Mange: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

9 02 2009

Mange is a skin disease caused by mites so small they can only be seen under a microscope.  There are two different types of mange, caused by different kind of mites.  One type of mite lives just under the surface of the skin, while the other type makes their home in the hair follicles.  It is important to know that each type of mite has different causes, thus different treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

What Can I Expect From a Pug?

3 12 2008

The Pug

Oh, lovely and most charming Pug
Thy graceful air and heavenly mug
The beauties of your mind do shine
And every bit is shaped so fine
Your tail is most divine.

– Marjorie Fleming

Recently, a reader inquired about the health of the soon to be added member of their family, a pug puppy.  He is going to be their Christmas present, and from what I could tell, a highly anticipated one.  The concern they felt over his health is due to the recent death of the puppy’s father, due to liver failure, so they asked me.  Since I am not a pug, and I do not have one nearby to ask, I had to do a little research on this one. Read the rest of this entry »