Lola brings delight
Time is Flying By…
Oh how the time flies by especially with a new puppy in the house. Things have been going great with Lola and she is doing extremely well. I couldn’t be happier with how things are going.
The vet says everything is going is great aside from a pesky yeast infection in one ear that we are working on. Other than that she is super curious about everything and loves to explore her surroundings to experience everything. To my surprise the cat is even coming around to like her as well. Well just wanted to give you an update on Lola and send you some pictures of her from the last couple of months.
Ear Powder–Cliff and I like to use a powder after swimming and baths. If the ear is moist, I give it squirt. The one I am using now I get from Foster and Smith (click here) We also have Thomas Labs Ear Powder, which is my absolute favorite, but I don’t know where to buy it. Their products are sometimes available, and other times not so much. I do use both these ear powders. In addition, we used to import an old-fashioned ear powder from the UK–it worked great, but was rather expensive.
Hydro-cortisone–We also love the Zymox products—especially those with Hydro-cortisone. For a Weim with an ear issue this can be most helpful. (click here)
You can try adding yogurt to their diet– a small amount of yogurt can help with the ear issues. A dab of yogurt every morning, and night as a snack is good for the tummy too; we at times have also added it to the food dish. Make sure it has live cultures–the store brand is fine–our Weims like strawberry, vanilla, and plain.
Vetericyn –Another thing that helps with the yeast issue is the Vetericyn. It is something we are never without. It does thwart yeast, bacteria, and viruses. We frequently use it to clean the ear—with a soft cosmetic pad—and/or Q-tip if needed. Of course, you need to be sure to (only) work on the outer ear. Once the ear has dried, then I often add some powder. Dry ears are going to have fewer issues.
Cider Vinegar — If Lola tends to be yeasty, you could also use a bit of cider vinegar (50% mixture with water) as an after-bath rinse. It doesn’t smell lovely, but it does discourage yeast. A person can also make an ear wash using cider vinegar and distilled water—50% solution for cleaning ears. It is a bit drying by nature, and what you want is a healthy balance–this mixture can also be used to clean a young female’s privates. Yeast infections are very common–puppy vaginitis can strike the healthiest of females.
Food choice is important. If you feel you want to change the pup’s food, please keep in mind you don’t want a food that is going to promote rapid-growth. This can bring on joint issues, and these can present later in life. The Diamond Naturals we use works well for a lot of Weims; however, no one food is the best choice for every pup. If you are an OwyheeStar client, please feel free to have Cliff help you with food information. If you are considering a good, you might copy the label ingredients, and percentages. Then ask Cliff if it looks like a good food. The topic of feeding your pet is complex–there are many paths to travel.