7 out of every 10 animals that we see are presented due to their itchy skin and / or sore, red ears. This is indeed a big part of what we do here everyday. With 30 years of practice experience each of our doctors are very skilled at quickly and efficiently diagnosing the cause and best treatments. The majority are caused by allergies. Allergies to plant pollen, mold spores, and other air contaminants are the primary culprits. Food allergies are increasingly being seen too. Fleas, fungal and bacterial infections are common causes. We see mange mites causing very severe, quite dramatic itchy skin and ear problems. We offer the latest and best allergy testing. All with the providing your pet quick and lasting relief.
One piece of advice that Brainerd Hills Veterinary Hospital likes to pass along is keep the bathing to a minimum. It will only dry out the skin and hair coat; the vast majority of the time it will make the allergy worse. And absolutely don't use bathing for flea control. Flea shampoos are useless! For the brief 3-5 minutes when the lather is still on your pet they will be flea free. Then you will do an exemplary job of rinsing off all the flea killing lather. And then the remaining fleas in your house will instantly jump back on your pet. These fleas will be so happy that your pet is now so clean and fresh smelling. Instead of that waste of time,Brainerd HIlls Veterinary Hospital recommends you use the long duration prescription flea killing products. They will work as labeled; and we will stand behind the products.