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Pampered Pets

Pampered Pets

You have decided to go to the local rescue and finally adopt that adorable lonely dog that you have visited several times that you can’t get out of your mind.

You have been getting prepared to adopt for some time now.  Your house is pet safe and you have the perfect yard that you are sure will become his private paradise. You have installed your first pet door. (of course, you purchased the most expensive dog bed you could find along with fifty of the best dog toys on the market, the best harness and leash, the healthiest dog food and the cutest toy basket you could find. This only set you back $500)

You are really on your game. You have established the HOUSE RULES:

No dogs on the sofa

No dogs on your bed

No people food

Yes, all the love and care you will ever need

All potty breaks will be outside

 

Time to go get “Sparky”

Meanwhile, “Sparky” who prefers to be called “Rex” has been preparing to adopt you.

He is really on his game and has established his ABSOLUTE RULES.

The sofa is mine

Your bed is mine

Your hamburger, pizza, steak, chicken, cheese and ice cream are also mine. (hold the pickles, lettuce and onion on that burger)

All my love is yours

All potty breaks will be outside. (unless it is raining, snowing, hailing, too hot, too cold, thundering, too bright or scary dark)

It is now 6 pm and “Sparky” is finally home exploring his furever palace. He is happier than he has ever been. He is a little shy at first but give it some time. You are crying tears of joy. He is now looking at you with his big brown longing, loving eyes while tilting his head making his big floppy ears stand up in the cutest way.

 

It has now been four hours of total bliss. You have bonded. Now real life begins.

All the cute toys are still overflowing in the super cute basket. His favorite toys are a stick he found outside, that he played with for an hour with until it started to rain, and a crinkled water bottle he found while sifting through the trash in the kitchen. (Stick $ 0, crinkled water bottle $ .25)

40 lb. “Rex” has thoroughly enjoyed sitting on your lap (on the sofa) sharing a pizza with you while watching T.V. He is ready for bed now. You have his expensive new dog bed right next to yours on the floor. Rex sits in it for a minute. The eyes, the ears, the little sigh. Okay just this once. (once lasting the rest of his life) “Rex” loves the queen size mattress and prefers sleeping in the middle at an angle. He also hopes you don’t notice the loving pile of poop he left on the carpet in the living room due to the rain.

 

 

You are giving “Rex the best life he could ever imagine. You have had him for 6 years now. He had gained some weight the first year due to all the pizza, burgers etc. but your Veterinarian set you straight on his diet. You discovered (contrary to your belief) that he loves his dog food, some fruits, vegetables and dog treats.

While on a walk the two of come upon an unknown dog running loose on the path. Not a friendly dog, he starts to get rough with “Rex”. After a quick altercation (with you screaming your lungs out) you noticed “Rex” is bleeding from the tip of his ear. Off to the pet hospital emergency room.

After a few hours and six stitches later, “Rex” is out of the emergency room. He is bandaged to stop him from flapping and wearing a protective device to keep him scratching at his ear. Home you go.

The first night is a nightmare.

“Rex” has been whining, crying and running into all stationary objects in the house as he has no peripheral vision. With the protective device, he doesn’t fit through the dog door. You had to let him out three times in the night for potty breaks. This means you are now sleep deprived from comforting him the best you can. Now you notice the self-adhesive bandage has started to slip backward and soon his hurt ear will be exposed. Back to the Vet to get it re-wrapped.

“Rex” with a mind like a steel trap, knows what happened last time he was at the pet hospital, refuses to get out of your vehicle. The struggle is real. You finally win and drag him against his will into the building.

You get back home and you both need some sleep. Those loving longing big brown eyes and that pitiful whimper. (After 6 years “Rex” has become a master manipulator.) You give in to him. His complaining about the protective device is too much for you. You figure that if he is sleeping next to you on the sofa, it will be more comfortable for you and him if you remove it for just a short time. Besides, you are right next to him. Nothing can go wrong. If he moves, you will simply stop him. You figure, after a short snooze you will simply put it back on him.

You wake up after what you think has been a half hour snooze. You look at the clock and three hours have passed. You move to wake “Rex” up and discover he is no longer beside you. You jump to your feet and start searching. OMG!! “Rex” is nowhere in the house. (Of course not. Without the protective device he can again fit through the dog door.)

You find “Rex” lying in the sun, on your deck. He has rubbed against something and pushed his bandage all the way down his neck. The injured ear now has two broken stitches. (probably from scratching) It is now seeping blood on both “Rex” and your deck.

If you had a tail, it would be tucked between your legs. You are so ashamed. You have pampered “Rex” all the way back to the animal hospital. After a stern lecture from the Vet, lesson learned. (we hope)

After a couple of days “Rex” quit complaining and gave up trying to escape the bandaging and protective device. He was depressed and inactive for that ten-day period until the stitches were removed. After that ten-day period, you are still sleep deprived. You have had to endure at least 100 potty breaks. (5 per day were actual potty breaks and all others were daytime squirrel patrol, staring at the moon and keep up with his nightly cat patrol.)

