Most dogs and cats show allergies through intensely itchy skin, often on their paws, on the belly, and where the legs meet the body. Most ear infections are secondary to allergies and many pets display their allergies primarily through their ears. Excessive scratching can lead to extremely irritated, broken, and infected skin. Pets often scratch or lick affected areas. Enzymes in saliva can stain the hair, causing a reddish discoloration after excessive licking. Chronic skin irritation can lead to skin changes such as thickening, hardening, or increased pigmentation.
It is important that bacterial and fungal skin infections, skin mites, and other possible causes of skin irritation be ruled out by thorough ... Continue Reading
Ever heard that Parvo can’t be treated? This is a common myth and although Canine Parvovirus is a virus, it can be treated by addressing secondary bacterial infections and symptoms with intensive care. When treated quickly and aggressively, around 90% of parvovirus patients go home happy and fully recovered.
Canine Parvovirus affects puppies and young adult dogs, most of whom are unvaccinated. It causes decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, bacterial infections, and death. Parvo is a very hearty virus and can live in the environment for many months. The virus is spread through direct contact, on food and water bowls, carried on our ... Continue Reading
When we mention arthritis pain, for many owners the first thing that comes to mind is pain medication. However, there are several other natural and less invasive factors that make up a large part of arthritis pain relief.
The basis of arthritis pain management includes 1) a healthy body weight and 2) daily, moderate exercise. These natural management strategies are also good for the patient’s cardiovascular and general health. Patients that are overweight experience more stress and trauma to the joints, which leads to inflammation and pain - painful dogs don’t want to exercise, they gain more weight, and the cycle continues.
Joints are somewhat ... Continue Reading