Skin care is an important concern for the veterinary team at Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital. Skin and ear problems are one of the most common reasons we see patients for examinations. We routinely see pets with fleas, mange, infections, ringworm, and allergies to food, molds, pollens and other things in the environment. Skin allergies and ear infections are particularly common and we specialize in their diagnosis and treatment. We take the time to explain the symptoms and cause and often can offer several options for treatment. Allergies can be extremely frustrating for pet owners because there is no cure and even with the best care, symptoms may recur many times in a pet’s life. You may observe these skin conditions or obvious irritation in the ears and not be sure what caused the problem. At Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital, we are here to not only provide support but also to provide answers.
“Experienced staff most of whom have worked there for a number of years. They know the animals and are gentle and competent.”
– Carters W., Newbury
Allergy Testing for Pets
Dr. Wojcicki knows that one of the most frustrating aspects of allergies in pets is the difficulty identifying the irritant. We provide allergy testing for pets, using simple blood testing submitted to Greer via IDEXX, our laboratory. Most importantly, once the allergens are identified and we begin a treatment plan, our veterinarians provide ongoing education and support to you maximizing the benefits of treatment. Our goal is to minimize itch and infection with the least amount of medication and veterinary visits.
Many dogs and cats have multiple ear infections every year. At the very least they are annoying to pets and people but in some circumstances they can be severe resulting in permanent changes to the structure of the ear canal, rupture of the ear drum and even cause a head tilt and balance problems. Some ear infections can be due to allergies to ingredients in their food and MVAH can discuss hypoallergenic diet trials with you. Other times ear infections are related to allergies to dusts, pollens and other things in their environment that are impossible to avoid. We can help with treatment of ear infections and help trying to prevent them from happening in the first place.