First Aid for your Pet = Warm Compresses

Your pet has a wound that will benefit from a warm compress. All you need is a clean, soft cloth and warm water. Soak the cloth in the water, wring partially and then apply the cloth to the wound with gentle pressure. Re-warm the cloth as it cools. Do this for about 5-10 minutes several times a day. The benefits of a warm compress are:  Decreased swelling Decreased pain  Improved circulation A cleaner wound A more comfortable pet   Medications: Antibiotics ___________________ Anti-inflammatory ______________________ Pain ________________________ Other ______________________ Recheck ____________________
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Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome

Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome is a common skin disorder exclusively of Miniature Schnauzers. The skin lesions usually appear on the dogs’ back and feel like small scabs. They are akin to “black heads” in people. They are caused due to an inherited defect in the hair follicles of the skin. Diagnosis is typically made based on the breed, the location of the lesions and their appearance. The lesions are usually not painful unless they become infected. Rarely a biopsy is needed for diagnosis. Treatment for schnauzer comedo syndrome includes antiseborhhea shampoos, antiseptic wipes and/or oral antibiotics if the lesions are infected.
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Scabies

Scabies is a contagious, very itchy skin disease that occurs any time of the year. It is caused by the mange mite Sarcoptes scabei. These mites prefer less hairy parts of the body such as ears, elbows, belly, and hocks (ankles.) Affected areas may have hair loss, redness, bumps, scabs or a secondary bacterial infection. Scabies can be a difficult disease to confirm. The mites burrow deep under the skin and can be difficult to obtain and identify from a routine skin scraping. Multiple scrapings are frequently needed. Many times, treatment for scabies is started based on the pet’s symptoms
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