Demodicosis in Dogs

  Demodicosis, commonly referred to as Demodex, is a disease caused by a mite (Demodex spp.) that lives deep in the hair follicles. This mite is transmitted from the dam to offspring during suckling and is found in very small numbers on all dogs. It is believed these mites may initially cause dermatitis in dogs due to an immunologic or genetic disorder. Types and Causes of Demodicosis in Dogs  This can occur in two “general”…

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Bathing Recommendations for Dogs with Allergic Skin Disease

Allergic skin disease is one of the most common skin problems affecting dogs. Bathing is one of the key treatments. To help your dog, it is important to understand the bathing steps to perform them correctly. Below are six steps to bathing your dog to help control the symptoms associated with skin allergies including itching, redness and infections. 1. Soaking Always use cool to tepid water to wet the entire hair coat thoroughly before…

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House Dust Mite Allergies: 8 Steps to Control Exposure in Dogs and Cats

Hypersensitivity to house dust mites is a common problem for dogs, cats as well as people.  House dust mites are microscopic and ubiquitous.  They feed on human and animal dander, skin scales and hair.  They are frequently found in beds, mattresses, carpets, sofas and pet bedding.  Mites can flourish in the home environment, because the temperature and humidity are optimum (50-70% relative humidity). It is difficult and even impossible to eliminate mites from the environment…

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