Decoding Pet Dermatology
Dermatology is the area of medicine concerned with the skin, hair, and nails. Pet dermatology concerns these areas as well but is mainly focused on the skin and ears. Skin and ear problems are very common in pets for various reasons. Allergies, fungal infections, bacterial infections, and parasites are often the culprits, causing our pets to scratch, lick, and chew at their itchy skin and feet. Our hospitals in Hyde Park have seen these issues firsthand, and we know how disruptive they can be to pets and families alike. Consequently, we offer dermatology services to address these issues directly. With careful diagnostics and proper treatment, itchy, irritated pets and exasperated owners can enjoy comfort, peace, and quiet once more.
Skin Condition Symptoms
Scratching isn't the only sign that something is amiss with your pet. Other indications can include:
- Red, inflamed skin
- Bald patches in your pet's coat
- Dry, scaly skin
- A dull, greasy coat
- An unpleasant odor that seems to hang around your pet
- Ear infections
- Yeast buildup in the ears
- Chewing and licking at the feet
- Rubbing at the face and eyes
- Scabs and bumps on the skin
- Ring-shaped bald patches in the fur
If you notice any such symptoms in your pet, call us immediately to schedule a pet dermatology appointment. Allowing your pet's condition to persist will only make their symptoms worse, which could lead to secondary infection.
There is always a friendly atmosphere and it seems like the staff cares about our cats which always keeps us confident that they are happy.
How We Can Treat Your Pet
We offer various diagnostics and treatments to help people manage their pets' skin problems. In addition to blood work, we may need to check skin samples or study discharge from the ear under a microscope. When we've made a diagnosis, we figure out a treatment plan that accommodates your pet's condition, overall health history, and current lifestyle.
Treatment options we offer include oral medication to relieve itching, steroids, injectables, and various topical solutions. The goal is to reduce itching and irritation and also treat the main, underlying cause.
Patience is Key
Treating your pet with allergies, parasites, or an infection can take time. The key is to be patient and comply with your doctor's recommendations. Deviating from treatment could result in a flare-up and delay improvement. Chronic conditions, such as allergies, are not curable but they can be controlled with a care regimen.
Our team is always happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional pointers to make your pet's life (and yours) easier! Call (773) 324-4484 to schedule a meeting with your veterinarian so we can help you address your pet's skin woes.