Animal Blog - Animal Hospital of Dunedin

Pawsitive Press for August ’18


What is Parvo?

By: Dr. Wade Matthews

I can still remember the first case of parvovirus that I ever saw. Unfortunately, it was only a necropsy sample of a dog’s small intestine in to take back to the University of Florida for evaluation for parvo. I was working in Branford Florida as a veterinary technician the year before I started veterinary school in 1980 and dogs were dying of a new disease in the area and we needed help in solving the dilemma. These dogs would start to become depressed, most would vomit and all of them […]

Pawsitive Press for July ’18


Common Skin Conditions

By: Dr. Patrick Hafner

Skin disease is very common in our canine companions. It is more common in dogs than in the feline population. There are several categories of skin abnormalities that affect dogs. Many of the various skin conditions we treat here at the hospital are either completely cured or controlled with proper treatment. Here are some of the questions we frequently answer.

What are “immune-mediated” skin disorders?
The most frequently treated immune-mediated skin disorder in the canine is Canine Atopic skin disease. This condition occurs when the immune system […]

Pawsitive Press for June ’18


Itching, scratching, and biting OH MY!

By: Dr. Michael Bartholomew, DVM

Spring has sprung here in Florida and so has allergy season. Ahhhh, the price of admission for living in paradise! While we never truly get a respite down here from allergies like our friends to the north do, springtime can definitely be troublesome for allergy sufferers. Just like us, dogs and sometimes cats can be the victim of a severe allergic disease. While we humans suffer from red eyes and the sneezes, pets often suffer from intense skin itching, called pruritus, which often leads to secondary infections […]

Pawsitive Press for April ’18

Fur Babies and Kids

By: Dr. Christen Woodley

For a lot of families, our fur babies are our children, our four-legged children that is. Many households also have children of the two-legged variety, and the combination of both can lead to a learning experience for all. There are many positive lessons that can be learned from having a pet; Lessons such as responsibility, empathy, situation awareness, gentle touch, loss and unconditional love. On the converse, children and pets can inadvertently raise some risks for each other also.

When introducing a pet into the home […]