Apple Cider Vinegar For Dogs Ears

Apple Cider Vinegar For Dog Hot Spots

If you haven’t tried apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing or marinade, you’re missing a treat – and a healthy one at that. Proponents of this delicious vinegar believe it can do everything from reduce inflammation to increase heart health, lose weight, relieve acid reflux and treat dandruff.

But… are they going too far in saying it can help with your dog’s hot spot or itchy skin? Let’s take a look.

What is apple cider vinegar?

White Vinegar For DogsLike any vinegar, such as white vinegar, it’s an acid. It starts as apple juice; yeast and bacteria are added to turn the fruit sugar into alcohol, which ferments and turns into acetic acid.  It’s the acetic acid that gives the vinegar its strong smell and taste (1).

The fermentation process gives apple cider vinegar its antimicrobial properties – it naturally kills organisms like bacteria and fungi. This is one of the reasons it has become known as a great home remedy for a variety of physical ailments – and yes, an all-around household cleaner and disinfectant.

Can You Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Treat Dog Hot Spots?

Dog hot spots can be caused by allergies, skin infections and irritations, parasites and other reasons. You’ll know your dog has one when he’s licking, scratching or biting the area incessantly to gain relief from the pain, itch and inflammation.

dog ear mites vs yeast infectionYou can try apple cider vinegar on a hot spot only if it’s in the very early stages – but as soon as there is any broken skin, it is definitely NOT recommended. The burn and sting it causes when it hits the hot spot will make Sparky yelp and scamper away – and good luck getting him to come back for a second dose! Think about it – if it can be used to clean your kitchen floors, imagine what it will feel like on an open sore. Needless to say, it’s far too caustic to be used around the eyes.

Your dog can also have itchy skin that’s the result of fleas or a skin yeast infection and doesn’t develop fully into a hot spot, but still makes her miserable. You can bathe your dog in an apple cider vinegar solution (diluted 50:50 with water) to bring some relief. But its antimicrobial properties don’t necessarily work with all different types of bacteria – so it’s possible it will not be effective on what’s bothering your dog. And its sharp, sour smell will not be appealing to your pup – or you, either!

The Safer Alternative To Apple Cider Vinegar

There’s another way to relieve dog hot spots and itchy skin: Banixx Pet Care. This gentle, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solution comes as a spray, cream and shampoo and has the following advantages:

  • It is odorless – your dog will not shy away from its smell
  • It doesn’t sting or burn, but is soothing to your dog’s skin
  • It contains no steroids, antibiotics or anything toxic
  • It can safely be used around your dog’s eyes, nose, mouth and ears

Most important of all, it is effective. Most dog hot spots or itchy skin issues disappear in just a couple of days, and topical relief is immediate.

Just spray it on your dog’s hot spot or skin infection, saturating the area and even massaging it into the skin. Make sure your dog doesn’t lick it off, as it’s more effective the longer it stays on the skin.

Apply Banixx 2-3 times a day, and don’t worry about using too much – you cannot overdose.

Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx or buy Banixx online.

Home remedies like apple cider vinegar can potentially have healthful benefits – but when it comes to dog hot spots and itchy skin, Banixx is the superior, trusted solution that has worked for thousands of dog owners.

Find out more at https://banixx.com/hot-spots-dog-how-to-treat/.

Sources:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits and 30 Uses (Blood Sugar, Weight Loss and More!) – https://draxe.com/apple-cider-vinegar-uses/
Benadryl Dog Hot Spots

Is Benadryl a Good Dog Hot Spot Treatment?

As a dog owner, you’ve probably already discovered that human medicine is sometimes used to treat animals. Benadryl, which many of us take to reduce allergy symptoms, is one of those medications – but it must be used with caution on your dog, as it has some potential side effects.  Always consult with your vet before giving your dog Benadryl, or any other medication, and for the correct dosage.

What is Benadryl?

Benadryl For Dogs

Benadryl is the brand name for an antihistamine that is sold over the counter. It helps relieve the itchiness and swelling that come with allergies, allergic reactions, skin rashes, insect bites and more. Its active ingredient is diphenhydramine, which has been proven safe for your dog (1). 

