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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

Say What? Common Ear Problems in Pets

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At the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, we’re no strangers to ear and skin issues. These types of problems often go hand in hand because the skin lining the external ear canal is the same as on the rest of the body. Ear problems in pets are quite common, but thankfully we are well equipped to handle them!

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Introducing A New Pet To Your Existing Pets

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Bringing home a new furry loved one is an exciting time. Our own enthusiasm, though, can get in the way of how our existing pets will respond. 

One big happy family, right? Not all of the time, unfortunately. 

Our pets are creatures of habit (just like us) and a change can result in a less than successful meeting when done too quickly, or without careful planning.

It’s important to make this change a positive experience for the new pet and your existing loveable companions. This is why the team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic wants to give you some suggestions for successfully introducing a new pet to the mix.

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The Most Feline of Frustrations: Hairballs in Cats

Often discussed and more often joked about, cats do seem to have a knack for vomiting on your new rug or upchucking on an expensive leather sofa. Many a pet owner has woken up to the unmistakable sounds of a kitty throwing up. And it’s true, cats tend to be pukers.

When the problem becomes more than occasional, though, it is only natural to go searching for solutions to this messy problem. Hairballs in cats aren’t always as simple as they seem, and the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic wants to be sure that you know how to help your cat (and your rug). 

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A Pup of a Different Color: Hyperpigmentation in Dogs

It certainly is a little alarming to see color changes to your dog’s skin. Pigment changes in people can be caused by things like cancer, so when your little white dog starts developing dark skin, it is only natural to be concerned. 

At the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, knowing a pet’s skin is our job. Hyperpigmentation in dogs is something that we see frequently, and we are happy to help pet owners understand.

Pigmentary Primer

Just like with our skin, dark pigment in a dog’s skin is the result of melanin production. It is normal for dogs to have more melanin in certain areas of their skin. Generally, darker areas of skin produce darker fur. Some breeds, such as the arctic breeds, have dark skin as well.

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All About Animal Dermatology

When it comes to human medicine, it’s possible to find a specialist for nearly every aspect of health and just about every illness out there – but did you know that there are a huge variety of veterinary specialists, too? While most are familiar with the classic family vet, there are actually 41 different veterinary specialties that currently exist. 

At Animal Skin & Allergy Clinic, animal dermatology is our specialty, and we’re excited to share with you what it means to be a veterinary dermatologist and everything that we can help with.

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The Scratchiest Season: Does Your Pet Have Pollen Allergies

From lawn mowers buzzing to big, beautiful blossoms, spring and summer bring great outdoor opportunities, yard and garden prep, and, oh yeah, allergies.

Many of us suffer from the sneezing season often brought on by pollens, grasses, mold, and you name it. But if your pet has been itching more than usual, they, too, may suffer from this affliction. Instead of the respiratory syndrome that we see in people, cats and dogs most commonly present with skin issues.

Pollen is one of the environmental allergens that cause a reaction in some pet companions. Does your pet have pollen allergies? Read on to learn more from the team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic.

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Sneezes, Itches, and Bites: How Seasonal Changes Affect Pets

Has the changing weather had an impact on how you are feeling? Seasonal allergies are a common theme this time of year, along with more mosquitoes, ticks, flies, fleas, and the like. 

This is true for our pet companions too. Like us, pets are making the shift into a new season, too. The great news is that this can be an amazing time of year for both exercise and activities in the great outdoors – if you keep your pet protected.

The team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to explain how seasonal changes affect pets and what you can do to keep your pet safe and feeling their best.

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In Our Veterinary Waiting Room, A Little Goes a Long Way

No one likes to wait, and yet, our lives are simply full of waiting. Sometimes, the result of waiting has a sweet or satisfying reward, but generally speaking, waiting can be stressful.

When pets are forced into their carriers or coerced on their leashes to attend an appointment, nerves in our veterinary waiting room can be palpably felt. With a little extra consideration and emotional management, there are ways to reduce anxiety and improve not only your pet’s experience – but that of other waiting pets, too!

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Breathing Trouble: Asthma in Cats and Dogs 

Have you noticed breathing difficulty with your furry loved one as the weather warms? Or an increase in coughing, sneezing, and general lethargy? They may have asthma, or a related respiratory illness. 

Asthma can make your pet feel under the weather, as well as experience lowered immunity. The team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to explain this condition and how to help your pet feel better.

What Is Pet Asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory illness that can be serious in some pets. Cats are more likely to develop asthma than dogs, but both species are susceptible. Small breed dogs tend to experience asthma more often than large dogs. 

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How to Enjoy the Spring and Avoid a Pet Poisoning 

Spring is just around the corner! You and your pet may be heartily anticipating longer days, but more outside time can increase exposure to potential threats. This begs the question: is your backyard free of hazards

Beyond potentially poisonous chemicals like bait, fertilizers or pesticides, the plants about to pop through top soil could result in a pet poisoning. To create an environment that ensures their well-being (and all but guarantees spring pet safety), we must establish a proactive approach to dangerous springtime plants.

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