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.Read More
Hot Spot: A Pet's Dermatology Blog
Dog allergies can be caused by the same allergens that cause your allergies. Yes, the family cat can be a problem but other allergens are more likely. Allergens are substances that trigger an inappropriate (exaggerated) response from your pet’s immune system. Allergic pets tend to scratch, rub, scoot, bite, and lick their skin as well as experience recurrent skin and ear infections. You can significantly reduce your pet’s allergic symptoms by making simple environmental changes.Read More
Summer season means Ticks too! Here’s how keep your dog SAFE!
Yes, ticks give most people the willies – they are a member of the spider family (arachnids not insects). Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and unfortunately can also transmit diseases to our dogs and us. Lyme disease is typically the most common tick-borne disease people worry about.Read More
Some people love the smell of “puppy toes” which is typically a rather subtle odor. At other times, doggy odor is quite stinky and pungent and not so “pleasurable”! Here are seven facts about dog odor you absolutely NEED to know.Read More
First, there are many diseases that can cause your dog to lick, bite, chew, scoot, and scratch! Allergies, of course, being the one that immediately comes to mind and it is likely the most common. That said, we cannot simply forget the other causes of intense itchy skin, such as scabies mites and even yeast infections. Effectively treating skin disease is like “peeling an onion”. You need to treat each “layer” of the problem in a systematic pattern in order to reach the underlying core. Reaching the “core” will allow you to devise a plan to prevent recurrence. All too often, dogs are treated with a “shot gun” approach or “poly-pharmacy” approach. You receive a bag of medications or a variety of shots to treat all “potential” problems. This technique is frustrating for you, the pet parent. You might see immediate relief BUT as soon as the meds have worn off……the problem returns! You need to systematically “peel the onion”Read More
Coconut oil supplementation seems to be the current trending fad in both human and veterinary medicine. Health care, nutrition/diets, and nutritional supplement fads are an unfortunate fact of life! The miracle cure is always right around the corner!Read More
As we covered in part I last week- we know that flea allergy is one of the most common causes of itching in dogs! Flea allergy dermatitis occurs when dogs develop sensitivity the bite of fleas. Interestingly, dogs and cats that are not allergic to flea bites develop lesions or itching from the bites. So… contrary to popular belief not all dogs with fleas itch!Read More
There is a fine line between cleaning your dog’s ears too much and not enough! Not only is the frequency of cleaning important but also the actual method or process used. The technique and appropriate cleanser are often determined by the cause of the otitis. Some cases of otitis are too painful for cleaning at home during the initial phases of therapy. The choice in cleansers is typically made based on the type of secondary infection (i.e. yeast vs. bacteria).Read More
Flea allergy is one of the most common causes of itching in dogs! Flea allergy dermatitis occurs when dogs develop sensitivity the bite of fleas. Interestingly, dogs and cats that are not allergic to flea bites develop lesions or itching from the bites. So… contrary to popular belief not all dogs with fleas itch!