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Parasite Prevention for Pets

Parasite prevention for pets.

External parasites can cause major discomfort and occasionally serious potential health concerns for your pets. In order to properly protect your pet from these unwanted visitors, it is important to understand how parasites can affect your pet’s health. The team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to help you determine how to keep your pets safe from a wide range of parasites.

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Compare/Contrast: The Benefits of Veterinary Bloodwork

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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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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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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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