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Ear Infection Update

Bruiser was getting ear infections on a regular basis. One thing the vet did mention as a possible cause was allergies. Of course, without going through the gamut of testing, we were going to be challenged to find out what he was actually allergic to.

The one thing that sat at the top of my list of potential causes of Bruiser's allergies in the other house was the carpeted areas. When we were renovating and I lifted the carpet in the family room, the dust that came flying out was unbelievable. And this was a carpet I vacuumed at least twice a week.

When we began building our new house, my husband said I could do whatever I wanted since it was his idea to move to the country. As I was working with the builder and designing the home, I told my husband I was not having any carpet. He was a bit shocked at first...not even in the bedroom? he asked. I said no...none. He said he didn't like waking up in the morning and have his feet hitting the cold floor. I said I'd buy him a mat or a small area rug for the floor on his side of the bed that I could take outside and beat the dust out of or toss if it got too dusty. In the end, he reluctantly agreed to my plan and I put laminate and tile throughout the house, even in the bedrooms. The only rugs I have are one area rug in the living room and one mat at the front door. That's it.

And guess what happened? The dogs (and humans!) are not sneezing anymore. And Bruiser has not had another ear infection. The last time I saw him scratching at his ear was because he had a couple of mosquito bites. When the floor gets dusty, I see the dust right away, grab my trusty Swiffer mop and the dust is gone. Problem solved.

In this photo, the boys are spending time in one of their favorite places - the sunny deck.


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