Allergies & Dermatology

When you look at your pet, you probably see an adorable little critter covered in fur. Underneath that soft layer of fuzz and fluff, however, is skin that can be just as sensitive as yours.

Dermatological conditions, such as allergies and infections, can cause your pet to experience a number of unpleasant symptoms and side effects, from itchiness and discomfort to outright pain. Ultimately, the very quality of your companion’s life can be diminished.

If you’ve noticed that your pet has been scratching a bit more than usual, or there are some telltale signs of a skin problem, like bald spots or scabbing, our professional allergy and pet dermatology services can help. Our doctors are have received extensive training and are experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad range of skin conditions. We can evaluate your pet and address the problem so he or she can get back to enjoying a happier, more comfortable life.

We’ll start by conducting a thorough physical exam and then move on to more in depth testing. We may perform everything from laboratory work to skin scrapings to biopsies, all of which help us get to the bottom of what’s causing your pet’s symptoms so we can address and correct the problem most effectively.

Some of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

• Allergies
• Infections
• Dermatitis
• Chronic Ear Infections
• Hormonal Disorders
• Autoimmune Conditions
• Foot Disease
• Tumors
• Skin Cancer
• More…

Once we’ve reached a definitive diagnosis, we’ll then get to work developing a customized treatment plan that will achieve optimum results. Treatment may range from the use of topical creams and oral or injectable medication to supplements, therapy and, in some case, surgery. We may recommend one of these treatments or a combination of several that we believe will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pet’s symptoms.

If allergies are to blame, our doctors will work diligently to identify what triggers are causing the reaction in your companion’s body. Pet allergies can be categorized into two types: food allergies and environmental. As part of our treatment plan, we may recommend making some changes at home, such as switching to a different food or removing certain household items that may be acting as irritants to your pet’s condition. Often these simple changes are enough to conquer the problem without the need for further medical intervention.

Some of the signs that your pet may be suffering from a skin, ear or foot problem include, but are not limited to:

• Excessive scratching
• Biting, chewing or licking the affected area
• Rubbing against furniture or walls
• Bald spots
• Rash
• Scabbing
• Unusual lumps or bumps

If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, he or she may be suffering from a dermatological problem. Don’t wait another moment. Let the team at Dogwood Animal Hospital help!