Archives for Pet Health – General

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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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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Ringworm

Ringworm is not a worm at all, but a fungus. It can affect dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs and people. There are several species of this fungus. Some can be found in the soil and other species have adapted to live solely on animals. Some species can be transmitted from pets to people or from people to pets. The fungus “lives” on the surface of the skin, inside the hair shafts and around nail beds. A classic lesion in a pet is a rapidly expanding circular patch on the skin with hair loss and redness. Some animals can carry the
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