(Please note that many over-the-counter allergy, sinus and cold medications have other ingredients which are NOT proven safe for your dog – so be sure to read the label to make sure diphenhydramine is the only active ingredient.)

Using Benadryl For Dog Hot Spots

Benadryl

Benadryl may be beneficial in cases where dogs suffer from hot spots (acute moist pyotraumatic dermatitis) or itchy, irritated skin (3). These can be caused by:

  • Food allergies. Some dog foods contain too much corn, soy or other “fillers,” and the dog’s system reacts to these negatively.
  • Allergies related to the dog’s environment. This could include pollens, molds, dust, grass, etc. These allergies may be seasonal.
  • Bacterial and fungal skin infections. Such infections can cause everything from itching to scabs, discharge and odor and lead to miserable dog hot spots.
  • Fleas or ticks. These little freeloaders bite your dog, which initiates the scratching cycle that ends up in hot spots or itchy skin, especially if your dog is sensitive to flea saliva.

If You Decide To Medicate Your Dog With Benadryl…

Happy DogBenadryl comes in liquid form, topical solution, tablets and injections (by a vet). If you’re treating your dog at home, we recommend using the tablets, as the liquid contains alcohol, which is not good for your dog – and most dogs don’t like the taste. The tablets can be broken up and fed to the dog hidden in food – a little trick that your pooch won’t even notice and will never reject! Products such as liver sausage can work great for this.

The standard formula for how much to give your dog is 1 mg of Benadryl x 1 lb. of body weight. (This is according to veterinary information received and published on several veterinary websites). For example, if your dog weighs 25 pounds, he/she should get 25 mgs of Benadryl. Others prefer to go with a lower dosage of 1 mg per 2.2 lbs to reduce the risk of overdose.

You can dose your dog with Benadryl 2-3 times a day, eight hours apart. But if you have questions about dosage, always consult your veterinarian – you don’t want to give too much.

Some Important Cautions To Keep In Mind For Your Dog’s Hot Spot Treatment

  • Start off with a test dose. Make the first dose of Benadryl smaller than the standard dose.  Wait a couple of hours to gauge your dog’s reaction. Take your dog to the vet immediately if there are any signs of any allergic reaction (abnormal behavior)  to the medication.
  • Give it to your dog on a full stomach, as some dogs may feel nauseated or lose their appetites if they haven’t eaten.Vet Giving Dog Benadryl
  • Be patient. When taken orally, Benadryl can take half an hour to start working on relieving your dog’s itchy skin or hot spot.
  • There may be side effects. These can include retention of urine, dry mouth, vomiting, diarrhea and appetite loss.
  • Do not overdose your dog. Symptoms of overdose include rapid heartbeat, muscle tremors, labored breathing, confusion, fever, seizures, and more. If you see any of these, you’ll need to make an emergency visit to the vet, so again, make sure you consult with your vet about using the medication and giving the right dosage.
  • It’s not good for some dogs. Never give Benadryl to puppies without first asking your vet. It also shouldn’t be given to pregnant or nursing dogs, or to dogs with other medical conditions, such as glaucoma, cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure.
  • Topicals have a down side. There are Benadryl gels and creams you can use on your dog’s itchy skin, but they sometimes can cause irritation, especially if you’re using it over a longer period of time. Topicals should NOT be applied to blistered patches of skin – and be careful not to overdose if you’re also treating with tablets.
  • Benadryl causes drowsiness. This may be a good thing (helping with stress reduction or anxiety), as its active ingredients are the same as those used in popular sleeping aids. But keep in mind that your dog may be sleepy after taking Benadryl.

Benadryl and Banixx Pet Care

As you can see from the information above, Benadryl may be fine as a treatment for your dog’s hot spots and/or itchy skin – but it has its drawbacks.  If it’s used properly, it can be safe and effective, but you will always need to be prepared for its side effects.

Some dog owners use Benadryl very successfully in combination with the Banixx Pet Care products to add to its effectiveness, bringing immediate, soothing, topical relief.

