot of water sport activity. Don’t let these go without help. Chronic ear problems can cause ear drum rupture, inner ear infections, calcification of the ear canal, deafness and definitely a lot of pain and irritation.