Category: Dr Deepa Gopinath

Raw Food Diet for Dogs

One of our readers asked about a raw food diet for dogs.  Generally, we recommend a balanced and high quality commercial diet as a mainstay of a canine diet.  It is difficult to achieve...

Clipping Dog's Nails

Most dogs tend to wear their nails down by walking on hard ground, but some dogs require their nails clipped regularly. Most vets, vet nurses and groomers are able to clip nails, but if you want to do it yourself at home, it can be done if your pet is fairly well behaved and easy to control. Cat nails can also be clipped, although they should be left intact for defense purposes in outdoor cats who may need to fight with other cats.

Cleaning Dog's Ears

Many dogs require regular cleaning of their ear canals, especially those who frequently get ear infections or those that have narrow canals.  It is important to be gentle and careful when cleaning dog's ears,...

Aural Hematoma in Dogs

An aural hematoma literally means an accumulation of blood in the ear flap (pinna).  How does this happen?  Well, any sort of trauma to the ear can cause one of the vessels in the...

Dandruff in Dogs and Cats

You may have noticed what looks like dandruff on your pooch or kitty. Pets can get dandruff just like we can, and its presence can indicate that your pet's skin or coat are dry. A small amount of pet dandruff without other signs of itchiness or redness is usually not a clinical problem. However, there are ways you can minimize ugly dandruff on your pet.

Bloody Stool in Dogs and Cats

It can be quite alarming to see your pet passing blood in his or her feces, but often the disease is not as bad as the symptom makes it seem. Blood in dog stool can be in the form of fresh, red blood (haematochezia) or in the form of digested blood (melena). Melena has a very dark, almost black, and sometimes granular appearance. Blood in feces is often, but not always, associated with diarrhea.

FCE in Dogs

A fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE) is the equivalent of a stroke in the spine instead of in the brain.  It is seen most commonly in dogs.  It happens when a small fragment of the cartilaginous...

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca in Dogs

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) is a fancy word for Dry Eye, where tear production in the eye is insufficient, leading to inflammation and damage to the eye. It can occur in almost any species, but is most common in dogs. Certain breeds, such as Spaniel breeds, Shih Tzus, Labradors and Lhasa Apsos, among others are predisposed to dry eye in dogs. Dogs of any age can develop KCS, but it is most commonly diagnosed in middle aged to older dogs.