In fact, many owners have found that using Banixx alone – without any other medication – is a powerful (and less stressful) way to reduce itching, swelling, skin damage and more. Banixx is applied 2-3 times daily to your dog’s hot spot or itchy skin  by massaging it gently into the skin for complete saturation of the area. It works on contact – and is completely safe to use:

  • You cannot apply too much or overdose with Banixx.
  • Banixx is free of steroids, antibiotics and fragrance – and contains nothing that’s toxic, even if your dog licks it.
  • Banixx can be safely used around your dog’s eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
  • Banixx is gentle to your dog’s skin. It doesn’t sting or burn when applying, and it works quickly to aid in the recovery of your dog’s skin irritation or wound.

Learn more about Banixx and how it helps with hot spots here: https://banixx.com/hot-spots-dog-how-to-treat/

Sources:

  1. Is It Safe To Give My Dog Benadryl? – https://www.canidae.com/blog/2017/06/is-it-safe-to-give-my-dog-benadryl/
  2. Benadryl For Dogs – https://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/benadryl/
dog shaking head due to ear infection

Dog Ear Mites Vs Yeast Infection

There he goes again – you can tell by the constant jangling noise of his collar that your beloved dog keeps shaking his head or scratching at his ear again. You know this is not normal and figure there must be something wrong. He’s miserable, and so are you, just watching him suffer! 

Two typical causes are the most likely suspects:  An ear infection or – shudder – ear mites. (Note: Another less typical cause is a foreign object in your dog’s ear, which would require immediate professional attention.)

What you need to know about ear infections

dog ear mites vs yeast infection

Ear infections in dogs are very common and can be very painful. They are typically caused by an overgrowth of yeast and/or bacteria in the ear canal, which is deep and moist, providing the ideal conditions for yeast (which is a fungus) to grow.  Yeast tends to be the more common cause of dog ear infections.  An infection due to a yeast build-up has a terrible odor, is especially itchy and often accompanied by a brownish/grey greasy discharge.

How Does the Yeast or Bacterial Infection Get Started?

  • Allergies are a common cause, so if your dog has skin or food allergies, she may be more susceptible. A change in diet can often go a long way to resolving this issue, since foods or treats that are high in sugar content are thought to contribute to yeast growth.
  • Dogs that have long, floppy ears have increased chances for ear infections, because the ears do not allow for good airflow. This creates a greater likelihood of warm, moist conditions that lend themselves to fungal/bacterial proliferation.
  • If your dog loves to swim, run or otherwise be out in the hot sun, the water and sweat that gather in the ears may create those conditions that foster yeast/fungus.
  • Sometimes it’s the result of something that’s causing an imbalance in your dog’s immune system, such as medicines she’s taking, her diet or other illnesses. A thoughtful review of medicines and past illnesses may shed some light in this area.
  • Low thyroid function has been linked to chronic ear infections in some dogs. This condition is not curable but easily treatable once diagnosed.

An ear infection typically starts out affecting the outer ear (otitis externa). But if it’s left untreated, it can spread ever deeper into the ear. If it reaches the inner ear (otitis interna), it can result in serious issues such as deafness, facial paralysis and difficulty walking.

Best Treatment for Dog Ear Infections

treatment for dog ear mites

Let’s Talk About Ear Mites (do we have to?)

Ear mites are tiny parasites that are actually classified as mange. They feed off the wax in your dog’s ear. They are very difficult to see with the naked eye, and it’s easy to write them off as a nuisance like fleas – but they should be taken seriously, as they can lead to ear infections (see above) and even move on to attack other parts of your dog’s body. Ear mites are more likely seen in puppies and kittens due to their weaker and developing immune systems.

Mercifully, ear mites don’t appear to like humans – but they are highly contagious for your other animals. So, if one of your pups has ear mites, your older dog/s may contract them and you’ll need to treat ALL of your pets. And since ear mites are transmitted socially, you’ll need to clean the environment: wash pet bedding in hot water with bleach and dry it in a hot dryer; vacuum all common areas thoroughly, etc.

