Have you ever experienced an allergy or infection that affected your skin? If so, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The itchiness. The discomfort. The way it can negatively impact every aspect of your life. Did you know that your pet could suffer from many of the same dermatological problems, along with many of the same unpleasant side effects, such as itching, discomfort and even pain? The good news is, the experts at Lincoln Village Animal Hospital can help.
Our team is well trained and highly experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of dermatological problems, including those involving the ears and feet. We use a series of testing methods, including skin scrapings, cytology, allergy testing, laboratory testing and biopsies. Some of the conditions we can test for include:
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Diseases of the Paws and Nails
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Hormonal Disorders
- Skin Cancer
Once we diagnose the cause of your pet’s symptoms, we can then work on developing a course of treatment to combat the problem. At LVAH, we rely on a variety of treatment options, from topical creams and oral medication to supplements, therapy and, in some cases, surgery. We may also recommend making some simple changes to your pet’s home environment, which we’ve found can often reduce or eliminate the problem altogether without the need for further medical intervention.
Some of the signs that may indicate your pet is experiencing a dermatological problem include:
- Excessive scratching
- Hair loss
- Biting or chewing at the affected area
- Rubbing against walls or furniture
- Dry, flaky skin
- Bald spots
- Unusual bumps or lumps
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment for a dermatological evaluation. We can get to the bottom of the problem and help your companion live a more comfortable life.