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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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Diarrhea in Dogs

Diarrhea is a very common problem in dogs. As you will read below, there are many causes. Some are serious and some are not. Our doctors and staff are happy to sort out the issues and arrive at a plan to get it taken care of.

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is the passage of unformed or loose stools, usually in increased volume and/or increased frequency. Diarrhea is not a disease but rather a symptom of many different diseases. Diarrhea associated with minor conditions can often be resolved quickly with simple treatments.

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Dental Disease in Dogs

Should I brush my dog's teeth? You bet. Does dental care create a longer healthier, happier life for my dog? You bet. When the tooth brush was introduced to some third world countries the average life expectancy increased dramatically. With a little tutoring, brushing your dog's teeth can become a daily habit that both of you enjoy.

The following information will help you to understand dental care in dogs.

I was unaware that dogs have dental problems. Is it common?

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My Dog is Straining to Urinate, What Should I Do?

If your dog is straining to urinate or has bloody or pink tinged urine you may be seeing signs of cystitis. This is a symptom that should not be ignored. It is important that you observe your dog urinating on a frequent basis. You are the window to your dog's health and your observations are very important to us.

Cystitis in dogs is not uncommon and has a number of different causes. Our doctors feel that determining the cause of cystitis is very important not only with treatment but also with prevention.

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