Treating Skin Conditions and Ear Infections
At All Kinds Veterinary Hospital in Callaway, we treat a large number of pet skin conditions and ear conditions. These are common problems in pets, and while treatable, can cause a lot of discomfort. Infections of the skin and ears can be associated with allergies, parasites, bacteria or fungus. To make the most accurate diagnosis, we offer services to help us isolate the cause of your pet’s symptoms and develop an effective treatment plan.
Services and Treatments
To efficiently treat pet skin and ear conditions, we offer the following diagnostic tools and treatments:
- Ear discharge analysis – a sample of discharge from your pet’s ear is taken and examined under a microscope to help us determine what type of ear infection they have
- Skin surface cytology
- Skin scraping
- Fungal culture
- Blood allergy testing – to check for antigen-induced antibodies
- Apoquel – an oral medication that treats itching and inflammation
- Cytopoint – an injectable medication that provides relief from itching and allows damaged skin time to heal
Depending on what your veterinarian observes while examining your pet, they may recommend one or more of the above services. Treatment also depends on your pet’s condition, and how well they respond.
Symptoms of Skin Conditions
From ringworm to atopic dermatitis, skin conditions can often result in similar symptoms, which can include:
- Hair loss
- Scaly patches
Ear Infection Symptoms
Ear infections are often very painful for pets and can be caused by a variety of factors, including allergies, excessive hair growth within the ear, trapped moisture, ear mites and even hypothyroidism. Symptoms include:
- Scratching at the ear
- Shaking and tilting of the head
- Leaning in the same direction as affected ear
- Tentative chewing/opening mouth
- Altered sense of balance/disorientation
Treating Pet Skin and Ear Conditions
If your pet is constantly scratching and chewing at themselves, rubbing at their ears or yelping when you touch them, you should bring them in to see their veterinarian right away. Licking and scratching at the skin could result in a damaged skin barrier, and lead to infection. The best thing we can do for your pet is diagnose their condition in its earliest possible stages, and find a treatment that targets the symptoms and helps them heal.
Give us a call at (301) 994-9919 if you’re noticing any of the above symptoms in your pet; their health and happiness is our highest priority.