Archive for the ‘Skin & Coat’ Category
Hi Dr. Brown,
I have a 9yr old Beagle with an inclusion cyst, it doesn’t bother him at all but it is growing. Currently it’s about the size of a golf ball. I was curious at to what you thought the course of treatment should be.
My vet said that it needed to be surgically removed, that if it was just drained, it would fill again and/or become infected.
I hesitate to put him under the knife again, he had a Mebomian cyst removed just last year. He again had to be put under once again after the surgery because the stitches came out and they needed to be re-stitched.
What is your opinion on having the inclusion cyst drained under a local? Is there a chance that it would resolve the cyst? Is there anything I could do, like hot packing it, that would work?
How soon would it need to be operated on if I had to go that route?
Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to your response.
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
As long as your beagle is in good health, surgery is the way to proceed. Merely draining a cyst will never resolve the problem. The sooner the cyst is removed the better. However, it is not an emergency.
First of all, I wanted to say thank you for doing what you do and offering your advice to people in need. We have a cat who is roughly 9 years old now. Because our situation has changed drastically we cannot afford to take her to a vet at the time being. For the last few months it’s seemed to get worse, we think it’s an infection. Her nose gets almost a crusty dry scabby look to it and at one point went from a pink nose to a totally scabby looking nose. We constantly have to clean her nose. Her one eye looks watery at times and pussy. When we wipe her eye sometimes it seems to have a pinkish red fluid to it. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain just irritated by it. We will be bringing her to a vet in December. I’m wondering if it is possible to try treating her nose topically with hemp seed oil? Or would it be a good idea to put it in her food? I’ve heard at times it can be unsafe to give cats hemp oil but have heard other stories as well that seem positive. I have a cold pressed hemp oil from Canada which stays refrigerated. Any suggestions?
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
We safely give cats hemp oil at the rate of 1 ml per 10 pounds body weight. This is about 1/5 a teaspoon. It would not hurt to use topically as an emollient. This may be a carcinoma on the nose so the sooner she is examined the better!
Dear Dr. Brown:
I am so impressed with all the wonderful things y’all are doing for those very fortunate rescues! Thank you for caring.
I usually deflea with Frontline Plus or Advantage II on my 40 plus rescued dogs/cats. Recently I found a ton of fleas on two kennel mates and promptly sprayed on with Virbac Knockout and the other with Ovitrol one day ago. Can I now safely apply Frontline Plus or Avantage II on them?
Thank you so much for your Veterinarian question/answer section.
Dear Dr. Brown, Do you have an opinion on whether it is better to give a Chow a haircut in summer or leave the natural coat and brush regularly to remove the undercoat? We used to have a haircut by a groomer (not shaved) but I read in some Chow books that the natural coat actually insulates from all weather extremes. Because of this and because he often got ear infections after the groomer, last summer we let his full coat stay and I brushed him regularly. This is So. California, and he is black, but he did not seem to be less comfortable than other summers. I would love to have your advice.
I have a very expensive GSD who is 2 years old. He has dealt with fistulas, allergies and is now on skin meds Atopia, and 2 other prescriptions. We will learn if my husband is allergic to him in a few days. I don’t know if there would be anyone to adopt him in this condition. In your experience, what does it cost to treat this skin condition long term, and the threat of fistulas again?
My 9 year old bassett hound is a rescue. I adopted him when he was 6 and he used to have problems with chicken and beed products. We had him on fish but recently switched to lamb and in the last month or so since we switched we noticed he has been losing a lot of hair. It comes out in clumps and his coat is significantly lighter. Could this be due to the food? The only other changes have been that we moved to Florida 3 months ago, so I didn’t know if heat could cause that much shedding/hair loss. What should we do?
I have 5 cats. I just got rid of a flea problem, but one of my male cats, Lee, is still licking the fur off his stomach and spots on the back of his hind legs. None of the other cats are doing this. Since then he has also gotten in the habit of leaping on the back of another male cat, Hari, and holding onto the scruff of Hari’s neck with his teeth. Sometimes Hari takes it and sometimes he squirms. Lee had never done either of these things before and he’s about 11 years old. Are these behaviors related and/or why are they occuring? Can or should anything be done about them?
