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They jump, we scratch - they leave, we still scratch!

December 10, 2015 Heather Murphy

Aarghhhhh its that time of year again when fleas are causing havoc on our pets and in our houses! So in order to help control the situation you first need to understand a little about the flea.....   Fleas, flea eggs and flea dust: Fleas eat blood... eggs eat moisture and dust.... and flea dust is the egg and/or faeces of the flea. I remember seeing 'dust' once on Coco’s hind quarter – couldn’t see any fleas but noticed she was scratching and had little speckles of dirt in her fur, which I thought was odd. Upon a bit of...


Hot spots not Wifi

November 12, 2015 Heather Murphy

Hot spots not Wifi Hot spots, heat rashes, pyoderma, pyotraumatic dermatitis - regardless of the name the little bald patches are painful, intensely itchy and drive both you and your pets nuts!  So what are they? Hot spots are surface skin infections caused when populations of normal skin bacteria grow and overwhelm normal resistance. The infection is often deep in the skin. Once the skin is weakend other bacterias like staph take hold and take advantage of the damaged, weakend inflammed area creating even more problems. Any system that is weakened is often attacked further creating even bigger problems. What...


Food Glorious Food

October 16, 2015 Heather Murphy

- or not so glorious if you have a pet with a food allergy! Does your pet constantly have skin rashes and/or ear infections?  Skin and ear infections are often the first sign your pet has a food allergy. Research shows that most dogs that have inhalant allergies also have food allergies. Dogs can handle one allergen but their system becomes overloaded by several allergens all at once, this weakens the immune system and somewhere has to give. Generally the dog's response to food allergens displays as intense itching, scratching, irritations, hot spots and secondary rashes Sound familiar? What are food allergens?...


A Vet's best friend

September 14, 2015 Heather Murphy

  One of the many reasons Eezapet is in high demand - Wandering Willy, Tradescantia,Wandering Jew -call it what you will this weed creeps everywhere and anywhere – full shade, full sun it doesn’t care. I bet it would even grow through the dark days of northern Scandinavia! (ponders – ‘wonder if it does??’) It’s like a succulent – it doesn’t need much to grow in to get its strength.  Every node in contact with the ground will root, and so the cycle begins!  It’s invasive! Not only that it is a noxious weed that can give your pet nasty, itchy rashes.  Most...


A winter excursion to Thailand?

August 10, 2015 Heather Murphy

Our Guest Blogger: Nicole Knapp - volunteer at SOI Dog Foundation Thailand That night while I scrolled through my newsfeed a link appeared and above it was the picture of a scruffy, dirty dog, its face crammed against the side of a cage.  I decided it was time to stop hiding my head in the sand—just because I turned away did not mean that they problems didn’t exist.  So through tear-filled eyes, I watched the video.  The images I witnessed and the condition of these animals is not something I ever WANTED to see.  But I NEEDED to see it.  And...