What are the Most Common Cat Skin Issues?

What are the Most Common Cat Skin Issues

Written by Dr. Melinda J. Mayfield-Davis, DVM, WCHP-AH | Featured on Vetericyn.com

Cats scratch and clean themselves all the time. You, as a normally distracted human being, probably don’t pay any more attention to their occasional itches than to their hairballs. But if you notice your animal companion is frequently scratching or continually grooming (in a neurotic, you’re-doing-this-too-much kind of way), it may be a sign that there’s a skin problem.

Just like people, cats can have sensitive skin. As you already know, your feline pal is adept at hiding his or her pain, so it’s important to know the signs of common cat skin issues. This guide is designed to help you recognize common cat skin issues and understand the possible causes. Continue reading What are the Most Common Cat Skin Issues?

Importance of wellness exams

Importance of wellness exams

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Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it’s more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine deworming are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat.

Your veterinarian can recommend a wellness program based on your pet’s breed (some breeds are predisposed to certain health problems), age, lifestyle and overall health.


Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

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Pet Vaccines: Schedules for Cats and Dogs

Pet Vaccines: Schedules for Cats and Dogs

Like people, pets need vaccines. And pet vaccinations, like those for humans, may sometimes require a booster to keep them effective. The best way to stay on schedule with vaccinations for your dog or cat is to follow the recommendations of a veterinarian you trust.Chances are your vet’s suggestions will break down into two categories: core pet vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core pet vaccinations are those recommended for every pet, while non-core vaccines may be advised based on your pet’s lifestyle. For example, your vet may suggest certain non-core vaccinations if your cat or dog is outdoors only or boarded often.

Many vaccines can be given to pets as young as 6 weeks old, so talk to your vet about setting up the best vaccination schedule for your cat or dog, kitten or puppy.

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First-Aid Tricks for Pet Emergencies

Article Featured on PetMD

You’re probably prepared in case a member of your family cuts himself or gets injured. But do you know what to do if your pet chokes on a bone or has a seizure?

Knowing some basic pet first-aid techniques could mean the difference between life and death. Here are some common pet emergencies and what to do on the spot, before you head to the vet.

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Dominant Paws: Is Your Dog a Righty or Lefty?

Dominant Paws: Is Your Dog a Righty or Lefty?

Article Featured on Hillspet.com

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re right-handed. According to WorldAtlas, only 10 percent of the human population are lefties. But have you ever wondered if dogs have dominant paws like humans have dominant hands? And are dogs right- or left-handed, on average? Find out how pet researchers — and you too! — can determine whether a dog is a righty or lefty.

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Controlling Mosquitoes and Dangerous Disease Risk

Controlling Mosquitoes and Dangerous Disease Risk

Article Featured on Valley Vet

Enjoying time on the patio; hiking with your furry friend; riding your horse; finishing up barn chores. What do all of these have in common? None of them are nearly as pleasant when you’re being swarmed with mosquitoes.

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Recognizing the Dangers of Overheating In Your Dog

Recognizing the Dangers of Overheating In Your Dog

Article Featured on Purina.com

The potential for a dog to overheat can result in decreased performance as well as serious health conditions. A dog does not regulate his body temperature by sweating. Most adult dogs are good at controlling their body temperatures, except when they are put in stressful situations.

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How to Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

How to Ease Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

Article Featured on PetMD

Does your dog get nervous when he sees you getting ready to leave the house? Does he go bonkers with joy when you come home? Did he destroy your shoes, claw the door, or chew the corner off an end table while you were gone? Your dog could have separation anxiety.

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Chronic vs. Acute Pain in Dogs

Chronic vs. Acute Pain in Dogs

By Dr. Joyce A. Login | Featured on Zoetis Pet Care

Pain can be a tricky thing to identify in your dog. Pet owners often think of their dog’s pain as their inability to move or activity level – lower activity levels may equate to more pain. Although true, pain may be present in many other forms other than movement, like behavior. Dogs tend to hide their pain, often showing only subtle physical and behavioral signs. This makes it difficult for you to notice they’re suffering and potentially prolonging their discomfort.

There are two primary types of pain in dogs— acute and chronic. Here is some more information on each.

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How to Make Your Own Dog Obstacle Course

by Erin Ollila | Featured on Hillspet

You love spending time with your dogs, and as fun as a dog obstacle course would be, it can seem unattainable. Luckily, you may already have the materials and equipment for a homemade course around the house. It doesn’t matter if your dog has no practice or if you have no experience training. So many simple tricks are easy for you to teach on your own. Start your course with simple jumps, weave poles, and tunnels, and you’ll both look like professionals in no time.
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