Canine Breeds and Common Ailments


canine breeds and common ailments

I’ve been wanting to tell you about an article that I read on canine breeds and common ailments .  It pays to get educated early on, before you bring home that new pure-breed of the dog that you have always wanted.

So it’s time in your life for a puppy; the one you have always wanted. The puppy you dreamed about as a kid, the exact pup that you have always wanted for your very own.  But you should be very aware of the canine breeds and common ailments before you bring this forever pet home.

Many people have a specific breed in mind. For me it was kind of like picking the place in our world where I always dreamed of living my adult life.

I want a French Bulldog and I wanted to live somewhere in the warmth of our world in the tropics. The only problem for me so far, it has been just a dream. But I’m still working toward my goals.

I never knew until just recently that I could have, or do anything that I really want to do, whenever I want to in my life. I always thought I was just supposed to do whatever it was that made common sense. That would have been my mothers teaching; but I’m pretty much done with that now.

My mother always questioned everything that I ever wanted to do. Most of the time she belittled me for having such stupid ideas. “Why do you want to move halfway around the world, away from your family?” My mother always had a great way of telling me to grow up; quit thinking of only yourself! But at 59, why would I want to do that?

So even though I have traveled pretty extensively, I haven’t been to Mexico yet and I haven’t gotten a french bulldog yet either.

But getting my dream dog can come with a few problems I found out. I wasn’t aware that specific canine breeds and common ailments could come in the same package.  Many breeds are prone to certain medical problems.

A little French Bulldog (any little dog for that matter) can start out as a healthy dog or puppy. Then as your new pet grows, you may find yourself up against a few allergies that get worse and worse over time.

Depending on the canine breeds and common ailments listed below, you might find your new little dream pup fighting to clear allergies to something in its food, or a material included in its bedding.

It will behove any new pet parent to study the accompanying list of canine breeds and common ailments below. It is a fairly meticulous list and one that took a great deal of time to establish. These common ailments are illnesses that you should be very aware of so that when and if your puppy begins to show signs, you will know ahead of time what to do and how to care for the ailing dog or puppy.

Now I’m not saying that the risk of the disease or ailment would make any difference in your choice of breed; it certainly wouldn’t matter for the dog breed that I choose.

But if it really matters to you, and it should, then how much research are you willing to invest in your quest for a healthy puppy/dog just might save you and your new family addition a whole lot of headaches.

Reading about your preferred type of dog at the library or online, talking to a vet or two, or even chatting with a breeder, will give you a great  start and give you enough insight about what to do and how to spot an ailment that could even be a life threatening situation and save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Remember, you are bringing your new puppy home to cuddle up with, not run back and forth to the local emergency vet clinic.

Make sure that you ask yourself if you plan on skipping this education, “are you willing to take on a dog that could be ill with one of these canine breeds and common ailments that they are known for”?  Some dog maladies are worse than others, some are easily treated and then some are more expensive to treat and harder to deal with.

So please choose your new dog wisely; it’s a life long commitment. There’s no giving the dog back and it is a desperate thing to give a sick dog up for adoption later in its life.  In my opinion, this new dog is going to be like a new child in your family and a good parent cannot just abandon the new pet. At least not in good conscience.

Depending on the type or breed of dog that you want is going to matter a great deal in many cases. Almost every breed is going to have its own set of problems.

Whether problems come from actual breeding and was something that was bred into this particular breed way back when. Or it could be just a part of natural selection and a new set of problems for this particular breed somehow just became known.  Canine breeds and common ailments are particularly pretty well known at this point but there could always be a fluke and a new malady shows up, out of the blue.

a bulldog
the cute bulldog

For instance, the English Bulldog, is a hefty medium size breed that has problems with its breathing. The bulldog with his very cute, only a mother could love, smashed-in face, might suffer from a particular set of breathing problems. His nostrils are normally rather small, and he has an elongated soft palate, with a specifically narrow trachea. It is for these reasons that he most likely will snore. Has he always been born with these problems or were they bred into this particular dog? You will find some of these same problems in another, yet smaller breed; the French Bulldog (my future dog). I don’t mind snoring, as long as its coming from a dog. lol

It is extremely important to keep your bulldog cool and inside most of the time during the summer weather. Never let him get overly tired, too warm or overheated. This can lead to a life-threatening emergency. Exercising your bulldog should be done with moderation but never overdone. Small, short walks are okay, but this dog won’t care to go sight-seeing in the park.

