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For a dog to simply survive, they must have food, water and most shelter.  In order for a dog to be happy and healthy, they need so much more.  What type of every day care does a Poodle need?
  •  Food - The type of food that you feed your Poodle has a direct connection to your pet's health.  It is so easy to grab a bulk bag of dog food...but so detrimental to your dog's health.  Offering the right food can prevent so many health issues...and extend your Poodle's life. Here at Lifestyle we feed Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul.  
  •  Exercise - Too much exercise can cause bloat in Standard Poodles and Luxation issues with the Toy or Miniature if done at too young an age. However, a proper exercise routine is vital to good health. 
  •  Companionship - For a Poodle to be healthy, this includes mental health as well.  To be content, a Poodle needs a loving family who offers attention and care. 
  •  Dental care - Too many owners overlook the importance of proper canine dental care. Infection of the teeth and/or gums can cause serious issues.
  •  Regular Vet checks - While it is important to offer a healthy environment at home, routine checkups are vital - never just bring your Poodle to the vet when they are ill - be sure to keep those regular appointments.
  •  A safe home - Your Poodle is like a child and it is up to an owner to provide a warm, safe environment
  •  Worm & tick prevention - It is such a shame when a dog owner doesn't believe that their dog s at risk for heartworms or other parasites and does not use any prevention treatments.  Heartworms, fleas and ticks must be kept at bay.
Your dog depends on you to supply all of the elements that blend together to create a safe, healthy existence.  Let's look at some other aspects of daily health...and how to spot any issues early....as early detection is the best method of a fast and successful recovery.
First Aid
Providing everyday health care for your Poodle also involves being ready for any emergencies or accidents. If your Poodle is injured, you will want to take your dog to the veterinarian right away, however there may be times when treatment can be done at home...or your Poodle should be stabilized to a certain degree before you rush off to the vet. Please visit my First Aid Page Here for emergency and first aid kit information.
Grooming and Poodle Care

     If you are not going to show your poodle, grooming your poodle will be much easier because you can just shave the coat with a clippers.
     But if you are going to show your dog you will spend a lot more time and money maintaining their coat.  In fact for show poodles it takes several hours a week to maintain some cuts.
At a minimum you should brush out your poodle a couple of times a week. 
Another aspect of grooming people over look is trimming dog nails.  You should keep your poodle's nails short enough so that when they walk they are not putting any pressure on them.
Keep poodle's ears free of debris and hair.  
Care should be given to anal glands. If you take your poodle to the groomers ask her to squeeze the anal glands and pull out ear hair as well...
EARS 
The following recipe is the best treatment I have found to cure yeast and bacterial infections.  

BLUE POWER EAR TREATMENT:


16 OZ. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL (PRICE NO OBJECT!!!)
4 TABLESPOONS BORIC ACID POWDER
16 DROPS-GENTIAN VIOLET SOLUTION 1% (AVAILABLE AT CVS & THRIFTY & SOME INDEPENDENTS).

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. You will also need to shake solution every time you use It to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. To use, pour into a Clairol type bottle to dispense the solution to the affected ear.

TREATMENT:
Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore, do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Wait till Inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days. Shake bottle each time before using. Flood ear with solution, massage gently
to the count of 60. Flood ear again on first treatment and leave alone without massaging. Dog will shake out the excess.


TIMING IS AS FOLLOWS:
Treat 2 times per day for the first week up to two weeks, depending on severity of infection. Treat I time per day for I to 2 weeks.
Treat 1 time per week for 2 weeks, then 1 time per month. You will find that despite the alcohol, the dog will not object to even the first treatment. The boric acid soothes the ear. The Gentian Violet is an anti-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to canker ears. After the 2nd or 3rd. day you can clean out the ears with Q-Tips or cotton balls. The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%. Those who do not succeed have usually not done the treatment long enough or have not kept to the timetable above. Dogs on the verge of ear canal surgery have been returned to normal with only the regular follow up treatment necessary to maintain the ear, After the ear problems are cleared up, only a maintenance dose is necessary during regular grooming.

If you find that you have to keep using the treatment to keep the ears healthy, you may have a
Pseudomonas bacteria remaining in the ear, which can be cleared up by using a Vinegar and Water flush two times a week. 
The suggested amounts of Vinegar & Water are: 1 tablespoon Vinegar to 1cup warm water. You can also obtain an excellent ear wash from your vet that has boric acid and vinegar in it. It is called DERMA PET Ear/Skin Cleanser for Pets.

NOTE - When treating the ears, avoid doing it in an area where the Blue Mixture can stain walls, carpet, furniture, clothing etc. When the dog shakes its ears, the solution will spray all over the place! Any color remaining outside the ear can be washed off with a sponge or washcloth and soap and water. On white dogs, you may wish to place a cotton ball in each ear for a few seconds, while they shake.
DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE OUT THE COTTON BALLS.

* Shake the bottle well as you use it as the Boric Acid settles quickly

They have found the Blue Power Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots. You may find other uses for this simple anti-infective agent. Remember it is for external use only and be careful not to get into the eyes."

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