Allergies & Dermatology
Is your pet’s constant scratching keeping you both up at night?
There are a variety of ailments that can affect a companion animal’s skin, and the symptoms can range from minor discomfort to outright pain. You don’t want your best friend to suffer and neither do we!
The professional allergy and dermatology services at Valley Animal Hospital are designed to keep your pet as healthy on the outside as on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
To help your loved one feel better, we must identify precisely what’s causing the problem. We may be able to tell what’s wrong just by looking your pet over, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological conditions 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 determined the problem, the next step is deciding how to best 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 possible 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. Call the experienced professionals at Valley Animal Hospital right away. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.