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Skin and Ear Care

Pet Skin and Ear Care at Tinseltown!

Pet Skin and Ear Care is important to your furry friend’s health and is the most common condition we see in pets.  Pets react with skin complications due to allergies whereas people respond with nasal indicators.  Skin and ear medical problems range from inferior coat texture to itching, scratching, and chewing of the skin.

Dust mites and mold can also cause skin and ear irritations as well as seasonal pollens and is known as inhalant allergens.  There are many treatments available depending on the severity of the skin and ear medical conditions.  For allergic pets, a single dose of tablets will not cure the allergy and may need a lifelong treatment plan.

Normally the clue in diagnosing inhalant allergies is to monitor the reaction timing.  If it occurs year round, it may be mold or dust and if the reaction is season, pollens may be the contributing factor.

Symptoms of inhalant allergies are biting, chewing at the paws, constant licking, and scratching.  Dogs may rub their face on the carpet and ear flaps can become hot and red with chronic ear infections following.  The skin will become thick and may have a strong odor.

Routine Ear Care

Your pet’s regular grooming/maintenance routine should include regular ear checks.  This is especially important for those who produce excessive earwax or have a lot of inner-ear hair

Warning Signs to call the veterinarian

Ear Discharge Swelling
Bad Smells Crusty Skin
Redness Hair Loss


Skin Care

Your companion’s skin is an indication of his or her overall health.  When a skin problem occurs, your pet may respond with excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking.  A wide range of causes—including external parasites, infections, allergies, metabolic problems and stress, or a combination of these—may be affecting their skin.

Symptoms of Skin Problems:

Scratching Scabs Redness
Hot Spots Round Patches Dry, Flaky Skin
Hair Loss Rashes Lesions
Blood or Pus Swellings Rubbing Face

 

Pet Skin and Ear Care Treatment for Allergies!

A quality flea control and prevention is always essential.  A pet with an allergy to mold will scratch more if fleas are present which further damages their skin.  It is also helpful to reduce exposure to common allergens such as avoid walking your dog in grassy areas.

Treatment options available range from Symptomatic Therapy which may include Epsom salts, medicated shampoos, and cools baths frequently to provide temporary relief. Others include:

Immunotherapy- allergen shots and may take up to 12 months to work but, the average success rate is positive

Corticosteroids- reduces itching by reducing inflammation but, affect every organ in the body.

Antihistamines- This is relatively safe in dogs with approximately one-third of pet owners reporting success.  The downside, as with people, is sedation.

Don’t let your pet suffer pet skin and ear irritations as it could be just a simple allergic inhalant, food or flea allergies.  Call your veterinarian today for pet skin and ear care to take the right course of action.

Dr. G.