Causes And Treatments For Your Pet’s Dry Itchy Skin

One of the most common dermatological complaints seen in the veterinary clinic is the presentation of itchy pets with dry, flaky skin. There can be many causes of this common scenario, including inhalant/contact allergies to molds, grasses, trees, pollens, dust mites, etc.  Flea bite allergies and food allergies may also play a role in other itchy pets. Parasites, including ringworm and mange mites are also occasionally seen in the veterinary clinic. Hormonal problems […]

Start Your New Puppy or Kitten on the Path to Good Health

The most critical period in determining future health are the initial steps animal guardians take when adopting new puppies and/or kittens. The first important step is to have a full veterinary exam and evaluation, preferably by a progressive integrative veterinarian who is familiar with both traditional conventional veterinary medicine and complimentary holistic veterinary medicine.  It is critical at this first visit to have a microscopic stool check for intestinal parasites, which are […]

Diarrhea and Vomiting in Pets

Diarrhea and vomiting in pets can have many causes. Especially in young pets, dietary indiscretion/food allergies and intestinal parasites, including roundworms, hookworms and whipworms may cause digestive upset. Particularly in young, stressed animals at pet stores or kennels, coccidia are also common intestinal parasites diagnosed. Foreign body ingestion is always a concern, especially in young and inquisitive pets. Metabolic diseases of the liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestines may also cause diarrhea and/or vomiting. Inflammatory […]

Does My Dog Need Heartworm Prevention in the Winter?

One of the more common questions we receive in the veterinary clinic is whether dogs should be on year-round heartworm prevention, even in the winter and colder months. Over 20 years ago I was taught in veterinary school that the average ambient temperature had to be 65 degrees or higher for 30 days in a row for mosquitoes to become infectious and transmit heartworms to dogs. In most areas of the country […]

Can My Pet Catch a Cold?

A common question asked in the veterinary clinic is whether it is possible for dogs to catch colds and/or also give and transmit colds between humans and their animal companions. As with people, it is possible for pets to catch colds at various times of year. Especially during colder months and/or under periods of emotional or physical stress, dogs are susceptible to acute infectious diseases just like their guardians. Bacteria including bordatella, mycoplasma, […]

Mange in Pets: Demodectic vs. Sarcoptic

There are two common types of mange seen in companion animals. The most frequent type of mange diagnosed is demodectic mange. These mites are found normally in hair follicles on a pet’s skin in low numbers. However, because of genetic deficiencies in younger pets or immunosuppressive diseases in older pets, these mites may multiply on the skin leading to clinical disease. Symptoms of demodex include patchy areas of hair loss, […]

Feline Distemper: Easily Preventable

Feline distemper is a potentially serious and fatal intestinal virus most commonly found in unvaccinated kittens less than one year of age. This virus, more accurately known as panleukopenia, is closely related to parvovirus found in dogs. Symptoms of feline distemper include anorexia, vomiting and/or bloody offensive diarrhea. Rapid weight loss and dehydration is also seen in affected cats. Transmission of this virus is usually through the fecal/oral route, and […]