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How to Clean Your Dog's Ears

Whether they are pointy or floppy, long or short, dogs' ears are a sensitive part of their bodies. Unattended ear infections can lead to serious problems and possible hearing loss. If the ears smell bad, your dog is scratching at them or shaking his head, or if he acts in pain when you touch them, it could be a sign of an infection and the time to call your veterinarian. Also, just like the warnings for human ears, dogs' ears are no place for cotton swabs. Credit: Getty Creative Dogs have no interest in having their ears cleaned. You'll want to have all your supplies handy so you can devote your full attention to the dog and not get distracted looking for the wayward cotton balls. Your...

Veterinary research can sometimes appear to have little relevance to what dog owners care about most. Investigations delve into minutiae while we want answers to the big questions. But two recent research papers deal with possibly the biggest of big questions -- how to prolong life. Credit: Getty Creative In the first, 48 Labrador Retriever puppies from 7 litters were divided into 24 pairs based on their gender and weight at weaning. One dog from each pair was randomly designated to be the control, while the other was fed 25% less than what the control dog ate. The study ran from when the dogs were eight weeks old until they died. The pair was housed together with access to both indoor and...

Your dog can be healthy in every way and still end up with a skeletal problem called hip dysplasia. Dogs have about an 8 percent chance of developing this heritable condition, which affects the hip joint. RELATED: Why Dogs Spin Before They Poop In the condition, the place where the leg's femur bone fits into the pelvis develop abnormally. Over time, the bone can pop out of the joint and become disconnected from the pelvic bone, wear it down. This can cause the dog pain and reduce its ability to walk or run. Industrial designer Galia Weiss wanted to address this problem. In response, she developed a harness called the Hipster, which not only prevents the joint from disconnecting but also...

Kennel Cough in Dogs

Kennel cough, the common name that is given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a very highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. As the name of the disease suggests, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. This disease is found throughout the world and is known to infect a very high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. It is also medically referred to as tracheobronchitis and Bordetella. Credit: Getty Creative Young puppies can suffer the most severe complications that can result from this disease, since they have an underdeveloped immune system that is still strengthening. Also at increased risk are older dogs, which have decreased...

As doctors, we tend to think of preventative medicine in a very concrete way. It's the underlying mantra behind our recommendation for routine physical exams, lab work, imaging tests, and screening tests. We want to perform these check-ups when patients are well in order to detect risk factors prior to the development of significant disease. Credit: Getty Creative There's a great deal of evidence to support the benefit of preventative medicine for people. One study indicated that over half of the deaths in the United States in the year 2000 were due to preventable "behaviors and exposures." This included deaths from cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, unintentional...