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Veterinarians recognize hundreds of different skin diseases in dogs, cats and other small animals. Often, these diseases look very much alike and can only be correctly diagnosed by a thorough examination of your pet and his or her background.
Skin conditions may be caused by any of the following:
- Allergic reactions to surroundings
- Food intolerance
- Parasite infestation
- Hormonal deficiencies
- Auto-immune diseases or a variety of other factors.
Many of these conditions present themselves in the form of chronic itchiness, poor quality coat or hair loss, or ongoing ear problems. Most dermatological problems are lifelong conditions, and proper management of the disorder or the allergy can be beneficial in achieving a comfort level that creates both happy pets and clients.
As a specialist in small animal dermatology, Dr. Kadri applies his empathy and compassion to bring your pet relief from the symptoms of skin irritation while he investigates and treats the cause of the problem. He welcomes pet parents’ input on diagnostic choices and treatment options, and works closely with you to find solutions that meet your needs. Most patients enjoy good quality of life and management of skin conditions as a result of his expertise.
Your dog or cat may need emergency care for any number of reasons. With dogs, it’s often because of trauma caused by an accident or fall, a bite or mauling by another animal, heatstroke or household poisoning. Cats have fewer falls, mainly because they are so good at landing on their feet, but both types of animals are susceptible to the other causes. For senior pets, heart attacks, strokes and respiratory difficulties can result in a life-threatening situation.
Signs Your Dog Needs Emergency Care*
- Pale gums
- Rapid breathing
- Weak or rapid pulse
- Change in body temperature
- Difficulty standing
- Apparent paralysis
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive bleeding
What Should You Do if Your Dog Needs Emergency Care?
Dogs who are severely injured may act aggressively toward their pet parents, so it’s important to first protect yourself from injury. Approach your dog slowly and calmly; kneel down and say his name. If the dog shows aggression, call for help. If he’s passive, fashion a makeshift stretcher and gently lift him onto it. Take care to support his neck and back in case he’s suffered any spinal injuries.
Once you feel confident and safe transporting your dog, immediately bring him to an emergency care facility. It’s also a smart idea to ask someone—a friend or family member—to call the clinic, so the staff expects you and your dog.
What Are Some First Aid Treatments You Can Perform on Your Dog?
Most emergencies require immediate veterinary care, but first aid methods may help you stabilize your pet for transportation.
- If your dog is suffering from external bleeding due to trauma, try elevating and applying pressure to the wound.
- If your dog is choking, place your fingers in his mouth to see if you can remove the blockage.
- If you’re unable to remove the foreign object, perform a modified Heimlich maneuver by giving a sharp rap, which should dislodge the object, to his chest.
*Information courtesy of ASPCA.org.
Small animal internal medicine is a discipline focused on resolving difficult medical problems in cats and dogs. Conditions we treat include:
- Respiratory diseases, such as tracheal collapse and feline respiratory complex
- Cardiovascular diseases, including congestive heart failure
- Diseases of the gastro-intestinal system
- Endocrine diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hyper- and hypo-adrenocorticism and renal disease
Dr. Kadri’s expertise in small animal internal medicine is second to none, and the team at Richmond Hill Animal Hospital strives for the very highest standards in our diagnostic procedures and treatments.
Soft-tissue surgery in dogs and cats is a powerful way of treating health complaints that don’t affect your pet’s bones. Some of the most common soft-tissue surgeries are:
- Removal of external lumps or masses for testing
- Surgical intervention to improve the airflow into the ear canal, to reduce ear infections
- Corneal surgery to repair the eye after infection or injury