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Pet Dermatology
Your pet's itchy skin can drive your pet – and you – crazy. Worse, if the cause of that itchy skin is left untreated, serious health problems for your pet may develop.
Diseases of the skin and ears are among the most common reasons pets visit their veterinarians. Dermatology problems such as these can leave your pet feeling uncomfortable and affect the quality of your companion's life. Pets are usually very good at hiding pain and discomfort. However, in the case of skin disorders, their symptoms are typically much easier to recognize. These include chronic itchiness, hair loss, odor coming from the skin or ears and/or excessive licking. Additional symptoms of ear irritation include frequent shaking of the head, scratching of the ears, the presence of a discharge or odor and obvious discomfort when you touch your pet's ears. The good news is that these problems need not be tolerated.
There are many conditions that could be causing a pet to experience skin and ear issues. Allergies are one of the most common. Pets are often allergic to the same inhalant allergens that humans are, including pollen from trees and weeds, as well as dust and mold spores. At Solomon Veterinary Clinic, we offer allergy-testing services as well as customized treatment plans for your pet.
Cats and dogs can also be highly allergic to fleas. One bite can be enough to trigger a reaction. If your pet has these pesky parasites, we can provide recommendations regarding flea treatments to eradicate them.
Endocrine disorders will often lead to pet skin conditions. Hypothyroidism causes a range of systems, but one of the most recognizable of these is skin disease, which is nearly always present. In addition, more than 50 percent of pets with this disorder also will experience hair loss, most notably in the collar and tail regions. Cushing's disease also results in signs of skin infections and hair loss.
Our staff is trained to perform many specialized diagnostic procedures, including allergy tests, microscopic examination of the skin's cells, cytological smears, fungal cultures and endocrine blood tests. Many of these tests can be completed in our in-house laboratory and results can be obtained within minutes.
By determining the underlying cause of recurrent skin problems, our veterinarians can provide effective treatments to spare your pet the misery of years of itchy and irritated skin. Treatments may include medicated shampoos and wipes, externally applied ointments and lotions, oral medications and, sometimes, injected medications. Many skin diseases are chronic diseases, and it is important to find the right combination of treatments for long-term management. Our veterinarians will work closely with you to keep your pet comfortable and healthy.
Let us help your pet ditch the itch! Call today to set up an appointment.