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Allergies & Dermatology

Allergies and dermatological issues can cause a pet significant pain and irritation and, left untreated, can lead to mental distress as well. Dermatitis is the general term for any condition afflicting the skin. There are a number of reasons a pet may acquire dermatitis, including allergies, hormonal disorders, autoimmune diseases, cancer, tumors, and infection.

Our medical team is highly trained to pinpoint the root of allergic and dermatological concerns, so your pet can regain physical comfort and mental relief.

Allergens are found everywhere; in the environment in which we live, the food we eat, and the air we breathe. Common allergens include weeds and grasses, pollen and flowers, wheat or grains, protein sources such as fish or chicken, perfumes, and household cleaners.

Review the signs of dermatological conditions below:

  • Flaky or red skin
  • Excessive licking or biting of the skin
  • Excessive itching
  • Excessive shedding
  • Hair loss
  • Lumps or bumps on the skin
  • Watery or irritated eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Behavioral changes resulting from distress/irritation

If you notice one or more of these conditions in your pet, and your pet appears visibly distressed, please do not wait to seek medical attention. We are always here to help.

 

Diagnosis

The first step is to diagnose the root cause of your pet’s dermatitis. In some cases, our veterinarians can make a diagnosis simply by visually examining your pet's skin, nails, and coat.

If further examination is required, we will recommend diagnostic tests such as skin scrapings, blood samples, and allergy tests. Fortunately, Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate has an on-site diagnostic laboratory that allows us to efficiently process such tests so treatment can begin sooner.

 

Treatment

Based on the diagnostic results and severity of your pet’s dermatological discomfort, our medical team will work with you to devise an appropriate and effective treatment plan. This may involve topical creams, oral medications, injections, avoidance of the allergen, or a combination of treatment approaches.