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There are many skin and ear issues we diagnose and treat. The following are some of the most common diseases that we treat and the services we provide.

Allergy Therapeutic Options & Alternatives

We offer many therapeutic options for allergy management, including skin allergy testing and allergen-specific immunotherapy in injectable and oral formulations.

Otitis Externa

Otitis externa is inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. It can be recurrent, chronic, persistent, and painful. We have video otoscopy capabilities, which allow us to visualize and capture high-definition still and video images of the ear canal and ear drum. This can help in diagnosis, but also greatly helps us follow the progress of at-home treatments of ear inflammation.

Otitis Media

Otitis media is inflammation or infection of the middle ear, past the ear drum. Material in the middle ear is not often resolved by at-home treatments. We have a flushing and suction unit that can be used to clean ears with the superior magnification and image quality of our video-otoscope. This procedure requires general anesthesia.
For some patients imaging via CT or MRI is recommended to fully assess the extent and severity of the otitis media.

Skin Allergy Testing

We perform intradermal allergy testing for a number of environmental allergens and use this information to formulate allergen-specific immunotherapy (hyposensitization) which may be given orally or by injection to treat allergies.

Recurrent, Persistent Bacterial Infections

Most bacterial infections in animals are opportunistic and caused by an underlying skin disease. These infections can present in a variety of ways, depending on how the animal's immune system reacts toward the bacteria and the underlying cause of the infection. We perform cytology and cultures to assess the degree and type of infection present to develop a customized therapeutic plan for your companion.

Fungal Infections

Ringworm is caused by a fungus that invades the hair shaft and follicles and causes hair loss and redness of the skin. We perform fungal cultures to identify the fungus present so that we may develop a customized treatment plan and recommend any in-home environmental changes, if necessary.
Yeast infections are most commonly caused by Malassezia, and are often secondary to an underlying skin disease. We perform cytologies to identify and quantitate the yeast.

Immune-Mediated Skin Disease

These types of skin diseases occur due to a malfunction of the immune system. Examples include but are not limited to: discoid lupus erythematosus, systemic lupus erythematosus, and pemphigus complex. We perform skin biopsies in these cases to identify the disease present and develop an appropriate treatment plan based on the diagnosis and severity of the problem.


Ectoparasites are parasites that live on the surface of the skin and cause skin disease. Some are contagious between animals, and some can cause itching in people, too. They include fleas, lice, Cheyletiella, Demodex, and Scarcoptes (scabies). Skin scrapings are performed to diagnose these infestations.

Endocrine Skin Disease

Hormonal diseases including hypothyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushings disease), and sex hormone imbalances can cause changes in the skin, coat, and may cause body-wide changes as well. Blood tests and/or skin biopsies help us arrive at the diagnosis.

Perianal Fistulas

These are chronic and progressive lesions and ulcers that form around the anus in dogs. German shepherds are particularly predisposed to this disease. This disease can be successfully treated with medical management and may also benefit from dietary modifications.

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Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

(970) 297-5000