Disease Info

Allergy

Allergies and hypersensitivities are a disorder of the immune system. The immune system in pets is designed to defend the body against harmful pathogens. However, in our allergic pets, after exposure to certain stimuli or substances, the immune system overreacts, producing an undesirable immune response to certain allergens that would be considered harmless in a non-allergic animal. This allergic response, or hypersensitivity, can manifest as itchy, red and inflamed skin…

Otitis

Otitis externa means inflammation of the external part of the ear. The external part of the ear extends from the tympanic membrane (ear drum), along the ear canal to the ear pinna (ear flap). While we often see patients with ear infections, otitis externa does not always mean an infection in the ear is present. However, the presence of an ear infection is very common and is a perpetuating factor in ear disease which prevents the ear disease from resolving. In order to understand how otitis externa can be treated and managed, it is important to know that this is a multifactorial disease, meaning that many factors contribute to the disease process and these underlying factors must be addressed, especially for chronic or recurrent bouts of otitis externa.

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