Skin and ear problems are a common complaint at Seventy First Animal Hospital and can be caused by things like allergies, parasites, trauma or endocrine diseases.
Signs of skin/ear problems may include:
- Red ear flaps
- Itching/scratching at the ears
- Feet licking
- Red/discolored skin
- Hair loss
- Hot spots/moist dermatitis
- Greasy hair/skin
- Different odor to pet
- Scales or dandruff on skin
We perform specific skin and ear tests to diagnose underlying causes of skin/ear issues including visual exam for fleas or other external parasites, skin scrapes for mange mites, skin cytology, DTM culture for ringworm fungus and ear cytology for infection. Advanced testing includes MedRx ear scope, biopsy, cultures, blood tests for endocrine diseases and serum allergy testing. We will formulate a plan to treat and help prevent future issues. This many include oral medications, injections, food trials, desensitization therapy, supplements and medicated shampoos or sprays.