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What is an Ear Infection ? The cause for most dog ear infections is either yeast or bacteria that’s trapped in the ears. Yet, ear mites, wax buildup, or allergies can also cause painful ear infections in dogs. There are three kinds of ear infections—otitis externa, media, and internal—affecting different parts of the canine ear.

What is Lip Fold Dermatitis? Lip fold dermatitis most often occurs when moisture and debris, such as particles of food, become trapped in the folds created by your dog's sagging lips. Affected areas will be unusually damp, and may appear red and irritated. The fold may give off a strong, unpleasant odor and may even feel slightly warm to the touch. 

When lip fold dermatitis in dogs becomes severe, hair loss can occur. The irritated skin breaks and ulcers form. Bacterial infection can occur. Yeast infections are also common in dog skin folds, since yeast thrives on the warmth and moisture found in the folds of your dog's skin, and lip folds are especially prone to become moist.

What causes Red Staining-Atopic Dermatitis?  Red or brown staining on the feet, bib, mouth, stomach, vulva or penis seems to be one of the most misunderstood of dog health problem. These discolorations are caused by an over growth of fungus and sometimes bacteria.

What is Alopecia? Alopecia is the medical term for baldness in dogs.

Seasonal  Flank Alopecia- Non itchy hair loss usually occurring in the loin or along the sides and comes and goes as the seasons change.

What are Interdigital Cysts? Interdigital cysts are large bumps, or nodules, between a dog’s toes. Any irritation or injury to the haired skin of the paws can cause “plugged,” or dilated, hair follicles.

What is Histocytoma ? A histiocytoma is a benign skin growth that usually goes away by itself if given enough time.

What are Sebacous Cysts ? The definition of a cyst is a fluid filled sack. The most common type of cyst is the sebaceous gland cyst found in the skin of dogs and cats. Cysts can occur anywhere on the body and at any age. Cysts are often dynamic, meaning that they can both increase as well as decrease in size over time. Certain breeds are genetically more prone to developing cysts. Cysts are not considered dangerous or threatening to the health of the pet unless they should rupture externally and subsequently become infected. If this was to occur then it is best to remove them surgically. The sebaceous gland is the wax or oil-producing gland of the skin with a duct that empties into the hair follicle. A cyst occurs when the sebum becomes trapped inside the sebaceous gland. As the gland produces the fluid the cyst begins to “grow” or increase in size. When enough fluid has been produced to fill the sack the pressure inside the sack builds up to the point that stops the cells from producing additional fluid. As the fluid is reabsorbed or the wall stretches the pressure drops inside the sack allowing the cells to begin producing fluid again. At some point there is a standoff and the size of the cyst stabilizes for a period of time. .

What is Mange? Mange is a skin condition ,caused by mites, that causes intense itchin which leads to open sores and hairloss.there are two types sarcoptic and demodectic.