Clearly, I can't get enough of my Golden Retriever patients. They are always so happy and sweet, and there's just something about them that cheers up my entire day! If you've ever met a Golden Retriever you must understand what I'm talking about.
A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet 9 year old Finnegan, who was having a VERY common issue this time of year - itchy skin. Poor Finnegan was bothered by an itch on his leg so badly that within just a day he had licked and chewed it into a very red, raw "hot spot". At the same time, we found that Finnegan had ear infections in both ears! Unfortunately, Finnegan was no stranger to these problems; they seem to happen around the same time every year.
Right at home, we were able to clip and clean the "hot spot". We prescribed antibiotics and topical medications for the skin and ears, and most importantly fit him with an e-collar to prevent him from continuing to chew at his skin (doesn't he make such a beautiful flower!?) Finnegan's mom reports that he is already well on the road to recovery! Now we're planning to take some steps to try to prevent this from happening again in the future.
Does your dog constantly lick his paws, scratch his sides, or have recurring ear infections? Does your cat constantly groom herself? If so, they too might be dealing with skin allergies.
Skin allergies are one of the most commonly seen medical issues in veterinary medicine. Luckily, there are plenty of options for diagnosing and treating this problem, and greatly improving your pet's quality of life. Let's briefly talk about a few causes and treatments for allergies.
Don't hesitate to contact us with any specific questions about itching or allergies! We'd love to meet your pet and talk about a personalized plan to stop the itch!