My dogs face is swollen on one side and his ear is split. What does this mean?
Dogs have an immune system that is very similar to ours, so any illness or infection in your dog is going to be similar to the same illness in humans. You may or may not be aware that a lot of ear infections in dogs are caused by bacteria (often referred to as ear mites).
Ear infections are pretty common in dogs and can be caused by a number of different things including, but not limited to, ear mites, foreign bodies, infection or trauma to the ear canal, and bacterial or viral infections.
In the case of an ear infection caused by bacteria, the ear usually appears to be swollen and inflamed. It will also sometimes be extremely painful for your dog to even touch the ear.
Your veterinarian will be able to tell if your dog has an ear infection by looking at his or her ear, examining it (with a cotton ball) and sometimes by putting a small swab or cotton bud in the ear canal and looking under a microscope.
Ear infections are often treated with antibiotics and your vet will be able to recommend what type and how many doses your dog should receive.
Ear infections can sometimes be caused by a number of different things, such as ear mites, foreign bodies, bacteria or viral infections. Your vet can examine your dog’s ear for any signs of ear mites or foreign bodies. Your vet may also take a small sample from the ear canal and test it for bacteria or viruses that could be causing an infection.
It can be difficult to know if an ear infection is caused by ear mites and/or ear mite infestation. There is also no blood test that can tell your vet for sure if your dog has ear mites. Ear mites can be difficult to diagnose and your vet will need to look at your dog’s ear as well as perform a thorough examination to be sure. If your vet has no signs of ear mites on your dog, then he or she will likely treat your dog’s ear infection with antibiotics.
I have had a severe cough since I was a puppy. It doesn’t seem to go away no matter what I do. Will it ever go away?
If you have a young puppy, it’s very likely that your puppy has a cold that’s been lingering in its nose for a while. Your puppy can’t get rid of a cold because it has no sinuses. The best thing you can do to help your puppy is to keep him or her inside for several days with an electric blanket. An electric blanket will help keep your puppy warm and to help him or her get rid of a cold.
If your puppy gets a cold as a young adult, the cold may never go away. It’s very possible that your puppy has chronic respiratory problems or an underlying respiratory condition that’s causing his or her cough. Your puppy’s doctor will likely be able to help you and your puppy to get rid of this cough, and he or she may recommend that your puppy have a spay/neuter procedure done.
A severe cough that’s ongoing for a few weeks is probably a sign that your puppy has either pneumonia or a respiratory condition called kennel cough.
I have a 1-year-old husky who keeps getting very ill every 2-3 days. My vet keeps saying he’s just getting older. What should I be looking for that’s wrong with him?
Huskies (and other dogs like them) are long-lived breeds. This means that when a husky is 1 year old, the average life expectancy is about 10 years.
A 1-year-old husky is probably about 1 year old but can look like he or she is more mature or even a little younger.
Your vet can’t tell if a puppy is getting sick because the symptoms of illness aren’t showing yet. In the past, dogs had to be sick for days before they would get sick enough to visit the vet. Now, your vet can look at your dog to see if there is anything out of the ordinary that’s going on.
The following symptoms are commonly seen in a sick dog and can indicate that your dog is getting sick.
A runny nose
A persistent cough
You can also ask your vet if your dog has a fever, diarrhea or vomiting. Your vet will also probably be able to feel your dog’s abdomen to check if he or she has a fever. Your vet will also be able to use a stethoscope to listen to your dog’s lungs and hear whether or not he or she is breathing properly. Your vet may also be able to take a small blood sample to check if your dog’s liver is working normally.
It can sometimes take your dog several days to get sick enough to come to the vet. Your dog may not even show any of the above symptoms but will still probably get sick and your vet can help your dog get well again.
My dog has a lump in his throat that is making it hard for him to swallow. How should I go about treating this?
If your dog is coughing, it’s very likely that he or she has a respiratory illness like a cold or a cough. If your dog has a cough, he or she may be coughing up something called a phlegm. A phlegm is formed when fluid, mucus or pus builds up in the nose or in the sinuses. The phlegm may also build up in the airways of the lungs. Your dog may also be coughing up other things that shouldn’t be there, including earwax or hair.
A swollen throat is most likely caused by something like a respiratory infection. It may also be a side effect from having an animal or human doxycycline.
If your dog is coughing up things that shouldn’t be there, such as hair and