Skin and coat prob­lems repre­sent one of the most common reasons why an owner seeks veteri­nary advice. If we consider the ear canal as simply an exten­sion of the skin, then skin and ear issues certainly top the list. As such we are no strangers to these issues. As always, solving of the problem starts with a complete phys­i­cal exam­i­na­tion and detailed history. Deter­min­ing the cause offers the best treat­ment. There­fore certain diag­nos­tic tests may be require such as cytol­ogy, skin scrap­ing samples, special blood tests, bacte­r­ial and fungal cultures, biopsy etc. Don’t be alarmed. Given that common things are common”, only unusual derma­to­log­i­cal prob­lems require exten­sive testing. Not surpris­ingly, the cause can be secondary to an under­ly­ing disease process such as food hyper­sen­si­tiv­ity or hypothy­roidism. Some­times the solu­tion is as simple as flea control. Our goal is to method­i­cally work with you to achieve relief. We know that a raw, itchy skin condi­tion or smelly, painful ears does not make a happy pet or owner.

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