Allergies & Dermatology
Allergies and Dermatology
It’s no fun watching our furry companions suffer from symptoms of allergies or other dermatological problems. But these all-too-common issues can only be diagnosed and properly treated by a veterinary dermatologist.
Common Symptoms of Allergies and Dermatological Conditions in Pets
While some scratching is normal for all pets (and humans, too), excessive scratching and other symptoms can signify a medical condition. Common symptoms of dermatological conditions and allergies in pets include:
- Constant scratching
- Licking, chewing, or biting a particular area
- Excessive head shaking
- Malodorous ears
- Reddened paws
- Hives or another rash
- Bumps or lumps on or beneath your pet’s skin
- Excessive dander from flaking or scabbed skin
- Excessive shedding and/or bald spots
If you notice your cat or dog exhibiting any of these behaviors or symptoms, you should schedule a dermatology and allergy evaluation right away.
Diagnosing Allergies and Dermatological Conditions
A myriad of allergens or dermatological problems can cause these types of symptoms, including:
- Allergies (food or environmental)
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Ear Infections
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Skin Cancer
Before treating your pet’s symptoms, our veterinarian needs to determine the exact underlying problem causing your pet so much discomfort. Our veterinarian will assess your pet’s symptoms and will also run a diagnostic blood test, looking for allergies or indicators of other problems.
Treatments for Allergies and Other Dermatological Problems
Your pet’s treatment plan will depend on our veterinarian’s diagnosis of the underlying condition. Sometimes treatment can be as simple as a flea bath or topical ointment. Other times, pets might require antibiotics to clear an infection, lifestyle adjustments to eliminate allergens from his or her environment, or more extensive treatments depending on the condition present.
Schedule an At-Home Dermatology Appointment for Your Pet Today
Capital Home Veterinary Care is pleased to provide our Richmond pet patients and their owners with convenient house call dermatology and allergy appointments. From our mobile clinic, we can perform a thorough evaluation of your pet, provide a diagnosis, and offer treatment. Don’t watch your pet suffer unpleasant symptoms another minute, schedule a dermatology appointment for your cat or dog today.