My favorite dog, the Frenchie or French Bulldog, is just such an adorable little bugger. He also has his own set of breathing problems. He has many of the same problems that his larger English brother has when it comes to breathing and snoring. With the cute smashed in face, elongated soft palate and narrow trachea, also known as a “brachycephalic airway”. So it becomes difficult for him to breath when he overdoes it.

french bulldog
a cute little bug-my fave

This little guy makes a great indoor dog, or even better, a great apartment dog. Most apartments have a lot less space than houses. This means less stairs to climb in most cases, and rarely do you find a large yard to run and frolic in with an apartment. Keeping this little one in the house where it is cool during hot summer days is his preferable life style.

Both the English Bulldog and the French Bulldog are great house dogs, love to be in close proximity to mom or dad. I mean, who could not love that little face?

I saw a family out walking their French Bulldog the other day while pushing their baby in a stroller; the dog looked exhausted. I pulled over and told them that their dog looked a little overly tired. His head was hanging down, his tongue was hanging out and I was mad as heck. I knew they were probably going to tell me to mind my own business but I felt I had to say something. But instead they said, “yeah, we’re on our way home now”. Just to add fire to the flame, I told them that their dog was not made for long walks but got no response from that comment. People just don’t think sometimes.

little husky puppies
predisposed little huskies

Some dogs seem to be predisposed to “autoimmune disorders” or disorders that disrupt the skin, body hair and even more so, the face, facial hair, and eyes. One such beautiful dog is the Siberian Huskie.

They have the most beautiful eyes but autoimmune disorders can play havoc not only with their skin, their facial area, but even with their eyes and sight.

This disorder can cause glaucoma and even possibly cataracts. There is only one treatment that I have seen listed for this particular problem which is hormones known as corticosteroids. The corticosteroids can inhibit other parts of the immune system which is not good.

pic of a black pug puppy
The Pug Puppy

The Pug, another sweet doggy.  They have their own set of problems. Because they have a squashed in face and their eyes bulge out, these sweet pups run a big risk for eye problems. The most serious problem is that their eye(s) can easily pop out of the socket.

I am not sure if this happens due to an overabundance of pressure behind the eye or because the eye is too easily removed in an accident or while fighting? But if it should happen to your Pug, cover his eye with a damp clean cloth and rush him to a vet where they can put the eye back in place. It will only be clear at that time if the dog will remain with sight or if there is too much damage.

Another little cutey with eye problems? The Boston Terrier is prone to something called “Cherry Eye” because of the protruding eyes.

pic of boston terrier puppy
Boston Terrier puppy

They are problematic for other eye issues but with cherry eye, there is a tear producing gland that “pops out” from behind this dog’s third eyelid. The gland is round and is bright red;  thus the reason it is called cherry eye.

It can be repaired through a surgery. These terriers also run a risk for dry eye, cataracts, and eyelids that are turned inward “entropion”.

obese or fat dogs
Obesity is sad for dogs

Obesity? I thought this was a problem that humans and all dogs suffer from. But that can really only be true if they are overeating correct? I don’t think so.

Apparently the Lab family has a problem with obesity. Now you wouldn’t think that this would be an issue for this dog, especially a Lab since they love to be active. Unless your Lab is getting a whole lot of exercise every single day (and they do need it), they stand the chance of becoming overly fat.

If your dog is constantly begging to eat or be fed, the homeopathic doc or therapist says to try to get him to eat some apple, green beans, or carrots for a snack. I always wondered why my mother gave our black lab mix cans of green beans? And he ate them. Preventing weight gain is always a much easier thing than losing weight through dieting at a later time, or trying to starve for weight loss.

Have you ever heard of the “little white shaker syndrome”? It happens to dogs

small white maltese puppy
Maltese puppy

of many colors but is much more prevalent in little white dogs. The “little white shaker syndrome” is actually called “tremors” in any small dog of any color but mainly dogs that are little and white like the Maltese.

