Meeting Your Pet’s Dermatological Needs
Due to your pet’s fur coat, it is not always easy to notice when they have a skin condition. The most telling sign of a problem is constant licking and scratching at the affected areas, but you may also notice dandruff accumulating in their fur, and an unpleasant odor. However your pet’s skin condition chooses to manifest itself, the best thing you can do when you notice any of the above signs is to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. At Windy Hill Veterinary Hospital in Smyrna, we consider pet dermatology to be a relevant area in animal medicine, and are pleased to be able to treat a variety of dermatological issues.
Common Skin Disorders in Pets
We often see patients with allergies come in with skin problems, but there are plenty of other culprits that could be responsible for your pet’s discomfort. These can include:
- Ear mites
- Atopic dermatitis
- Hair loss
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Demodectic mange
- Sarcoptic mange
- Lick granulomas
- Seborrhea (dandruff/greasy coat)
Pet Dermatology Services We Offer
Once your veterinarian has conducted a thorough exam and discussed at length your pet’s home environment, diet, and socialization with other animals, diagnostics will likely be the next step, followed by treatment. Our dermatological services are as follows:
- Ear swab
- Culture and sensitivity
- Skin scraping
- Endocrine testing
- Apoquel (oral medication)
- Cytopoint (injectable)
- Diet change (if necessary)
- Hormone treatment
If your veterinarian suspects your pet may have a food allergy, they might suggest doing a food trial to see if their current diet is truly the cause. This involves switching your pet’s food and keeping them on the same, basic “elimination” diet for 1-3 months, then slowly reintroducing their former diet and observing any changes and/or reactions.
Allergies can also be caused by environmental factors, flea bites, or direct contact with an allergen (contact allergies). A particularly common sign of allergies in pets is constant licking and chewing of the feet. You may notice that the areas between your pet’s toes are red and raw. Allergies cannot be fully cured, but their symptoms can be managed quite well if we can establish an effective treatment plan.
If your pet is itching, scratching, and licking all the time, they could have a skin disorder that requires medical attention. Give us a call here in Smyrna at (770) 333-9030 so we can find the root cause of their symptoms and treat them at the source.