It’s just a dry scaly spot…

Oh, the joys of contagious skin diseases. If you’ve never had contact with this next topic, you are one lucky bug! Good news is that it’s not typically a permanent issue. It tends to be a little hitch in the road. Ringworm is a common term for dermatophytosis. What that means is a fungal infection within the skin. It is not an actual worm, so … Continue reading It’s just a dry scaly spot…

Coccidiosis Infection

  This is a microscopic view from a fecal float that has Coccidia (Isospora species) oocysts present.   Coccidia is host specific and can not infect other species of animals.  Clinical signs for coccidiosis is watery-to-mucoid, possibly blood tinged, diarrhea.  It is most commonly seen in puppies and kittens and it may cause weakness if chronic and/or severe.  Animals are infected via the environment that has … Continue reading Coccidiosis Infection

More mites!?

This is a microscopic view from a skin scraping of Demodex mites (cigar shaped with stubbed feet) that live on the skin within the hair follicles of dogs.  Common signs include patchy to diffuse hair loss (because the mites damage the follicle), itching (from probable skin infection), and reddening of the skin.  Common areas affected are around the eyes, axillary (armpit), feet, and flank.  It … Continue reading More mites!?

Hookworm eggs

These are eggs from the intestinal parasites commonly known as “Hookworms” under the microscope.  There are two common species between cats and dogs known as Ancylostoma and Uncinaria.  They cause weight loss, dull hair coat, pot belly appearance, bloody stool, and vomiting.  Pets can pick up these intestinal parasites via the environment.  Children and the immunosuppressed are susceptible to this parasite and it causing “cutaneous … Continue reading Hookworm eggs

Might it be mites!?

This is a microscopic view of mites that live within the ear canal of dogs and cats and cause very itchy ears with very dark ear build-up.  These “ear mites” are called Otodectes cyanotis.  They are transmitted via  contact with other animals that are infected.  They are easily treated and prevented with certain anti-parasitic medications (including certain monthly heartworm and flea combinations!)  Please visit us for more … Continue reading Might it be mites!?