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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

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

A beige colored cat lays on a light brown floor near a cream-colored couch

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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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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Pigeon Pose, Downward Dog Cobra Pose: The Trend in Pet Yoga

Pet YogaYoga is all the rage among the hip and healthy among us, and for good reason. It’s a great way to keep in shape, decrease stress, improve posture and core strength, and gain a sense of peace in a hectic world. From hot yoga to traditional hatha, there are many options for most anyone to choose from, including animal lovers!

Yoga with pets has taken the yoga world by storm after rolling out the first doga (dog yoga) sessions in Barcelona in 1958. Since then, almost every animal imaginable has been invited onto the mat. Pet yoga is definitely a thing, and the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is equally enthusiastic about delving into its many benefits!

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Happy New Year! Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic’s Top 5 Blogs Of 2017

summer pet safetyAs we reflect on another year here at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, we find that we are overflowing with gratitude for our wonderful patients and their families. We are steadfast in our goal to continue to provide exceptional care for your pets, along with relevant and up-to-date pet care information for you.

Speaking of information, we are thrilled that so many of you are reading our educational blogs! With that in mind, we are pleased to present the top 5 most popular blog articles of 2017!

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An Earful About Pet Ear Care

pet ear careOur pets rely on their hearing more than we do as humans, and caring for their ears is quite important. They may look different from patient to patient, but the ears are responsible for hearing, balance, and communication. Learn what the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic needs you to know about pet ear care.

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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Bacteria in Veterinary Medicine

bacteriaThe world around you is teeming with life. You know about a lot of it, be it your trusty canine companion curled at your feet or the blooming pot of flowers on your windowsill. Most of it, however, is not visible to the naked eye. Like it or not, bacteria and other microscopic life are a huge part of the world.

In our world, these tiny life forms can make you or break you. Bacteria in veterinary medicine can be some of our biggest foes, but most of them are our greatest allies. Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic spends a large part of our day not only fighting off bad bacteria but helping to protect the good bacteria.

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