Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?
There are many ailments that can impact a companion animal’s skin, and the symptoms can be unpleasant to deal with. You don’t want your pet to suffer and neither do we!
Our professional allergy and dermatology services are designed to get your loved one as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
To help get your pet some relief, we must first identify precisely what’s causing the problem. We may be able to tell what’s wrong through a cursory exam, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological concerns we can 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 circumstances, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a longer-term strategy or involve a combination of multiple treatment methods.
Signs of a possible skin condition may 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, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Contact Westwood Veterinary Hospital today. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.