How to help dogs and cats with itchy skin and ears

Why does my pet have itchy skin and ears?

Skin and ear diseases are some of the most common health issues seen in our pets. Having a chronically itchy pet can be an extremely frustrating experience and can lead to decreased quality of life for both your pet and the people caring for them.

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What are the signs of skin and ear problems?

Commonly seen symptoms of skin and ear disease include licking, chewing, and scratching of the face, feet, ears, armpits, and groin. You may also notice hair loss, redness, rashes, dandruff, and abnormal odors coming from the skin. Your Veterinarian will perform a careful examination of your pet’s skin and ears to help determine the underlying cause of these symptoms.

What types of skin and ear testing will need to be done?

Common diagnostic tests include skin/ear cytology (to evaluate for bacteria or yeast), skin scraping (to evaluate for skin mites), and testing for other infectious organisms (Ringworm). Occasionally bloodwork, bacterial cultures, or skin biopsies may be needed for more complex problems.

How are skin and ear issues usually treated?

Treatment for skin and ear disease will vary based on your pet’s individual diagnosis but may include anti-itch medications, topical medications for skin/ears, antibiotics, flea preventatives, diet recommendations, and supplements to help with overall skin health.

Does my pet have allergies?

Many pets with recurring or chronic skin and ear issues are often the result of underlying allergic diseases such as food or environmental allergies. These are often long-term problems that your Veterinarian will be able to help after examining your pet and help you decide on an appropriate treatment. Although there is no cure for allergic skin disease, we have many effective options for managing the itching and giving your pet a comfortable and otherwise healthy life.

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