Dealing with a skin problem is never fun. The itching. The discomfort. The outright pain. Companion animals can experience many of the same dermatological conditions that humans can – including allergies and infections. Along with these conditions, they can also suffer from many of the same unpleasant side effects. If you suspect your loved one may be dealing with a problem with his or her skin, ears or feet, we can help! Our team is experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of dermatological issues.
Our team is experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of dermatological issues. What’s more, our hospital is equipped with an in-house laboratory, allowing us to run and retrieve results from a number of tests that help us quickly and accurately pinpoint precisely what your pet is dealing with.
Some of the many dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include, but are not limited to:
- Hormonal Disorders
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Skin Cancer
- Diseases of the Feet
- Ear Infections
Once we’ve determined the exact condition that is afflicting your pet, we will get right to work developing a customized treatment plan that will be tailored specifically to your companion’s unique needs. Treatments may include the use of medications, supplements, topical creams, therapy, surgery or a strategic combination of these. Our goal is always to eliminate symptoms altogether. For those conditions that cannot be cured, however, we will aim to manage them in a way that helps improve your pet’s quality of life.
If an allergy is the cause of your pet’s discomfort, we will conduct the appropriate tests to identify the type of allergy we’re dealing with (food or environmental), as well as the factors that are contributing to your pet’s reactions. In many cases, allergies can be managed by simply making a few changes to your companion’s home environment, such as switching his or her food. If medication is necessary, we will work with you to develop an effective ongoing treatment plan.
Signs and symptoms of skin problems in companion animals include:
- Excessive scratching
- Bald spots / hot spots
- Obsessively licking, chewing or biting at the skin
- Lumps or bumps on or under the skin
- Obvious discomfort when touched
- Unpleasant odor coming from the ears
If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these tell-tale signs, it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call or text. Your furbaby deserves to live a happy, comfortable life. We can help achieve that goal!