Most people wouldn’t dream of going a day without taking a shower or combing their hair. Yet many dog and cat owners go weeks or even months without taking care of these basic grooming necessities for their pets. Whether you own a “high-maintenance” Persian or a “wash-and-wear” dalmatian, all cats and dogs need routine care to keep them healthy and clean.
To catch and prevent health problems, veterinarians suggest a pet wellness plan. These caring doctors are ready and willing to help your pet recover, but keeping your pet from getting ill in the first place is their highest priority.
Acanthosis Nigricans is a skin condition identifiable by areas of abnormally darkened skin, beginning in the arm pit area. It may spread to the abdomen, groin, chest, forelimbs, hocks, ear flaps and around the eyes.
Also known as Acral Lick Granuloma, this is a thickened, hairless, or ulcerative area of the skin, most often located on the top of the wrist or hock area, caused by excessive licking of that area.
Atopy, also known as allergic inhalant dermatitis, is a type of skin disease generally caused by allergens in the environment.
As a result of a sensitivity to allergens in the environment, dogs will have allergic reactions that primarily cause significant itchiness and may effect the eyes, ears, etc.
Basal cell tumor is an abnormal growth at the base of the epidermis (top layer of skin) and can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). They can occur on any part of a cat’s body, but are more prevalent on the head, neck and shoulders.
One of the most common skin tumors in pets, basal cell tumors arise from the epithelial cells, which are the cells that make up most of the top layer of skin (the epidermis).
How often should you brush or bathe your dog? What's the right technique? We answer these questions and more.