Pet Dermatology: Treating Allergies, Infections and Itching
Your pet's coat could be hiding a secret. While their skin does not seem as vulnerable as ours, it can in fact be prime real estate for a variety of pet dermatology problems. Parasites, fungal infections and allergies can all contribute to your pet's dermatology woes, which may include severe itching, dandruff, scaly patches, hair loss, inflammation and hot spots.
At Bellevue Value Pet Clinic, we know that these problems are more than skin-deep, which is why we offer comprehensive pet dermatology services. As irritating as these skin conditions can be, they are highly treatable.
Our team has the knowledge and tools available to help you control your pet's condition and return them to a happy, healthy state.
Common Skin Conditions
The skin problems that can affect our pets are as diverse and numerous as dog and cat breeds. In most cases, however, we are more than capable of getting the problem under control and helping your pet heal.
Skin conditions we can treat include:
- Mange (demodectic and sarcoptic)
- Fungal infections (like ringworm)
- Ear mites
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Allergic dermatitis
- Yeast infections
- Seborrhea (dandruff and a greasy coat)
- Acral lick dermatitis (caused by constant, compulsive licking at one area)
- Autoimmune conditions
- Hormonal conditions
- Lumps and bumps
- Other less common conditions
Most dermatological problems are not emergencies, but they can escalate very quickly if left untreated. To combat these issues and provide your pet with much-needed relief, we first need to diagnose their condition. Following a diagnosis, we can propose a treatment plan that is in line with their specific health needs. This will likely include treating the main underlying condition and any resulting secondary infections.
While two pets may have the same condition, their treatment plans will be different. We always need to consider their medical history, the medications they take, and the condition itself.
Our hospital offers the following options:
- Allergy testing
- Skin scraping
- Impression smears
- Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA)
- Oral or injectable anti-itch medication
- Hypoallergenic diet
- Topical medications
- Medicated shampoos
- Antibiotics, antifungals
- Allergy serums
- Systemic treatments
Our doctors perform regular dermatology work-ups and have gained extensive experience in this area. Allergies, infections and other issues from which skin problems stem can be difficult to manage, but our qualified doctors and staff are always here to help.
If your pet is scratching and chewing at themselves or showing signs of hair loss or skin inflammation, please call (425) 644-7002 or stop in and see us!