Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?

There are many different ailments than can affect a companion animal’s skin. Whether it’s a topical problem, like a hot spot or rash, or something more in-depth like an infection, the symptoms can be downright unpleasant. You don’t want to see your best friend suffer like that, and neither do we! That’s why Southlake Animal Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services as part of our comprehensive system of care. We want to get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.

 

Diagnosing the Problem

The first step toward helping your pet feel better again is identifying the precise condition he or she is experiencing.  We may be able to tell what’s wrong just by examining your pet, 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 of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies (food and/or environmental)
  • Infections (acute or chronic)
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer

 

Developing a Treatment Plan

To determine how best to treat the problem, we’ll consider a number of unique factors. This allows us to develop a tailor-made approach just for your pet, designed to achieve the best possible results. Depending on the situation, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a combination of treatment methods. You will be included in the process every step of the way.

Allergies require a little more work to manage. Once we understand what’s causing your pet’s reactions, we’ll work toward a solution that will eliminate outbreaks as much as possible. Some allergies can be managed through simple lifestyle changes, such as switching food products or other natural remedies. Others may require a longer-term strategy. Our recommendations will be based on your best friend’s specific needs.

Signs of a possible 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 or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give the experienced team at Southlake Animal Hospital a call. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.