Archives for Dog Topics

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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Lick Granuloma (Acral Lick Dermatitis)

Lick Granulomas are a fairly common skin problem of dogs. They appear as a thickened, hairless, eroded or ulcerated area of the skin, usually located on a lower limb within easy reach of the dog’s mouth. Any dog at any age can develop lick granulomas. There is no single cause for granulomas. Possibilities include infection, previous injury, allergies, joint disease, tumors, back pain, neck pain and even just being bored. The “classic” dog that develops a lick granuloma is a large breed, middle aged, male dog that doesn’t have enough to occupy his mind and time. Possible scenarios which lead
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Allergies in dogs = Atopy

Atopy (ˈa-tə-pē) is an allergic skin disorder of dogs. It is one of the most frustrating medical problems a pet can have and will require considerable time and effort by the pet’s family and veterinarian to manage. It can also be a costly disease over the life of the pet. The cause of atopy is an over reaction by the immune system to allergens (e.g. pollen, dust mites, molds) from the environment. Itching and redness are the most common symptoms. Atopic pets may be noted to chew their feet, scratch their ears or rub their faces on the ground. Regions
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