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!?
This adult, neutered male cat has a history of weight loss, lethargy, and a decrease in appetite. He is Feline Leukemia virus and Infectious Anemia virus negative. His blood work shows severe anemia (very low red blood cells), slightly low white blood cells. He has lost a significant amount of weight over a 3 week time period. X-rays of his chest and his lungs … Continue reading Fungus Where?!
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
This is an ultrasound examination of the bladder of a dog that has had chronic urinary tract infections that currently has blood in the urine once again. Ultrasound showed a very bright round stone. A bladder stone will cause the black shadow below it, like in this ultrasound. The urinary stones, in cats and dogs, cause chronic irritation with the increase in likelihood of infections … Continue reading Calcium Oxalate Bladder Stone
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!?
This dog presented for rapid onset of cloudiness within the eye overnight . There was a history of having a very high fat meal of human food two days prior to being seen at the clinic. This occurs when the lipoproteins/fats within the blood leak into the Anterior (front) chamber of the eye. This is called “Metabolic Uveitis.” The dog was still able to … Continue reading Fat in the EYE!?