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What is Otitis Externa?

Otitis externa is inflammation of the outer ear canal. What is the cause?There are many primary causes of otitis externa including :* Allergies* Atopy - one of the commonest causes of otitis externa* Food hypersensitivity (80% of affected cats and dogs reported to have otitis) * Contact hypersensitivity* Autoimmune disorders* Pemphigus foliaceous* Diseases of glands in the skin* Hyperplasia of glands reported in Cocker Spaniels* Foreign objects in the ear canal* Grass awns* Excessive hair* Sand, soil, water* Fungi* Dermatophytes * Generalised diseases of keratinisation* Primary idiopathic seborrhoea* Hormonal disorders - hypothyroidism, sex hormone imbalances* Parasites* Ear mites (eg otodectes...


Itchy Ears & Paws

Itchy Ears & Paws

You may think you don't know what a yeast infection in dogs looks like, but if you have an itchy dog, especially the ears and paws, then you may be looking at exactly that.   Yeast! How Yeast Affects your dog Yeast is a fungus that likes to grow in moist areas.  Summertime and tropical areas  usually causes flare ups because of the hot and humid weather.  If you notice your dog itching, licking, scooting, and paw chewing, your dog could have an over growth of Malassezia.  Malassezia is the most common type of yeast that is found on a dog's skin and...

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