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You take care of your pet’s internal health, but what about the outside? Underneath all that fur and fluff is a layer of skin that can be just as sensitive as yours. In fact, companion animals are susceptible to many of the same skin conditions that humans can experience. As a result of these conditions, your pet could be feeling itchy, uncomfortable and downright miserable. The good news is we can help!
The professional pet allergy and dermatology services we offer are designed to quickly and accurately identify, diagnose and treat skin conditions and help our patients enjoy happier, more comfortable lives. We’ll help make sure your pet is as healthy on the outside as on the inside!
Through our many years of training and experience, we can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions, on the other hand, require additional diagnostic testing to ensure an accurate and timely diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies. Some of the many dermatological issues we can assist with include:
Some dermatological problems can be permanently cured while others require ongoing treatment. Our goal is to develop a course of care that will help keep your pet as comfortable as possible. Treatments often include the use of topical, oral or injectable medications, as well as supplements. We also offer laser therapy, which provides a quick and painless relief from a wide variety of skin disorders.
If we determine that an allergy is to blame for your pet’s symptoms, the next step will involve testing to determine what type of allergy we are dealing with as well as what is triggering your pet’s reactions. In many cases, we are able to help you manage an allergy by recommending certain changes to your pet’s home environment, such as trying a new food. This helps to provide your pet with relief without having to use medications.
If you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bald spots, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps, give us a call right away. We’re here to help! Call us today at 818-222-7387.