I have an American Cocker Spaniel. He has fortunately been free of the typical Cocker health problems. About 1 year ago he started developing skin problems. I saw your recommendation for testing through Heska. Is there a way to get the testing done without going back to the vet?
Thank you for your help.
I have a 2 1/2 year old maltese/bishon mix. He is white with pink skin and the groomer cut his hair really short about a month ago. I just noticed he has a dark spot on his skin under his arm pit. He also has a couple of smaller lighter ones on his under belly. It resembles old age spots on a elder person. The bigger one that concerns me is about 1 1/2 inches. He is a stay at home dog however in the last two weeks we found a dog park and I have taken him 4 times. He is a healthy dog and has his shots however last month he did get roundworms which as been taken care of. What could the spot be? Should I be worried?
We have been trying to treat or ‘contain’ a rash that is now continually scpreading on my dog’s underside and back end. Mostly from the middle of his body on back. He is now getting spots of it on the top side but also from about midway back. He is a beagle-mix about 8 years old. It crusts over and is now developing blister pockets. Started on a small area underneath a couple of years ago and we have been working with the vet ever since. He gets put on antibiotics at times and we are bathing him every other day with a sulfoxide shampoo or a septicide shampoo designed for scaling, crusting, itching. Our vet has now sent out bloodwork to Michigan State Veterinary because we cannot seem to get it under control. He has it a lot on his back end and aroung the base of his tail. Apprears to be getting worse though and certainly not under control or getting cured. Saw your show and was wondering if you might have any insight. thank you so much for your time.
rescue cat approx 4yrs old. last yr developed hard white bumps on ears. went away in winter. bumps back again this spring. the 1st vet said it was ring worm & was given meds & bathed 2x wk special shampoo. when aft a mo the bumps were no better, same vet wanted to go another round of meds. instead went to another vet who said it was an alergic reaction to fleas. she had no fleas but started using frontline. it is unsitely but the cat shows no discomfort, no scratching. any ideas?
We have a 9 yr. old cocker spaniel. He is constantly licking at the underside of his tail and butt. The skin now has a black/blue color to it. He has been checked for fleas and anal gland problems. The vet has ruled both out. As long as he is on predisone 2mg./day he is fine. The problem then is loose bowels and how will the predisone long term affect him. Any other suggestions as to what this might be or what we can do.
My 6 1/2 yr.old Black Lab Service Dog is shedding worse than ever.Has eaten Nature’s Balance kibble for 5 yrs. Takes Vitamin E supplement 800 mg, daily. Is brushed regularly.Vet check up in April 2011 was perfect. Gets bathed professionally every 4 weeks, using hypo allergenic oatmeal shampoo, conditioner.Groomer says his skin is very dry. Sometimes has dandruff. He has allergies -takes OTC eyedrops that help.Hair is EVERYWHERE -comes out by the handsful just sitting still . ANY SUGGESTIONS ?
we have a britnay spainel and princess anne for almost 2 yrs suffered with a skin problem and our vet was so stumped that we together found out that she was getting to much protein in her food. we now praise God have figured it out and our vet has had her on a special food from hills that is for skin care, our vet wants her on this for 3 months.our 3 months is coming to a end and now my husband and i need to find a good food that will not hurt her like that again. we do not want to feed our baby (who is 11 yrs old ) the wrong type of food we do not like the off brand food for her, but she is a house dog and gets excerise but mainly is our house dog. i would love to keep her on hills science diet foods, but if we could find a cheaper one with a bigger bag that would be great. any advice? thanks for your time.
Hi Dr.Brown, Some time ago your told me about Hemp Oil for my shelter cats dry skin. Thank you it worked, now I have another problem. The other day I found a Flea on my 7 year old male, my Cats don’t go out doors at all, I knwo I can bring a Flea in on my clothes. I read in a book that adding 25mg of Vitamin B1 (from a health food store) added to wet food can rid fleas…is this true? The Health Food employee said B1 is a natural bug repellent, all it has in the capsule is a filler, he said. I hope he is right. He also suggested 1/2 teaspoon of White Vinager to one quart of water, for drinking would aid in the ridding of the fleas from their bodies. Thoughts please!!