Allergies & Dermatology
You work hard to keep your pet healthy on the inside, but what about his or her external wellbeing? Skin conditions, like allergies and infections, can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and even impact your pet’s quality of life. Let us get that little guy or gal back on the right track with our professional pet allergy and dermatology services. Our team is adept at identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of skin problems.
Uncovering the Problem
There are many different types of skin disorders that can affect companion animals. The vast majority of them share similar symptoms. The key to effectively treating your pet is pinpointing the exact problem we’re dealing with. At North Star Animal Hospital, we have a number of different diagnostic tools at our disposal to help us achieve this goal. Whether it’s a blood test, biopsy or something else, we’ll get the answers we need to help your loved one start feeling better again.
The dermatological conditions we can assist with include, but are not limited to:
- Skin Cancer
- Autoimmune Disease
- Hormonal Problems
Developing a Solution
Once we understand what’s causing your pet’s symptoms, we can focus on eliminating his or her discomfort once and for all. Our recommended treatment plan will be based on a number of unique factors. This includes the condition being addressed, its severity and your companion’s specific needs. We utilize a variety of different methods, either individually or in conjunction with one another, for optimum results.
If our diagnostic work uncovers an allergy, the next step is figuring out which type of allergy as well as what triggers are causing reactions. Pets can be allergic to certain ingredients in their food products or to other things found within their environment. Depending on your companion’s situation, we may be able to manage the problem through simple lifestyle changes. For more severe or complicated cases, a long-term treatment plan may be necessary.
Some of the signs that a pet may be experiencing a problem with his or her skin include:
- Constant scratching
- Bald spots or excessive shedding
- Bumps on the skin
- Odor emanating from the ears
- Chewing, biting or licking at the affected area
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us right away. We’ll develop the best strategy for keeping your pet as healthy on the outside as on the inside. Don’t wait another moment – call now!