Ear Infections and Your Pet: What’s Causing the Pain?

  One of the most common reasons pets go to the veterinarian is the dreaded ear infection. There are three type of ear infections: external canal (Otitis externa, OE), middle ear (Otitis media, OM), and the inner ear or brain (Otitis interna, OI). In this post, we’re mostly discussing OE and OM, which account for many ear infections.     Signs of an Ear Infection Ear infections can be quite painful for your pet, so you’ll most likely notice signs of discomfort. Some more…

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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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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Interdigital Cutaneous Mass from a Dog

An 11-year-old male neutered Cocker Spaniel presented for evaluation of bleeding cutaneous nodule between digits 2 and 3 on the right forelimb. The lesion was 1 cm, erosive and bleeding, and slightly stalk like. What is Your Interpretation of the Cytology? Fine needle aspirate cytology slides were collected from the digit mass and submitted to IDEXX for review by a clinical pathologist. What is your interpretation of the following cytology images? Figure 1.

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