Spike Says: Clean Your Dog’s Ears

20 11 2008

An important part of your dog’s health is their grooming. Part of that includes a twice-monthly cleaning of their ears. If you come across redness, head shaking, constant scratching, or an odor, these could be the sign of a problem with your dog’s ears. If you have not cleaned your dog’s ears or you are unsure of how good a job you’ve been doing, check out this easy two-step process.

  1. Examine your dog’s ears for sight and smell indicators. Inside the ear, the skin should be a pale pink, as well as the flaps. If there is red, brown or black skin or a foul odor, have a veterinarian examine your pet’s ears for possible issues.
  2. Clean your dog’s ears by moistening a cotton ball with warm water (or maybe a dab of mineral oil), using it to clean the opening into the canal and the flaps. Make sure not to probe too deeply into the canal, as you could damage your buddy’s hearing.


Why Does My Dog Rub Her Face On The Floor?

6 11 2008

UPDATE: We have also posted about rubbing the other end on the floor.

This question came from a reader, and it is the easiest one to answer by far.

It feels GOOD.  OK, not just good, but GREAT.  OK, not just great, but FANTASTIC.

Occasionally, she may have an itch on her face that she needs to scratch, but mostly, it is just because it face-rubfeels FANTASTIC!  It is fair to note here that some dogs may not be face rub fetishists or itchy, but they may be attempting to groom their face as well.  Some dogs will even do this immediately after a “bath.”  The scented stuff people wash us in just covers up our natural resplendent aroma.  The “self-groom” may be coupled with a dog licking their paws and using them to rub their face.  Usually, they put on the finishing touches by rubbing their face on the floor.

I have been known to rub my face on the floor sometimes.  However, I far prefer to use the backyard grass, as I believe it has a more organic, natural scent.  I am also a big fan of rolling over on my back and kicking my feet in the air while I wiggle about.  This has a wonderful feeling, and it also scratches those hard to reach places on my back.  Mom says that I look like a dying cockroach!  I said, “I do not care what I look like, dammit, it feels good.”

Seriously though, some dogs can take this to the extreme.  If it becomes almost like an obsession with your dog, then perhaps he has an abundance of energy, and he needs another outlet.  Try giving him some additional play or walking time or encourage him to play with toys that are more challenging to him.

I would also advise that you check your dog’s face and chin area to make sure that she doesn’t have any “friends” (fleas).  Of course, if there are fleas, then its time to break out the flea control products!  Make sure that you mention it to your veterinarian the next time you visit, since it never hurts to have it checked.