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Scratching the right spot – skin problems among dogs

Vets Corner

Skin irritation can be very distressing for your dog and it’s often difficult to work out just what’s causing it. Here, Paul Boland looks at some of the causes of itchy patches – as well as what can be done to remedy the problem. The medical term for itching and scratching is ‘pruritus’, and this can be caused by a number of factors, the major one being allergy. The number of dogs with allergies that I see has increased dramatically in recent years; in fact, it’s probably one of the most common reasons dog owners take their dog to the vet. Genetic history plays a role in how allergy- prone a dog is, but all breeds can be affected. To have an allergic reaction the dog must be exposed to the allergen at least twice. The first exposure causes the immune system to manufacture antibodies to the particular allergy-causing agent; subsequent… Read more »

Natural remedies for doggy arthritis

Vets Corner

When a dog is diagnosed with arthritis, some vets simply choose to prescribe painkillers for the rest of its life. However, Paul Boland prefers a more natural approach to this very common complaint. Here he explains how a three-pronged approach can make the world of difference to a pet living with this painful complaint. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder affecting pets and is a condition I see frequently. Loss of joint cartilage is a normal and essential process in healthy joints: cartilage is constantly being replaced to retain equilibrium. But in a diseased joint the loss of cartilage and its components is greater than their production, leading to degradation of the joint. When bony surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the bone may become exposed and damaged, which results in substantial pain. Some dogs will be in so much pain that they will hold up a limb…. Read more »