Perfume Your Cat – A Vet’s Trick

Have you ever brought your cat home from the veterinary clinic and found your other cats hissing at them or worse yet, attacking them?  Unfortunately, this is a common response when one member of a cat family comes home wearing scents from the hospital.  The cats who stayed home pick up the smell of antiseptics, other animals […]

Dog Allergies – Shampoos, Rinses And Other Topical Treatments

There are numerous products including shampoos, rinses, sprays, lotions, creams and leave-on conditioners designed to help dogs with allergies.  These topicals contain anti-inflammatory ingredients (steroids, antihistamines, colloidal oatmeal, fatty acids, capsaicin and aloe vera) to make the patient more comfortable.  In my experience, the response to each is highly individualistic.  I see the best response in patients who have localized disease and owner’s […]

Dog Allergies – Fatty Acids

Fatty acids come in two varieties, omega-6 and omega-3.  Omega-6 fatty acids are contained in vegetable oils.  They are generally used to correct defects in the lipid barrier of skin damaged by allergies.  Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and flaxseed, are best known for their anti-inflammatory effects.  Since most dogs with allergies can benefit from both, I […]

Dara Rybalov Wins The Cover Contest

Congratulations to Dara Rybalov, winner of the cover design cover contest.  Although I liked the artwork and creativity of all the entries, I felt Dara’s design best captured the spirit of the book.  I can’t wait to share it with you!  Coated With Fur:  A Vet’s Life will be published in April.       From a young age, Dara displayed an avid […]

Dog Allergies – Antihistamines

Antihistamines are a class of drug that decrease inflammation by inhibiting histamine release.  There are many drugs in this class including diphenhydramine (Benadryl), hydroxyzine (Atarax), chlorpheniramine (Chlortrimeton) and cetirizine (Zyrtec).  The most common side effect is sedation, dogs sleep more than normal.  This effect usually improves after a few days of therapy.  In rare individuals, the opposite […]