Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 9th 2018 Contents DR DANIELLE JOHN-JACK DVM
As humans we obsess with
our hair, constantly looking
for ways to get it longer, fuller,
healthier and let’s not mention,
the secret to reversing balding.
I have to imagine that our
friendly canine companions
must think the same, “How can
I get a better looking hair coat?
Why am I balding so quickly? I
can’t be that old, right?”
So in a two-part article, I seek
to give you a little information
on how you can aid in your
pets’ #beautygoals. You will
learn about the most common
causes of hair loss and the
patterns associated with these
In today’s article we will
discuss external parasites (mites
and fleas) and contact allergies.
Caused by Demodex canis,
which is found in small
numbers on healthy animals.
It does NOT cause pruritus
(severe itching) unless there is
secondary infection. There is
hair loss with crusting and red
skin oozes a clear fluid. The
above is seen mainly around the
mouth, eyes and other parts of
the head, then forelegs - entire
Caused by Sarcoptes
scabei, they cause a non-
seasonal pruritus that is highly
contagious. It is commonly seen
in stray dogs.
Hair loss and darkening of the
skin is usually seen in the ears,
elbows, back legs, bellow the
chest and belly.
2. FLEAs and Flea allergy
The most common cause of
skin disease in small animals.
Flea saliva contains at least 15
potentially allergic substances.
hair loss, usually seen on the
lower back (dorsolumbo-sacral
area), the face, ears and feet are
usually not affected.
For both categories of
Diagnosis is based on the
pattern of alopecia seen, results
from skin scrapings (superficial
and/or deep) scrapings results
Friday, March 9, 2018
MY ‘BABY’ SECRET IS KILLING ME
...should I tell my wife?
My wife and I have
been married for
seven years. For the
first three, we tried
very hard to have a
child but could not, although the
doctors could not find anything
medically wrong with either of us.
My wife is a woman of faith so she
continued to pray. I, on the other
hand, could not take the fatigue from
my boys about “blue boat” leaving
me etcetera, so I had a baby with
someone else. That child is three-
years-old and my wife knows nothing
My wife is now three months
pregnant and of course, she is over
the moon. She went to church,
testified about God’s goodness, and
said how patient we both were and
that God has rewarded us for our
faith. I feel like a fraud and want to
come clean, but I do not know how or
when to do it.
I don’t know how much longer I can
keep this secret because every time
my wife mentions our “first” when
speaking about this baby I feel sick.
Please help me. I made a big mistake.
Your urge to unburden, at this
time, is selfish. I think the best thing
you can do now, is say nothing.
Eventually, you will be able to
confess, but now is not the best time
to do so.
Your wife had great difficulty
conceiving and the
worst thing you can do,
right now, is stress her
out. You have a burning
desire to get things out
in the open for your
sake, but what about her?
Even if the truth eats away at you,
keep it to yourself until your wife has
a safe delivery.
A confession, at this time, may
cause your wife to miscarry or
even give birth to a child with
abnormalities; rethink your desire to
tell her and wait.
Once she has delivered, you need
to apologise for your unfaithfulness
and let her know about your son in
an honest, straightforward manner.
I cannot anticipate her reaction,
but I am certain that she will not be
She is your wife and as such might
be more inclined to forgive. If she
decides to work things out consider
yourself very lucky.
At the moment, you should make
your wife feel special and appreciated.
Pamper her, and find ways to ensure
that she has the “firsts” with you that
she has dreamt of.
Think of out of the box ways to
please her and ensure that this
pregnancy is a beautiful one.
I hope that these things work in
We all make mistakes so I am not
here to judge you. I wish you both the
Why am I balding?
and the owner’s current external
Treatment is based on
eliminating the causative parasite,
be it the mite or flea.
A series of ivermectin injections
Baths with Ectoban or Ecotraz or
Amitraz (EctobanTM or EcotrazTM)
- c an be used every once weekly
until 2 weeks after a negative skin
scraping. May be fatal if not mixed
appropriately. Can It is best to used
to rid the environment of these
(FrontlineTM) products: sprays,
collars or spot-ons
Bravecto tablet: given every three
3. Contact Allergy
This is a hypersensitivity reaction
to something the animal has come
into contact with. Usually a cleaning
agent used in the animals’ area.
Hair loss seen on the belly, chest
and inner portions of the limb.
Animal should be kept in a sterile
environment to see if scratching
stops, typically improvement is
seen in 7-10 days.
ALL allergies can be controlled
NOT cured, thus management is
Next week we discuss
Environmental allergies, Food
allergies and common Hormonal
causes of hair loss.
For any further information contact your
local Veterinarian or the Tobago Animal
Hospital at 868 239-7837. Find us at
50 Government House Road, opposite
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