Ear mites cause inflammation and irritation – and your dog will let you know by scratching and shaking his head constantly. If you look in your dog’s ears, you might see dark, grainy specks that look a bit like coffee grounds.

For some dogs, an infestation of ear mites might just be a slight irritation. For others who are more sensitive, ear mites can become a raging battle with more serious symptoms. A dog can scratch so much that it creates a painful hematoma (blood blister) on the ear that needs to be seen by a vet.

Best Treatment for Dog Ear Infections and Ear Mites

Banixx Pet CareIf your dog is showing signs of either of these conditions, take him/her to a vet for a diagnosis, especially if you notice redness, swelling and bad smell. The vet can take a swab of the ear canal and diagnose the problem. Once the diagnosis is clear, your dog can get the proper treatment. For a bacterial ear infection, the vet may prescribe an antibiotic.  Antibiotics are not effective for fungal infections.  If she has ear mites, the vet may prescribe an easy-to-administer, anti-parasitic formulation to get rid of them swiftly.

Banixx Pet Care Remedy Benefits

  • It’s a potent yet painless spray that’s easy on your dog’s ear tissue, quickly helping to repair any ear surface that has been irritated, inflamed or rubbed raw. 
  • It’s so easy to use. Just moisten a cotton ball with Banixx and coat the inside of the ear 2-3 times each day. It begins working immediately upon contact, and you’ll see positive results in a couple of days.
  • It can also be used on a regular basis as a dog ear cleaning solution. Cleaning your dog’s ears regularly is an excellent and simple way to stop recurrences of yeast infections and ear mites. Never use Q-tips – use cotton balls or gauze and discard after use.  Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx or buy Banixx online.

Why Veterinarians Recommend Banixx As a Home Remedy Treatmentinfection of the ear in puppy

  • Other applications are caustic on tissue (they are often iodine, alcohol or tee-tree based). Banixx contains no alcohol or steroids.
  • It goes on smoothly with no stickiness to attract dirt and is not greasy.
  • It’s non-toxic with no added color or fragrance. In fact, Banixx has no scent at all, which is so important when treating your pooch, who is thousands of times more sensitive to smell than you!
  • It does not sting or burn.
  • It can be applied daily – you don’t need to worry about over-dosing.
  • Banixx is completely safe for use around the eye (proven by independent clinical testing).

So when your dog is obsessively scratching, itching, moaning and otherwise telling you he has a problem with his ear, don’t wait. Get a solid diagnosis on the cause – and swing into action with the best treatment for dog ear infections and mites – visit Banixx Pet care.

dog eating watermelon

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

Nowadays many of us are eating better and getting more exercise to lead a healthier lifestyle and the same should be true for our four-legged friends. The growing obesity trend in America is also starting to affect the canine population and they face the same health risks as their human counterparts when it comes to being overweight.

Eating more fruits and vegetables also offers similar rewards when it comes to living healthy, and many consider it one of the great home remedies for hot spots and other skin infections, but many people assume that dogs won’t eat their greens or don’t care for fruit. In many cases, this couldn’t be farther from the truth, so check out these seven produce favorites for your pet.

Watermelon Is The #1 Fruit Dogs Like To Eat

cute dog eating watermelon rindYou may have seen an adorable video recently of a cute, little French Bulldog who gobbles up watermelon while sitting inside of the enormous fruit. At over 90% water, this melon contains more lycopene per ounce than a tomato, and this powerful antioxidant can help to reduce heart problems and stroke instances. Here are some of the most common question people ask about dogs and watermelon:

Is Watermelon Good For Dogs?

YES! Watermelon is good for dog. There’s nothing in it that will cause him harm. And as we stated above, 90% of watermelon is pure water, and a regular watermelon contains more lycopene than tomatoes do, and this powerful antioxidant is well known as helping to reduce heart problems and potential strokes.

Is Watermelon Safe For Dogs?

YES! Watermelon is 100% safe for dogs. Plus, it’s incredibly delicious so your dog will thank you for the special treat.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Rind?

YES! Just like with humans, the watermelon rind is safe to eat. Of course, it gets a little bitter the closer your dog gets to the outer most core, so he may not want to eat all of the rind.

