Hair loss is a good example of how the skin problems of cats are different from dogs. It’s got a lot to do with their special grooming behaviour. Continue reading “Help! My Cat Is Losing Hair: Overgrooming or Stress?”
If you have an itchy dog, it doesn’t take long before someone tells you it’s due to the food. Usually that someone also offers an alternative.
It’s not a case of people trying to pull a fast one; they just believe in what they use. Who doesn’t? If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
The trouble is, though, most owners of dogs with skin problems aren’t getting the advice they need. Or they’re getting it far too late. Continue reading “5 Myths About Food Allergy In Dogs”
Elsewhere on this site we’ve published the evidence for which foods dogs and cats are allergic to. Now we’ll show you how to figure it out for your own pet. This even works for a mouse!
You might also like: The myths about food allergy in dogs.
Diagnosis of Food Allergies
The bad news is that there is no simple test. Popular IgG and IgE test kits sold online are not reliable.
The good news is that you can do it at home. It’s called an elimination diet. You have two choices:
- Buy one off-the-shelf
- Make it yourself (this is preferred if possible, see below)
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
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Pet Has Fleas”
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.
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Anal Glands | Dogs
Arthritis Treatment | Dogs & Cats
Back Problems | Dogs
Bee Sting | Dogs
Calicivirus | Rabbits
Cancer Care | Dogs & Cats
Cat Fight Wounds | Cats
Cat Flu | Cats
Cataracts | Dogs
Constipation | Cats
Cruciate Ligament Tears | Dogs
Cushings Disease| Dogs
Cuts & Wounds | Dogs, Cats & Rabbits
Dermatitis, Itching & Eczema| Dogs
Diarrhoea | Dogs
DNA Breed Testing | Dogs
Ear Infections | Dogs
Eating Rat Poison | Dogs
Egg Binding | Chickens
Flea Infestations | Dogs, Cats & Rabbits
Food Allergies | Dogs & Cats
Gastrointestinal Stasis | Rabbits
Genetic Disease | Dogs & Cats
Heart Diseases & Failure | Dogs & Cats
Heat Stress & Stroke | Dogs
Hip Dysplasia | Dogs
Injuries Car & Road | Cats
Injuries | Rabbits
Itching | Dogs
Kennel Cough | Dogs
Kidney Disease & Failure | Dogs & Cats
Licking Feet | Dogs
Lost Or Missing Pets | Dogs, Cats & Rabbits
Lumps | Dogs
Myxomatosis | Rabbits
Not Eating | Cats
Not Eating | Rabbits
Overweight | Dogs
Pancreatic Inflammation | Dogs & Cats
Patellar Luxation Surgery | Dogs
Poisoning | Dogs
Separation Anxiety | Dogs
Teeth Cleaning & Dentistry Options | Dogs & Cats
Thyroid & Hyperthyroid | Cats
Urinary Obstruction | Cats
Urinating Inside | Cats
Vomiting | Dogs