Demystifying Exotic Pet Care for the Beginner

Exotic pet care.

Humankind has been fascinated with animals for millennia, and many civilizations left their mark on the domestication of numerous species. Birds, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and different kinds of small mammals make excellent household pets, but they do come with a learning curve. The more you know about exotic pet care before you adopt, the more prepared you are to meet their unique needs. This not only facilitates your own enjoyment and satisfaction but ensures your new friend will thrive in your home.


Your Dog Smells Like Fish: Here’s Why

Dog looking at a plate of fish.

Being a dog owner introduces a whole new world of smells into your life. From the sweet, skunky scent of puppy breath to “frito feet” and worse, there’s no arguing that dogs are loving, generous, and stinky animals. Sometimes it’s not clear when stinkiness is a simple hygiene problem or when it requires a further look. An unexplained fishy smell coming from your dog can be one of those cases.


My Dog Tested Positive for Lyme Disease–Now What? 

Preventing Lyme disease.

The positive test means that your dog has been bitten by a tick and exposed to Lyme disease.

Exposure to Lyme disease is very different in dogs compared to exposure in people. The good news is that 90-95% of dogs exposed to Lyme disease will be perfectly fine and never develop the illness. The bad news is that your dog was bitten by a tick so we need to be sure effective tick preventatives are being used correctly, year-round. Even in winter, we have occasional mild temperatures and the ticks will be active. Most important is the fact that the ticks in your area are carrying Lyme disease, so if you find an attached engorged tick on yourself or a family member, you need to immediately contact your physician. 


My Older Dog Smells: What Can I Do?

Why does my older dog smell?

When younger dogs are smelly, there is a good bet they rolled in something stinky or tangled with a skunk. With your senior pets, however, you may notice they smell more often, even when they haven’t been outside recently. Health issues are most often the source when an older dog starts to smell bad. In some cases, a wellness checkup with your veterinarian may be necessary to begin treatment to help your pet feel and smell better. The team at All Pet Animal Hospital has put together this guide to help explain why your older dog may smell bad, and what you can do about it. 


Frito Feet: Why Do My Pet’s Paws Smell Like Yeast?

Dog in gibsonia with Frito feet.

Have you ever been cuddling with your dog and thought you caught a faint (or strong) odor resembling corn chips? If so, your pet may have a case of Frito feet! This phenomenon may seem strange, but it is a normal occurrence. 

Dogs produce a variety of smells, and some pet owners may notice their pet’s paws smell like corn chips, Fritos, tortillas, yeast, or other corn products. But why does this happen? The team at All Pet Animal Hospital is here to explain this smelly mystery.