Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ear Infection Treatment

Signs and symptoms of ear problems in pets
Ear infections are very common amongst cats and dogs and can cause severe irritation and discomfort in your beloved pet. Some animals (i.e. dogs of the 'hound' family) are more susceptible to ear infections than others due to the particular structure of their outer ears.

Common signs of ear infection are:
Shaking of the head and ears Scratching or rubbing the ears and face Discharge or even bleeding from the ears Foul smell coming from the ears Sensitivity to touching in the ear area General irritability There are a number of causes of ear infection and common culprits include bacteria, yeasts and mites. Less commonly, allergies may have a role to play in inflammation and subsequent infection of the ears.

What are ear mites?
Ear mites, or Otodectes cynotis, are small, parasitic creatures that usually live in the ears of your pets causing severe itching and inflammation. These mites can also live on the head or body of dogs and cats - with the same effects. They are often large enough to see with the naked eye, can live off a pet’s skin for some time and are very mobile - allowing easy movement between host animals. These mites are highly contagious and will spread between pets in the same household very easily. They may affect both cats and dogs and even humans may pick up these little critters.

Secondary infections in pets with ear mites are common and generally involve bacteria or yeasts.

What is the conventional treatment?
Usual treatment of ear infections in pets involves antibiotics and, in the case of mites, medications and products also used for flea control. In severe infestations and multiple pet households, insecticides are sometimes used for treating the house or living environment.

How can herbal remedies help?
As ear infections are so often treated with antibiotics, chronic and recurrent ear infections are a growing problem and usually occur with decreased immune functioning - a frequent side-effect of antibiotic drugs.

Natural remedies can treat and prevent infections of the ear without any of the side-effects and adverse effects on immune functioning that antibiotics do.

What is PetAlive Ear Dr.?
PetAlive Ear Dr. contains a blend of natural, herbal ingredients in a medicinal olive oil base, all specially selected to treat and prevent ear infections and ear mites without the side effects of prescription drugs or the health and environmental risks associated with commercial synthetic pesticides.

Ear Dr. can provide safe yet effective relief from your pet's ear problems and helps to prevent the spread of mites from one pet to another.What are the ingredients of Ear Dr.?

PetAlive Ear Dr. Drops contain the following 100% natural ingredients extracted in a medicinal olive oil base:

Melaleuca alternifolia is also known as Tea Tree Oil and is widely used for external inflammation and to treat various skin conditions. This oil has outstanding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healing properties. Tea Tree Oil will soothe and reduce inflammation in the ear as well as treat any bacterial, fungal or mite infection that is present.

Rosmarinus officinale (Rosemary) is well-known as a topical pain reliever and antiseptic/disinfectant herb. Several of the compounds in rosemary have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

Calendula officinalis (Marigold) is an herbal ingredient used to treat skin problems and promote healing of wounds. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory and prevents infection with its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Marigold has been shown to assist the regeneration of damaged skin tissue.

Verbascum thapsus is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic herb. Verbascum thapsus is also good for healing of skin when applied topically and has a long history of use for ear conditions and in ear drops.

(PetAlive Ear Dr. contain no gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How do I use Ear Dr.?

The ingredients of PetAlive Ear Dr. are presented in a soothing olive oil base.
Hold your pet's head gently to one side and allow the drops to fall into the ear canal. Massage gently to spread the oil into the ear canal. Repeat 2 - 3 times daily for at least 7 - 10 days. Re-apply at the very first signs of re-infection. In the case of chronic ear problems, apply once or twice weekly as a preventative.

Cats and small dogs: 2-3 drops in the affected ear.
Medium-large dogs: 3-5 drops in the affected ear.
Note: For external use only. Please consult your veterinarian should symptoms persist. May be used together with PetAlive Immunity & Liver Support for natural antibiotic effect.

How long until I see results?

Improvement in discomfort, itchiness and pain should begin almost immediately after applying the drops and will continue to improve over 1-3 weeks of regular use.

How long does one bottle last?

One 30 ml bottle of Ear Dr. will last for 20-40 days, depending on the size and needs of your pet.
A 60-120 day supply of 3 bottles is offered at a discount see the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE special below.
PetAlive Ear Dr. is manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. Individual ingredients are well-researched, natural, safe and effective.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Canine UTI Symptoms

Wetting is one thing that all pet owners know how to manage but when it comes to wetting in the house and spoiling floors and carpets, it becomes an entirely different ball game. If you see your dog dribbling or making puddles on the floor, or has wet fur around the rear end, it is time for you to raise the alarm and check out if these are signs of urinary tract infection. Sudden appearance of incontinence is one of the first signs of Urinary Tract Infection in Cats and Dogs.

Out of the numerous urinary tract infections, cystitis, urinary incontinence and Urolithiasis account for nearly 80% of all cases. Urinary Tract Infection in Cats and Dogs can be of the lower or upper urinary tract or both at the same time. Cats, however, are less susceptible to UTI.
The incidence of UTI in dogs is roughly 3% with females being more vulnerable to the disease than males. Females have a shorter and wider urethra that is the main cause for the higher incidence. Non-neutered, older, and spayed dogs are more prone to be affected by UTI but its cause is yet to be established.

Dogs develop urinary tract infection due to strains of E. coli similar to those that infect humans. The first indication of any UTI related problem in your dog is when you see him whining to go out more often.

The most common symptoms of canine urinary tract infection are revealed by the amount and frequency of the urinary output of your pet. An UTI infected dog tends to pass out small amounts of urine frequently that can later lead to complete cessation. This in turn can cause dehydration, acidosis, and uremic poisoning leading to death.

Some of the other symptoms of canine UTI are:
  • pain and difficulty in urination
  • blood accompanying urine
  • foul smell of urine
  • fever
  • lethargy
  • tender bladder

It is, however, imperative that you rule out the presence of urinary stones and obstructions as these conditions too are indicated by the same symptoms. A qualified veterinary can help you in arriving at the correct diagnosis. Most veterinarians treat canine UTI with the help of antibiotics but some out of them take a holistic approach and use Homeopathic Bladder Infection Treatment for Canines and other natural products to treat canine UTI.

Urinary Tract Infection in Cats and Dogs can lead to serious repercussions if they are not treated in time. The infectious bacteria can travel up the urinary tract to reach the kidneys causing serious damage. Your vigilance in regard to the change in the behavior of your dog can help you identify whether it has UTI or not. In the event of presence of UTI, you have enough options for treatment including that of Homeopathic Bladder Infection Treatment for Canines.

By Tess Thompson

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