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Allergies & Dermatology

Allergies and dermatological issues are distressing – physically and mentally. In general, dermatitis is the term used to describe any condition causing inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis can be prompted by several agents, including allergens, external irritants, infection, and internal disease. Some pets also have a genetic predisposition to certain skin conditions and allergens.

If left untreated, what begins as an itch, can lead to physical pain and even mental distress. With the help of our dermatological services, our trained clinical team can help your pet regain physical and mental wellbeing. 

Allergens are inescapable. They can be found in the air we breathe, the food we consume, and the environment we live. Several of the most common allergens include pollen and flowers, weeds and grasses, wheat and grains, protein sources, perfumes, and household cleaners.

Notice any of the following signs in your pet? If so, we highly encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We can help to give your pet relief. 

  • Inflammation the skin; Flaky skin
  • Excessive licking; Excessive biting
  • Excessive itching; 
  • Excessive shedding; Hair loss
  • Lumps and bumps on the skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Behavioral changes resulting from distress/irritation

If you’ve observed any of the above-listed symptoms in your pet, the first step is to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. First, we’ll perform a physical examination and visually assess the condition of the skin, nails, and coat. We’ll also have a discussion with you about any sudden changes at home, symptoms you’ve observed, and more.

Next, we’ll recommend secondary diagnostic tests based on the findings of the physical examination. This may include skin scrapings, blood samples, and allergy tests. All of these tests can be processed in our in-house diagnostic laboratory, allowing us to return results to you faster and begin treatment sooner.

Treatment plans are often multi-faceted, as pets are oftentimes allergic to more than one thing. Treatment may include oral medications, topical creams, dietary changes, injections, and more. We will work with you to devise the treatment plan most effective for your pet.

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