Allergies & Dermatology
Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?
There are a variety of things that can affect a companion animal’s skin, and the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want your best buddy to suffer and neither do we!
The professional allergy and dermatology services at Clarington Animal Hospital are designed to help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
To help your pet feel better, we must first identify precisely what’s causing the problem. We may be able to determine what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies provide us with the answers we need to develop and move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological issues we assist with include:
- Allergies (food and/or environmental)
- Infections (acute or chronic)
- Hormonal disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin cancer
Developing a Treatment Plan
Once we’ve diagnosed the problem, the next step is determining how best to treat it. Depending on the circumstances, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex situations may call for a longer-term strategy or involve a combination of treatment methods.
Signs of a potential skin problem include:
- Excessive scratching
- Scabbing or flaking of the skin
- Hot spots
- Shedding more than usual
- Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
- Bumps or lumps on or under the skin
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Contact Clarington Animal Hospital. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.