Caesar's ear and skin problems

Caesar is a 6 and a half year old Labrador who has been coming to Vetwest since his first puppy vaccination at 9 weeks of age. When he was 3 years old, Caesar developed an ear infection, which was then followed by recurring episodes of both pruritis (itchy skin) and more ear infections. These ear infections were treated with ear cleaners and standard medicated drops.

Just over a year ago Caesar developed a third more serious infection caused by bacteria called Pseudomonas, which is resistant to many of the more common antibiotics we use. After 6 weeks of treatment, Caesar was referred to the Dermatology clinic at Murdoch University as many ear infections are caused by underlying skin allergies and in order to get on top of the ear infections, the skin allergies would have to be addressed as well.
Murdoch University performed intradermal skin testing¹ which revealed Caesar had reactions to multiple allergens including grasses, pollens and insects. Underlying skin allergies such as these are the most common cause of recurrent ear infections in dogs.

Caesar was started on a series of desensitisation injections², daily antihistamines as well as powerful antibiotics for his ear infection. Twelve months down the track and his itchy skin and ear infections are a thing of the past and being controlled with regular medication. Caesar is a happy and healthy dog thanks to the dedication of his owners and the veterinary team who look after him.

¹ Intradermal skin testing is a specialised test where tiny amounts of allergens are injected just under the skin and the area observed for a raised lump developing at the site of the injection. The larger the reaction, usually the greater the allergy to the allergen.

² Desensitisation injection is a form of allergy 'shot' in which the patient is vaccinated with increasingly larger doses of an allergen with an attempt to stimulate the immune system to make blocking antibodies to particles (such as pollens) which cause allergies. Over time, the patient will require the shots less often when the severity of symptoms diminishes.

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