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My Dog Has Been Skunked!

Growing up in upstate New York, I had much exposure to skunks and dogs who made the mistake of getting to close to them. My own dog chased a skunk into our garage. Needless to say, the odor was present for a long time. If I knew what I know now, I would have saved my parents a bit of money on tomato juice. It just didn't work.

Outside of the obvious odor, dogs can get other problems when sprayed. The eyes are of specific concern. If your dog has been sprayed and there is redness of the eyes, lack of vision or squinting, we need to deal with it immediately.

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My Dog Has a Swollen Ear

If your dog has a large puffy swelling on the ear, it is likely an ear hematoma. It is most likely that you will have noticed excessive shaking of the head. Ear hematomas require treatment or the ear will become severely scarred and deformed.

It is also important to determine the underlying cause for the shaking of the head that led to the hematoma. Although in many cases the hematoma doesn't cause pain, very often the underlying cause will. Not only will our vets treat the hematoma, they will treat the underlying cause and the pain as well.

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The Most Common Medical Problems in Dogs.

Here in Orange County our dogs are an important part of our families. At Newport Harbor Animal Hospital they are as important to us as they are to you. Frequently our doctors and staff are asked what the most common medical problems we see in dogs at our hospital.

Continue reading to satisfy your curiosity and gain some helpful tips on the care of your dog.

10 Most Common Conditions from VPI Pet Insurance

1. Ear Infections

2. Skin Allergies

3. Skin Infection

4. Non-cancerous skin growths

5. Upset stomach

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My Dog is in Kidney Failure, What Should I Expect?

The kidneys are an amazing organ. Made up of millions of tiny units, they will remain functional until up to 2/3 of the tissue is destroyed. This is why a person can donate a kidney without harm to their own body. If your dog has been diagnosed with chronic renal failure it means this damage has occurred over a long period of time. We will do all that we can to detect kidney failure early. This allows more options and it will certainly give us a better chance to keep your dog healthy as long as possible.

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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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