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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

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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The Pollen Problem: A Closer Look at Spring Allergies in Pets

With Spring in the air, it means trees, grasses, and flowers everywhere are in bloom. While this is a welcome change in weather, those who suffer from spring allergies may have a slightly different outlook.

Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only ones who are affected by the change in season. Many pets experience seasonal allergies, although the symptoms they display can be quite different. The more you know about spring allergies in pets, the better equipped you’ll be to get your companion the help they need.

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The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic’s Top 5 Veterinary Blogs of 2018

Savvy pet owners know how overwhelming it can be to take in all of the available information in the age of the Internet. You could literally spend days trying to sort through news stories, new scientific studies, veterinary blogs, and Facebook posts to try to find the best information.

Thankfully, pet owners in Washington state are catching on to the fact that the professionals at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic have done a lot of the hard work for you already. Get yourself up to speed by catching up on our top five veterinary blogs of 2018.

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Myth Busters: The Allergic Pet Edition

At Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic we enjoy a good myth-busting blog. It is so much fun to see common misconceptions debunked. We are no strangers to battling misinformation in our day-to-day job either, so we decided to embark on our own myth busting session specific to the allergic pet.

Common Myths About the Allergic Pet

When we sit down with pet parents at their animal’s appointments, we hear lots of common misconceptions. While we are sure that there are others, some of the most frequent myths that we must debunk include:

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Corn Chips, Anyone? Why Your Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos

“Why do my pet’s paws smell like Fritos?” This is a surprisingly common question that we get here at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic. No, you aren’t imagining things and, no, your dog isn’t getting into your stash of salty treats (at least, we hope not!).

We believe strongly in empowering pet owners with as much knowledge as possible about their pets. Whether it helps identify a future health problem or is just a fun bit of party trivia, finding out why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos is worth the effort!

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No Sun? No Problem! Rainy Day Activities for Pets

Rainy day activities for pets can help with pet exercise and pet boredom.Most of us enjoy engaging in outdoor activities with our pets when the weather is nice, but what about those days when it’s raining cats and dogs? Are there any rainy day activities for pets that will keep your four-legged pal occupied indoors? Yes! Check out these ideas that are sure to keep your pet entertained no matter the forecast.

The Benefits of Being Active

More than 50% of pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese, so it’s essential to stay active – even during inclement weather. Mental activity is also important to stave off boredom, which can lead to a host of behavioral issues. Keeping your pet engaged both physically and mentally is better for everyone’s health and happiness. Continue…

Pet Safety in Your Own Backyard

Outdoor pet safety keeps your pet safe in the yard and garden, all year longFor pet owners who have a yard, it’s important to consider certain factors such as size and accessibility. If a four-legged friend is very lucky, they’ll also have someplace to enjoy a good nap and take in scenic views of wildlife. As an extension of your home, backyards are usually safe for pets provided they’re fully fenced, reinforced, and gated. But what about not-so-obvious dangers to pet safety?

Pest-Free Zone

We all like to think our backyards are clean and pest/parasite-free, but, unfortunately, we can’t control the great outdoors. We can, however, do our part to reduce the impact bugs have on our lives. Continue…