PetCare Articles

Acne

Feline acne is caused by comedones, or blackheads, on the cat’s chin.  Stress, poor grooming habits, immune suppression, and contact dermatitis can be triggers for acne.  Comedones form when oils produced in the skin cannot drain properly through the sebaceous and apocrine glands.  The ducts fill with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.  The cat […]

Administering Ear Medications

Ear infections are common in dogs and cats.  Opportunistic bacteria and yeast can quickly invade an ear canal that becomes inflamed by allergies, excess moisture, and changes in pH.  Swimming and bathing are often triggers that encourage growth of microorganisms in the ear canal.  Symptoms of an ear infection include odor and discharge from the […]

Administering Eye Medications

Our pets can get eye infections and injuries just like we can, perhaps more often because of their curious nature getting them into trouble at times.  Some breeds are predisposed to eye problems because of their facial anatomy.  It is very important to have any irritated eye checked out by the veterinarian because eyes can […]

Adrenal Gland Disease – Cushing’s

Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a condition where too much cortisol exists in the body.  Long term exposure to increased levels of cortisol leads to many deteriorative effects on all parts of the body.  Cushing’s is generally a dog disease, occurring in cats only very rarely. Cortisol is a normal hormone produced by the adrenal glands.  […]

Adrenal Gland Diseases – Addison’s

Addison’s Disease (hypoadrenocorticism) is a serious condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol and aldosterone.  Diagnosis of Addison’s is often made during a life threatening crisis, as the symptoms of chronic Addison’s can be mild, vague, and varied.  Cortisol and aldosterone are normal gluco- and mineralo- corticoid hormones in the body […]

Aggression

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 800,000 people seek medical treatment for dog-bite wounds each year.  Half of them are children.  Since dogs are man’s best friend, this statistic begs the question, “What causes the dogs implicated in these attacks to become aggressive in the first place?  Is the aggressive […]

Aggression

Aggressive behavior by cats can be distressful and dangerous to their owners and other pets in the household.  There are numerous forms of feline aggression triggered by different causes.  Cats are semi-domesticated animals that revert to their wild instincts in times of play, social interaction, and stress.  Aggression should be dealt with early, rather than […]

Airline Travel with Your Dog

Family vacations can become a whole new experience if the family dog is included in the excursion. However, for destinations requiring airline travel, it is essential to know some of the basic tips for working with the airlines in order to ensure a safe and rewarding travel experience for your family pet. As each airline […]

Allergies

Allergies are a major cause of skin disease, discomfort and distress in dogs. Pruritus, or intense itching, is the most characteristic sign of allergies. This itching is caused by the release of histamines from mast cells located throughout the body. Hair loss, redness and skin infections may result secondary to the allergy. Over time, the […]

Allergies

Allergies are a major cause of skin disease, discomfort and distress in cats. Pruritus, or intense itching, is the most characteristic sign of allergies. This itching is caused by the release of histamines from mast cells located throughout the body. Hair loss, redness and skin infections may result secondary to the allergy. Over time, the […]