Skin care is one of the most common types of treatments we administer to our pet patients. Allergies, itchy patches of skin, dandruff, ear infections, and mites are all issues our canine (and occasionally feline) companions deal with. Like human dermatology, pet dermatology involves understanding your pet’s symptoms, finding the root cause (or causes) of their condition, and formulating a treatment plan that suits their individual needs.
What Can Pets Be Allergic To?
Our animal companions can be just as sensitive as humans when it comes to allergens. Flea allergy dermatitis and atopic dermatitis are some of the more common conditions we treat. Flea allergy dermatitis is triggered by hypersensitivity to flea bites. The flea’s saliva can actually cause an allergic reaction in some pets.
Atopic dermatitis is often a hereditary condition in dogs that causes pruritus (itching of the skin) and skin lesions all over the body. This condition occurs when the animal inhales and has an overreaction to pollen, mold spores, or dust mites.
Allergies in pets can also be set off by certain food ingredients, fabrics, and cleaning solutions.
How Our Team Can Help
When your pet is uncomfortable and unhappy, you’re likely to be unhappy, too. We know how challenging skin disorders and allergies can be for pet owners to handle, but treatment is possible. In addition to educating you about your pet’s condition, we’ll work with you to find the root cause. Other conditions need to be ruled out before we can prescribe medication or some other option.
Our in-house laboratory gives us the ability to perform biopsies, fungal cultures, and other tests to isolate the cause of the problem.
For treatment, we offer an array of options, including:
- Oral medication
- Nutritional supplements
- An injection to relieve itching
- Topical sprays and ointments
- Hypoallergenic shampoos
- Hypoallergenic diets
- Laser therapy (for the treatment of lick granulomas and other skin lesions)
The key to treating your pet’s condition is following up regularly and doing re-checks to make sure they’re improving. It takes time to treat itchy skin and heal any secondary bacterial infections, as well. With diligence, patience, and frequent communication with your vet, your pet can heal, find relief, and live comfortably again.