Posts Tagged ‘ear infection’

Hot Spots In Dogs

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Hot spots, technically called acute moist dermatitis or canine pyoderma, usually appear as localized, moist reddish sores. Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection. Something irritates your dog’s skin and the irritation becomes itchy, so your dog does the logical thing scratch, lick, or both. Eventually causing a red, ugly oozing sore. Risk What causes your dog to be itchy in the first place? Itchy skin can be caused by a variety of things, such as allergies to food or the surrounding environment and fleas. Factors such as mange, anal gland disease, poor grooming, tick or mosquito bites,…

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Understanding Your Pets Medications & Monitoring

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Whether your dog or cat is taking an antibiotic for a week or two to combat an infection or is on long-term medication for a chronic health condition, monitoring his medicine can help you catch any potential problems early. It can also help you ensure your pet is responding to treatment. It is very important to not only understand your pets medications but also monitor your pets medication intake and response. Understanding Medication Monitoring Keeping track of your pet’s medicine is an important way to make sure they on the way to better health. This process should begin with a…

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The Real Value Of Your Pet’s Annual Exam

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The Real Value of Your Pet’s Annual Exam By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth If you are like many people, you equate your pet’s annual examination with his vaccinations. Indeed, in many cases one visit can serve both functions. Certainly regular vaccinations, heartworm and fecal tests are an important part of maintaining a healthy pet. However, the real value is found in the examination and health history performed by your veterinarian. One way to maximize the value of this visit is to come prepared with a list of questions or observations about your pet. If you have a problem or concern, I…

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Ear Mites! What Are They?

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Ear Mites Even the mention of Ear mites is enough to make a person freak out a little. So, What are they? Ear mites are tiny mites, barely visible to the human eye, that live on the surface of ear canal skin in dogs and cats. They are barely visible to the human eye. An infestation produces a dry brownish ear wax, similar in appearance to coffee grounds. Ear mites are contagious and can travel from the ears of an infected dog to any other dogs in close contact. How will ear mites affect my dog? Dogs who are infected…

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Canine Ear Care – Preventing Ear Infections!

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Importance of Regular Home Dog Ear Care Routine home dog ear care is very important to the health of your dog. Performed between your regular checkups with the veterinarian, it will help keep your dog’s ears healthy and pain free. If you see signs of trouble you may be able to head them off before they require an extra visit to the vet. Excessive wax, foul odor, redness, constant scratching, excessive matting of hair in the external ear, rubbing the ears against other objects, head shaking, and disorientation can all be signs of ear problems. Inspect Your Dog’s Ears Regularly…

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Cat Scratch Fever?

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Cat scratch fever, or cat scratch disease (CSD) as it’s officially known, is passed on most commonly through kittens. Although 40 percent of cats are thought to be carriers of the disease, there is no need to start wearing a contamination suit or shoulder-high protective gloves when going near a cat. Chances of contracting CSD are small, with an estimated 2.5 people out of 100,000 getting infected. Those most likely to contract CSD are children under the age of 10.  Severe infections are extremely rare, and only those with poor immune systems are at a greater risk for complications. CSD…

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