An ear mite infection occurs when otodectes mites take up residence on top of or just under the surface of your dog's ears. The mites are commonly found in young dogs and can be easily passed between dogs through skin contact. These tiny parasites will cause your dog a great deal of discomfort and can lead to your dog developing a hematoma in their ear, which is mass of clotted blood, as a result of shaking their head profusely to try and get relief from the itching the mites cause.
Hair loss is a common condition in dogs and can manifest as bald circles, patches or complete shedding. If your dog is losing hair, you may also notice inflammation, scaling or crusting around the area of hair loss. The condition may not seem serious, but it is indicative of underlying health problems, so should never be ignored. Here's what you need to know about hair loss in dogs:
Common causes of hair loss in dogs include:
Inflammation of the nasal passages, known as sinusitis, causes a build-up of mucus in your dog's nose and can lead to bacterial infections as the mucus creates a favourable environment for bacteria to thrive. Here's an overview of the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for sinusitis in dogs:
Causes of sinusitis include viruses, the presence of fungus, parasites, or abnormal tissue growth in the nasal passages, which can trigger inflammation.
Most responsible cat owners have their pets routinely vaccinated. However, if your cat is a house moggy that never ventures outside, does he really need an expensive course of vaccinations every year?
Before this question can be answered fully, it's important that you have an understanding of what vaccines do, the diseases they prevent, and why your vet recommends that you keep your pet's vaccinations up to date.
How vaccines work