Medicated Shampoos for Dogs

Posted in News on Thursday, March 30, 2017. by Dr. Katherine Murphy

Medicated Shampoos for Dogs

Medicated shampoos should be used when you have a medical condition of the skin. Simple, right? What kind of conditions would that be? I would consider a dermatologic condition where there is bacteria on the skin resulting in odor, crusting, scale and possibly pustules on the skin. These symptoms could be defined as pyoderma, or a skin infection due to bacteria.

New Treatment for Canine Atopic Dermatitis

Posted in News on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Introducing a new therapy that can help relieve itch associated with canine atopic dermatitis for 4 to 8 weeks.

New Treatment for Canine Atopic Dermatitis

If your dog is constantly itching, scratching or chewing because of its allergies to pollens, molds or dust mites, we now have a new biologic therapy that targets itch at its source. It’s called CYTOPOINTTM — it is an injection that starts working within one day and helps provide relief of the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis for four to eight weeks.

Canine Atopy: Your Dog's Allergic Reactions

Posted in News on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Why is My Dog Licking Its Feet?

Canine Atopy: Your Dog's Allergic Reactions

A common allergic reaction we see in dogs is a chronic inflammatory response to environmental substances like grass, dust mites, and mold spores. This condition is termed "atopy". Dogs are typically young when they display the first signs of atopy, usually less than 3 years of age. The areas most commonly affected are the feet, groin area, axillary region (arm pits) and face and ears.

Is Your Bird Pulling Out Its Own Feathers?

Posted in News on Monday, October 10, 2016.

At our hospital we have the pleasure of seeing many species of birds. However, one of the issues most commonly seen is feather picking or pulling out their own feathers. Birds, no matter what species are known to preen and groom their feathers. This is normal behavior, however it becomes a problem when they over preen or begin to self mutilate themselves.

Xylitol the Artificial Sweetener and How it Can Affect Your Dog

Posted in News on Monday, October 10, 2016.

There are many products that currently use an artificial sweetener called Xylitol. This sweetener can be found in sugar-free gums, candies, toothpaste and mouthwash. It's also extremely dangerous for your dog to injest, so it's important to be on the lookout for symptoms of injestion an keep all products that contain this sweetener away from your pets. 

It's Halloween Time: Beware of Chocolate Candies for Dogs!

Posted in News on Wednesday, October 05, 2016.

It's Halloween Time: Beware of Chocolate Candies for Dogs!

It is that time of year where everyone is getting ready for trick or treaters. We go to the store and buy candy in hopes of seeing kids come to our door for candy or we take our children out in hopes of getting lots of candy! But, we need to remember many of the candies can be toxic to dogs and chocolate is one of the culprits of toxicity for dogs at this time of year. According to Pet Poison Helpline they have a 12 percent increase of calls during this holiday.

Small Business of the Year Judges Visit Animal & Bird Hospital of Clearwater

Posted in News on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Small Business of the Year Judges Visit Animal & Bird Hospital of Clearwater

The Animal & Bird Hospital of Clearwater is proud to be selected as a finalist in this year's Small Business of the Year Awards by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Recently the judges visited our Clearwater veterinary clinic to see firsthand what we do and hear from Dr. Murphy and the staff.

Animal Behaviorist Helps Introduce a New Cat to the Household

Posted in News on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Animal Behaviorist Helps Introduce a New Cat to the Household

On November 13, 2015 our sweet kitty of only six weeks old named Garbo entered our lives even though our other seven year old cat Greta (and my husband) were not yet completely onboard with her arrival. After two or three weeks of Greta's insistence that Garbo was not wanted, I was yelling for help, so I contacted my Clearwater veterinarian and they recommended that I speak to their animal behaviorist Kristen White.

New Option to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs

Posted in News on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

New Option to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs

There is nothing more certain in Florida than thunderstorms in the summer. Unfortunately, one-third of dog owners know that loud noises like thunder can cause stress and anxiety for their beloved pups. This condition is diagnosed as noise aversion. The symptoms can be as obvious as barking, trembling or cowering, or as subtle as panting, excessive vigilance, restlessness or loss of appetite.

Let's take a look at a medical option for treating noise aversion in dogs.

Vet Care Express

Posted in News on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. by Dr. Katherine Murphy

Vet Care Express

I see many sad things in my business. One of the saddest is when a family pet is injured by ingesting the owner’s own medication. Somehow, a pill is dropped or a bottle is chew open and disastrous consequences occur. This happened recently when a young dog chewed open a bottle of muscle relaxants.

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