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Ear Mites in the Rabbit (Psoroptes cuniculi)

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Parasites, Rabbits

Do you have a rabbit that is constantly scratching at her ears? Do the ears look red and irritated? Are there big flakes of crusted material on the inside of your rabbit’s ears? Then you could be dealing with a common parasite in rabbits seen worldwide, the rabbit ear mite, also known as Psoroptes cuniculi.

These mites are easily identified on microscopic examination.

Demodicosis, Demodectic Mange or Red Mange

Filed Under: Dogs, Parasites

Does your dog have patchy areas of hair loss, especially around the head and front legs? Are the affected skin areas red and irritated? Is your dog under two years of age? Then your pet could be suffering from demodectic mange.

Bailey

Filed Under: Dogs, Practice Stories

Bailey, a three year-old Shih tzu, was ordinarily a bundle of energy. This day, however, he was far from acting himself. We could only get a half-hearted wagging of the tail from him, and that took some coxing. We could tell simply from the expression on his face that he was not feeling at all well.

Cheyletiellosis or Walking Dandruff in the Cat

Filed Under: Cats

Is your cat constantly scratching? Does he have scabby areas of hair loss? Does he have dandruff that you think may be moving? Then your cat could be suffering from cheyletiellosis.

Cheyletiellosis is a dermatologic condition caused by a mite so large that it is sometimes visible to the naked eye. The mite infecting cats is called Cheyletiella blakei. Although primarily a parasite of cats, cross-infections with dogs, rabbits, and foxes may occur.

Histiocytomas

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Histiocytomas are benign, fast-growing, raised, hairless skin tumors found on the extremities, head, ears, and neck. Histiocytomas account for 3 to 14% of skin tumors occurring in the dog. Typically these lesions are round and less than three cm in diameter. These tumors occur most commonly in young dogs. Boxers, Dachshunds, Cocker spaniels, Great Danes, Shetland sheepdogs and Bull terriers are especially susceptible to histiocytomas. Often these tumors will resolve spontaneously within three months and may be multiple.

Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Parasites

Have you ever had an itch that was driving you insane? You just could not leave it alone even though the skin was becoming irritated? You may even scratch at the area so bad that you caused it to bleed. Everyone was trying to advise you not to scratch and yet you somehow just could not leave it alone. Sounds like a pet with a hot spot, or “acute moist dermatitis.”

Dealing With Your Dog's Allergies

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Canine atopy is essentially another name for canine allergies. Most dogs with atopic dermatitis are triggered by environmental allergens, although some allergic reactions can be attributed to food allergies. The allergens causing your dog’s problems, as well as his reactions, are usually quite diverse.

The Itchy Patients

Filed Under: Dogs, Practice Stories

The slight woman moved into the exam room holding a small Maltese. You could tell from her appearance that she was in a struggle for life all her own. Mrs. Poole wore the characteristic turban of a cancer patient. The terry cloth turban that covered her head showed not a hint of any hair protruding from under its depth. Her eyes were sunken, with dark lines underneath and her skin was pale.

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