Skin and ear disorders are a common problem seen by veterinarians. The condition of your pet’s skin and coat can also be an important indicator of its general health. As with allergies or skin reactions in people, these conditions can vary from acute, self-limiting problems to chronic or long-lasting problems requiring life-long treatment.
The many conditions that cause itchy and damaged skin can be grouped into a few categories which interestingly are very similar to those seen in humans.
These groups include immune related skin disease, contact allergies, insect allergies, airborne allergies, food allergies and disease that may be non-skin related but show up on the skin.
Ear disease can often be an extension of skin disease. The ears are a deep dark area that can harbor and grow infection because of the environment they produce.
Quick links to skin and ear diseases:
ATOPY - Canine Airborn Allegy
What is Atopy? Atopy is a common skin disease causing itchiness in the dog. It is a reaction by an individual animal’s body to airborne pollens from grasses, weeds, trees, mould spores an... read more about Atopy (air-born allergy)
Allergic Dermatitis in Pets
What is Allergic Dermatitis? Allergic Dermatitis in dogs and cats is a very common, yet often misunderstood disease. It has been well recognised for a long time and is sometimes referred to as ... read more about Allergic Dermatitis
Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)
Infections of the external ear canal (outer ear) by bacteria or yeast, is one of the most common types of infections seen in dogs and cats. It is called otitis externa. Some breeds, partic... read more about Otitis Externa
What is an Aural Haematoma? Each one of your pet’s ear lobes (pinna) is made up of two layers of opposing skin held together with fibrous tissue and with nerves and blood vessels running betwee... read more about Aural Heamatomas
What is Hyposensitisation? Hyposensitisation is a course of allergy “shots” and is recommended when an allergy to pollens, moulds or dust mites has been diagnosed. The aim of hyposensi... read moreabout Hypersensitisation