Sidebar: No dog likes to have anything wrapped around their head to contain their ears. But it is necessary for you to keep that ear protected. They will eventually quit complaining.

We have many of these same stories from our customers who have found the NFEW by searching on the web or have been referred to us by their Vet or a friend. (Bonus: We protect and fit through the dog door)

 

Moisture in the ears

Moisture in the ears

If you have a dog who loves to swim or a dog with extra furry ears, a problem you might encounter is moisture buildup in their ear canals. There are some dogs who don’t ever swim, hate to bath who are still prone to moisture buildup due to heredity.

The problem with said moisture is, it can be a breeding ground for a wealth of yeast and bacteria. This buildup of yeast and bacteria can cause an ear infection. Ear infections in our pets can also be caused by mites and allergies they might be plagued with.

Moisture buildup and allergies can also present a third problem. From excess scratching, flapping and rubbing they can weaken the main vein in the pinna/ear flap causing a hematoma. (blood filled pocket)

If an umpire were to judge the dog it would go like this.

Strike 1: Moisture buildup

Strike 2: Infection

Strike 3: Hematoma  

Yoooooooooooooou’re OUT!!!

If you notice your pup excessively rubbing and scratching at the ear, always see your Veterinarian (Umpire) as soon as possible to see if you are at a “Strike 1” or “Strike 2” status.

If you are prescribed antibacterial or antifungal drops for a “Strike 2” situation, you will find it hard to keep the drops in your dog’s ear as they want to shake them out immediately. No Flap Ear Wrap can help keep the drops in the ear canal to let them do their work. We suggest you put the drops in, quickly attach the wrap and remove it after 15-30 minutes. (whatever your Veterinarian suggests) Also if your dog has an abundance of hair in the ear canal, removing it also helps air flow. You, your Vet, or a good groomer can help with periodic hair removal.

A hematoma (Strike 3) due to strikes 1 + 2 is a double-edged sword.  You need to stop the flapping so the broken vein will quit forcing blood into the pinna/ear flap causing it to literally balloon out.  The ears also need to air out due to the moisture that started the whole thing. The only way to stop the flapping is to keep the ear immobile. The way to keep them static is to wrap them. Wrapping them with a stick to itself gauze type product might work, but the moisture still has no escape. And, nine times out of ten, the pup can unwrap it record time. It can be a vicious cycle.

We have found that you can either get your Veterinarian to prescribe powder such as one called Neo-Predef or as some of our customers have tipped us off to, a calamine based powder called Monkey Butt for ladies (cut with cornstarch not talc)  and one called Miracle Care R-7 powder. An alternative to putting powder in the ear canal is to simply roll a large cotton ball in the powder of your choice, using our NFEW, simply place the powder covered ball at the top of the ear canal (don’t insert it into the canal) and attach the wrap. This should be done at least four times per day to wick the moisture away.

Keep SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Mean Seeds"

"Mean Seeds"

When it comes to our pets, we want them to enjoy nature, but we also need to protect them from parts of it.  

“Mean seeds” include awns, Canadian wild rye, cheat grass, downy brome, foxtail barley, June grass, timothy and many others. These seeds are designed to burrow into hard soil. This would also include any of the grass burr and sticker burr family as they are the obnoxious cousins of the “Mean seed” family. Here at No Flap Ear Wrap, we have many customers who buy our wraps to specifically protect the ears from these heartless seeds.

These “Mean Seeds” and other family members, all carry boarding passes and view everything else as a party bus to their next destination. They attach to soft clothing, hair, fur etc.

Where they can attach to your pet, they can also permeate the skin and travel under the tissue. As an example, should one attach to the fur around your pet’s paws, it can then permeate the tissue and travel exiting the elbow causing pain and destruction the whole way. 

Where most pets don’t have apposing thumbs, they cannot hold a brush, comb or operate tweezers. (barring the ape family, opossums, the panda family, some frogs and reptiles, and maybe raccoons) It is up to us as their caretakers to check them thoroughly after they come inside after a day of romping and rollicking.

Our pets are at risk all over their bodies. Especially the eyes, ears, nose, throat. These are the most vulnerable ports of entry for the “Mean seeds”. They board some of these areas while the pets are sniffing their way through the brush. If a pet is running and panting, they board the inhaled breath and attach to the throat.

Our suggestions to prevent these “Mean seeds” from boarding are:

Avoid walking your pet or letting them run through dry weeded areas.

For the pets with longer curlier fur, have your groomer give them a field cut just before the grass seeding season.

Check them over thoroughly after they have been out of doors for anything that may have attached to them. If they are rubbing or scratching a particular spot even after you have checked, check again. If you are not sure, check with your Veterinarian.

The Denim and Pinpoint Mesh No Flap™ Ear Wraps are excellent choices and provide protection for the ears. Denim is our most robust and hardy material. Pinpoint Mesh is our most lightweight and breathable fabric. If your pup loves the outdoors and lives in a climate that is warm and humid the Pinpoint Mesh would be the best option.