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Does Your Dog Have Worms?

One of the great concerns we have about internal parasites in dogs is that some of them are potentially harmful to their owners as well. Roundworms and Hookworms are both able to land in humans and can cause severe problems in some cases. We are all very close to our pets. We love them, kiss them and many times sleep with them. Fortunately we have the technology to prevent these parasites. Our doctors can design a program that is called strategic deworming. This allows you to prevent the infection of your dog by these parasites.


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What are "hot spots" in dogs?

Hot spots in dogs are very common here in Orange County. Part of the reason for this is our wonderful climate. This leads to frequent allergies and flea problems that can contribute to these moist infections.

The following information will help you to understand what hot spots are.

What are "hot spots"?

Acute moist dermatitis or "hot spots" are a common skin disorder in dogs. "Hot spots" can appear suddenly and become large red, irritated lesions in a short time.

What is the cause?


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Grief in Children with Pet Loss

The loss of a pet is a very traumatic experience for all of us. Very frequently there are children of varying ages in families who are faced with this crisis.

It is a very emotional time and we are often asked how to handle the loss of a pet with the children in the family.

This is dependent on the age of the child and the following information may be of great help in your time of need.

How do children react to pet loss and grief?


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Grief and the loss of your pet

This is a tough subject. Most of us have experienced the grief following the loss of a pet but rarely are we prepared for the raw emotion that ensues. Understanding the grief process can be of great help in this time of need.

Dr. Carpenter has grief counseled countless clients over his career and is available to help.


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Goopy Eyes Caused by Dry Eye - Dogs

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS is a very uncomfortable, painful condition in your dog's eyes.

You might ask, why are the eyes so goopy if they are dry?

Normal tear function allows all of the particles and debris in your dog's eyes to be washed away. If there are not enough tears these materials will cause significant irritation and pain. No wonder your dog will be squinting and rubbing at the eyes.

What is keratoconjunctivitis sicca?


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Get rid of dog fleas, what can I do?

Dog Fleas are nasty, resilient creatures. Fortunately, technology has come a long way to help us with dog and pet flea control. This article will describe the life cycle of the flea which will help you to understand how we can control them. There is no reason to have your dog suffer needlessly with fleas as there are many proven, cost effective dog flea prevention and treatments available.

My dog always seems to have fleas. What can I do?


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Ear Infections in your dog

Head shaking, dirty ears, smelly ears and scratching at the ears. If you have ever been around a dog with an ear infection you have seen these signs. Ear infections are one of the most common conditions we see in our patients.

Some of this is due to the shape of the dog's ear. It is also frequently due to allergies or life style issues such as frequent swimming or bathing.

If you have ever had an ear infection you know how uncomfortable it can be.

How common are ear infections in dogs?


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Dogs Red Eyes

If you have noticed your dog has red eyes it is important to have them evaluated by one of our doctors. As you can imagine, it is very dangerous to improperly treat or delay treatment for eye problems. After all, the eyes are very sensitive and you don't want to play games with your dog's vision.


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