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…

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!?

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!?