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

Calcium Oxalate Bladder Stone

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

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!?