In The Dog House: Why Misunderstood Dog Breeds Deserve A Second Chance

Man with tattoo embracing his dog.Whether you love dogs or not, we can all spot a dog breed with a bad reputation: pit bulls, rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers come to mind immediately as the breeds that cause many of us to cross to the other side of the street or hold our children more tightly when we come upon them.

But do we really need to fear and avoid certain dog breeds? Here at Vaughan Road Veterinary Clinic, we believe the answer to that question is a resounding “NO!”. Our hope is that, with proper education, we can help to put an end to the stigma that surrounds these truly wonderful but misunderstood dog breeds.

A Spotlight On Misunderstood Dog Breeds

While there are many breeds that are probably a little bit misunderstood, there are certain breeds that stand out as consistently having a bad reputation:

 

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The Only Good Ear is a Clean One:  The Basics of Cleaning Dog Ears

VolVet_iStock_000026315499_LargeA dirty ear is no good for anyone, especially our dogs. Besides that unmistakable lingering odor and unattractive appearance, dirty ears can be uncomfortable for your pet and may even be hiding a serious problem. Your pet depends on his or her ears for hearing and balance, making the upkeep of these flappy organs an essential part of good pet care.

Many pet owners, however, are a little apprehensive about cleaning their pet’s ears. But never fear! With a little knowledge and some practice, you can be confident about cleaning dog ears.

The Problem with Ears

Ear problems are one of the most common reasons dogs come to visit us at Vaughn Road Animal Clinic. These issues may affect one ear or both; and, unlike people who suffer from middle ear problems, most dogs have trouble with their external ear canals. Continue…