How Much Watermelon Can A Dog Eat?

A Lot. We’ve seen dogs eat a LOT of watermelon! It’s 90% water so even if they ate 2 whole watermelons in a row, it would still be OK according to the veterinarians we’ve consulted with.

6 Other Healthy Fruits and Vegetables Your Dog Might Like Eating

Dog With Carrot

Carrots

Many dogs will gnaw on these healthy orange vegetables like a chew toy until there’s nothing left behind. Not only does this help keep their teeth clean and their breath fresh, the vitamins and minerals can also reduce the risk of heart attacks while aiding with their vision.

Sweet Potatoes

When it comes to a healthy dog snack, sliced, raw, cooked or dehydrated sweet potatoes offer health benefits that give them a shiny coat, can aid with digestion and boost their immune system.

Broccoli

These little “trees” are known as one of the most pesticide-free products found in the produce aisle and benefits a canine’s eyes, ears, skin, heart and digestive systems. It’s also known as a natural anti-inflammatory for older dogs who may be suffering from arthritis or muscle pain.

Apples

Although they certainly shouldn’t be eating the seeds, cored, sliced apples are another fruit that will keep your dog’s teeth cleaner and give them fresher breath. Apples also help to lower cholesterol and assist their body from absorbing it while making them feel fuller, which causes them to eat less.

dog with vegtables

Blueberries

Humans are eating more of these purple favorites due to their high levels of antioxidants that help to repair cell damage. Blueberries are also an excellent choice for fiber and can help to control blood sugar that can lead to diabetes.

Spinach

While definitely not as sweet as watermelon is, this leafy green vegetable was once known for giving Popeye his imaginary strength, but it’s a real source of iron and vitamin K. Packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, these two ingredients are thought to aid in the prevention of inflammation and cancer in pets.

Be sure to check with your veterinarian before making these types of changes to your dog’s diet. They’ll likely agree with these healthier choices and may advise you to give them smaller portions at first to see how they may react to them. Your pet may have an unknown allergy or have some other type of adverse reaction when consuming them, especially blueberries that may cause digestive issues.

dog eating watermelon rind

Just How Safe Is Watermelon For Dogs?

So, in summary, if you’re wondering “Is watermelon OK for dogs?” or “Can dogs eat watermelon rinds?“, then put yourself at ease because dogs can have watermelon and they love it!

And just as a gentle reminder, if your pup happens to get a scratch, cut or abrasion on him and you’re looking for something safe to use that will help him heal up fast, we highly recommend Banixx. Banixx is available online and in pet stores around the country. Find Banixx near you.

Banixx is the trusted solution for cuts and wounds on dogs

Banixx dog ear infection treatment

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears: Why, When and How To Do It

Although it’s important to clean your dogs’ ears, many owners neglect them until the dog starts showing signs that something is wrong and your dog has an ear infection. Unlike humans, dogs experience the world mainly through their noses and ears. A dog’s sense of hearing is second only to his sense of smell. He can hear four times better than we can, detecting frequencies much higher and lower than what humans can hear. Your dog can hear sound with each ear independently. So he can listen to your voice with one ear but still hear the squirrel rustling in the tree with the other – and selectively pay attention to those sounds. No wonder he can snooze through bang-‘em-up TV shows but be instantly alert when you open the refrigerator door! 

Here are some examples of classic symptoms of a dog ear infection:

  • Rubbing or pawing at head, face or ears
  • Shaking the head
  • Discharge from ears
  • Bad odor
  • Redness in the ear canal
  • Sensitivity or pain in the ears
  • Swollen, hot ear flaps
  • Tilting the head in an unusual way

Dogs have a very long ear canal – vertical toward the jaw, then taking a 45° turn horizontally toward the eardrum. Whatever goes in, such as, water, may have trouble getting out. The construction of the ear makes it harder to examine and makes dogs susceptible to a variety of ear ailments, including parasites and yeast infections.

Dog ear problems are extremely common and, if left untreated, can cause your dog not just pain and discomfort, but chronic illness or hearing loss.  A little prevention on your part can help your dog stay healthy, comfortable – and ready to leap into action when she hears that treat bag being opened.

