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Many dogs have skin sensitivities. Some are allergy related due to an environmental or dietary factor while others are caused by parasites. No matter what the issue, skin problems can be very irritating for your dog. Our knowledgeable team of veterinarians can provide your dog with relief options and help keep their skin healthy.

What are the causes, symptoms & diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?

There are many causes of skin irritations and infections. During a veterinary consultation, the areas of concern will be carefully examined and if required a skin scraping and cytology can be performed. This will allow them to evaluate the sample on a microscopic level.

What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworms?

Despite the name, ringworm is not actually a worm or even caused by a worm. It is a fungal infection of the top layers of the skin and hair. Classic symptoms include lesions or “sores” that typically appear on a dog’s head, ears, paws or forelimbs. These lesions can cause patchy, crusted circular bald spots that sometimes look red in the center. It’s also possible for a dog to carry the fungus and not show any signs or symptoms. A “Wood’s” lamp exam or fungal culture will be performed if the lesion is suspicious of ringworm or if a family member has been diagnosed with this zoonotic disease.

What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?

Skin allergies in dogs are typically caused by two factors: environmental and food-related allergens. Food allergies can be controlled with proper diet and by avoiding the triggers that cause discomfort to your dog. Environmental allergens can be controlled with medications that can help reduce the side effects of skin allergies. Avoidance of known or suspected allergens can also reduce symptoms. Blood tests or referral skin allergy testing can be performed to identify common allergens and develop hyposensitization treatment for an affected pet.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

Fleas and mites are the biggest culprits causing parasitic skin issues. Treatment options typically come in either a topical or oral form. Please feel free to speak to our staff and decide which treatment option would be right for your pet.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?

An imbalance of hormones can cause hair loss or delayed growth and skin changes as well as redness and itching due to secondary infections. Our veterinarians will discuss medication therapy if your pet has a confirmed hormone imbalance.

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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