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Spotlight on Dermatology with Dr. Levinson, DVM, DACVD

Why is my dog itchy? Does my cat have an ear infection?

These are just a couple of the common questions received by Veterinary Dermatologist, Dr. Matthew Levinson. Serving BluePearl Pet Hospital in Northfield, IL, Dr. Levinson treats a range of skin and ear issues that fall under the realm of veterinary dermatology, from allergies and other skin issues to ear infections and disorders.

Veterinary Dermatology for Skin Issues

Just like people, cats and dogs can suffer from a wide range of skin issues, from allergies to atopic dermatitis. This is why dermatology is an essential specialty in the world of veterinary medicine.

Some of the common skin issues treated by Dr. Levinson include:

The most common cause of allergies in cats and dogs are flea bites. These tiny creatures can wreak big havoc on cats and dogs with allergies.

Some common signs your pet may be allergic to fleas include:

  • Skin irritations
  • Hot spots
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive licking and scratching

Certain ingredients in pet food, such as beef, dairy and fish, are also known to contribute to allergies in cats and dogs. Certain dog breeds, such as boxers, dalmations, and German shepherds, are more prone to food allergies, however, food allergies can affect cats and dogs of any breed.

Some common signs your dog or cat may be suffering from food allergies include:

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Excessive licking and/or scratching
  • Bald spots and hot spots
  • Ear and/or skin infections
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Coughing, wheezing and sneezing

Since skin and coat issues can be caused by a number of different factors, making an appointment with Dr. Levinson may be your best bet in finding relief for “itchy and scratchy”.

Veterinary Dermatology for Ear Issues

In the veterinary world, ear and skin issues often go hand-in-hand. About 50 percent of allergic dogs also have ear infections – and this may even be the only symptom to indicate your dog suffers from allergies.

Common signs your pet may be suffering from an ear infection or other issues include:

  • Ear scratching
  • Head tilting and/or headshaking
  • Odor in the ear(s)
  • Redness of the ear canal(s)
  • Swelling (usually on the outer portion of the ear)
  • Yellow, brown or bloody discharge
  • Lack of balance
  • Unusual movement in the eyes (back-and-forth movements)

Common ear procedures offered by Dr. Levinson include:

  • Advanced ear imaging
  • Deep ear flushes
  • Growth and polyp removals
  • Chronic ear infection treatments
  • Myringotomy (surgical incision into the eardrum to relieve excess pressure)

Unfortunately, the skin and ear issues in cats and dogs are often life-long, incurable issues. However, a trip to the dermatologist can provide you with valuable information and treatment options for keeping your furry friend healthy and happy.

Here are some common signs your pet may need a visit to the dermatologist:

  • Excessive paw licking
  • Headshaking
  • Itchiness of the skin and/or ears
  • Hair loss and dry skin
  • Rubbing against walls, furniture, etc.
  • Redness and/or flaking of the skin

For more on skin issues in pets, check out our article listings for common skin and coat problems in cats and common skin and coat disorders in dogs.