Their cerebellum is where it begins as an inflammation and it inflicts the poor little guy, making him shake so badly that he can barely walk. They say that it can be treated with corticosteroids. These tremors are not painful and with treatment, they will usually clear up in just a few weeks.  But again, corticosteroids are not a great long term medication for any animal or person.

puppy Cavalier King Puppy
Cavalier King Puppy

Heart Trouble? Yikes…. But the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is stricken with this mitral valve disease, especially the elderly of these small dogs.  It is typical of a younger Spaniel to develop this mitral valve disease early on.

With this mitral valve disease, the valve between the left atrium and ventricle doesn’t close tight enough. This allows blood to leak backwards as the heart pumps, which puts a strain on his little heart. There are other symptoms like lethargy and coughing associated with the heart disease. However, with the right meds and proper monitoring, a dog with this disease should be living for years into senior hood with little or no symptoms.

huge Great Dane
bone and skin dog needs a comfortable place to lie down for its boney mass

How about the “great bloat”? Bloat in a dog can be really serious and is prevalent in Great Danes. Because they are so large, they run a bigger risk for “gastric dilation and volvulus” which is called “bloat”.  It is life threatening because the stomach fills up with gas and then the stomach twists as it traps the gas and food in the stomach. If you ever see your Dane (or any larger dog I would assume) pacing about uncomfortably, panting, and drooling right after he eats? You will need to call your vet and get him to a place for corrective surgery right away because bloat can be fatal if not treated fast.

pure breed dog with skin allergies
Pure Breed such as this one has awful skin allergies which is not uncommon. They can be taken care of before they are allowed to get this bad though!

Skin Allergies?  Geez. I have been reading about the Golden Retriever but I know they aren’t the only dog to have skin allergies because my Staffordshire Terrier had them terribly. I also knew a Shar Pei that went to the groomers and vet once a week because of the oils that were excreted within and under his rolls of wrinkles and in between his toes. All 3 of these dogs licked incessantly, causing sores on their feet especially.

My wrinkled friend was in terrible shape and I was so happy that he was blessed with a really rich owner who could take proper care of him. That poor little dog was miserable when it was close to his weekly visit to the vet.

They tried changing his food, bath soap, tub soaks, medicines. I felt terrible for him but I also felt really bad for my dog. She was also miserable and the vet kept giving her steroid shots which were not good for her. She passed away at 7 from heart failure; I have always blamed it on the vet at that time.

Dogs don’t sneeze like we humans do. So when they are allergic to something, they begin to lick and in most cases their licking, scratching, chewing will lead to “hot spots”. These spots are red and can turn into oozing sores. The vets believe that oatmeal shampoo, adding an omega-3 supplement to its diet, and make sure he always gets regular flea treatments. In our case we also switched the food to something like salmon, duck, and no grains at all.

The book I just read doesn’t mention steroids at all so I am assuming that these vets would never even begin with the steroids. They do stop the itching but only for a short while and have to be repeated once every 30 days or so.

However, now there is a great medication out that can be given to dogs who are in itchy bad spots. I do not know the name of it and I do not know the side effects. I’m sure I will be hearing soon from Dr. Jones, our homeopathic vet.

shephard prone to dysplasia
German shepherd

When the joint ball and socket do not fit together in the proper way, it causes severe pain, arthritis sets in, and problems walking begin as well. Hip Dysplasia is the diagnosis and pretty common with German Shepherds. If you are shopping for a Shepherd puppy, you will want to have this conversation with the breeder to see if this puppy’s parents were screened for hip dysplasia. It sounds as though hip dysplasia could be a bit hereditary since parents with healthy hips commonly birth pups with healthy hips.

dressed up poodlePoodles are one of the “handful of Breeds” that are at an increased risk for Glaucoma which is a serious eye disease. A buildup of fluid in the eye causes pressure and pain, and can eventually cause blindness. If caught early (as with humans) it can be treated with medication. If not, then surgery or even a full removal of affected eyes could be necessary.

Joints seem to be a problem with larger dogs and in this case the Rottweiler is a pretty big dog. But these particular dogs suffer from hip and elbow

pic of a rottweiler pup
Rottweiler Puppy

dysplasia, arthritis, osteochondrosis dissecans or OCD. It is a condition that develops in larger puppies that grow fast when cartilage in the joint forms improperly. The right amount of a balanced diet could keep the joints healthy but many dogs require a surgery that removes this abnormal cartilage.

puppy Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Pup

A dog with diabetes or one that is more prone to diabetes? If you have a Miniature Schnauzer that is drinking water like crazy and all of a sudden he is having urine accidents in the house? These dogs seem to be at a higher risk of diabetes; this is a serious condition. So it’s insulin and diet change for this pup if he is to have a normal and healthy life.

