My new boston puppy has an odor to his ears. It is not putrid or horrible but I want to know if anyone can tell me why or what else I might do. I have cleaned his ears 2x a week with ear cleansing pads and they are very clean you can not see any dirt or mite dirt or anything, my hubby seems to think it might be his food. He eats Royal Canin, that is what the breeder fed so I am working on changing him, but with all the recalls I am having trouble finding something I feel safe with. So I will also take advice on that. On another note on his hind foot he seems to have ripped, cracked or broken his nail on 2 of his toes, I have used syptic powder on it and got the bleeding to stop, took of his collar and tags because I thought he might be catching it in there when he scratched, but It has been broken about 4 days it does not seem to be healing well. So I have not clipped it for fear of hurting him further, but his nails were clipped 2 weeks ago so they are not that long. Any advice is appreciated and I am sorry this is so long.
Plain and simple, I would take him to the vet. It is not unusual for dogs/puppies to break nails when they play. Some dogs often chew on them like we do. Even though you got the bleeding to stop, it is possible he could be devolping an infection. Same with the ears. Sometimes they can have infections very deep inside. It could be normal, but it doesn't hurt to have the vet look at them.
I'm with Illusion on this one. Puppies are much more vulnerable to infections. Also you don't want to let an ear infection become chronic. If that's what it is, treating it now could save you years of trouble down the line.
Good luck with the puppy. Let us know what the vet says.
Speaking on the nail issue, you really should have him checked by a vet. My terrier broke a nail recently, the vet had to clip it off where it was broken, keep it wrapped for a couple days, and put him on antibiotics. They can get infected easily.
ditto everyone else's suggestions. while the nail itself may heal well on its own, there is a strong possibility that it could become infected. also, it will take 3x as long to heal on it's own vs taking the dog to the vet and having it cut back and bandaged.
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Sounds like an ear infection to me, you should probably have the vet check it and see if they want to put the dog on antibiotics.
With the nail, I'd have the vet look at it as well. They can sedate the dog while they clip it, so it is less painful, also they can set it so that it can heal properly. I wouldn't try clipping the nail by myself when it is injured like that - it could cause further injury, it could also be dangerous - some dogs have very sensitive feet, and will bite if they are in pain.
In an emergency, I've heard that baking soda can stop a toenail from bleeding.