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.