Have you noticed your pet scratching a lot more than usual lately?
There are many skin problems that can affect companion animals, including allergies, infections and hormonal disorders. The symptoms of these conditions can range from minor itching and discomfort to severe pain. To help your loved one live a happier, more comfortable life, we need to get to the bottom of what’s bothering their skin. The team at Community Vet Clinic is trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of dermatological issues.
We’ll start by conducting a thorough exam and running the appropriate tests to help us understand the cause of your pet’s symptoms. Our hospital features an on-site diagnostic laboratory where we can conduct everything from blood work and skin scrapings to biopsies. This will help us pinpoint the problem so that we can address it most effectively.
Some of the many dermatological conditions we can provide assistance with include:
• Food Allergies
• Environmental Allergies
• Hormonal Problems
• Autoimmune Disorders
• Foot Disease
• Skin Cancer
Whatever ailment may be affecting your companion, we’ll develop a treatment strategy that will reduce or eliminate unpleasant symptoms once and for all. We have many options to choose from when it comes to pet skin problems. We may recommend applying a topical cream to the area in question, or we may suggest administering certain medication. In other cases, supplements, therapy or even surgery may be our best approach.
Allergy care involves a little more work, as we must determine what type of allergy we are dealing with as well as what the triggers are. We need this information in order to come up with a treatment plan that will get the best results. In many cases, allergies can be managed by making simple lifestyle changes, such as switching foods. Other, more serious cases, may require long-term care to keep reactions at a minimum and help your pet enjoy a more pleasant existence.
Some of the signs that can indicate a dermatological problem include, but are not limited to:
• Biting, licking or chewing at the area in question
• Excessive shedding and/or bald spots
• Dry, flaky skin
• Unpleasant odor coming from the ears
• Scratching much more than usual
• Bumps on the surface of the skin
• Lumps under the skin
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us right away. We will work hard to isolate the problem and develop a course of action that will bring your companion much-needed relief.