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26 04, 2020

Dog and Cat Allergic Dermatitis

2020-05-01T08:37:50-07:00April 26th, 2020|Cats, Dogs, Skin Conditions|

Allergies are a common cause of skin conditions in dogs and cats, along with other species. This type of allergy goes by several names; the most common are atopy, allergic skin disease, or allergic inhalant dermatitis (AID). The main difference between us and dog and cats is that allergies in pets tend to cause skin conditions and ear problems, as opposed to the  runny eyes, runny noses, and sneezing we encounter in people. Symptoms typically include scratching and itching, although many other skin conditions can cause itching. This itching is called pruritus. Allergies can be hard to control and are

25 04, 2020

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

2020-04-28T19:25:39-07:00April 25th, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

IBD is an inflammatory condition of the stomach, small intestines, or large intestines (the gastrointestinal (GI) tract).  It is sometimes called Idiopathic IDB. The Idiopathic part means that the cause of the condition is unknown. IBD tends to be chronic in nature.  It is one of the most common conditions of the gastrointestinal tract diagnosed in pets, especially in cats. Despite its prevalence, it is one of the least understood conditions, especially regarding cause. Some pets respond well to treatment, others do not. Some cases of IBD involve the liver and pancreas. In this case there are 3 diseases occurring, and we

25 04, 2020

Hypothyroidism

2020-04-28T19:24:32-07:00April 25th, 2020|Dogs, Skin Conditions|

The most common hormone problem encountered in dogs is hypothyroidism. It results when the thyroid gland does not secrete an adequate quantity of thyroid hormone called thyroxine. Many internal organs are affected, and the resulting problem depends on which organs are most affected. Cats do not get this problem, but get an opposite problem called hyperthyroidism. Their problem involves excess thyroxine and its effect on the internal organs. Anatomy The thyroid gland is a small gland located at the throat, near what might be termed in people the "adam's apple". It has two lobes, and can be felt with careful palpation.

25 04, 2020

Home Care of the Surgical Patient

2020-04-28T19:23:48-07:00April 25th, 2020|Cats, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Pot Bellied Pigs, Rabbit, Reptile, Tips|

When you pick up your pet after surgery you will be given a chance to talk with our staff, and you will be given post operative instructions specifically for your pet and the surgery performed. These are the instructions to follow. The information on this page is good general information on other things to do at home, as long as they don't contradict your post operative instructions. When your pet first returns home from surgery let it have a calm and quiet spot away from other pets and children. Put it in a warm area without any drafts, and make

25 04, 2020

Ear Infections

2020-04-28T19:13:13-07:00April 25th, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

A common problem in dogs and cats is ear infections. When it occurs in the ear canal it is called otitis externa. As a general observation the canine species tends to have more of a problem with otitis externa than the feline species. Dogs and cats have sensitive ears, and the amount of discomfort and pain they must endure when their ears are infected are not appreciated by most owners. There are many factors working in combination that determine whether or not a pet gets an ear infection. Without addressing the primary  factors in the first place, and without addressing