MRSP: The Canine Superbug

Article by Jon Hardy | Featured on Veterinary Expert

Bacterial infections are amongst the top 3 skin conditions diagnosed in dogs and cats, and veterinary surgeons diagnose them on an almost daily basis. Interestingly, the bacteria responsible for these infections are usually present on the skin before problems arise, and only rarely do animals ‘pick up’ these bacteria at the time of infection. In dogs, the bacterium Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is the cause of most skin infections, and these are usually treated uneventfully with routine antibiotics.

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Ehrlichiosis: What You Should Know About This Tick-Borne Disease

By DR. MARTY BECKER DVM | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Ticks are trouble! We all know that they spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, but another tick-borne disease that is steadily increasing is ehrlichiosis. Once limited to western Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, the incidence of ehrlichiosis is expected to rise in those areas, as well as in southern California and the southeastern United States, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

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Dogs lick themselves, that’s a fact of life, but when does it get to be an issue? You may catch your pooch Read more

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Fleas are most certainly annoying, but signs of their infestation are not always so obvious, especially if you are dealing with the problem for the first time. Here are few things veterinarians recommend watching out for – even if you don’t think fleas could possibly get into your home. Read more

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By Nancy Dunham | Found on PetMD

Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but skin is truly the window to the health of your pet.

Our furred pets rely on hair to protect their skin, help regulate body temperature, and insulate the internal organs from cold and heat. Like your own daily hair loss, some shedding is natural in pets. Some breeds of dogs and cats naturally shed more than others, especially during seasonal changes when they are exposed to less light.

But excess shedding can be a sign of disease or illness that requires veterinary care. That’s why it’s important to determine the normal shedding pattern of your dog or cat and monitor it for changes. Read more

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Article by Jenna Stregowski | Found on The Spruce

Is your dog itching, scratching and chewing at his skin? Is it keeping you up at night? If so, you are not alone. Skin problems are common in dogs, but they can be caused by a variety of things. To learn how you can help your itchy dog, your best option is to figure out why he is having skin problems in the first place. Fortunately, even if you cannot get to the bottom of the itching right away, there are some things you can do to help. Read more

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Article by Katie Finlay | Featured on Animal Health Foundation

Skin allergies are a common problem among dogs and owners and veterinarians alike are constantly fighting to make dogs more comfortable. Dogs, like people, can be allergic to just about anything, from their food to the environment. While there are many different medications to help deal with allergy symptoms, many of us prefer to go a more natural route first to make sure we’ve tried all of the safest options. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any treatments or supplements, but if you’re looking to try some natural allergy remedies, consider these. Read more

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Article by T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM | Article Found on Pet MD

There are very few surprises that will startle you more than discovering a lump or bump on your dog. As your hand wanders over your canine pal in affectionate scratching or petting, your fingers just may chance upon a lump that “was not there before.”

It will scare the biscuits out of you … GUARANTEED!  With that nagging “C” word drifting about the back of your mind, your first fear is that your dog might have cancer. Setting in motion your search for an answer as to what this growth on your dog is you make a quick trip to the I hope that lump isn’t serious.

“How long has this been here?” the veterinarian asks. “Just found it yesterday, doctor,” you respond.

“Let’s see if we can find any others,” says the doctor as experienced and sensitive hands work the dog over.  Sure enough, “Here’s another one just like it!” says the doctor as she places your hand right over the small, round, moveable soft mass under the skin of the dog’s flank. Read more

Article by Jessica Remitz | Featured on PetMD

Hives (Urticaria) and a swollen face (Angioedema) are commonly the result of an allergic reaction in dogs. Similar to humans, when a dog is exposed to one a particular allergen, the immune system reacts—or in most cases, overreacts—and causes a hypersensitive state. Hives in dogs are usually not life threatening, but it is important to seek veterinarian care as soon as possible to treat the condition. Read more