Dr Steve Surujbally

Dr Steve Surujbally

Nose ailments — Rhinitis and sinusitis

(Continued)

Allergies associated with Rhinitis and Sinusitis Last week we dealt with Sinusitis and Rhinitis (in Greek, Rhis means nose) as being the result of nose infections, or as an accompaniment to special viral diseases of Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza, etc.

Nose ailments

(Continuation) Before we went off on that interesting track of the dog’s mega-sense of smell, we had discussed a bit of the anatomy of that structure called the nose.

Nose ailments

(Continued)   The more I research this area of canine smelling, the more intriguing it be-comes; and the more I want to share these new pieces of interesting knowledge and information with you.

Nose ailments

Continued Canine sense of smell   Last week, as we commenced the new topic of nose ailments, and having dealt with general considerations relative to the canine nose, it was promised that this week we would spend some time on the canine sense of smell.

Deafness

Ear ailments

An animal can be born deaf (congenital deafness) or it could acquire the deafness during the course of its life.

Maladies of the ear flap (pinna)

Ear ailments (Continued)

Swollen ear flap (othematoma)   If the inner surface of the ear (usually, but not always, one side only) of your dog suddenly becomes swollen, then 99 times out of 100 it is because small blood vessels in the ear flap have ruptured and the blood has oozed out.

Ear ailments

(Continued) Tick infestation on the ear   Throughout the year, it is possible to find ticks abounding on the ear flap (Pinna), and to a lesser degree in the ear canal (ticks usually do not wander deep into the ear canal).

The ear

General considerations (continued)

Since I am generally the first to point out when something is not going right and when there is blatant and inexplicable incorrectness, allow me to emphasise how pleased I am with the Sunday Stabroek’s formatting of these series of articles on animal care/health.

The ear

General considerations Quite unlike the eye, which we have already established is not the dog’s most important organ, the ear is of great value.

More miscellaneous eye problems

Eye ailments – continued

1) Dermoid Cysts This is a tumour, not a malignant one though. I don’t see much of this in Guyana, but very long ago, when I was practising in Europe, several dogs presented with this condition whereby hair was growing from the surface of the eyeball.

Eye infection in the newborn pup

Eye ailments – continued

A couple of months ago, the Pet Corner column addressed the issue of Conjunctivitis – that inflammatory process of the membrane which covers the inner side of the eyelids and part of the surface of the eyeball.