Pet Dermatology is More Than Skin Irritations

Our expertise in internal pet medicine makes it helpful that we’re also experts at pet dermatology. Some of the illnesses that affect your pet on the inside show themselves on the outside as skin disease. Because we continually try to give the pets of Ames and surrounding communities advanced veterinary care, we accurately diagnose and treat conditions of the skin, ear, hair and nails in animals. By specialized care through state-of-the-art equipment to treat common conditions like ear infections, and allergy testing to treat environmental and food allergies, we’re able to take care of all your pet dermatology needs.

Treating Ear Infections

Ear infection, or otitis, is a common condition in cats and dogs. In otitis, bacteria or yeast increases, invades the ear canal, and develops into pathogens that can cause disease in your pet. Canines are especially vulnerable to developing troublesome ear infections due to their ear’s size and thickness. The amount of hair in and around their ears also contributes to infections. We’re proud to have advanced capabilities at Somerset Veterinary Hospital when it comes to treating ear infections.

Pet Dermatology in Ames

Our digital video otoscope with fiber optic cameras give us a crystal-clear look into your pet’s ears. Once dangerous pathogens invade the ear canal, a closer look is necessary. We want to make sure your pet’s ear drum is not damaged, and determine whether a thorough cleaning is needed. With our digital video otoscope, we can remove polyps, hair or any discharge from pathogens.

Signs of ear infection in your pet include:

  • Discomfort around the ears and head
  • Frequent head shaking
  • Unusual odor or discharge from the ears
  • Redness and swelling of the ears
  • Frequent scratching and pawing at the ears

Treating Pet Allergies

We take pet allergies seriously at Somerset. Perhaps the number one culprit of allergic dermatitis is fleas and the dander they produce. Sensitivities to things like food, mold, dust and cleaning products can also cause allergic reactions in your pet that manifest as skin problems. Once your pet experiences skin irritations, they are likely to make matters worse by chewing, licking or scratching at their skin. This leads to open wounds that can easily become infected and this is also why it’s important to properly treat your pet’s skin allergies before they become a problem.

We treat pet allergies several ways including:

  • Medicated bathing and topical medications
  • Flea prevention and medication
  • Instructions on how to heighten your pet’s natural immunities
  • Food counseling

Please contact us with any questions about pet dermatology. We’re happy to advise you on treating any skin conditions in your furry animal friend.