February is Dental Health Month and for a good reason. Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in veterinary medicine. Therefore, daily dental care for dogs is an important part of keeping your pet’s teeth clean.
If your pet has bad breath, it is likely that your pet has dental disease. If left untreated, dental disease will progress to pain, tooth loss and even organ problems. Continue…
By Stefani Fortney Hello, human people! I am Mani the Perfect Pittie. I’ve stolen Mom’s laptop again so I can write this article. There are lots of things that she knows, but this subject is one that I’ve had to deal with my whole life: dogs with allergies. As an American Pit Bull Terrier, I’m genetically predisposed to allergy problems. On top of that, my beautiful fur is a color called “blue.” For a while, people bred my ancestors especially for this color—but that led to even more genetic issues. Mom understood when she brought me home that, due to irresponsible breeding, I could have allergies, as well as other health problems.
Here’s some stuff that I wish everyone knew about dogs with allergies.
Allergies make me itch.
When human people have allergies, it shows up as nose and eye problem most of the time. When dogs have allergies, it usually shows up by making us super-itchy. When I have an allergy flare-up, my feet itch so badly. I lick them to try to make it better, but the itch doesn’t stop. Allergies make everything itch. I would keep Mom awake all night, scratching and shaking my ears. I’d scratch so much and so hard, I’d lose my hair and make my skin bleed.
Untreated/Unmanaged Allergies Can Cause Infections
Before Mom figured out how to control my allergies, I used to get skin infections and ear infections all the time. I’d get these sore little bumps on my skin, my hair would fall out, and my ears would get stinky and sore. Then, I’d have to take antibiotics and get medicine goo squirted in my ears. It was no fun. Plus, it seemed like every time I got better, the allergies would just get bad again. It was what Mom called a “cycle.”
There are Medications To Control Allergies
When I first started having my allergy problems, Mom tried giving me over-the-counter medicine like Benadryl and Zyrtec to help. She said that those things work for some dogs. For me, they didn’t. I would have to take steroids. Even though they worked, Mom didn’t want me to take them all the time, because the side effects can be bad. Finally, the medication people made a special prescription medicine called Apoquel. It’s especially for dogs with allergies. Mom said it was worth a try.
Since I started taking it, I haven’t had any skin infections at all! It’s so great—I feel like a normal dog. No bad itching, no losing my beautiful fur, no keeping Mom up at night! I’ve been on it for a year, now. I’m so much happier!
If you have a dog with allergies, call Dr. Coffin today to make an appointment—your dog will love you for it!
By Stacey Frazier Is your kitty singing the blues? This time of year can be emotionally difficult for people. The upbeat, busy pace of the holidays has given way to the dreary, listless winter month of January. The temperatures have dropped, the hours of sunlight are reduced, and sometimes it is just hard to find a reason to get out of bed. For people, this can lead to a condition known as Season Affective Disorder. Many people suffer from mood altering symptoms because of physical changes in their body that occur during periods of reduced sunlight. Many veterinarians have begun to recognize cats and seasonal affective disorder. Continue…
The holiday season is about over – it is a busy time of year for festivities, family and of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your appetizers, it would be the same as if a person ate three and a half hamburgers or four chocolate bars? Gaining those holiday pounds is not just a problem for humans, but also for our four-legged friends. Maintaining our pet’s weight is an important part of their health and wellness. Continue…