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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


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.

18 04, 2020

Demodectic Mange

2020-04-28T19:10:03-07:00April 18th, 2020|Cats, Dogs, Skin Conditions|

Demodectic mange (Demodecosis) is caused by an external parasite that is also present in low numbers on healthy animals and pets, including people. Whether or not a pet shows symptoms of this disease depends primarily on their immune status. Since there is no easy test to determine immune status, it is impossible to predict which dog will get this disease, or how well a dog will heal if it shows symptoms of Demodex. It is important to note that the diagnosis of this skin condition, like most skin conditions, cannot be made just by looking at a pet. Diagnostic tests

12 04, 2020

Dog and Cat Cushing’s (Hyperadrenocorticism)

2020-04-28T19:09:13-07:00April 12th, 2020|Cats, Dogs, Skin Conditions|

Cushing's Disease (also known as hyperadrenocorticism- Cushing's is easier to pronounce, so stick with that word) results when the adrenal glands secrete an excess amount of cortisone. It is the most common endocrinopathy (hormone disease) encountered in older canines. This disease is the exact opposite of another endocrine problem in canines called Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism). This is a complex hormonal disease that does not lend itself to a simple explanation or an easy diagnosis. Some pets have the symptoms, yet the tests for Cushing's are negative. Other pets have positive test results, but minimal symptoms that do not warrant treatment.

11 11, 2019

Sarcoptic Mange (Scabies)

2020-04-28T19:38:11-07:00November 11th, 2019|Cats, Dogs, Ferret, Rabbit, Skin Conditions|

Sarcoptic mange (cats get a version called notoedric mange ), commonly know as scabies, is caused by an external parasite called Sarcoptes scabei  that burrows deep into the skin. It commonly occurs in dogs, not so commonly in cats, unless is it notoedric mange), also occurs in foxes, ferrets, rabbits, sheep, goats, cattle, pigs and guinea pigs. It is contagious to other pets and occurs in many different animals. It causes intense itchiness, especially affecting the ear margins, elbows, and face. People can pick up this disease from their pet and show symptoms of itching, but it goes away by itself