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Mange: Prevention And Treatment

You have probably heard the phrase, “That mangy dog!” as a way of expressing annoyance with a member of the canine family. But did you ever stop to think about where that phrase comes from? Though you don’t hear about it too often these days, mange is a skin disease that many have described as “scabies for dogs.” The condition is caused by microscopic mites, and whether it’s a big deal largely depends upon the type of mange — sarcoptic or demodectic. Demodectic mange All pups that are raised naturally by their mothers have demodectic mites, because they are passed

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How To Treat Cuts On Dogs

Lacerations in dogs can range from small to large and superficial to deep. They can be anywhere on your dog’s body and the first warning sign may be bleeding. If the wound is small and superficial (like a scrape) then you may be able to treat it by carefully cleaning the wound with a product like gentle iodine or chlorhexine. A topical ointment such as Neosporin can be applied two or three times daily until healed. If the laceration is deep, place a bandage or cloth over the wound to control bleeding and keep the area clean. Seek veterinary care

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Solutions For Dog Acne

Dogs are just like people when it comes to acne. They tend to get acne as teenagers, but the only difference is that they are not self-conscious about it in the same way that people are. Generally, acne is not a major health problem for dogs as most of it will clear up once they have reached adulthood, but it can reoccur at times. Most acne will be pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads that appear along the chin, lips, chest, or genital area. If the area is irritated, then there may some bleeding or pus that can be expressed from these

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Ask The Vet: Itchy Terrier

I have a border terrier cross, who is virtually bald under his belly and back legs. His skin is black and leathery, and he itches a lot, and chews on top of his paws. His ears tend to swell and we have been given ‘canaural’ to use. We have been told he has an allergy to house dust, and we control his environment as much as possible, but his skin is no better. Is there anything else we could try? Corinna Waters Standish, Wigan UK Read Dr. Kristy Conn’s Advice Canine atopy is a common disease of dogs where they

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Scratching Yorkie

I have a three year-old Yorkie. For the last year, he’s been scratching and scratching like crazy. I’ve tried switching his food, changing his shampoo, vitamin sprays, everything. I don’t know what to do! Please can you help my poor Yorkie? He’s losing hair in a few areas on his legs. Thank you so much! Sincerely, Camila Ponce Boca Raton, FL Dear Camila, I would love to be able to just give you a quick answer to your problem. Unfortunately, itching is one of the most complex problems that vets face. The three big categories of itch are food allergies,

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