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OTIS and FUNGAL EAR INFECTION in DOGS

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OTIS EAR and FUNGAL EAR INFECTION in DOGS

Otitis and/or ear infections are extremely common in dogs and there are many different causes. While otitis is a more general term that refers to inflammation within the ear, the term ear infection is a bit more specific and refers to an actual infection that may be caused by parasites, bacteria or yeast. OtiS and an ear infection can be present simultaneously in the same ear also.

Some ear problems respond very well to treatment and resolve quickly.

Treatment Is Based on the Cause of Infection

The first step in treating your dog’s ear disease is diagnosing the cause. Without knowing the cause, resolving a chronic ear infection will likely be impossible. Even with a proper diagnosis, some cases of otis and ear infection in dogs are not curable and need to be treated throughout the lifetime of the dog. However, others are more easily treated and can be resolved through proper care.

Treatment Options for Managing Canine Otis and Ear Infections

There are many different types of treatments that are used in caring for dogs with otis and/or ear infections.

  • If a foreign body (e.g. foxtail grass awn) is found in your dog’s ear, it will need to be removed manually.
  • Regular cleaning of your dog’s ears likely will be recommended to help keep his ears free of discharge, wax and debris. Your veterinarian will help you choose an appropriate cleansing solution for the ears. Some types of ear problems respond better to specific types of cleansers.
  • If your dog has thick hair in his ear canals, it may be necessary to remove the hair in order to effectively clean and medicate his ears.
  • If your dog is suffering from a bacterial ear infection, antibiotic ointments can be applied directly to his ear.
  • Antifungal medications are commonly used to treat yeast and fungal ear infections. Most commonly, these are applied topically into the ear.
  • If your dog’s ears are inflamed, corticosteroids or other anti-inflammatory medications may be used topically inside of his ears to reduce the inflammation and discomfort.
  • If your dog’s ear condition is severe, systemic antibiotics, antifungal medication or anti-inflammatory medications may need to be used in addition to topical preparations. These medications may also be used if your dog has concurrent skin disease.
  • If food allergy is a cause of your dog’s ear disease, your veterinarian may recommend a special hypoallergenic diet for your dog.
  • If fleas or flea allergy are a problem for your dog, an effective flea prevention program will need be instituted for your dog and your household.
  • If parasitic diseases such as ear mites, demodectic mange or sarcoptic mange is determined to be the cause of your dog’s ear disease, an effective anti-parasitic medication can be prescribed for your dog. The type of medication used will depend on the type of parasite present.
  • Masses inside of the ear canals may need to removed surgically if they are causing ear disease for your dog.
  • Thyroid disease, usually hypothyoidism in dogs, will need to be treated with thyroid hormone.

Finding and treating the cause of your dog’s ear disease is essential for the best results. Unfortunately, not all ear disease is easily treated or curable.

This article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.

Importance of Worming Horses

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There are over 100 types of worms that affect horses of all ages.

The main parasites that affect horses are:

Small Strongyles – this type of worm is becoming more resistant to wormers.

Large Strongyles – can cause significant health problems in horses of all ages.

Tape Worms – of little significance unless in very large numbers

Bots – while not a worm, still an internal parasite.

Round worm – common in young horses such as foals and weanlings.

Pin worm – these are more of a nuisance – may notice tail rubbing

Strongyloides – common in foals

Over 99% of equine parasites live on the pastures.

 

HEALTH AFFECTS

Worms are responsible for a whole range of health problems ranging from weight loss, loss of appetite, poor/rough coat, poor growth, lethargy, anaemia, diarrhoea, colic and in extreme cases, death.

A horse with a parasite infestation may not have a dull, potbellied appearance. In some cases, horses with shiny coats can still have a worm burden.

CONTROL

As with all diseases prevention is better than cure, and it is recommended all horse owners aim to protect their horses.

There are two approaches to ensuring control:

  1. Reduce parasites in horses
  2. Control numbers in pastures

The best way to control worms in horses is to implement a successful worming program using an oral wormer every 6-8 weeks.

 

PRAZIVEC ORAL PASTE

 

We stock Prazivek Oral Paste and Morabec Oral Paste. Both of these products are developed, manufactured and tested in Australia to strict veterinary requirements. These products are developed and distributed by a wholly owned Australian company.

 

Prazivek comes in a 6.42g Syringe, dosed at at the rate of 1 mL per 100kg bodyweight Prazivec delivers 0.2mg/kg of IVERMECTIN and 1.5mg/kg of PRAZIQUANTEL.

Prazivec provides a safe, broad range parasite control for horses.

Active Constituents – Each gram of paste contains 140 mg of Praziquantel and 18.7 mg of Ivermectin.

Ease of use:  Thanks to the easy trigger applicator, accurate dose measure and apple flavouring, administering the drench is an easy manoeuvre and because of the thixotropic properties in the semi fluid paste, Prazivec bonds with the saliva in the horses mouth. (Horses don’t spit it out). Administering the correct dose with no wastage is easy.
A feature of Prazivec is the applicator or drench utensil. The drench is easily administered with one hand using the drench trigger. The horses do not resist the drench due to the Apple flavouring. An accurate measure of the appropriate dosage depending on the size of the horse is easily achieved.

PICTURE OF APPLICATOR

MORABEC ALLWORMING PASTE FOR HORSES 32.5 gr

Morabec is easy to use, safe for horses and deadly for parasites. Each 30mL syringe is capable of treating horses of weight up to 600kg. The dose of 5.4g / 100kg bodyweight delivers 0.22 mg/kg of ABAMECTIN and 9.0mg/kg or MORANTEL TARTRATE.

