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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...

Ahhh, hairballs... the bane of cat ownership. My cat deposited one in my shoe awhile back. I'm still having trouble believing that her aim wasn't intentional. Credit: Thinkstock Technically speaking, hairballs are not normal. Cats have been grooming themselves for thousands of years and their digestive tracts are built to handle the hair that is inevitably swallowed. That said; when I'm presented with a cat that brings up the occasional hairball and absolutely everything else appears to be perfectly normal, I don't initially recommend an exhaustive work-up (that would take gastrointestinal biopsies). I will perform a physical (looking for both GI problems and dermatological conditions that...