Beagles, another cute smaller dog, are known for epilepsy!

family of beagle puppies
Family of Beagles

Seizures caused by a brain disorder is more common for Beagles than any other dog breed. A first seizure is usually seen between six months and three years. Epilepsy cannot be cured, but frequency (more than one per month) could be managed with medication.

pic of cocker spaniel puppies
Lil Cocker Spaniel Puppies

Cocker Spaniels get ear infections because of the way their ears grow. It is important to trim hair that is growing on the underside with clippers to keep her ear canals dry. Prevention is the best way to keep ear infections from happening so clean the ears every two weeks. Flip her ears back to let them “breathe”. This prevention will also help prevent major problems later in life as well.

Wobbly Knee Caps? Your Shih Tzu has Wobbly Kneecaps? Patellar Luxation

shih tzu family
shih tzu family

sounds a bit better but this is common in “toy breeds” like Shih Tzus. When the knee cap pops out-of-place, the dog hobbles, skips a step, or limps. This kneecap will normally pop back in place by itself. There are severe cases when surgery might be a necessity for correcting any problems and prevention for arthritis.

I have heard of bad backs in this dog but we always called our dog a wiener dog! I had one of these as a young girl and loved him dearly. He got away from me when we were walking on the beach and someone picked him up and took him home. I found this out at the local store because whoever it was, told them to tell us they were going to keep him, if we happened to come in to ask about him. The nerve of some jerk people.  My heart was crushed and I sobbed all the way home.

But yes, Dachshunds can develop back problems because of their long short bodies. There is a high risk for injury and spinal disk problems if they try to jump up on something that is too high or put excess strain on her back.

sweet pup

Limiting their stairs and keep them from jumping down off of the furniture will help to alleviate some stress on the back. Maintaining a healthy weight is also really important.

picture doberman pinscher puppy
Doberman Pinscher before ears are cropped

Doberman Pinschers are commonly diagnosed with a serious heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM. The heart’s chambers are stretched out and they don’t pump blood effectively. Most people do not even realize that there is anything wrong with their dog until he collapses. Vets of Dobermans might suggest annual screenings because it is such a serious and common condition for them. Medications can regulate their heart rhythm and improve the ability for their heart to pump but there is no cure for DCM.

pic of yorkshire terrier
Cute little Yorkshire Terrier

A Portosystemic Shunt or PSS is a blood vessel birth defect common in small breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier. This portal vein will carry toxins from her intestines to her liver, which cleans her blood. When PSS is the problem, this portal vein bypasses her liver, the toxins do not get removed. PSS causes poor growth, vomiting, confusion, and seizures. PSS may be corrected with surgery most of the time and she will be able to live a normal healthy life.

Does your Chihuahua make a honking noise when she gets excited? She could have a collapsed trachea which is yet another common problem with toy


breeds. With the collapsed trachea, the cartilage that holds the trachea in an open position is weak, and so the trachea will flatten. There are some little dogs that can go a life time with a collapsing trachea and have no problems. But others will require a medication and still others with severe cases, a surgery may be necessary to prop the trachea open.

pix of a boxer puppy
Boxer Puppy

Boxers are at higher risk for certain types of cancer, which include lymphoma and mast cell tumors. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, and mast cell tumors are a type of skin cancer. In both cases, the cancer is often felt as an unusual lump or bump on your dog’s body. Both cancers might be treatable, but important to catch both of them early. So if you have a boxer, please check him regularly for lumps.

Pomeranian’s with Hair Loss? These little pups are predisposed to an adrenal

pomeranian puppies
Pomeranian Puppies

gland disease called alopecia X, which causes hair loss. Alopecia X usually begins when a dog is young. If a dog with alopecia X is intact, spaying or neutering often causes the hair to grow back (this hair loss is caused by excess production of sex hormones). Melatonin supplements can also help.

picture of German Short-haired Pointers
German Short-haired Pointers

German Short-haired Pointers are known for a narrowing of the aorta which is the large blood vessel. It carries oxygenated blood to the body from the heart. When this narrowing or Aortic Stenosis is diagnosed, a strain on the heart over time could cause irregular heart rhythm.

