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Grass Gnat Bites

Every spring, we get a "rash" of phone calls about round, red lesions on the belly. Often times, these are "grass gnat" (also called black fly) bites.  These biting insects emerge and create worrisome bite marks on dogs.  The bites usually show up on the belly or groin area where there is less fur.  The bites are red, round and flat to the skin.  As the bite resolves, it will often take on a target appearance.  The good news is that these bites are not harmful to the dog.  The bite marks usually resolve over several days.  If your dog has red marks on his belly that are not raised or itchy, there is a possibility that it is simply a grass fly bite.  However, we don't want you to ignore a problem if it is something more significant.  If you notice red lesions on your dog that are raised, have discharge, are scaly, or if your dog is itchy, please make an appointment to bring your dog in to the clinic as this is likely another problem.  The picture attached is a good example of what these fly bites look like.  If you have any questions, please call the clinic at 612-925-1121.  

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June: The Golden Retriever

Golden RetrieverHistory of the Breed
The Golden Retriever (and equally popular Golden-Doodle), is one of the most common breeds seen at Westgate Pet Clinic.  The Golden Retriever has its roots in Scotland. In the mid-18th century, wildfowl hunting was very popular among the wealthy, and a dog was needed that could retrieve from water and land because the land was covered in ponds and rivers.  Hence the Golden Retriever was developed with a love for the water and boundless energy when they are young. 
The Golden Retriever is known for it's intelligence and eager to please attitude.  They make a great family dog because they love people, and generally get along with other dogs and cats in the house.  They have a reputation for being profuse shedders, hence the popularity of crossing them with a poodle.  Although Golden-Doodles can still shed, the amount of hair that you will find around your house is considerably less. 
Health Concerns
Preventative Care Recommendations
Because ear infections are so common in Golden Retrievers, we want your dog to tolerate ear cleaning and treatments.  Starting when she is a puppy, touch and play with the ears regularly.  Also, clean the ears on a regular basis, every 2-4 weeks.  Cleaning the ears keeps them free of wax build up, and also if you clean a lot of black or brown debris out of the ears, then you know that she has an ear infection.  

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