Category: Skin

I found a lump on my animal's skin. Is it cancer?

I found a lump on my animal's skin. Is it cancer?
Lumps and Bumps in your Pet
Finding a lump or a bump in your pet which you have never noticed before, can cause serious worry for pet owners. This article will highlight what to watch out for when to take your pet to the vet and the process veterinarians follow when approaching any lump found on a pet. Firstly, it is al...
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My Boerboel with its long tail really looks strange. I much prefer a Boerboel with a short tail.

My Boerboel with its long tail really looks strange. I much prefer a Boerboel with a short tail.
Tail Docking in dogs - Why we as vets do not routinely do it anymore
To start off with let’s define what we are talking about when we are talking about tail docking in dogs. Tail docking from a veterinary perspective refers to a surgical procedure done to puppies between the ages of 3 to 5 days old, where a portion or partial length of the tail is amputa...
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Is Tick Fever and Tick Bite Fever the same disease in dogs?

Is Tick Fever and Tick Bite Fever the same disease in dogs?
Erlichiosis (Tick bite fever) in dogs
It is not. Tick fever or Babesios in dogs, is not the same disease as Tick bite fever or Erlichioses. Both diseases are transmitted to dogs by ticks, but they are caused by two totally different organisms or parasites and the clinical signs, progress and treatment are very different. To furth...
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My cat has pimples!

My cat has pimples!
Feline Acne
Feline acne is a common skin condition in cats. Cats of any age can be affected, and there is no breed or sex predisposition. Cats are often presented to the veterinarian with the complaint of ‘dirt on the cat’s chin, that the owner cannot remove after attempts to clean it’ ...
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Can I treat my pet's wound at home?

Can I treat my pet's wound at home?
Wound Care at Home
When managing wounds at home it is important to always contact your veterinarian for assistance. Many home and even human wound remedies are not suitable for use in pets. Determining factors in deciding whether a wound can be treated at home or needs veterinary care includes the severity and age ...
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"Crocodile Mite" skin disease in dogs and cats

Demodectic mange in dogs and cats
Demodex is a mite that lives in the hair follicles of most mammals. It is species specific which means that different types of animals, including humans, have their own type of mite. It is a normal inhabitant of the skin and is most commonly not contagious. The mite is usually passed on to puppie...
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Ear Infections in Your Pet

Ear Infections in Your Pet
Ear infection
Ear infections are common in dogs, and to a lesser degree in cats. The anatomy of the animal predisposes them to this condition. The ear canal of the dog and cat follows the shape of an “L”, going first downwards and then horisontally. This shape makes it difficult for debris and wa...
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Scratch scratch scratch - Part 2 of 2

Scratch scratch scratch - Part 2 of 2
Skin conditions
In the first part of this two-part series we looked at the complexity of itching and scratching in pets and the fact that although the symptoms eventually manifest in the same way i.e. itching and scratching,  there could be many different causes for it. Itching or pruritis, as vets call it,...
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Scratch scratch scratch - Part 1 of 2

Scratch scratch scratch - Part 1 of 2
Skin conditions
Vets often hear this complaint in the examination room, where clients complain about the incessant itching and scratching of their pets. This is a more common complaint with dogs where the nightly thump, thump, thump of a hind limb hitting the floor keeps the owner and the dog awake for hours. If...
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The infallible flea

The infallible flea
Fleas
Fleas are the most common pests on our pets. The immature stages (larvae, pupae) can survive for a long time in crevices, sofas, dog beds and carpets, just waiting for the right circumstances (e.g. heat, humidity) to hatch and cause mayhem. Then they not only irritate our pets but can also cause ...
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