If it is a mild case, it is possible there are no symptoms. But if the case is severe, your dog could become weak and tire easily. Usually and unfortunately, this is one of the things that can shorten your dog’s life. It can be managed however, with medications.

Shetland Sheepdog Family
Shetland Sheepdog Family

The Shetland Sheepdog are a beautiful breed. However these Shelties can be affected by a whole group of eye problems that are related, also known as “Collie Eye Anomaly”. It affects the retina and optic nerve. If the case is mild, the dog’s vision may not be affected at all. Moderate to Severe cases might lead to blindness. There is no known treatment for “Collie Eye”. It is fairly widespread among dog breeds affected by it. If you are out shopping for a Sheltie puppy, make sure you ask if it has been tested.

aspca adoption
aspca adopt a dog

humane dauchshund_hoadringIf you must have a pure breed puppy, then do your homework. Check the breed with as many different resources as you can so that you know what you may be purchasing. If there are tests that can be done for puppies, make sure the puppy that you pick has been tested. Check the parents lineage as well.

I will always recommend that adoption of a “dog” or “puppy” be the way to purchase a dog. Adoption from a local shelter is about the best way to pick your loving little bundle.

After shopping around for my last puppy, I found that adopting a dog that has already been house trained was optimal. Vaccines are already completed and in all cases, whatever you decide to adopt, will either be spayed or neutered before you bring them home. Many dogs out there have been removed from places of abuse or “torture chambers” is what I call them.

There are so many grown up human beings that do not deserve to have a loving bundle in their care. If you do deserve one and get one to bring home, chances are you are going to need homeopathic over the counter medications and supplements.

I do not have a whole lot to say about regular pet stores. You can find “cheap” all the way to “really high end” dog foods and then take hours in between trying to find the best and making up your mind for what is supposed to be the most nutritious, not using cereals, toxins in medications, and on and on it goes.

My suggestion to any good doggy parent?  Go to the sources at the top and start with someone who is educated, someone who has taken the time to study about the products they are selling.

Starting here: Vetionx Pet Health Care Products. There is a very common malady that I mentioned in another post and went into quite some detail about it; separation anxiety. If you already have a pet, possibly your dog is suffering from it and if so, I truly hope that you will get the homeopathic and really effective medication for it.  Anxietrex; safe and effective!

Hopefully, there are many loving and caring people like myself, and like you who can give these deserving little bundles a great home full of love and caring and healthy living. It’s what they deserve, that is for sure.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave your comments or questions below so we communicate back to you! Have a great week.    Do you have a bad dog

Skin Allergies Making Your Pet Sick

skin allergies

Skin allergies making your pet sick?

These skin allergies turned into disease or illnesses, are often the result of something that might have been treated easily if caught more quickly by your veterinarian.

Skin allergies (or skin diseases) could turn into a much more serious disease that could possibly damage the organs such as the kidneys or the liver.  When we do not seek the advice of our veterinarian quickly, we are putting our pets at risk for health issues that could prove to be quite deadly.

Skin allergies and infections are among the most common medical conditions that we dog or cat owners will seek treatment for.  This information was provided by Dr. Jones online library, his pet health ebooks, and his online Veterinarian Secrets.

The type of  skin problems we are going to see most often, depends a lot on where we live.  Diseases and symptoms of diseases, will often change upon the location we have chosen to live in — for example, if you’re in Florida, fleas and other external parasites abound because of the climate and type of land; swamps, water, etc. The arid desert also gives up other parasitic enemies. Fleas will always be a problem, no matter where you live.

If you notice any skin problems with your pet, don’t try to diagnose it yourself. It is impossible for you to tell by looking at it exactly what it is even though it looks very similar to a description of something that you have read about.

You will most likely have to get a medication to treat it anyway and it’s important to see your vet.  Let them diagnose it and write a prescription for medication if you need it.

You can also contact the American College of Veterinary Dermatology to find a board-certified vet who specializes in animal skin conditions if necessary too.  This is what I would highly recommend.  Do not leave skin problems to an every day veterinarian.  If I had known that I could contact people about my baby girl, I would have contacted them right away. I could have emailed them a picture of her.

