Preventive Health Care

Caring For Your Puppy's Ears

Dog ear examination at the veterinary clinic.

Ear care should be part of your regular grooming routine. By checking your puppy's ears often you will notice signs of irritation earlier and prevent painful and hard to treat infections.Weekly ear inspection are important. Don't wait until your puppy is in pain or scratching at his ear.

To clean the ears, use a solution specifically formulated for the puppy's ears. Most ear cleaners work by breaking up and liquefying wax in the ear canal so it can be safely removed.

  1. Gently insert the tip of the bottle into the canal and squeeze out a steady stream of solution, then pull out the tip.
  2. Massage the base of the ear for thirty seconds. Use a cotton compress to wipe the canal without pushing wax farther into the ear. Never use a cotton swab unless directed to do so by your veterinarian.

Seek treatment at the first sign of infection!

Caring For Your Puppy's Eyes

Puppy sniffling in a grass.

It is important to clean your puppy's eyes of any discharge, but there will always be some amount of tear-staining whenever hair rests around the eyes. Tear-staining results from the hair absorbing moisture produced by the eyes. When clearing your puppy's eyes of discharge, you can use regular tap water with a cotton ball or a tissue to clean the eye, but the preferred method is to use a saline solution or eyewash.

Lift the puppy's head, open the upper eyelid and place a few drops in his eye. Use a cotton ball or tissue to gently wipe away the overflow.

Seek treatment at the first sign of infection!

Preventing Loss

Dog is getting home.

Consider a tattoo and/or microchip for your dog. Qualified veterinarians insert microchips, which contain information on both - the dog and owner - under the skin of an animal. Many shelters scan dogs for chips, which will aid in a quick return home.