you are right. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a dog alone for too long, and the idea of having two dogs is no better. Instead of one dog getting bored, you will have two dogs that are bored and potentially abused together. While it is possible to work when you already have a dog (you can use the services of dog walking and dog day care to help), it doesn’t make sense to choose to head to dog ownership when you know you will be expected to be out of the house all day.
One option you might consider is a website called https://www.borrowmydoggy.com/. You pay an annual subscription of €12.99 per year, and you can then choose from a group of dogs in your area whose owners would like to take for walks (they pay €45 per year for this). This will allow you to have an ongoing friendship with a dog, and enjoy being with him, without the added commitment of caring for him full time.
An ear infection, technically known as otitis externa, is one of the most common reasons some dogs visit the vet. There are many possible causes, but in spaniel, it is often associated with the design of the ears (warm, moist air is trapped beneath the long, hairy ear flap, creating an ideal environment for bacteria and yeasts to thrive). Allergies also play a role in many cases (the lining of the ear is an extension of the skin, just as allergies to pollen and dust can cause itchy skin, and thus can cause itchy ears).
The only answer is to fully engage with your vet, requesting detailed work out which could include taking swabs from the ears (to check for unusual and resistant bacteria) and allergy testing. You may also wish to request a referral to a veterinarian who has a special interest in this skin condition (eg https://www.skinvet.ie/). Many dogs like Maggie need ongoing anti-inflammatory medication (daily tablets or monthly injections), along with special ear drops, and regular ear cleanings (eg twice a week) to maintain optimum ear health.
Myxomatosis is a terrible disease with a mortality rate very close to 100% for unvaccinated rabbits. Attempting to treat infected wild rabbits will simply cause them to suffer longer before their inevitable death. And remember that closeness to humans is very stressful for all wild creatures, even if outwardly they seem docile and wonderful.
In addition, the longer infected rabbits roam the countryside, the more the disease will spread. It is very sad, but the best option is to euthanize infected rabbits as quickly as possible. All pet rabbit owners need to ensure their pets are fully vaccinated and bolstered as needed to ensure they are protected in the event of accidental contact with an infected wild rabbit.
You are right to adjust his food bowl as I did: this can sometimes happen due to allergies to plastic or debris that could come in contact with his lower lip. You might also consider changing his food completely to a special hypoallergenic (non-allergic) diet that your vet can provide, in case this is some type of food allergy. It is also possible to repeat injuries from cat fights: if it has not already been neutered, you must do it (neutering reduces fighting behavior by 80%).
Other possible causes include environmental allergies to plants or pollen, which often need regular anti-inflammatory medication to keep them under control, as well as dental diseases that sometimes require tooth extraction with infected roots. Tumors are another possibility, though rare. Talk to your vet, and if this persists, a biopsy of the swollen area is sometimes the only way to make a definitive diagnosis of the cause of the problem.
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