Instead I depended on the “veterinarian” at one of those local large box pet supply stores. I would like to warn you right now that you should have very serious thoughts about finding the right type of “veterinarian” for your pet! There is a big difference I think, between finding a hair stylist (veterinarian) that really knows how to “stylishly cut hair” and someone who just graduated beauty school. Do not settle for the faster, better, cheaper, route! You will be sorry. My sweet girl passed because of the medications given to her.

pure breed dog with skin allergies
Pure Breed such as this one has awful skin allergies which is not uncommon. They can be taken care of before they are allowed to get this bad though!


sick puppy with mange
This poor pup is feeling that mange; he looks really sick and I can’t imagine not treating this illness before it got this bad? Don’t ever let it get this bad!


 Skin allergies and diseases that make your pet sick, can often turn on your pet with a deadly show of force! If your pet has visible signs of any skin lesions, open sores that will not heal, or significant hair loss, get your pet to A Vet immediately.

sick dog with mange
Mange such as this takes a while to look like this. Don’t ignore a sick dog!

Scratch, scratch, scratch or lick, lick, lick! If your pet is constantly scratching or licking itself, it could be a skin allergy. “Allergies tend to be caused by environmental things like dust mites or pollens,” says Dr. Andrew Jones DVM, Canada  “They could be from eating certain foods too.”  Allergies can be genetically passed too; this happens consistently with purebreds.

Our Story

My dog had skin allergies something fierce!  We had a heck of a time determining what she was allergic to. It was a game of eliminating things and then replacing things slowly, and one by one.

First the foods were tested.  She went to a totally allergen tested food made by Science Diet.  You have to get a prescription for it from your vet.  Personally?  It looked like sawdust paste in a can and cost almost $4 per can. The small bag of dry food was about $60.  She wasn’t allowed to eat very much each day; in fact she wouldn’t.

The food had no apparent change in her overly oily itchy skin.  The next thing, and actually, we didn’t wait too long to change all of her bedding.  Anything that I had washed with my detergent got thrown out since I had to purchase new stuff anyway.

But she preferred to sleep either on the couch (leather) or on the carpet so I didn’t have very much control over this situation.  She kept on licking her paws and in between her toes became a magenta hot pink.

Medications (steroids) always took care of the problem short-term. After I found out what these steroids could do to her, we cut her off.   It wasn’t until later that this vet recommended a different medication but her timing was all wrong. She should never have given my dog steroids and then tried to give her this other medication over the top of the steroids; We lost her the 2nd morning. I’m still mourning her five years later.

Cog with allergies
Allergies between the toes; constant licking turns them red and can cause sores making them worse.

“Allergies are by far the most common skin issue that we see in animals,” says Dr. Jones. ” Did you know that your dog could have the same allergies that you have? If you have any allergies, it would be worth checking this out.  Just because you sneeze does not indicate that is what your dog is going to do.  Your sneeze will show up as a reaction on your dog’s skin, like a big rash or hair loss.  Dr. Jones says that “depending on the cause of the allergy, will show us the course of treatment that we should use to have success in making our pets feel better.”  He did say that “there are many things, many home remedies, that can be used to make our animals feel better.”

(My dog was really ill with her allergies and the vet that I was taking her to left me sitting in the exam room for over an hour before they came in; I even had an appointment.) This was the vet at the box style pet supply store. I believe they added a vet clinic to their store as an after thought. When I made an appointment to see the vet at this place, not only was I always left waiting but my girl was misdiagnosed and given the wrong medication at the wrong time; I lost my baby girl and this was tragic for me since I had also just lost my mother.

How about “Flea Bites”? Video on Natural Flea Control by Dr. Andrew Jones



empty and full tick

A tick as first seen on one of your pets. As the tick latches on and gorges on blood it swells.

It doesn’t matter where you live. Whether you are in a city, a suburban backyard, or a more rural area, fleas are or can be a huge problem for any animal that goes outside at all.  “You don’t have to be a country dweller to have a flea infestation” Dr. Jones said.

The spring is the most prime time for fleas, and even experts agree that our recent mild winters could mean a worse-than-usual flea season. Colder temps kill off fleas, and other insects such as spiders; especially during any snowy or icy spurts.

If you see that your pet has any kind of patchy hair loss, any open sores, or even scabby areas, it is a great indication that they are really bothered with an overload of fleas. (Even if you can’t see them)  Most times though you can see actual fleas on the pet; they like to accumulate near their rear end.

