If you’ve got an itchy dog, it gets very frustrating very quickly. Nothing seems to help for long, and everyone tells you something different. Is it the food, is it grass, is it mites?
I’ve been seeing itchy dogs for nearly 30 years and I’ve yet to see one who can’t be helped. Here I’m going to boil down all the conflicting advice into a simple step by step approach. Continue reading “How To Stop Dogs Scratching In 8 Not-So-Easy Steps”
I’ve always got my ear on the dog park and recently I heard something intriguing. The owner of a blue French Bulldog told me she’d had several people come up to give her the same unsolicited advice:
Continue reading “Fact Check #1 : Do Blue or White Dogs Have More Skin Problems?”
“Blue dogs have lots of skin problems”
The use of Atopica® for dermatitis is a tale of two very different species: dogs and cats. What was once a very useful drug in dogs has turned into an essential part of treating skin diseases in cats.
Now I use it far more in cats than dogs. Keep reading on to see why. Continue reading “Using Cyclosporine In Dogs & Cats”
Is there any other drug that can be all of these?
Love it or hate it, prednisolone is the most misunderstood drug in veterinary medicine. Its uses and side effects are too varied and complex to understand easily. Here I’ll help you to get informed.
Prednisolone is a steroid hormone. Even just that fact is confusing enough. Continue reading “Prednisolone Use In Dogs & Cats”
If you have an itchy dog, then you know how hard it can be. What would you say then if you were told that one of the most effective treatments is sometimes not offered to you? Or that other times it should never have been used.
Prednisolone is a problematic drug, and I understand why vets avoid it, but sometimes it’s just what’s needed. Amber, who’s pictured above is a perfect example. Continue reading “Should My Itchy Dog Get Prednisolone?”
A normal chicken’s leg is a thing of wonder: shiny, evenly spaced scales completely cover the leg and top of the foot, giving you the unmistakable reminder that chooks are really little pet dinosaurs.
You know a normal leg when you see one, but it’s harder to notice when it’s not. Scaly leg in chickens often goes unrecognised in flocks until it either gets bad, or you end up at the vet for another reason. Continue reading “How To Treat Chicken Scaly Leg Mite”
There’s just one common cause of a lump on a cat’s face. Have a look at the picture above. I hope you can see that the left cheek isn’t chubby, it’s swollen. This is an abscess and it needs veterinary attention. Continue reading “Facial Swelling In Cats”
Do you have a dog that has a thyroid problem? Or have you started to suspect a low thyroid level could be making your dog sick? Then there’s something you need to know: hypothyroidism is the most poorly diagnosed hormonal disease of dogs. Continue reading “Hypothyroidism In Dogs: The Diagnosis Problem”
Hair loss, itching and skin wounds are one of the most common and frustrating skin conditions of rats. Continue reading “Causes Of Itching, Scratching & Hair Loss In Rats”
The most common health problem in guinea pigs is itching and scratching caused by mites. It’s a simple problem with a simple solution. However, as you’ll see, there’s also a lot of rubbish being said. Continue reading “Help! My Guinea Pig Has Mites”