Dermatology: Skin

Treat Skin Infections With Medicated Shampoo

Follicular Flushing Action. Huh? Follicular flushing action (FFA) is what we need when our patients have infection in the pores and hair follicles of the skin. The condition is called folliculitis when only the hair follicles are involved, but most commonly we see a more widespread form of infection called pyoderma. Broken down, the prefix […]

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Fire Ants On Your Pet

Fire ants are on your pet. Now what? Just as you may suffer an allergic reaction to one or more stings, your pet can also react to the fire ants’ poison. Therefore, your first step is to protect yourself from stings by donning gloves. Next, avoid doing what seems like a great thing to do: […]

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Neonatal Physician Turns To Veterinarian For Help

Our veterinary hospital has a client who is a neonatologist: he is a physician who works exclusively with newborn babies, especially those who are premature. He once told me that his friends and family ask him questions all the time such as, “Can you look at this lump?” or, “Can you tell me why my […]

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Doggy Odor And Seborrhea

“I’ve been following the bathing instructions you detailed yesterday and my dog still smells bad after a few days. What is causing that?” The exact answer, which would identify a primary cause, requires an examination, but the odor comes as a secondary effect of the primary cause of skin inflammation. Whenever skin is inflamed, by […]

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“It’s The Same Thing As Last Time”

“But, Dr. Randolph, it’s the same thing as last time, why can’t I just get the medicine?” The problem with this reasoning is that “it” is too-often not the same as last time. An example occurred just today. Fritzi’s owner stopped in to see if he could get “the same medicine” because “it is the […]

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Allergic Dogs And Cats Relapse

Allergy patients. You gotta love ‘em. Why? Because if you didn’t love them they would drive you completely up the wall. Take Mojo for example. I saw him just a week ago for a routine examination, heartworm test, fecal flotation and vaccination visit and he was the picture of health. This, despite having chronically being […]

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Convenia Passes Another Test

Convenia passes another test. Bayou recently came to us with an embarrassing problem: BO. Body Odor. He, well, stank. Bayou had a bacterial infection of the skin called pyoderma. It is a common problem, usually secondary with a primary underlying cause of allergy or some other immune system dysfunction. Demodicosis is also a common primary cause […]

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Black: A Dog With A Growth

Extenuating circumstances. They affect just about everything in life, don’t they?  Our pets are not exempt from extenuating circumstances, either. Take Black, a sweet, middle-aged Labrador retriever. Black has a little lump on her right rear leg, down low, past the tibiotarsal joint, on the outside of the leg. The tibiotarsal joint corresponds to our […]

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Hot Spots In Pets

Poor Fritz. Wednesday night, between church and choir practice the preacher and his wife took me aside. Uh-oh! What had I done now? “Jim,” said Melinda, the pastor’s wife, “Fritz has this nasty place on the side of his head that he won’t leave alone. I have some Animax Ointment  at home that you gave […]

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