Skin and Ear Disease Diagnosis and Treatments In Montgomery, AL


Montgomery Pet Skin & Ear Clinic

Dr. Louis N. Gotthelf

Located in Animal Hospital of Montgomery
At Montgomery Pet Skin and Ear Clinic, our mission is to identify the underlying cause of the skin and ear disease and treat it in the most effective manner in order to make your pet more comfortable.
  • Allergy Testing
  • Allergy Shots
  • Food Trials
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Scrapings
  • Skin Cytology
  • Cultures for bacteria and fungi
  • Hormone Assays
  • Laser Skin and Ear Tumor Removal
  • Therapeutic Bathing
  • Video Otoscopic Ear Exams
Dr. Gotthelf can help determine the cause of your pet's skin and ear problems. There are many conditions that affect the skin, the nails and ears. Once the diagnosis is made, he can then treat your pet's specific skin and ear diseases that are associated with allergies, bacterial infections, fungal infection, parasitic skin diseases, viral conditions, hypersensitivities, autoimmune/immune mediated skin diseases, endocrine diseases, alopecia, or genetic skin disorders.
These are some common reasons to see a doctor that treats skin diseases:

  • Atopy/ Food/ Flea Allergy
  • Chronic and recurrent Ear Diseases
  • Resistant bacterial skin infections
  • Dermatophytosis/ Yeast/ Other fungal infections
  • Skin Tumors
  • Parasitic skin infections
  • Autoimmune skin disease
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis/ Drug Eruption
  • Hormonal and Metabolic skin disease
  • Keratinization defects (Oily and Flaky skin)
  • Pododermatitis (swollen feet)
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
Here are some of the tests we do to help diagnose your pet's skin and ear disease:
  • Allergy Testing and Treatment
  • Video Otoscopy
  • Superficial and Deep Skin Scrapings
  • Bacterial and Fungal Cultures
  • Thyroid and Cortisol Tests
  • Ear and Skin Cytology
  • Skin Biopsy and histopathology

    Download a Skin Disease History Form (click here)

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    In Alabama, dogs and cats are exposed to many different things that affect the skin and the ears. Our long warm season and our outdoor dogs having so many activities both contribute to skin contact with fleas and ticks, other skin parasites, allergens, bite wounds, fungi, and bacterial infections. Indoors, our insulated homes are full of allergens especially house dust mites and molds that affect the skin. In some cases, dogs and cats are actually allergic to some component in their food and the skin has an adverse reaction to the diet.
    Allergies in people affect the eyes and nose mostly, and on occasion the skin, but in dogs and cats allergy primarily affects the skin.

    Many skin problems of the dog and cat do not start in the skin, but are the result of another disease going on somewhere in the body. Hormonal diseases, autoimmune diseases, breed specific skin conditions, and nutritional problems can all contribute to skin issues.
    Tumors of the skin are very common in dogs and less so in cats. Many of these growths are benign, but others are cancerous. With our surgical laser, skin tumors can be removed with a minimum of scarring. Laser skin tumor removal also results in less bleeding, less swelling, and much less pain.
    Dogs are very prone to ear infections. It has been estimated that as many as 20% of all dogs have ear disease. That is 1 in 5 dogs that are suffering from painful, itchy, smelly ears. Because the ear canal is just a roll of skin stuck in the side of the head, whatever happens on the skin can affect the skin of the ear and dogs get ear inflammation, followed by ear infections. These dogs are miserable and many of them are behavioral problems because they are in so much pain.
    Cats also suffer from ear disease, but it is different than in dogs. Many cats have ear mites (see the video) , but many of them also have middle ear infections.
    Dr. Gotthelf has spent over 30 years intensively studying ear diseases in dogs and cats. He has developed many products for the diagnosis and treatment of ear problems in dogs and cats. He has written 2 books about ear diseases for veterinarians. He has lectured to thousands of veterinarians worldwide about his methods and he is highly regarded as an ear disease authority.