Better Care, Better Lives

Dermatology for dogs and cats.

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Better Care, Better Lives

Dermatology for dogs and cats.

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An allergy is an oversensitive reaction of the body’s immune system to normally harmless substances in the environment. Animal allergies fall under several general categories; seasonal allergens (such as dust, pollen, or mold), dietary allergens (such as meat or dairy), parasitic allergens (such as fleas), or contact irritation.

An allergy is an oversensitive reaction of the body’s immune system to normally harmless substances in the environment. Animal allergies fall under several general categories; seasonal allergens (such as dust, pollen, or mold), dietary allergens (such as meat or dairy), parasitic allergens (such as fleas), or contact irritation.

Symptoms of Skin Problems in Pets

  • Scratching, licking, or chewing at skin
  • Repetitive ear infections
  • Dark or black looking, wrinkled skin
  • Hair loss, bald patches

  • Hot spots (one particular area where itching is intense)
  • Rubbing face against furniture or carpeting

Symptoms of Skin Problems in Pets

  • Scratching, licking, or chewing at skin
  • Repetitive ear infections
  • Dark or black looking, wrinkled skin
  • Hot spots (one particular area where itching is intense)
  • Hair loss, bald patches
  • Rubbing face against furniture or carpeting

Slide Diagnostic Services We use a variety of diagnostic tools including skin scrapings, fungal and bacterial cultures, cytology, biopsy, and allergy blood-testing to get to the root cause of what is making your pet itch. Treatments vary depending on the type of allergen your pet is reacting to. An individual program to maintain your pet’s skin and prevent allergic flare-ups may include injections, oral medications, a prescription diet trial, omega fatty acid supplementation, and specialized topical products such as shampoos, conditioners, or sprays that may contain oatmeal and omega 3 fatty acids as well as other helpful ingredients.