Allergies & Dermatology
Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?
There are a wide variety of ailments that can affect a companion animal’s skin, and the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want your best friend to suffer and neither do we!
The professional allergy and dermatology services at Harris Animal Hospital will help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
To begin, we must identify precisely what’s causing the problem. We may be able to figure out what’s wrong just by examining your pet. In other cases, we may need to investigate further. Things like blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological issues we assist with include:
- Allergies (food and/or environmental)
- Infections (acute or chronic)
- Hormonal disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin cancer
Developing a Treatment Plan
Once we’ve identified the problem, the next step is determining how to best treat it. Depending on the situation, we may recommend something as basic as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a longer-term strategy or involve a combination of treatment methods.
Signs of a potential skin problem include:
- Excessive scratching
- Scabbing or flaking of the skin
- Hot spots
- Shedding more than usual
- Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
- Bumps or lumps on or under the skin
If you notice any of these signs, we strongly recommend booking an appointment with Harris Animal Hospital. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.