Category Archives: Dermatology

What should I do about the lump on my dog’s skin?

A mast cell tumor on a dog

Finding a skin lump on your dog always provokes concern. Is it just another fatty tumor, or is it something more sinister? Fortunately, veterinarians have the diagnostic tools to determine whether your pet’s lump is malignant or benign, but it’s up to pet owners to alert your veterinarian of any new growths. Fine Needle Aspiration

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Treatment Options for Canine Allergies

A dog with allergies

Last week’s Ask a Vet Live was swamped with questions about itching, scratching, sneezing and runny eyes in dogs. These clinical signs may indicate allergies, especially this time of year. Pollen from all the beautiful blooming trees and flowers causes seasonal allergies in dogs, just like their human family members. Since we can’t make the

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Doc, My Dog Has a Rash

A dog chews on itself

Last month, Nationwide Pet Insurance announced the top pet insurance claims for the 650,000 pets they insure. The top four are skin issues. Number one and four are both skin diseases. Allergic dermatitis and pyoderma (skin infection) result in a skin rash which is the topic of this blog post. Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis Allergies are

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Those Irritating Hot Spots

hot spot on a dog

Hot spots are double irritating. First, they are irritating to your dog because he has an itchy sore on his skin. Second, they are irritating to you because not only do you feel bad for your dog, but you also have to make a trip to your veterinarian’s office because your itchy, scratchy pup has

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