Demodex

Demodex

Demodicosis is usually suspected when a young purebred animal has hairless areas on its face or front legs. Your veterinarian will perform a skin scraping in the exam room. Demodex mites can be found when the scrapings are examined under a… more
Ear Mites

Ear Mites

A history of recent contact with other animals followed by the onset of head shaking and scratching and pawing at the affected ear suggests a diagnosis of ear mites. The diagnosis will be confirmed by your veterinarian when he or she examines your… more
Flea-Allergy Dermatitis

Flea-Allergy Dermatitis

Your veterinarian may suspect flea-allergy dermatitis based on physical examination findings. Finding fleas, flea eggs or flea debris (flea feces that looks like black pepper) on an animal is proof of flea infestation. Tapeworm segments on the… more
Fleas

Fleas

Finding fleas, flea eggs or flea debris (flea feces, which when dry look like black pepper) on an animal is proof of flea infestation. Other signs of flea infestation include tapeworm infection (white segments shaped like cucumber seeds or rice… more
Giardia

Giardia

Microscopic examination of fresh stool specimens by your veterinarian is the usual method of finding Giardia. However, cysts and trophozoites may only appear sporadically in the stool. Therefore, several microscopic examinations of feces over… more
Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia

The causes of hip dysplasia are complex and involve hereditary and environmental factors such as overeating and rapid weight gain. Your veterinarian will confirm the diagnosis by palpating (examining by touch) the hip joints and taking X-rays. Click… more
Ear Mites

Hookworms

Microscopic examination of a pet’s stool by your veterinarian may disclose the presence of hookworm eggs. Blood tests may reveal anemia. Because hookworms begin feeding before they become sexually mature, puppies may become anemic before hookworm… more
Ovariohysterectomy

Ovariohysterectomy

Pet overpopulation is a tremendous problem. According to the American Humane Association, every year at least 5.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters. Thousands more are put to sleep by veterinarians, and perhaps millions more abandoned… more
Parvoviral Enteritis

Parvoviral Enteritis

The history you provide, such as possible exposure to sick animals, will be very helpful to your veterinarian. Blood samples often show decreased white blood cell levels because the virus affects the bone marrow. Other diagnostic tests include… more
Patellar Luxation

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation is diagnosed when your veterinarian performs a physical exam. X-rays of the affected leg may show arthritic changes that have developed in the knee as a result of patellar luxation. They may also demonstrate the bone changes that… more
Pyometra

Pyometra

Physical examination by your veterinarian often reveals an enlarged abdomen with or without a vaginal discharge. A swab of material from the vagina may contain white blood cells and bacteria when it is examined under a microscope. Blood tests,… more
Roundworms

Roundworms

Many authorities believe that all or most puppies and kittens acquire roundworm infections from their mothers. A young animal, therefore, with no deworming history is likely to be infected with roundworms. Roundworm infections are usually diagnosed… more
Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament

Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament

Your veterinarian may suspect a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament when you describe the rapid onset of rear-leg lameness following trauma or exercise that included running or jumping. Your veterinarian will confirm the diagnosis by palpating… more
Sarcoptes

Sarcoptes

A history of recent exposure to other animals followed by the onset of skin disease characterized by intense scratching suggests a diagnosis of sarcoptic mange. Concurrent skin disease in family members supports the diagnosis. Your veterinarian may… more
Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum)

Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum)

Dipylidium caninum infections are diagnosed when your veterinarian finds fresh white proglottids shaped like cucumber seeds in a pet’s stool or on the coat near the anus. You may also find proglottids on your pet, in its stool or in its bedding.… more

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