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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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My Dog has been Diagnosed Hypothyroid

Over the years I have diagnosed many dogs with hypothyroidism. This is a disease in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. Thyroid hormone is responsible for driving the metabolism of the body. This means that all of the cells of the body rely on this hormone to allow them to function at their normal capacity.


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Dog Fleas

Fleas are a common pest here in Southern California. The evolution of flea control has made the prevention of fleas a much more manageable task.

In flea allergic dogs it takes very few fleas to cause an incredible amount of itching.

My dog's skin has always been itchy and every summer he has to be treated. After a recent series of tests and I was told that he has flea allergy dermatitis. The problem is that I have never seen a flea on him. Is this diagnosis correct?


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Does My Dog Have a Cataract?

If you notice a change in the appearance of your dog's eye we should do an exam. Cataracts can in many cases lead to significant loss of vision or even blindness. Our doctors will need to evaluate your dog's complete health picture because in some cases a cataract can be secondary to other illnesses.

What is a cataract?


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