This time of year we start seeing a lot of seasonal allergies pick up again, and one of the things that goes hand in hand (paw in paw?) with allergies for some pets is ear infections. There are a number of different types of ear infections, also known as otitis. There are a normal amount of bacteria and yeast that live on the skin, and the immune system usually keeps them in check. When conditions are right for the yeast or bacteria to overgrow, or if the immune systems is not able to work properly, an infection can start. Infections can be just bacteria, just yeast, or a mixed infection of both. Wet conditions and lack of airflow into the ear can cause yeast and bacteria to overgrow. Pets that swim a lot, or get water into their ears during bathing, or even pets with long floppy ears, may be more prone to ear infections. We generally recommend using a veterinary ear cleaner after bathing or swimming to help prevent this. The ear cleaners we carry have a drying agent in them to help prevent the water buildup leading to bacteria or yeast overgrowth. Allergies are the immune system over reacting to things in the environment, usually things it does not need to react […]Learn More
Ah-choo! Yup, you guessed it, allergy season is here again. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system. Immune cells release histamines, which can cause inflammation in the body, usually in the skin, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, or respiratory tract. This leads to secondary issues such as ear infections, skin infections, fungal (yeast) and bacterial infections, pyoderma, hot spots, anal gland issues, sneezing, runny eyes, breathing issues, or vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases hives or even anaphylactic shock can occur. Signs of allergies can include: Asthma problems Runny eyes or nose and sneezing Itching and scratching Licking and chewing, especially of feet, flanks, or tail areas Redness of skin Ear infections-odor, discharge, or redness in ears Skin infections which may present as open sores, pimples, red bumps, dry skin, scabs, and crusts Pets can be allergic to a number of things, which usually fall into the categories of fleas, environment, and food. Examples of environmental allergens can include pollens, dust mites, and molds, and examples of food allergens can include meat, grains, and dairy ingredients. There are many things we can do to help you and your pet manage their allergies including: Treat for fleas-even if not seen, they may be contributing to the problem A food elimination trial-feeding a special diet with […]Learn More
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.