Living in the south, we deal with dermatology cases on a daily basis. You may be surprised to learn that dermatology is not limited to treating itchy skin, but can include ear infections, anal gland issues, and skin infections. At All Creatures Animal Care Center, our approach to diagnosing skin problems involves communicating with the client for an in-depth review of the pet’s symptoms and lifestyle followed by testing, if appropriate. We then strive to establish a long term relationship with our clients so that we can monitor the progression of the condition and how it is responding to treatment.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. Typically, when an animal is suffering from irritation of the skin, they are likely to exhibit excessive itching, scratching, biting, licking, hair loss, scabs, or dandruff. When the skin is inflamed and is causing constant irritation, it can be miserable for pets and their owners. To get to the root of your pet’s skin problem, we will rule out non-allergenic skin diseases such as mange, ringworm and so forth. If these and other conditions are not present, and your pet’s clinical signs and history fit, your pet may be diagnosed with allergic dermatitis.
Classic triggers of allergy symptoms include food, flea saliva, dust, mites, plant and grass pollens, molds and fungi. Once your pet’s allergies are activated, inflammation and irritation of the skin, and possibly the development of a secondary skin infection makes the irritation even worse. To determine what is causing an allergic reaction in your pet, our doctors will perform allergy tests. They will then consult with you to develop a treatment protocol for your pet.
Veterinary medicine has taken great strides in alleviating the discomfort of skin ailments through medicated shampoos, topical solutions, and prescription oral medications. There are also new oral allergy medications for dogs that are extremely safe and effective for both short and long-term use.
Our veterinarians offer treatment plans for pets who are suffering from skin conditions. If you feel your pet may be itching as a result of allergies, schedule an appointment for an evaluation today.