You’ve got a dog needing treatment and you’ve even got some of your own meds nearby. Can you use them?
The use of non-veterinary drugs is a common question from pet owners. When is it a good idea to give your dog human medications? Sometimes, surprisingly, it is. Just not that often.* Continue reading “What Human Drugs Are Safe For Dogs?”
I have never seen a drug either so hyped or so demonised as Apoquel. If you have a dog that lives with itchy skin and allergies you’ve probably already heard of it. You might have heard of miraculous cures of long-suffering dogs. You might instead have heard of a drug too dangerous to trust. Continue reading “Should My Itchy Dog Get Apoquel?”
Every seen a mangy dog? Probably not, at least not the way I mean. You have to be my age or older, or travel to disadvantaged places, to be likely to say yes these days. What passes for ‘mange’ now is nothing compared to what it looked like up to a generation ago. Continue reading “What Causes Mange In Dogs?”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Emergency Care
How To Get Rid Of Fleas
- Use modern flea killers recommended by vets and pet stores
- Remove fleas from the house and especially pet sleeping areas
- Keep dogs and cats on good flea control to prevent new infestations
Is natural flea prevention an alternative for pets? Are there safe, non-toxic home remedies you can use to prevent or kill fleas?
I’ve listed some below and given my views on the safety and efficacy of each. Continue reading “Natural Flea Remedies”
Every Springtime my little Loki starts to show the signs of his allergies. From then until after Christmas I have to work hard to keep him comfortable.
He’s not alone; every day we see dogs and cats like Loki.
Allergies look so different in animals that most of the time their owners aren’t aware what the problem is.
Reactions to food are a major concern to many pet owners. Here’s what we know about food allergies, which foods cause most of the problems, and what you can do about it. Continue reading “Food Allergies In Dogs And Cats”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ What To Know
Why Dogs Lick Their Feet
The main reason why dogs lick their paws is when allergic skin disease causes itchy dermatitis between the toes. Other less common causes include
- Bacterial or fungal infection
- Contact dermatitis, trauma or burns
- Nailbed infections or tumours
- Or as a response to stress, illness or anxiety.
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Rapid Care Guide
How To Stop Itchy Dogs Scratching
- A cool rinse or bath with soap-free dog shampoo can give temporary relief
- Always use vet-quality external parasite control even if you can’t see fleas
- To identify the cause, see your vet quickly before secondary infections develop