For most companion animals, occasional itching is normal. Scratching too much, however, or showing other symptoms, like bald spots and scabbing, can be a sign of a potential skin problem. Central Marin Animal Hospital offers professional pet dermatology and allergy care services for these types of situations.
We are trained and experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of conditions that affect companion animals. We’ll get to the bottom of what’s causing your pet’s discomfort and develop an effective plan to help them live a more comfortable life.
Figuring out what type of skin problem we’re dealing with can be like solving a puzzle, one piece at a time. We will often need to rule out various conditions one by one until we reach a definitive diagnosis. At Central Marin Animal Hospital, we use a number of different diagnostic techniques. These may include a simple blood test or skin scraping, or it may require performing a biopsy. Whatever it takes, we won’t rest until we get the answers we need to help your pet feel better.
Some of the many dermatological conditions we have experience with include:
- Hormonal Conditions
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Diseases of the Feet
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Skin Cancer
Once we’ve diagnosed the issue, we will work on developing the best treatment strategy. We may recommend anything from applying topical cream to administering medication or using supplements. For extreme cases, we may need to create a long-term treatment plan which may include a combination of therapies. The goal is to eliminate symptoms as much as possible so that your companion can enjoy a better quality of life.
If your pet suffers from an allergy, the first step will be pinpointing the type of allergy at hand. This will also help us to identify what factors may be triggering your pet’s reactions. In many cases, we can manage an allergy through lifestyle changes, such as switching to a new food. In other instances, we may need to work with your pet through ongoing therapy. We will discuss your options and our recommendations to determine which approach would be best.
If your pet has a case of the itchies, or is exhibiting other signs of an external health problem, don’t hesitate. Pick up the phone and make an appointment today!