Cuterebriasis is a Parasite Causing Skin Infections in Dogs and Cats

Cuterebriasis is caused by a fly called Cuterebra. The parasite infests small mammals that spend time outdoors, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, squirrels, and rodents. Cuterebra are large non-feeding flies that lay eggs near animal burrows, nests, or vegetation. These opportunistic parasites do not seek out animals, but when an animal wanders by, the eggs attach […]

Demodectic Mange in Cats

Demodectic mites are normal skin residents in the hair follicles of all species. They live in balance with their host’s immune system, but if something shifts the balance and mites proliferate, skin disease occurs. Two Types of Demodex Mites in Cats Demodex cati and Demodex gatoi are the two Demodex mites of cats. Demodex cati is long and slender and lives inside […]

Demodectic Mange in Dogs

The Cause is the mite – Demodex Canis Demodectic mange, also called demodicosis, is caused by one of the microscopic mites of the Demodex genus. Three species of Demodex mites have been identified in dogs: Demodex canis, Demodex gatoi, and Demodex injai. The most common mite of demodectic mange is Demodex canis. All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred […]

Blastomycosis is a Systemic Fungal Infection Affecting Dogs and Cats

Becky Lundgren, DVM Date Published: 03/15/2006 Date Reviewed/Revised: 10/15/2014 Blastomycosis, caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis, is a systemic fungal infection that affects dogs and cats. Blastomycosis appears in only certain geographic areas in North America, most often the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, and St. Lawrence River valleys. (Fungal growth is supported by wet, sandy, acidic soils rich […]

Diabetic Cat Diet

The feline diabetes situation is different from the canine one. In dogs, the pancreas has been irreversibly damaged and insulin secretion is nonexistent  The dog must have insulin injections if his body is to have any insulin at all. In cats, however, insulin secretion is relative and if the cat’s metabolism can be corrected before […]

Cryptosporidium Infection

The easiest way to understand Cryptosporidium species and how they cause disease is to think of them as another kind of gastrointestinal parasite.  Cryptosporidium have some uniquely unpleasant features Cryptosporidium oocysts (the eggs that can be seen on a routine fecal test) are so small that they are difficult to detect under the microscope with normal testing methods. More routine […]