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11 11, 2019

Sarcoptic Mange (Scabies)

2020-02-10T08:22:31-08:00November 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

11 11, 2019

Cushing’s (Hyperadrenocorticism)

2020-02-10T08:15:34-08:00November 11th, 2019|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 dogs. This disease is the exact opposite of another endocrine problem in dogs called Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism). This detailed page will emphasize Cushing's disease in dogs, with an explanation of how it differs from cats at the end. This is a complex hormonal disease that does not lend itself to a simple explanation or an easy diagnosis. Some pets have the symptoms,

11 11, 2019

Hypothyroidism

2020-02-09T11:07:24-08:00November 11th, 2019|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.

11 11, 2019

Demodectic Mange

2020-02-09T11:00:41-08:00November 11th, 2019|Cats, Dogs, Skin Conditions|

Demodectic mange (Demodecosis) is caused by an external parasite that is also present in low numbers on healthy animals, 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 pets will get this disease, or how well a pet 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 are mandatory

11 11, 2019

Lick Granuloma

2020-01-25T10:37:02-08:00November 11th, 2019|Dogs, Skin Conditions|

A very frustrating skin disease found mostly in dogs is called acral lick dermatitis (ALD), commonly know as a lick granuloma. Dogs with this disease lick incessantly, causing chronic skin lesions of the limbs. Many aspects of ALD are similar to allergic dermatitis in general. This page will give you an opportunity to link to the aspects of the allergic dermatitis page that also apply to ALD. Pathophysiology Constant licking leads to hair loss and irritation of the skin. As the problem progresses the skin becomes ulcerated and infected. As the ulceration progresses nerves become inflamed and the area becomes pruritic