My pets ears smell like Corn Chips, What is it?

Kyle Burton

Allergies or Fungus?  Itching is often the first symptom a pet owner is trying to resolve, but it’s important to distinguish between itching from an allergy or itching from a fungal/yeast infection. When expecting the skin, if it is dry, flaky, and has a bad odor, it is probably a fungal/yeast infection.  It is often in the ears, paws, or parts of the body where the skin folds as the fungus thrives in damp environments.  Often fungal/yeast infections are systemic, meaning its internal and not just on the outside skin where you can see it. Another very important diagnostic tool...

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My Pet has Constipation? HELP!

Kyle Burton

No one likes how they feel when they’re constipated, including your pets!  Cat’s can tend to have more problems with constipation than dogs, but the dangers are the same.  If your pet hasn’t gone #2 after 2 days, they are constipated.   Constipation can have a gradual onset. Slowing down in bowel movements, circling or frequent squatting without stool, and lack of appetite can start to show up indicating you may want to make some changes.  You should also check the stool once it has passed. Was it hard and dry? This may indicate possible dehydration so make sure they...

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Can my Pet get Covid-19?

Kyle Burton

and can I get it from my pets? Pet owners have been asking their veterinarians if they can get COVID-19 from their cat or dog.  Since we now know they CAN get COVID-19 (more so in cats than dogs) it’s a valid question.  Usually the next question is from the vet. “Has anyone in your family been exposed/diagnosed with COVID-19?” It’s highly unlikely your pet is hanging out with a bunch of other pets that they don’t know, indoors especially, or going to super spreader events. Is it possible? Yes. The likelihood? No. In fact there are no current documented cases...

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Do you know the number one reason pet owners seek help? DIARRHEA!

Kyle Burton

Some of the most common illnesses pets have include ear infections, allergies, urinary problems, arthritis and pain.  It's not too different from what I see with my human patients, except for the number one reason– diarrhea! After speaking with ask.vet, I, too, was surprised to learn that diarrhea was the most common ailments that pet owners had reached out for. Is it because we are more concerned about the carpet than Sparky’s arthritis? Probably not.  Diarrhea, unlike a few of the other ailments, is pretty noticeable. And can be noticeable several times a day! Diarrhea in itself isn’t too dangerous,...

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