Alice Jeromin, B.S. Pharmacy, DVM, DACVD Feline Atopic Skin Syndrome, formerly Cat Atopy: A Review Feline Atopic Skin Syndrome (FASS) is the current term (as of 2021)[i] for what was formerly referred to as atopy in the cat. The new...More info
Going to the dog park?…think again!
In a 2019 study by Dr. Susan Little, presented by Dr. Michael Dryden in a recent webinar, 50% of dog parks sampled in the United States found evidence of hookworm, whipworm, or roundworms. Ok, so you think, “well, I pick up after my...More info
I know I am a veterinary dermatologist but I just watched a wonderful webinar from Dr. Jan Bellows (our “king” of veterinary dentistry) and wanted to pass on some information I learned. First of all, STOP THOSE ANTLER HORNS for...More info
Prescription hypoallergenic diets can help in atopy, too!
Prescription hypoallergenic diets may help more than just food allergy! The diagnosis of food allergy unfortunately is not performed by a quick laboratory test. There is no simple blood or skin test that can accurately make the diagnosis...More info
What is the difference between a “cytology”, “biopsy”, and “culture”?
Many clients are confused or misspeak when mentioning their pet had a “biopsy” when in reality it was perhaps a skin scraping, culture, or cytology. So let’s get it straight! First of all, ANY SKIN LUMP OR BUMP should have a...More info
Is there a role for allergen immunotherapy (AIT) in canine and feline atopy?
Maybe better phrased is– with the current advances in the treatment of canine atopy-IS there still a role for AIT? Since therapy for atopy preferentially should be individualized for each patient, the answer is “YES”! Atopy therapy is not...More info
Antioxidants in Pets’ Health
What do antioxidants do? —chronic low-level inflammation is at the root of most diseases: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, renal issues, and allergies. Low level inflammation is “silent” and destructive so that the danger is insidious and...More info
Reliability of saliva or serum tests for food allergy in dogs.
Blood and or saliva tests for food allergy appear to be inaccurate! According to a new report by Lam A, et. al. in October 1, 2019 JAVMA, 3 companies claiming to examine saliva or blood for food allergies in dogs found that these tests often...More info
If you choose to give an over-the-counter supplement to your pet (or take one yourself), you probably trust what it says on the bottle. Most people do not know that supplements are not FDA approved…meaning that no safety, efficacy, or toxicity...More info
FDA: Possible Dog Food Link to Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)-summary of webinar released September 8, 2018
The following is a summary of a webinar featuring 3 experts in the field of veterinary nutrition and updating us on the current DCM issue seen in dogs and cats on certain diets released September 8, 2018. FDA representative (Dr. Martine...More info
How to Make Dakin’s Solution…What is Dakins’ Solution?!
Dakin’s solution has been around since WWII as a wound dressing. I used to make it in the hospital pharmacy where it was used for dressings. Recently it has been found to be effective topically for MRSA and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius...More info
Current knowledge about risks/benefits of raw diets in dogs and cats.
The American Animal Hospital Association, AVMA, & Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have policies discouraging inclusion of raw or under cooked animal source protein in dog and cat diets. The Delta Society in 2010 adopted a policy...More info