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This is my latest favorite picture of Teton because I think he looks like a puppy in it. :-)
Last week Teton got a bag of Solid Gold Tiny Tots Lamb Jerky Dog Treats from Chewy.com.
Tiny Tots are small, chewy treats that can be fed whole or be easily broken into smaller pieces.
They’re made in the USA (California, to be exact) and are loaded with great ingredients like lamb, brown rice, oats, cinnamon, rosemary, and liquid smoke. Have you ever cooked with liquid smoke? It’s pretty amazing what it can do for the flavor of meat, sauces, and yes, apparently even dog treats.
Solid Gold has a robust assortment of dog products ranging from treats to food to supplements. They even have canned beef tripe, which is supposed to be incredible for your dog’s digestive system. (Teton hasn’t tried it in canned form but he’s had treats with tripe in them.)
The Tiny Tots that Teton’s been drooling over for the past week are great because of their size and texture. We’re watching his weight more closely these days so he doesn’t get more than 1-2 treats a day (cruel, I know) but just one of these seems to satisfy him. They’re super chewy and as a whole, not so big that I feel I have to break them up. At the same time, though, if his buddies Henley P. and Milo are over, I can break one of these in half and they’re the perfect size for little boogers like them.
(Teton’s standard pose while I take pictures for the blog.)
Tiny Tots Lamb Jerky Dog Treats are on sale for $11.05 at Chewy.com now, so check them out if you want to try a new treat!
Make sure you check out the rest of the Chewy.com assortment, too, because you might find fun stuff like this Kyjen Halloween Hide-A-Pumpkin Dog Toy, the Fifth Paw Doody Free Leash Attachment, or the Kurgo Pet First Aid Kit (which I think I may need to buy).
Do you regularly clean your dog’s ears? Should you?
Sweet, sleepy Teton.
I’ve cleaned Teton’s ears since we first got him at 8 weeks old. Mind you, I only clean them once a month (after bath time) or unless the little dude is showing signs of irritation or excessive itching. He doesn’t like having his ears cleaned but he’s a good sport.
Teton’s ears have been cleaned with a handful of ear cleaning products ranging from generic pet store potions to fancy schmancy sprays and wipes. Wipes are generally the easiest but also the most expensive. Sprays completely freak him out (I wouldn’t really want something sprayed in my ears either, to be honest). That leaves liquids that can be applied to cotton balls or cloths, which seems to be the lesser of the evils (to Teton at least).
Regardless of whether your dog has had a history of ear infections, ear cleanliness is just as important for your dog as it is for you.
The ASPCA, in one of their articles on pet care, has the following to say regarding the care of your dog’s ears:
Because of the twisty, curvy design of a dog’s inner ears, it’s easy for parasites, bacteria and yeast to hide and thrive in them. This also means that any debris in the canal must work its way up to escape. Infections can result from trapped debris. Dogs with allergies are particularly vulnerable, as are those with floppy ears, like Cocker spaniels, basset hounds and poodles.
They go on to suggest these simple ways to prevent infection:
Your dog’s regular grooming/maintenance routine should include regular ear checks. This is especially important for dogs who produce excessive earwax or have a lot of inner-ear hair:
If your dog’s inner ears appear dirty, clean them with a cotton ball dampened with mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or a solution formulated specifically for this purpose. Inner-ear skin is delicate, so allow your vet to demonstrate the proper method for cleaning your dog’s ears.
Do not clean your dog’s ears so frequently or deeply as to cause irritation, and take care to NEVER insert anything into your dog’s ear canal.
If your dog sprouts hair from his ear canal, you or your groomer may have to tweeze it out every few weeks to prevent problematic mats and tangles from forming. Please discuss with your vet whether this is necessary for your dog.