Active Constitutents: Each gram of paste contains 167mg of morantel tartrate and 4 mg abamectin.

 

PRAZIVEC ORAL PASTE PROTECTS YOUR HORSE

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Here’s 3 good reasons to TRUST Prazivec

  1. Prazivec Oral Paste is easy to use. Thanks to Prazivec’s unique trigger applicator it’s easy to give your horse an accurate dose measure and that means there’s no waste. So, a 6.42 g syringe of Prazivec goes a long way.
  2. Prazivec Oral Paste is easy to manoeuvre and administer. The semi fluid paste has thixotropic properties (that’s a mouthful) but to put it simply Prazivec bonds with the saliva in the horse’s mouth ….  Now that’s a relief because the horse can’t spit it out and you know your animal has taken the whole dose you administered.  Knowing the horse swallowed the whole dose provides you with peace of mind.
  3. Prazivec Oral Paste is flavoured for greater acceptance – Horses love the APPLE FLAVOUR and that adds to the ease of administering.

 Want to know more about Prazivec Oral Paste …..

Prazivec is developed, manufactured and tested in Australia to strict veterinary requirements. Prazivec provides a safe, broad range parasite control for horses.

 

Prazivec comes in a 6.42g Syringe, dosed at at the rate of 1 mL per 100kg of bodyweight Prazivec delivers 0.2mg/kg of IVERMECTIN and 1.5mg/kg of PRAZIQUANTEL.

 

Active Constituents – Each gram of paste contains 140 mg of Praziquantel and 18.7 mg of Ivermectin.

 

Ready to protect your horse with Prazivec, order some on-line by clicking on this link

HEALAGEN ASTRINGENT/ANTISEPTIC OINTMENT

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USING HEALAGEN ASTRINGENT/ANTISEPTIC OINTMENT in the treatment of SKIN CONDITIONS, INCLUDING ULCERS, PROUD FLESH, INFECTIONS and WOUNDS in Animals

It is common for animals to suffer from a variety of skin conditions (similar to those we might suffer from as humans), including ulcers, proud flesh, otis ear, and other non healing wounds and infections.

While, there is no substitute for getting specific advice from a registered veterinary practitioner to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment for your pet to fast track healing, Healagen Ointment may be helpful in the treatment of recurring and persistent conditions.

Healagen Ointment is an Astringent / Antiseptic ointment applied topically to the affected area for the treatment and healing of persistent capillary bleeding conditions in dogs, cats and horses. Healagen is both ANTIBACTERIAL and ANTIFUNGAL. Healagen Ointment and Healagen Concentrate have been proven to be useful in the treatment of all cases of superficial skin injuries including proud flesh.

 

Healagen Astringent/Antiseptic Ointment assists in the treatment of wounds by:

–          Maintaining a moist wound environment to prevent scab formation

–          Allows epithelial cells to migrate across the wound to enhance healing

–          Encourages wounds to heal from the sides as well as the bottom to speed up healing

–          Provides a bacterial barrier, so no bandage is needed

–          Reduces inflammation and decreases pain.

Formaldehyde (concentration of less than 2ppm) activates the healing properties of Healagen. It is completely used during the manufacturing process making it absolutely safe to use.

Veterinary Surgeon, Bob May says he uses the concentrate as a spray on all open wounds and the cream under all bandages, on fly bitten ears and elbow calluses to name a few, but a word of warning …. never use it close to eyes”.

Healagen is developed, manufactured and tested in Australia to strict veterinary requirements giving you peace of mind. Healagen contains the same active ingredients as KelatoGEN.

Healagen Astringent/Antiseptic Ointment is available in 3 sizes.

The ointment is available in 30 gr tube and a 100 gr jar, while the Concentrate is available in a 100 ml bottle.

It’s available here

HEARTWORM IN DOGS

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HEARTWORM PREVENTION IN DOGS

Heartworms, Dirofilaria immitis, belong to the same class of worms as roundworms and are similar to them in appearance. Heartworms spend their adult life in the right side of the heart and the large blood vessels connecting the heart to the lungs. They can be found in both dogs and cats.
SIGNS OF HEARTWORM:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness

In dogs, the adult worms can obstruct large blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs. Worms may also enter smaller vessels in the lung and obstruct those vessels. In severe cases, called “caval syndrome” worms start to fill the right ventricle of the heart.

HEARTWORM PREVENTION:
Considering the fact that the earliest heartworm antigen and microfilariae can be detected is 5 and 6.5 months respectively, prevention is key.
Pets should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Preventives are not used to kill adult worms; drugs called adulticides must be used to kill them. Nevertheless, it is better to avoid heartworms through preventive measures.

We stock HEARTWORM SOLUBLE an effective, generic product manufactured and strictly tested on Australian animals. Heartworm soluble contains the active ingredient IVERMECTIN in a meaty, sweetly flavoured base. Each pack contains 6 water soluble tablets, giving your 6 months protection.

Heartworm Soluble comes in 4 varieties based on the size of your dog. The packs and tablets are colour coded. Use the guide below to choose the right product for your dog:

68 ug suitable for dogs up to 11 kg – Red Pack and Tablets

136 ug suitable for dogs 12 to 22 kg – Green Pack and Tablets

272 ug suitable for dogs 23 to 44 kg – Blue Pack and Tablets

408 ug suitable for dogs 45 to 67 kg – Yellow Pack and Tablets

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