My cat has a flea problem as we speak here. He loves for me to rub or scratch him low on the back; I can feel the little scabby patches where he has been itching or biting himself. He loves it because it is hard for him to reach that area.

Flea saliva can cause this itchy allergic reaction which could make your pet crazy with relentless scratching, biting, or chewing and they even pull their own hair out if it gets too bad for them. The best treatment for this is the medications that are out there over the counter; there are many high quality products.  There are also really cheap products too, so use your best judgment and if you have a problem deciding which one, just ask “your vet”. I can tell you from experience that the store “clerk” is not going to be very knowledgeable about this.

Did you know that fleas can live up to a full year?  When you decide to exterminate fleas, make sure you get everything where fleas could live, like the pet’s bedding, area rugs, furniture, etc. Not just the fleas but you have to get their eggs too.

 “Alopecia”  What’s that?  dog with alopecia

With Alopecia, hair loss is the symptom.  The problem is that hair loss can indicate a number of other pet issues too.  Animals that are losing their fur need to be seen by your veterinarian quickly.

Dogs with hypothyroidism, an infection, or even parasites could cause hair loss.  Cats and dogs can lose hair because of flea allergies. ,”  If your pet is losing hair, it’s important to see your vet because there could be so many potential causes. Some could be easy fixes.

In dogs, hypothyroidism, infections, or parasites can lead to hair loss. Both dogs and cats can also lose hair as a result of flea allergies. Since Alopecia is not a disease, but a sign of something else, a veterinarian needs to see and diagnose the reason for the Alopecia.  dog with alopecia

My dog has the “Mange”?  

Haven’t you ever heard someone calling a dog “that mangy mutt?”  This is usually a description of what their fur or coat must look like.

Dogs, cats, and many other animals, can develop an infestation of tiny mites which attach to skin or hair follicles are the cause of mange.  Types of mange include demodex and scabies.

Demodex is what we see in young puppies most often. Demodex in older dogs might be a sign of thyroid problems.    mange

Symptoms of mange are hair loss and itching.

Scabies is the other type of mange and it is an organism that lives on the skin. Scabies gets transferred from one to the other fairly easily.  The medication to clear demodex comes from a prescription from your vet, and is the more difficult to treat of the two.

Demodex can take months to clear up.  You have to work closely in any case with your vet! See the pictures above for mange.

 “Ringworm” is contagious!

human with ringworm
A human infected with ringworm. It is highly contagious and can be treated easily so this is a person who let it go without help for quite some time. Don’t ignore little round scabby sores.


ringworm is a contagious crusty round patch with possible hair loss around it.
Ringworm is a round looking crusty patch on or in the skin with possible hair loss around it.



“Ringworm is a fungus transmitted between animals or animals to humans.  A round looking patch of fur with crusty appearance to it is ringworm and is highly contagious.

More common in cats, especially very young kittens (less than a year old) OR older — cats and any other animal who has a compromised immune system. Mother cats who are nursing, and have ringworm, can pass it when the kittens are nursing.

Ringworm spores can live for more than a year in animal bedding, dishes, and other things that the infected animals have been in contact with. It is a good idea to throw away any items that your infected animals have touched, especially if you have worked long and hard to get rid of the ringworm on your pet. If you don’t keep the whole environment clean, your pet or animals can get reinfected.

 I thought only girls got “Yeast Infections”!

“A little bit of yeast is normal on the skin and in the ears,” says Dr. Jones.  But the problem happens when there is an overgrowth of yeast, which happens with some underlying skin changes or the skin environment is disrupted due to flea bites, skin allergies, mange, ringworm, or any other issues.

In some animals and even in humans, an antibiotic treatment(s) might also stimulate yeast growth causing infection or making an overgrowth more likely. Yeast infections can be treated with topical or oral antifungal medications that will kill the yeast organisms overgrowth and infection.

“Feline Acne”

If you think your cat has a dirty face, think again!  Those black specks on Picasso’s chin might be Feline Acne.

According to Dr. Jones, they don’t really know what causes this feline acne, although it isn’t puberty, that’s for sure.  The theory is that when a cat’s chin continually comes in contact with his plastic food bowl day after day, that it can cause contact dermatitis and feline acne.

