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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

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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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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Not for Everyone: Why Steroids for Pets Aren’t Always the Best

Steroids are pretty amazing drugs. In veterinary medicine they have a lot of positive uses and can be effectively used to treat and manage a wide variety of conditions. 

Steroids for pets have their pros and cons, and should never be used without the guidance of someone who really understands their power. Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to help you treat your animal in the best way possible, whether that includes steroids or not. 

What Steroids for Pets Do

Corticosteroids (not anabolic steroids like athletes sometimes use) include medications like prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and triamcinolone. These substances mimic the hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol is made by our adrenal glands and supports the immune system by fighting inflammation within the body.

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