ps: This applies to cats also, it’s just that dogs can do so much more damage than cats.
I just read this and I have a strong urge to share this with you! It is imperative that you read this and then act on it!
A family dog bit their child in the face when the child hugged their dog. The dog was put down.
On autopsy, it was discovered that the dog had two severe ear infections. The dog simply reacted to extreme pain when the child hugged it.
This article is about ear infections…but it could also include tooth infections and tooth aches.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF YOUR DOGS/CATS HEALTH CONDITION WHERE IT CONCERNS THE EARS AND TEETH. THESE CAN BECOME SO PAINFUL THAT A PET WILL LASH OUT WHEN TOUCHED – NOT OUT OF AGGRESSION, BUT BECAUSE HIS INTENSE PAIN MAKES IT AN AUTOMATIC REACTION.
This particular dog’s health-condition was unfortunately neglected by its owners. And their young child grabbed at the badly-infected ear. This dog was already in constant agony. The dog reacted purely out of instinct. The owners were responsible here, they should have seen the symptoms in their dog, and they should have recognized that their dog had ear problems. They had their dog put to sleep, and never realized it could have been totally avoided.
Most of us know the agony of an ear infection. You need to become aware HOW to recognize these infections, and what to do about them.
There are numerous reasons why dogs get ear infections. Some breeds, like labs and Goldens are even prone to get them. Ear infections typically start out very mild, and they start in the outer part of the ear. And then they progress to agony for the dog.
Here are some reasons a dog gets ear infections:
– Wet Ears.
– A buildup of grass, dust, mites. You know how dogs love to roll in the grass.
– A bacteria infection.
– Allergies to the environment or even to their food.
Here are some of the symptoms of an ear infection:
– The most obvious, he is constantly scratching one or both ears.
– The ear stinks when you put your nose close to it.
– As soon as you let him out he rubs his ear against the fence, or falls to the ground rubbing his ear.
– He moans and groans when he is scratching his ear.
If you leave this unchecked, the pain becomes unbearable (just like it does with humans). You need to take your dog to the vet and get this infection treated. A dog can even become dizzy, off balance, and he will even vomit.
Take you dog to the vet, have their painful conditions treated. Learn about these issues in your dog, tooth and ear aches are horrible conditions, and, when grabbed while in agony, nature will make the pet react!
Be good to your pet, become pro-active in their health care.
Owner of Pet Therapy Dog, and a HealthyPetNet Representatitive