Allergies & Dermatology

Scratch, scratch! Itch, itch!

Have you noticed that your pet has been doing this a little more than usual lately?

While it’s normal for companion animals to experience the occasional itch, things like excessive scratching, bald spots and scabs can all be indications that your loved one may be experiencing a skin problem. Dogs, cats and even pocket pets are susceptible to many of the same dermatological issues that humans can suffer from, along with the same unpleasant side effects.

The good news is, your pet doesn’t have to suffer with the discomfort, itching and pain of a skin problem any longer. Lansdowne Animal Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology care to help manage, treat and control external problems with the skin, ears and feet. We’ll get to the bottom of what’s causing your pet’s symptoms and develop a customized plan to address and overcome the issue once and for all.

We use a number of highly effective diagnostic tools to help us pinpoint the root cause of a pet’s dermatological problems. These tools include skin scrapings, blood work, cytosis and biopsies. With our convenient in-house laboratory, we can usually have results back before you and your pet ever even leave the exam room.

Some of the conditions we can offer assistance with include:

  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Dermatitis
  • Tumors
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Diseases of the Feet
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Skin Cancer

Once we’ve determined exactly what condition your pet is suffering from, we’ll get to work developing the most effective treatment plan. Our recommended treatment protocols may include the use of topical creams and ointments, oral or injectable medications, supplements, therapy and, in some cases, surgery. We may also recommend making some minor changes at home, such as removing certain items that may be triggering allergic reactions in your pet. Your loved one’s treatment plan will be completely customized to achieve optimum results.

Some of the signs that your pet may need a dermatological evaluation include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
  • Rubbing against walls or furniture to relieve itch
  • Unusual bumps or lumps
  • Foul odor coming from the ears
  • Scabs
  • Bald spots
  • Dry, flaking skin

If you notice any of these things, give us a call right away. We can help your loved one live a happier, more comfortable life and get them as healthy on the outside as they are on the inside!

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