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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

What Are the Signs of Pet Allergies?

The signs of pet allergies can be incredibly subtle and they can be mistaken for other skin disorders. Whatever the case may be, a veterinary dermatologist can help you get to the bottom of certain signs.

A Wide Range

At the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic we are dedicated to helping pets cope with allergies, but we also have experience with various conditions like skin cancer, infections, rashes, parasites, tumors, and hair loss (among others). Problems that affect the skin and ears commonly motivate owners to seek help, but fully understanding pet allergies and other skin conditions can be difficult without extensive dermatology training.

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Pet Ear Cleaning: How To Do It, And Why You Should

A white dog sitting against a blue background looks quizzically at the camera.

A regular grooming regimen is a must for pets. Besides keeping them looking and feeling their best, grooming gets you up close and personal with your pet’s skin  and fur, allowing you to easily spot lumps, bumps, parasites, or anything else out of the ordinary.

Along with brushing, bathing, nail trimming, and (hopefully) tooth brushing, pet ear cleaning is an essential part of any grooming regimen. Messing with your pet’s ears may sound daunting, but with a little practice it will become like second nature.

In general, cats typically don’t benefit from having their ears cleaned – instead, check their ears for dirt and debris, and remove any by wiping with a damp cloth.

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Your Best Foot Forward: Paw Problems in Pets

Your pet’s paws are more than just adorable. They are what allows for those romps in the fields, a good swimming session, digging in the dirt, and even some special bonding moments. Who can resist that gentle paw in your lap when you least expect it?

Paws are certainly tough, but they also take a beating. Paws come into close contact with the world around them, and are constantly exposed to moisture, allergens, irritants, and other dangers. It’s no wonder that paw problems in pets aren’t uncommon.

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When Good Skin Goes Bad: Thyroid Disease in Pets

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The thyroid gland can be a very interesting topic. This small gland in the neck area has a lot of power over our bodies. The thyroid plays a major role in regulating metabolism, and when things go awry, there can be consequences..

Thyroid disease in pets can trigger a variety of symptoms, including problems with the skin. The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic  wants pet owners to understand how thyroid problems and skin problems can be intertwined. 

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Not for Everyone: Why Steroids for Pets Aren’t Always the Best

Steroids are pretty amazing drugs. In veterinary medicine they have a lot of positive uses and can be effectively used to treat and manage a wide variety of conditions. 

Steroids for pets have their pros and cons, and should never be used without the guidance of someone who really understands their power. Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to help you treat your animal in the best way possible, whether that includes steroids or not. 

What Steroids for Pets Do

Corticosteroids (not anabolic steroids like athletes sometimes use) include medications like prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and triamcinolone. These substances mimic the hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol is made by our adrenal glands and supports the immune system by fighting inflammation within the body.

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When Shedding Seems Excessive

The best part of pet ownership is all the extra hair – said no one ever. While shedding is an expected part of pet ownership, there are some situations in which the hair in your home is more than normal.

At Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, we know that shedding can be a pain, but we also know how to diagnose and treat excessive shedding.

Normal Hair Growth

It is totally normal for pets to shed hair. No matter if your dog or cat has long hair or short, smooth or wiry, a sleek single coat or a fluffy double, shedding happens. 

Hair grows in a four stage process which includes:

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Of the Many Weird Dog Behaviors, Do You Have a Favorite?

For the most part, dogs are incredibly charming. They snuggle with us, make us laugh, and keep us company when we’re lonely. In short, owning a dog is great for human health. However, dogs can display some truly questionable antics that aren’t always easy to explain.

To help you sort things out, we’ve compiled a list of some weird dog behaviors and what might be driving them.

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Pet Ownership Has a Long and Rich History (and It Just Gets Better!)

Freddie Mercury of Queen was famous for many reasons, but his 10 cats only cared that he doted on them. Truly a hero to cats, Mercury gave his precious felines their own rooms in his London mansion and called to speak to them when he was on the road.

While Mercury certainly wasn’t the most colorful pet owner of the modern age (after all, Salvador Dali owned an ocelot named Babou), he’s a great reminder of the power of pet ownership – and its rich history.

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A Closer Look at Indoor Environmental Pet Allergies

Simply put, dealing with allergies is no fun. To make matters worse, the initial signs of allergies in pets can be confusing. Instead of sneezing, runny eyes, and hay fever, a pet’s allergies are usually expressed dermatologically.

These allergic responses can be cause by either their food or by allergens they are exposed to in their environment. Indoor environmental pet allergies can be especially frustrating to deal with because they can occur at any time of the year.

Understanding and managing triggers can go a long way toward providing relief for your pet.

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Laser Surgery for Pets at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic

Laser surgery for pets suffering from certain skin conditions is one of the innovative ways that Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic and Dr. Duclos strive to provide the best care to our pet patients. Read on to learn why we are so proud to offer expertise in this area.

All About Laser Surgery for Pets

Surgery can often be an intimidating experience for pet owners. Anesthesia, surgical complications, and post-operative healing can all be big worries to overcome. When pets with dermatological conditions need surgery, be it to decrease the size of mass or growth, remove abnormal tissue, or something altogether different, we want to give them the absolute best care possible.

Instead of a traditional scalpel blade we utilize a surgical laser.  Surgical lasers are also called CO2, or carbon dioxide, lasers. They work by discharging electricity through a gas-filled tube, producing a fine stream of infrared light. This light is not visible to the naked eye, but is very powerful and able to cut through most soft tissues.

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