Demodex Mites and Dogs

The signs of a demodex infection are hair loss, crusting or scaling of the skin, especially around the eyes, mouth and paws, and sometimes red lumps (papules), pimples (pustules) and deep draining sores. Another sign that makes us suspicious that demodex mites are present are areas of blackheads or comedones on the skin. Some dogs [...]

Ringworm in dogs and cats

Dermatophytosis is the medical name for ringworm.  Ringworm is a contagious disease that animals get from each other, from humans or from the environment (soil or dust and hair).  One variety is carried by rats and mice so dogs and cats who are good mousers or rat catchers might be infected by hunting. Where does [...]

Bee stings and dogs

Hymenoptera (Bee) Hypersensitivity Reactions to bee stings can be divided into 5 general groups.  Some reactions are toxic (direct irritation) and some are allergic in nature. Group 1 Small local reaction (redness and swelling at sting site) - this is normal Group 2 Large local reaction which may involve a whole limb or the whole [...]

Ichthyosis in Golden Retrievers

Ichthyosis in golden retrievers (Excessive scale or dandruff flakes) Several breeds of dog, notably the Golden Retriever, Jack Russell Terrier and Bulldog, can be affected by excessive flaking of the skin.  This is present from birth, but may be very mild, so is not noticed until later in life.  The belly may also have darkly pigmented, [...]

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