How often to clean a dog’s ears

To avoid an ear infection, veterinarians recommend that dogs have their ears cleaned no more than weekly but at least once a month. If your dog has floppy ears, swims regularly, has heavy fur around the ears, suffers from skin allergies or gets frequent ear infections, you should clean the ears more frequently.  As a dog ear cleaner, Banixx Pet care provides a gentle but powerful combination of anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties for your dog’s ears, without harming healthy tissue, and with no burn or sting upon application.

It’s also important to know when NOT to clean your dog’s ears! If you notice a foul smell emanating from your dog’s ears, or if she has been scratching them repeatedly, do not remove any fluid drainage or thick waxy material that might have accumulated in the ear. Instead, take your dog to the vet so he/she can take swabs of the infection and put the gunk under a microscope; it may help determine the cause of the irritation and the optimal course of treatment.

Caring for your dog’s ears

Take a close look at your dog’s ears before beginning to clean. If all you see is dirt or normal earwax, you’re good to go with cleaning. But here are some other things to look for in your inspection:

  • Fluid drainage (it can be clear, or might be gray or brown), thick waxy material, scratches, scabs or wounds. If you see any of these, you may be able to clear it up with a solid dog ear cleaning solution such as Banixx but be prepared for a visit to the vet if the situation has progressed too far.
  • Parasites and foreign bodies like plant seeds, burrs, grasses, etc. If you see these, try to remove the object gently or clean the ears to remove these things. If this doesn’t work, you will need to take your dog to your vet.
  • Mites, ticks and fleas. You can prevent and/or kill ticks and fleas by using various topical flea and tick prevention methods available from your veterinarian. However, you’ll need to have a veterinarian diagnose and treat ear mites. These tiny creatures live and feed off the earwax and oils in your dog’s ears. Dogs with ear mites usually scratch their ears and shake their heads a lot and it will take a visit to the Vet to determine if mites are the issue.  Once determined, the treatment is not expensive, easy to administer and quick to act. The mites are contagious, so you may need to treat your other household pets too. Mites, however, cause damage, in terms of open sores (caused by your dog’s scratching) that can become infected.  Treat these infected areas with Banixx Pet care to avoid escalation of the problem. Banixx is well tolerated since it has zero sting and comes along with no medicinal odor to put your dog on the defense.  Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx or buy Banixx online.

Also inspect your dog’s ears for these more serious conditions, which may require veterinarian assistance to clear:

  • Signs of an ear yeast infection, such as a bad smell or brownish discharge. Using a dog ear cleaning solution may cure it if you catch it early enough; severe cases may require veterinary intervention.
  • Bacterial infection in the outer part of the ear, which may need a veterinarian to diagnose and treat. Again, vigilance is the key.  Caught early with a dog ear cleaning solution such as Banixx Pet Care may be the answer; more severe cases may call for a visit to the Vet.
  • Tumors. Don’t be overly alarmed if you see something suspicious – tumors are rare. In most cases, lumps and bumps might be nothing but bug bites, skin cysts or reactions to trauma. Still, if they don’t go away, check them out with the vet.

The Big “No-No”

NEVER use a Q-tip in the canal, for the same reasons you don’t put a Q-tip in your own ear canal (do you?) – you could compact the earwax or even rupture the eardrum.

The best method for cleaning your dog’s ears

The main goal of cleaning your dog’s ears is to get rid of foreign objects and keep excess wax and discharge from creating an environment where bacteria and yeast love to grow – and to do it in a way that causes the least irritation to your dog. Here are some recommendations on how to clean your dog’s ears:

  1. Choose the right ear cleaner. Use a good quality dog ear cleaner, such as Banixx Pet Care, which often considered a DIY dog ear cleaner. Do not use olive oil, vinegar, shampoo or any other substance in your dog’s ear. Banixx is not only a powerful yet gentle anti-microbial solution, it’s not sticky or greasy and do will not get all over your carpet or furniture. Banixx is for sale here.
  1. Find a good place to do it. Cleaning your dog’s ears can be messy job, because Fido is going to want to shake his ears throughout the process – so try to find somewhere that’s easy to clean up, and wear appropriate clothes.
  1. Do what you can to make it an enjoyable experience for your dog, so that he/she doesn’t mind doing it again. Here are our recommended procedures:
  • Start and end with treats. Give your dog a treat to sit in front of you, if possible.
  • Use a cotton ball moistened with Banixx. Banixx is gentle yet potent and non-toxic so it can be used as a regular ear cleaning solution.
  • Coat the inside of the ear liberally with Banixx.
  • Surprisingly, some dogs are not fearful if you spray Banixx directly into their ears. If you adopt this method, “close” off the ear using the dog’s ear flap and massage it gently around in the ear to ensure a good coating throughout the inside of the ear and do be sure that the Banixx is room temperature or run the bottle under hot water to warm it slightly.  Just as you and I would not appreciate something cold being sprayed into our ears, neither does your pup!
  • Give your dog lots of praise and a treat as you clean the ears – and then repeat the process with the other ear.

Once your dog gets used to the process of ear cleaning, he/she may actually end up enjoying it. After all, you’re reaching a place where she can’t get to, and it may be very satisfying to finally reach and relieve that itch!  Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx or buy Banixx online.

Is Hydrogen Peroxide A Safe Dog Hot Spot Treatment?

NO! You Should NOT Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Your Dog. 

Here’s why…Many people use hydrogen peroxide for a wide variety of reasons on animals and on themselves. They think, erroneously, that the bubbling cleaner will wash the wound and prevent or heal a skin infection like a hot spot (acute moist dermatitis), so it’s a safe and preferable treatment. But here’s the truth:

Hydrogen peroxide is basically water with an extra oxygen molecule. The oxidation when you put it on a hot spot or wound is what makes it fizz. This gives the satisfying impression that the substance is WORKING. And, in fact, it does help clean the area by attacking many types of bacteria – but:

  • It’s caustic and destroys the very cells (fibroblasts) that are needed to heal the wound. So putting it on your pet’s hot spot will just delay the healing process.
  • It doesn’t work on all bacteria – many types are resistant. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s preventing an infection when it might not be.
  • Most vets believe its toxicity to cells outweighs any benefits of its antibacterial properties.

So what is the best treatment for hot spots?

Banixx Anti-Fungal Anti-Bacterial SprayFirst, leave the hydrogen peroxide in the medicine cabinet. Then bring out the Banixx Pet Care Hot Spot Treatment, a popular antiseptic spray that is not only tissue-friendly but fast-acting and affordable. If you don’t already own Banixx, you can buy some here.

  • Gently pat Banixx® spay onto the hot spot and the surrounding area two times a day – be generous in the amount you use – until the hot spot is gone.
  • It’s simple to apply, but you need to make sure the Banixx® is allowed to work by keeping your dog from licking it off (an instinctive action for most dogs). The more “contact time,” the better. We suggest distracting his/her attention with food, a walk or play session after applying it.

Benefits of this treatment protocol

Banixx® has a unique pH that doesn’t allow bacteria or fungi to grow – and the infection simply fades away.

In addition to its effectiveness in treating dog hot spots, Banixx has other important things to recommend it. For instance, it’s safe to use around your dog’s eyes, ears and nose, and contains no steroids, antibiotics, alcohol or tea tree oils. It has a soothing formula doesn’t sting, burn, hurt or cause additional trauma to the skin. And you don’t need to be concerned about using too much, as you can’t overdo the application.

And, where the fizzing of hydrogen peroxide can alarm your dog and create a hassle in applying it, the Banixx hot spot remedy is formulated to be easy to administer:

  • It has no clinical odor or unfamiliar scent to claim your dog’s attention.
  • It’s not sticky, oily or greasy, so your dog won’t be tempted to rub it all over your furniture and carpets. It also does not stain.
  • You can apply Banixx at home, indoors, as it’s not messy.
  • It can be purchased at most local pet supply stores, as well as online.

