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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

Your Pet’s Biggest Protector: the Pet Skin Function in the Immune System

Cat climbing treeDid you know that your skin is your largest organ? The same is true for most animals, including our pets. It is one of the most important, and varied, organs we have however we tend to take it a little for granted. Among other things, the pet skin function is the first line of defense in the immune system. And, when it is negatively impacted by health problems, it can cause serious trouble.

Skin Deep

The skin has many important functions. It holds everything together, provides a nice barrier to the outside world, helps regulate temperature, aids in sensation, makes vitamin D, and is even part of the immune system. Skin is part of what is known as the integumentary system which also includes hair, scales, feathers, nails, and hooves. This system is the protective layer of the body that works to try to keep harmful things out and hold the important things in. Continue…

Spring Has Sprung: Springtime Activities For Pets

Woman plays with her dogSpring has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest! The rainy season may not be quite over yet (is it ever really “over”?) but the telltale signs of spring are everywhere you turn these days.

Chances are, you and your pet are more than ready to get out and smell the cherry blossoms, and we don’t blame you! We’ve put together a list of our favorite springtime activities for pets (and their people) sure to please everyone! Continue…

Medication for Pets: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

Dog and pills.Medicine is a huge part of modern day culture. It is difficult to imagine a time before you could pop an Advil for a headache or when people died of the most routine of ailments.

People are not the only ones to benefit from these modern advances. Pets and animals of all kinds live longer, healthier lives thanks to these beneficial compounds. Medication for pets is an essential part of veterinary medicine today, and we are thankful for the benefits provided to us through modern pharmacology. Continue…

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Spring is in the Air: Managing Spring Pet Allergies

ASAC_iStock_000006980535_LargeEven though Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow this year, spring is still right around the corner – especially here in the Pacific Northwest. While we all may be looking forward to some warmer temperatures, the change in seasons often comes with changing allergy symptoms.

Spring pet allergies can be challenging but, with a little preparation, you can prepare to manage your pet’s symptoms in the months ahead.

What Causes Spring Allergies?

Pets can be allergic to many things, including pollens from trees and grasses. The start of the spring allergy season is brought on by the increase of pollen in the air as plants begin to come out of their winter dormant period. This starts a little earlier in the Pacific Northwest than in many other areas of the country, due to the mild weather of the region. Continue…

Focus: Pet Obesity and its Effects on Your Pet’s Skin

iStock_000020587236_LargeSadly, obesity is a big problem in this country for both pets and people alike. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over half the pets in the United States are overweight or obese. While pudgy pets may look cute, the problem is far from pretty.

How Can I Tell if My Pet is Obese?   

Obesity is simply the accumulation of excess body fat. We are accustomed to seeing pets who are overweight so it can be more difficult than it would seem to determine if your family friend is packing a little more than he or she should be. Try to look objectively at your pet by: Continue…

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Autumn Pet Allergies

young Australian shepherd playing with leavesJust as it is for many people, autumn can be a difficult season for pets that suffer from allergies, too. Animals who suffer from allergies can have flare ups at any time of the year, however many pets tend to have a harder time of it as the weather shifts into fall.

Flea Allergies in Pets

Fleas are annoying to any animal. However, pets who suffer from an allergy to flea bites (flea allergic dermatitis) have reactions that are much more serious than the average pet. Just as certain people react more intensely to a mosquito bite than others, there are pets whose reaction to a flea bite is very intense as well. Flea season tends to peak in the fall in many areas, making this type of allergy a big concern. Continue…