Skin problems and ear infections are two of the most frustrating chronic conditions that our doctors treat. For many pets, constant scratching, hot spots, and ear infections are secondary to an underlying allergy, either to substances in the environment or to ingredients in food. It is important to determine if an allergy is present and responsible for the symptoms or skin and ear infections will continue to flare up. Hayden Pet Medical Center offers veterinarian supervised blood testing and desensitization medications for environmental allergies. Center staff will be happy to discuss the food trial process to determine whether or not food allergies are causing problems. Even while the diagnostic process continues, your doctor will focus on immediate relief for your pet while minimizing the possible side effects of appropriate medications.