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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

Compare/Contrast: The Benefits of Veterinary Bloodwork

A cat visits the vet.

If your pet appears to be the absolute picture of health, drawing and testing their blood may seem unnecessary. However, information that is gained at peak health (known as baseline values) can help prevent future health problems. Comparing and contrasting veterinary bloodwork with earlier baseline values can go a long way to protect your pet’s long-term health and vitality. 

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How to Tell if Your Pet is in Pain

Dog laying on the couch.

No one likes being in pain, including our pets. Fortunately, veterinary medicine has come a long way in regards to understanding and managing pain in animals. It’s well known that pets feel pain in much the same way as humans, and that chronic pain can impede healing and affect their quality of life.

Our pets may not have the words to express how they’re feeling, but there are plenty of ways an astute pet owner can tell if their pet is in pain. 

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Say What? All About the Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

A reverse sneeze may sound like something of a myth, but if you have ever encountered it, it’s unmistakable. It’s true that our dogs make weird noises, but the reverse sneeze is quite distinct. That “honk” and “wheeze” that comes on suddenly can cause great worry in a loving pet owner. It sounds, in fact, like your pet is gasping for air or having a seizure.

While it can be frightening to witness, in most cases the reverse sneeze is harmless. The team at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic takes a closer look at the reverse sneeze in dogs and what you can do to help your four-legged friend.

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What To Do? Is it a Pet Poisoning or Allergic Reaction

When your pet is in distress, it is easy to panic. For some, this means turning to the Internet to try and decipher what is happening and what to do. The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic wants to remind you, though, that if you have an established veterinary care team (or even if you don’t) you have some of the best resources available to assess your pet’s situation, right at your fingertips.

Many problems are hard to differentiate based on symptoms alone. Instead of sitting at home asking online forums if you might be dealing with a pet poisoning or an allergic reaction, turn to the expert – your veterinary staff. 

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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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