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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

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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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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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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Self Attack: Autoimmune Disease in Pets

A sick pet is a sad thing, no doubt. Even more devastating when the reason for a pet’s illness is their own body! 

Sometimes the amazing and complicated inner workings of biological function can go awry. There are a large number of diseases in which the immune system begins to wage war on its own cells. Autoimmune disease in pets can manifest in several ways, each very different.

When Good Immune Systems Go Bad

Our immune system is essential, designed to protect the body from unwanted and foreign invaders. Autoimmune disease in pets can occur when the body targets a cell or group of cells that is supposed to be there and decides that it is a potential enemy.

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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

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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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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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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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