Dermatology refers to the treatment of conditions that affect the skin, hair, feet, nails or eyes of the patient. Irritation of the skin is generally referred to as dermatitis, regardless of the cause, until a diagnosis is derived.
Dermatitis can be very uncomfortable, and down-right painful, for our animal friends. It can cause them to change their behavior, and make them unhappy day-to-day.
Often, the process for treating dermatitis can be long and require veterinary care over months or even years. Having a veterinarian you feel comfortable communicating with and discussing treatment plans with will be important in your journey towards finding long-lasting relief for your pet.
The following symptoms may be signs that your pet is dealing with a form of dermatitis:
If you see a cluster of these symptoms, or one symptom that is extreme or has a sudden onset, it might be time to contact a veterinarian.
Allergies are one of the most common dermatological problems that affect our pets. Just like humans, pets can be allergic to anything from pollen to dander to foods. We provide services such as allergy testing that can help us understand if your pet has allergies, and what they are allergic to.
To treat allergies, there is a wide variety of methods that range from allergy shots, to daily oral medicine, to topical treatments. Your veterinarian will help you decide on the best option for your pet with you, taking into account factors such as the severity of the reaction, the potential for the allergen to be avoided, and the lifestyle of you and your pet.
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