Allergies & Dermatology
Does itching, dry skin, hair loss or another external symptom have your pet feeling uncomfortable?
Pet allergies, infections, parasites and other dermatological conditions are more common than you may think. They’re also manageable, provided you have the right team in your corner. At Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital, we offer professional dermatological evaluations. We can get to the bottom of what’s causing your companion’s symptoms and come up with a treatment plan that will get results.
We want to find out precisely what’s bothering your pet as quickly as possible so that we can provide relief from those unpleasant symptoms. This starts with a thorough diagnostic work up. We will run a number of tests, eliminating each possibility until we’ve achieved the answers we’re looking for. This may involve something as simple as routine blood work, or it could require something more in-depth, such as a biopsy. Rest assured we won’t give up until we’ve uncovered the problem.
Some of the skin conditions we can provide assistance with include:
- Hormonal Disorders
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Skin Cancer
Once we understand what we’re dealing with, we can focus on developing the quickest and most effective treatment strategy. Some conditions can be cured through the application of topical medication while other, more severe cases may require advanced or long-term treatment. The goal is to come up with a plan that will eliminate symptoms altogether or at least reduce them enough to improve quality of life.
Allergies may require additional testing to help us determine what type of allergy we are dealing with as well as what is triggering the reactions. In some instances, we can get the problem under control by making a few simple changes to your pet’s lifestyle. For instance, a food allergy can typically be overcome by switching your pet’s diet. We will tailor our approach to address your companion’s unique needs for optimum results.
Some of the signs that a pet may be experiencing an allergy or dermatological problem include:
- Constant scratching
- Excessive shedding
- Bald spots
- Licking, chewing or biting at the affected area
- Scabbing or flaky skin
- Bumps or lumps on or under the skin
If you suspect your loved one may be battling a skin problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We want to help!