THE RETURN OF MEDICAL INTEGRITY excerpt from a Canine Skin Solutions Press Release featured in the Boston Globe and Miami Herald

THE RETURN OF MEDICAL INTEGRITY excerpt from a Canine Skin Solutions Press Release featured in the Boston Globe and Miami Herald

I read it on-line, I saw it in a magazine, I heard it on television…….so……..it must be true!  Is it?  Not necessarily. That answer is unfortunate but true. Most of the information that is circulating is not “peer reviewed” or accurate.  There may be enough factual information in the content that it sounds feasibleand thus the confusion circulates.  Many writers of this “less than factual” information may have gleaned facts from other sources and extrapolated the information incorrectly.  Others have simply avoided science or “fact checking” and prefer to disseminate opinions.  It is very difficult for the average reader to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction or something in-between the two. 

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Are you treating your dog’s allergy correctly? Are you “old school”? (Part 2)

Are you treating your dog’s allergy correctly?

               Are you “old school”? (Part 2)

 

2015 Updated Guidelines for the treatment of Allergies from the International Committee on Allergic Diseases in Animals (ICADA): guidelines are updated every 5 years

Check out these additional 10 updates in Part 2 to make sure you are current!

 

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Healthy Dog = Healthy Skin: Understanding why ROUTINE BLOOD TESTS are an important tool!

Your Veterinary Dermatologist is first and foremost a veterinarian; just one with extra training (an additional 3 years) in a specialty!  We are tasked with not only promoting and maintaining healthy skin but also supporting your dog’s overall health.  There are many skin diseases that involve internal organs such as the liver and kidney.  Those internal diseases may actually provide the first clue that something is wrong via the presence of skin disease. So, skin disorders are not always only “skin deep”!  For example, a dog with crusting and ulcerations of the footpads might actually have a disease called Hepatocutaneous Syndrome or Superficial Necrolytic Dermatitis, which is a disease that also affects the liver.   A mass on the digit (paw) might indicate cancer originating in the chest (bronchogenic adenocarcinoma).  It is important to make sure the entire dog is healthy…not just the skin!

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What is Your Allergy IQ?

Dogs absorb allergens through their skin.  Exposure to allergens via inhalation or breathing is not a primary issue in the dog while in people it is a major problem!

This explains why bathing is so important in our canine allergy patients.  Bathing helps remove allergens from the surface of the skin and thus decreases exposure to potential triggers.  Wiping your dog’s paws after a walk outside is also beneficial.

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DOES YOUR DOG NEED A GRAIN FREE DIET?

Pet parents have access to more information than ever and one of the things they care deeply about is feeding the best diet for their dog. Grain free dog foods are currently very popular and are often touted as a way to help your dog’s chronic skin problems. But will they help your dog’s skin disease? Are grain free diets generally healthier for your dog than other available pet foods? Let’s take a closer look at these questions.

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