Does your companion have a case of the itchies?
There are literally hundreds of different ailments that can affect the skin of our pets. Some conditions start from within and manifest themselves through external symptoms. Others are topical issues that require medical attention. In either case, if your pet is experiencing a dermatological problem, it may be negatively impacting his or her quality of life.
At Patterson Veterinary Hospital, we offer professional pet allergy and dermatology services to treat and manage a wide spectrum of conditions. We’ll work toward a timely and accurate diagnosis so we can help return your pet to full health, inside and out.
The key to effectively managing a dermatological problem starts with achieving the correct diagnosis. At Patterson Veterinary Hospital, we utilize a number of different methods to help uncover the root of your pet’s symptoms. Whether it’s a simple blood test, a skin scraping, a biopsy or something more advanced, we’ll get to the bottom of the problem quickly. This will allow us to focus our efforts on developing the best treatment strategy.
Some of the skin conditions we can assist with include:
- Hormonal Disorders
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Skin Cancer
Individualized Treatment Plans
Once we know precisely what we’re dealing with, we’ll get right to work finding the best way to address the problem. There are a variety of methods we can use to treat dermatological conditions. For minor issues, medication may be enough to eliminate symptoms. Other, more severe conditions may require more aggressive or longer-term strategies. We’ll evaluate your pet’s specific needs to develop a customized plan just for him or her.
If your loved one suffers from an allergy, we’ll conduct the appropriate testing to determine what type of allergy is occurring. From there, we’ll pinpoint the triggers that are causing your pet’s reactions. Managing an allergy can be as simple as changing your pet’s food or it may require some type of medical intervention. Again, our recommendation will be based on your pet’s unique situation for optimum results.
Some of the signs that a pet may be experiencing a skin problem include:
- Constant scratching
- Biting, chewing or licking at a certain area
- Bald spots or excessive shedding
- Bumps on the surface of the skin
- Lumps beneath the skin
- Unpleasant odor coming from the ears
If you notice any of these things, pick up the phone and call us. We can help your loved one live a happier, more comfortable life.