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Dysecdysis or Improper Reptile Shedding

This week I saw a young Bearded Dragon who had lost a piece of his tail. When I first saw him, the damaged portion of his tail was just hanging on and the new tip was exposed. Many things can result in tail injuries in reptiles. These include things such as: Accidental Trauma (Getting caught [...]

Dangers of Obesity and Excess Weight in Pets

According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association 35% of pets were considered overweight in 2005.  This is definitely a cause for concern.  Just as in humans, that excess weight can be very dangerous for our furry companions and can lead to a shortened life expectancy.  This is where you come in.  Your pets need your help to [...]

POLYCYTHEMIA

I have been asked to write a little bit about a condition called polycythemia. This is a condition of red blood cells. If we break down the word we can find the definition of the condition. Poly = Many Cyt = Cell Heme = blood. Literally polycythemia is a condition in which there are too many [...]

Diabetes Mellitus in Cats and Dogs

Diabetes Mellitus in Cats and Dogs  Most of us know at least a little bit about Diabetes Mellitus in humans but did you know that cats and dogs can develop Diabetes Mellitus as well? Diabetes Mellitus is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and it affects cats and dogs as [...]

Ear Infections in pets

One of the most frustrating things that my clients complain about is the pet who can not stop scratching his ear.  They will scratch all night keeping everyone awake.  No one is comfortable and most definitely the pet. The most likely reason for this is an ear infection.  This occurs when the yeast and bacteria [...]

Dermatitis or The Itchy Dog

As the weather becomes colder here in Southern Ontario I am seeing fewer itchy dogs, however there are those who do not find relief from this annual freeze.  The itchy dog is one of the most frustrating types of patients in my profession.  The dog is uncomfortable and finds it hard to find relief and the owners are concerned about [...]

Have Fun in the Sun but Beware of Summer Hazards

Do we really need to be reminded that dogs shouldn’t be left in cars in the summer?  I wish we didn’t but unfortunately there are still deaths and hospitalizations occurring from this very thing.  In this article I will discuss this as well as some other summer hazards and what we can do to prevent [...]

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopy or more specifically Atopic Dermatitis is defined as the genetic predisposition toward the development of allergies manifested as symptoms in the skin. The cause of these allergies is often the same things that results in allergic rhinitis symptoms in humans and includes things such as: Dust mites Molds  Pollens from grasses, trees and other plants. Insect bites such as fleas. These [...]

Food Allergies in Pets

One of the causes of dermatitis, or an itchy dog can be a food allergy or sensitivity.  We dont know why some dogs react to foods while others dont but when they do it can cause quite a bit of discomfort.  Food should be harmless but for unknown reasons some dogs will react to specific food [...]