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.