Below, we have outlined several resources geared toward the health and wellness of your furry friend. Your pet’s experience at our day spa as well as their health is very important to us at Bark Avenue Day Spa. If you should have any questions or additional needs, please let us know.

Fungal and Yeast Infections in Dogs

Skin diseases are common in dogs, and many such diseases fall into one of three categories: Fungal infections, yeast infections or fungus/yeast infections. These are almost never fatal, but they are sometimes chronic – so it’s wise to keep an eye out for symptoms that may indicate your dog is infected.

Candida Albicans is a fungus/yeast and a common microorganism that lives in the gut of a humans and dogs. But when there is an “overgrowth” of this fungus/yeast in the gut, it is called a Systemic Yeast Infection, and it affects the health and well-being of the whole animal or human.

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Essential Oils in Animals

Essential Oils continue to be a controversial subject in the world of Veterinary Medicine. After meeting many successful essential oil users, holistic veterinarian Dr. Melissa Shelton became dedicated to uncovering the truth behind the toxicity reports in animals. For over 3 years, she has worked with medical grade essential oils daily within her veterinary practice, in ways that even she couldn’t fathom.

Her work has prompted her to sit on the Research Committee of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and many of her case studies are being prepared for publishing. Dr. Shelton has shared her knowledge and experiences internationally, and she is a popular presenter on the holistic care of animals across the United States and beyond.

Through combining the use of medical grade essential oils with other holistic tools, Dr. Shelton has helped many animals for which traditional medicine has had no answer. She has authored the book entitled “Essential Oils for Natural Pet Care: A Veterinarian’s Desk Reference for the Top Health Concerns of Cats, Dogs, and Horses” and “The Animal Desk Reference” book which was recently released June 26, 2012.

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Early Thyroid Disease in Canines

Most of the confusion about the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease in purebred or mixed breed dogs today stems from the expectation that affected animals must show clinical signs of inadequate thyroid hormonal production (i.e. hypothyroidism) in order to have the disease. The term hypothyroidism has been loosely applied to describe all stages of this disease process whereas strictly speaking it should be reserved for the end-stages when the animal’s thyroid gland is no longer capable of producing sufficient hormone(s) to sustain clinical health. At this point, the dog can express any number of the non-specific multisystem signs of thyroid dysfunction. But let’s start at the beginning.

The most common cause of canine thyroid disease is autoimmune thyroiditis (estimated 90% of cases). Thyroiditis is an immune-mediated process that develops in genetically susceptible individuals and is characterized by the presence of antithyroid antibodies in the blood or tissues. Thyroiditis is believed to start in most cases around puberty, and gradually progress through mid-life and old age to become clinically expressed hypothyroidism once thyroid glandular reserve has been depleted. During this process, the animal or person becomes more susceptible to immune-mediated or other diseases affecting various target tissues and organs. The prerequisite genetic basis for susceptibility to this disorder has been in established in humans, dogs and several other species.

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