To conclude, if your dog suffers from hot spots or small wounds, most veterinarians recommend that you not use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the affected areas. Instead, care for your pet with Banixx Pet Care, the best treatment for hot spots in dogs due to its effectiveness, safety and ease of use.

Banixx is the trusted solution for cuts and wounds on dogs

Free veterinary consultation for Banixx customers – Dr. Richard Porter DVM

Banixx is delighted to announce an alliance with Dr. Richard Porter where he will give free veterinary consultation over the telephone. Banixx pet owners will now be able to contact Dr. Porter via email or telephone and obtain veterinary advice and consultation at no cost.

Dr. Richard Porter attended Veterinary College at Iowa State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He went into practice with the main focus on large animals. As time grew, he became interested in health and wellness as his small animal practice evolved. He recognized as a large animal practitioner that the farmers wanted him to keep the animals well with diet and supplements. He pondered why, in small animal medicine, they were taught to just treat the symptoms. Diet and wellness were sometimes added as just a side note.   Dr. Porter also was a veterinary consultant for KV supply, where he spent a great deal of time listening to others and researching about health and wellness concerning animals and humans. Across the nation, Dr. Porter has used his knowledge and wisdom not only to save countless pets lives but also to advise their owners what is needed for them to live a long healthy life.

Learn more about Banixx and how it works effectively with hot spots on dogs here.

BANIXX® Launches New Anti-Fungal/Anti-Bacterial Shampoo with Marine Collagen

PINEHURST, NC – January 2017 – Banixx®, the #1 trusted First Aid solution for horse & pet owners, now offers a veterinarian strength shampoo that is ultra-enriched with Marine Collagen protein. The new Banixx® Medicated Shampoo, developed at the repeated request of customers, was formulated to aid horses in the recovery of multiple anti-fungal/anti-bacterial skin conditions such as Rain Rot (Rain Scald), Scratches, Girth, Mane, & Tail Itch, and Dermatitis. It provides sea-sourced amino acids that fortify hair fibers and repair damage. Finally, a shampoo that is effective against common equine skin infections, as it provides deep-skin gentle cleansing, works to rebuild, moisturize and strengthen a horse’s coat, and will leave your horse shining from mane to tail.

Banixx® Shampoo with Collagen is unique with its soap-free formula free of parabens, sulfates, and contains no alcohol or steroids. In addition, this deeply moisturizing and soothing shampoo is non-toxic, contains no added color or fragrance, and can be used daily for spot treatments or as an all-over body cleanser. Banixx® Shampoo is safe for all horses and will not bleach, stain, or affect coat color. For nearly a decade horse and pet owners have come to trust the name Banixx® and, the new shampoo is the perfect addition to their ‘stable’ of top-quality products.

The Banixx Pet Care remedy can also be used to treat hot spots on dogs.

Spay/Neuter Initiatives

Supporting the work of animal rescue organizations will always be a priority for Banixx. However, we also believe that an integral part of solving the problem of animal homelessness and overpopulation is developing affordable spay/neuter options and better education for pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering.

Banixx is working with animal rescue facilities to award monthly spay/neuter certificates for those who cannot afford the surgery. Working through its long-term relationship with Danny & Ron’s Rescue, of Camden, S.C. we are learning how best to fund these initiatives.

Ron Danta says this about Banixx:
“We use Banixx on everything that comes into our care, and, believe me, we see some pretty difficult cases. For all of these cases, we apply Banixx and it just goes to work! We get results in record time and just love the fact that Banixx has no sting and no smell to it. This prevents further angst for our dogs and puppies, who, for the most part, are already traumatized.”

Banixx Donates To America’s Military Working Dog Association

Banixx collaborated with Military Working Dog Team Support Association in order to provide seven cases of Banixx Pet Care to our Military Working Dogs in Afghanistan and several cases for Dog Handlers at the Fort Hood Army Base.  One amazing aspect of the Banixx product is that its efficacy is in no way affected by exposure to heat, sun or freezing; which is also important when shipping to geographic areas where temperature extremes are the norm.  Banixx also has zero odor and zero sting, so it will not raise alarm or cause anxiety for these hard-working members of our military.