The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Features

January 17, 2013

Ear flap warts hurt cocker spaniel

NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: My 9-year-old cocker spaniel has several health issues, but the most recent one is the growth of warts in her ears. They are quite large and far down in her ear canal.

The vets I go to are reluctant to remove them surgically since they are so difficult to get to and would be painful. The warts stop up her ear and keep it infected.

Do you know of anything I can do for this poor dog? I have tried vitamin E, and it is working to some extent.

— A.G., Luray, Va.

Dear A.G.: Poor cocker spaniels suffer from a human-created (anthropogenic) disease susceptibility caused by genetic selection for heavy, long, pendulous ears. There should be a change in their breed standards, selecting for dogs with ears that are shorter and not so heavy. In the interim, many enjoy a better quality of life having their earflaps (pinnas) tied with a ribbon on the top of their heads for part of the day. The ear canals can then be ventilated and dried out after routine cleaning. If you have never bow-tied her ears as part of the treatment protocol, I would start today.

So many cockers suffer from itchy, smelly, chronically infected and inflamed ear canals. Good nutrition rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps, as does a zymogen enzyme-based cleaner or diluted apple cider vinegar and olive oil applied after drying the ears out, which can work wonders in helping prevent more serious problems like the one your poor dog is suffering from. Try various topical treatments to reduce the inflammatory growths and make her life more comfortable. She may even become a better candidate for corrective surgery to open up both external ear canals.

Dear Dr. Fox: My daughter is having her first child. She has three cats who she’s had for several years. My concern is for the baby’s safety after he is born.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Couple with autistic children lead Thorn Bush Autism group

    For Leah and Christian Eisenbeis raising two children with Autism is not only a challenge but it’s been a blessing, too....

    April 20, 2014

  • Free pressure canner checks offered

    With warmer weather trying to get a grip on April’s temperatures, it’s time to get the dial on your pressure canner checked. This is a free service provided by the Cleveland County Extension Office, 601 E. Robinson St. in Norman....

    April 20, 2014

  • Norman artist pledges to continue painting until colors fade

    About five or six months ago, I came across an article in The Norman Transcript about local artist Almira Hill Grammer, who had a display of her work at the State Capitol....

    April 20, 2014

  • ‘Blood moon’ rising

    I guess we all have one thing in common right now. We survived a “blood moon.” What a whirlwind of a week. It seemed that, like Hillary Clinton, the universe was just tossing shoes at me left and right. Maybe it was a sign I need to slow ...

    April 20, 2014

  • What to know about use of BVO

    Q: I’ve heard about Brominated vegetable oil recently. Could you provide some more information? A: Brominated vegetable oil, also called BVO, is a food additive that is often used to keep citrus flavor emulsified in sodas and sports ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Blessing opens demo garden

    A blustery, gray day didn’t mute enthusiasm for the first Saturday of the spring season April 12 at the Cleveland County Master Gardeners demo gardens and the Norman Farm Market....

    April 20, 2014

  • OHCE members receive awards

    Cleveland County’s Oklahoma Home and Community Education members Carol Doner and Megan Doner were award winners at a recent OHCE District meeting in Mustang....

    April 20, 2014

  • Book signing set

    Author Jerry Webster, of Edmond, will sign copies of his book, “What Brings a Soldier to His Knees,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings Books, 2300 W. Main St....

    April 20, 2014

  • DeLange receives Eagle Scout award

    Jacob DeLange, 15, a freshman at Norman North High School, recently earned his Eagle Scout award with Troop 285, Last Frontier Council....

    April 20, 2014

  • Parents urged to research ADHD

    Q: Our son has just been diagnosed with ADHD, and we have been told he may need social skills training. He is in third grade, and this is all very new and foreign. Do you know anything about this training, and what does this mean for his ...

    April 18, 2014