Stagecoach Pet Hospital Blog
Kenny, a 1 year old, male neutered mixed breed canine presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for severe itchiness with some hair loss of the trunk and head. Kenny was adopted two weeks ago. Kenny is eating and drinking well and up to date on vaccinations.
On physical examination, Kenny has a normal body temperature, respiration, and heart rate. He has alopecia ( hair loss ) of the head and back. There are no fleas noted on examination. There is a skin infection on the belly.
A skin scrape was performed.
Kenny was diagnosed with Sarcoptic Mange. This is a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei var canis. These mites are very small and not visible to the naked eye. This mite burrows under the skin and causes severe itchiness.
Did you know that Sarcoptic mange is highly contagious and can spread from pet to human? Yikes!!!
Kenny was started on an oral treatment and after 4 weeks is doing much better! His haircoat is growing back and he is not itchy anymore.
If you suspect a skin condition in your pet, please have them examined as soon as possible.
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Brandy, a 6 year old female spayed Chihuahua presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for examination of several bruises on her belly. Brandy is eating and drinking well.
Brandy has a normal heartrate, respiratory rate, and body temperature. Several areas of bruising are noted on her abdomen. Brandy also has petechial (small red lesions) on her gumline in her mouth.
Brandy had several blood tests performed. The complete blood count showed that Brandy had a very low platelet count.
Shadow, a three year old male Cane Corso, presented to SPH for vomiting and diarrhea for the last 24 hours. Shadow is up to date on vaccinations.
Shadow’s vitals were all normal. His abdomen palpated normally in all quadrants.
Parvo test- negative
Abdominal X-rays showed no obvious obstructions.
Bloodwork- Elevated kidney enzymes, low Sodium, elevated Potassium
Hypoadrenocorticism ( Addison’s Disease)