Skin and Ear Care

Pet Skin and Ear Care is Available at Baymeadows!

Pet Skin and Ear Care is important to your furry family member’s health because it is the most common condition we see in pets.  Pets react with skin complications due to allergies whereas people respond with nasal indicators.  Skin and ear medical issues range from inferior coat texture to itching, scratching, and chewing of the skin.

Dust mites and mold can also cause skin and ear irritations as well as seasonal pollens.  There are many treatments available depending on the severity of the skin and ear medical conditions.

Inhalant Allergies cause an allergic reaction in dogs which may include pollens, dust mites, and mold.  Normally the clue in diagnosing these types of allergies is to monitor the reaction timing.  If it occurs year round, it may be mold or dust and if the reaction is season, pollens may be the contributing factor.

Symptoms of inhalant allergies are biting, chewing at the paws, constant licking, and scratching.  Dogs may rub their face on the carpet and ear flaps can become hot and red with chronic ear infections following.  The skin will become thick and may have a strong odor.

Ear Care

According to ASPCA, because of the twisty, curvy design of a pet’s inner ears, it’s easy for parasites, bacteria and yeast to hide and thrive in them.  This also means that any debris in the canal must work its way up to escape.  Infections can result from trapped debris.  Companions with allergies are particularly vulnerable, as are those with floppy ears, like Cocker spaniels, basset hounds and poodles.

Routine Ear Care

Your pet’s regular grooming/maintenance routine should include regular ear checks.  This is especially important for those who produce excessive earwax or have a lot of inner-ear hair:

  • If your companion’s inner ears appear dirty, clean them with a cotton ball dampened with mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or a solution formulated specifically for this purpose.  Inner-ear skin is delicate, so allow your vet to demonstrate the proper method for cleaning your pet’s ears.
  • Do not clean their ears so frequently or deeply as to cause irrit      ation, and take care to NEVER insert anything into the ear canal.
  • If your dog sprouts hair from his or her ear canal, you or your groomer may have to tweeze it out every few weeks to prevent problematic mats and tangles from forming.  Please discuss with your vet whether this is necessary for your dog.

Warning Signs

Ear Discharge Swelling
Bad Smells Crusty Skin
Redness Hair Loss

Skin Care

Your companion’s skin is an indication of his or her overall health.  When a skin problem occurs, your pet may respond with excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking.  A wide range of causes—including external parasites, infections, allergies, metabolic problems and stress, or a combination of these—may be affecting their skin.

Symptoms of Skin Problems:

Scratching Scabs Redness
Hot Spots Round Patches Dry, Flaky Skin
Hair Loss Rashes Lesions
Blood or Pus Swellings Rubbing Face

 

Grooming Tips: Special Breeds, Special Needs

Dogs with loose facial skin or wrinkles—such as pugs—will need special attention.  To prevent dirt and bacteria from causing irritation and infection, clean the folds with damp cotton.  Always thoroughly dry the areas between the folds.

If your dog has long or droopy ears, you should check them weekly.  Ask your pet’s vet or groomer to show you how before trying to clean them at home.

Pet Skin and Ear Care Treatment for Allergies!

Treatment options available range from Symptomatic Therapy which may include Epsom salts, medicated shampoos, and cools baths frequently to provide temporary relief. Others include:

Immunotherapy- allergen shots and may take up to 12 months to work but, the average success rate is approximately 70-75%.

Corticosteroids- compounds reduce itching by reducing inflammation but, affect every organ in the body.

Antihistamines- This is relatively safe in dogs with approximately one-third of pet owners report success.  The major downside, as with people, is sedation.

Don’t let your pet suffer the irritation of skin and ear problems as it could be as simple as an allergic inhalant, food or flea allergies.  Call your veterinarian today for pet skin and ear care.

Dr. G.

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