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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

More Than Buds and Blooms: Spring Pet Safety Tips Yield Sweet Results

pet groomingIt’s time to get motivated! Spring has officially sprung, and the honey-do lists are filling up fast. There’s so much to do, and when the weather is accommodating, there’s no stopping us from cleaning, gardening, and building. In the midst of all these activities, spring pet safety can take a back seat – but not if we can help it!

More time spent outside is always a good thing for pets. Increased exercise plus environmental enrichment almost always equals a happier animal – but there are certain risks involved in outdoor access.

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An Earful About Pet Ear Care

pet ear careOur pets rely on their hearing more than we do as humans, and caring for their ears is quite important. They may look different from patient to patient, but the ears are responsible for hearing, balance, and communication. Learn what the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic needs you to know about pet ear care.

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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Bacteria in Veterinary Medicine

bacteriaThe world around you is teeming with life. You know about a lot of it, be it your trusty canine companion curled at your feet or the blooming pot of flowers on your windowsill. Most of it, however, is not visible to the naked eye. Like it or not, bacteria and other microscopic life are a huge part of the world.

In our world, these tiny life forms can make you or break you. Bacteria in veterinary medicine can be some of our biggest foes, but most of them are our greatest allies. Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic spends a large part of our day not only fighting off bad bacteria but helping to protect the good bacteria.

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Battle of the Dermatology Titans: Differences Between Atopica, Apoquel, and Cytopoint

Allergies are never fun for anyone. When it comes to animals with allergies, there is no magic solution that works for every pet. Oftentimes, managing allergy problems can require a bit of trial and error to find out what works, and there are a variety of medications and products we may recommend.

Sometimes systemic medications are the foundation of successful management of itchiness, one of the most common allergy symptoms. Three of the more frequently used medications that we reach for at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic may give the same end result, but the differences between Atopica, Apoquel, and Cytopoint are quite dramatic.

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The Dreaded Itch: Combating Winter Allergies in Pets

Curious Calico CatThere are many factors at play when it comes to maintaining our skin. Thanks to the cold, windy winter weather, not to mention the dry heat found inside most homes and businesses, our skin can become dry and itchy. The same is true for our pets, especially those who already suffer from allergies.

Winter allergies in pets is a common condition, but, fortunately, there are a variety of tactics you can use to help your pet feel more comfortable when temperatures drop.
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Happy New Year! Our Top Five Blogs of 2016

Although you may not need a festive party hat or noise makers for our end of year countdown, if you want to understand more about your pet’s skin health and general wellbeing, you’ve come to the right place!

The team at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic has been working hard to offer our clients and other pet owners information to give their pets the very best. And, we hope our blog has been on your pet related reading list!

With topics such as food allergies in pets, why skin health is so important, and even light-hearted tips for taking the cutest photo of your fur friend, we have your pet health questions covered.

Without further ado, here are our top five blogs of 2016!

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Getting Rid of Ringworm and Other Fungal Infections in Pets

Fungal infections in pets are no fun. There are a variety of fungal organisms that can cause problems for our four-legged friends. Read on to learn about fungal infections in pets and how we can combat them.

Yeast Dermatitis

Yeast, which is a common fungus, is a frequent offender when it comes to skin and ear infections. Pets who have an overgrowth of yeast organisms on the skin are often itchy, scaly, and smelly. If the infection is long-standing they may even develop a characteristic thickened, elephant-like appearance to the skin.

Yeast organisms live on the skin all the time, but may grow out of control under extenuating circumstances. Any condition where there is increased oil production, such as an allergic flare-up, can lead to a yeast overgrowth. The most frequent yeast organism that lives on the skin of our pets is Malassezia.

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Remaining on the Path of Fall Pet Safety

Black dog and maple leaf, autumnThe remaining weeks of the year also happen to be some of the best, and we can almost visualize the age-old cornucopia offering autumn’s abundance. To fully enjoy all that the season has to offer, though, risks to your pet must be avoided. Pet emergencies are not uncommon between Halloween and New Year’s, making fall pet safety a top priority.

Fall Toxins

There are lots of natural items, such as seeds, nuts, leaves, vegetables, or roots that are scattered all over during the fall. The good news is that even if your pet is tempted to sample or chew on various plants, most are completely harmless.
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Acne in Cats

Closeup of tabby cat faceMany of us have experienced having acne at least once in our life. The blemish usually pops up at the most inconvenient of times, and in a very visible spot on your face. In humans, a break-out can be caused by anything from stress, to clogged pores, to changes in hormone levels, but did you know that your cat can also get acne? Read on to find out more about how this skin condition affects our feline friends.

Breaking Out

Cat acne is an inflammatory dermatitis that affects the chin and lips. Some cats only experience it once; however it can be a recurring problem for others. While it is unknown exactly what causes a break-out, it is thought that it could be a disorder of normal skin turnover and development, poor grooming, abnormal oil production, immunosuppression, viral infection, or stress. It can occur at any age, or in any breed. Some of the signs of cat acne include the following: Continue…

Your Pet’s Biggest Protector: the Pet Skin Function in the Immune System

Cat climbing treeDid you know that your skin is your largest organ? The same is true for most animals, including our pets. It is one of the most important, and varied, organs we have however we tend to take it a little for granted. Among other things, the pet skin function is the first line of defense in the immune system. And, when it is negatively impacted by health problems, it can cause serious trouble.

Skin Deep

The skin has many important functions. It holds everything together, provides a nice barrier to the outside world, helps regulate temperature, aids in sensation, makes vitamin D, and is even part of the immune system. Skin is part of what is known as the integumentary system which also includes hair, scales, feathers, nails, and hooves. This system is the protective layer of the body that works to try to keep harmful things out and hold the important things in. Continue…