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Mange by Frank Utchen, DVM

Dr. Utchen, I just adopted a puppy from an animal shelter and he was diagnosed with a skin condition called Mange. Can you tell me more about this? Will my children and other pets get this?

Answer:  Mange is a skin infection resulting in fur loss that can affect a dog’s entire coat or just a few small spots. In this condition, microscopic bugs called “mites” reproduce in the top layers of the skin. There are two types of Mange, caused by different types of mites: demodectic mange, which is not contagious to humans, and sarcoptic mange, also called “scabies,” which is sometimes contagious to humans. 

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Medicating your Dog


The easiest way to give your dog a liquid medication is to mix it with some canned food. To ensure that the medication is swallowed, it is best to hand feed a small amount of food containing the medication, rather than a large portion that the dog may not completely consume. Some dogs may be unwilling to eat the food or may have dietary restrictions that prevent you from using this technique. If this is the case, you will need to administer the medication directly into your dog’s mouth.

  • Place your dog in a safe and comfortable area where it can be easily handled. Have the medication prepared and easily accessible. It... Read More

Heatstroke and Hyperthermia

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a term commonly used for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature. Generally speaking, if a pet’s body temperature exceeds 103°F (39.4°C), it is considered abnormal or hyperthermic. Body temperatures above 106°F (41°F) without previous signs of illness are most commonly associated with exposure to excessive external or environmental heat. The critical temperature where multiple organ failure and impending death occurs is 109°F (42.7°C).

What causes heatstroke?

The most common cause of heatstroke or hypertherm... Read More

Heatstroke Can Be Deadly to Your Pet by Frank Utchen, DVM

A dog with heatstroke? Sounds like all you need to do is let them cool down for a while. Actually, it’s a lot more serious than that and can be fatal. And by the time it’s detected it could be too late.

Every summer we see dogs presented in different stages of heatstroke. The sooner it is detected and corrective efforts are begun, the better chance a dog has of recovering.

What is heatstroke? Heatstroke is the syndrome of decline in mental status and damage to internal organs that happens when the body temperature rises too high. A dog suffering from heatstroke will often pant rapidly, drool, vomit, and beco... Read More

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