But yet another theory is that it is caused by a virus.  Not just on the chin, but blackheads or whiteheads can also appear on the lips. Feline acne can be treated with antibiotics and special cleansers.

There is also a kind of related disorder called “stud tail”. Its name comes from the fact that it is most common with males that have not been fixed; thus “stud tail”.  Their tail gets a greasy look and feel at the base, says Dr. Jones, and even some hair loss can occur. See your vet for treatment here.

“Skin Cancer” just like a human?

puppy with skin cancer on the nose
This poor pup has a patch of cancer on his nose. The nose and ear tips are the most common place for skin cancers.


Skin cancer is really common in animals. “Cutaneous sarcoma” is one type we often see in the older animals.

Although there are several types of skin cancer that develop in both dogs and cats, there are two types related to exposure to the sun.

“Squamous cell carcinomas” is more common in light-colored cats, on the tips of their ears and the nose.

“Hemangio sarcomas” are more often seen in short-haired, and light-furred dogs.  Dr. Jones recommends that if pets need to go outdoors, that it is better to take pets out into the daylight when the sun is not at its peak and to keep them out of the sun as much as possible.

These cancers can look like small lumps or bumps on or in the skin.  They can also appear as patches of skin that are discolored and hairless, or rashes and sores that will not heal. If you see or feel any kind or type of skin growth on your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.




When you have a sick pet at home, and any dog or pet with any of the above aches and pains is sick!  Please, for your own and the safety of other family members and other pets, keep the ill pets quarantined and away from other pets, in a warm, dry, safe and quiet place so they can heal.

Keeping small children far away from ill pets is a necessity.  Using safety gates in my home helped me a great deal.  Don’t put their water or food near other animals foods either; wash their dishes in their own hot and soapy water. Wash your hands well with soapy hot water after handling an animal that is sick and make sure to pick up their feces and dispose of it well so that there is no chance that it will get washed down into the ground or into a water run off anywhere.

Here is a wonderful house gate (in fact, it is the same exact one that I used, but I had to use two of them) that can be used for animals or infants!  Pet and Infant Gate

Ceck out Dr. Andrew Jones; Homeopathic and Holistic Veterinarian; Website

If you would like to learn more about your dog or cat’s health, please check out our own online, homeopathic, holistic, veterinarian; Dr. Andrew Jones and his website. He has a whole online library of reading material, and an online special home study course, first aid for your dog and cat, and even “”The Veterinary Secrets Course on Extending Your Pet’s Life“!

I also mentioned above that I would tell you about the vet I hooked my dog up with last year about this time. She died just before Thanksgiving because the vet that I was using was the faster, better, cheaper way. Inside of that big box type of pet supply store with the vet clinic inside of the store; this is who I was using not realizing that they were not qualified to take care of my girl’s needs.

The vet at this clinic gave her a medication that she should not have taken under any circumstances until she had completely withdrawn from the steroids she had been taking for years.  I did not know any of this until it was too late. The steroids that had been given to my little girl were not good for her either; she had gained quite a few pounds from the steroid use.

So, she should have lost a few pounds and been forced to endure the plague of itching while ridding her body of these steroids that were controlling the itch. Because she was overweight, the new prescription cost me twice as much because she had to have double a normal dose.  I was assured that she was cleared of any questions to be able to take this medication; “lie!”

An hour after I had given her this new medication, she began to act strangely and I called this clinic immediately.  The girl receptionist who answered the phone said “she is probably still excited about being away from the house and in here all day yesterday; just give her overnight and see how she is doing in the morning; you can give us a call if she is not better by then”.

Reluctantly, I said okay and hung up the phone.  She did not make it to the next morning; she passed away about three hours after I hung up with that clinic’s receptionist who had no clue as to what she was even talking about.

Please take on and do your own due diligence when picking out a new vet for your pets. Check all qualifications and if you like what you see and read about this vet,: then you really should interview the new veterinarian! Don’t leave your pet’s life in the hands of someone you don’t even know! If you have to and don’t have a choice in the matter, then so be it. You can only do so much but I haven’t forgiven myself of what my baby had to endure. It was obviously a heart attack which had to be painful for her. I cry everytime I think about it.

Thanks for coming to read our post today on allergies and skin problems. Come back again soon.  senior dogdog with alopecia