Although most people think about skin conditions when they hear the word dermatology, veterinary dermatology includes diagnosing and treating skin, hair, paw-pad, and ear conditions of animals. Dr. Owens at C4 Veterinary Hospital is well versed in diagnosing and treating dermatological conditions in both dogs and cats. Some of the most common conditions that we see on a regular basis include:
- Allergic skin disease
- Ear disease
- Constant itching and inflammation
- Bacterial skin infections
- Fungal skin infections
- Nail Bed and paw pad disease
- Immune mediated skin disease
- Hair loss
- Malodorous skin
- Endocrine induced skin disease
A pet grooming itself is generally normal behavior, however, it has the potential to develop into a hurtful habit if your pet suffers from dermatologic diseases. Many of today’s pets have developed allergies to food products, medicines, fleas, as well as contact and airborne substances such as dust, mites, grass, and pollen. Dogs and cats suffering from a dermatologic condition are likely to display extreme itching, scratching, biting, licking, hair loss, scabs, or dandruff.
At C4 Veterinary Hospital, we are well equipped to examine, biopsy, evaluate and treat many issues that can affect your pet’s quality of life. From rashes and bumps to lick granulomas, our doctor will do his very best to heal your pet and develop a plan to prevent more problems from occurring. Veterinary medicine has come a long way in alleviating the discomfort of skin ailments through medicated shampoos, topical solutions, and prescription oral medications. There are also new oral allergy medications for dogs that are extremely safe and effective for both short and long-term use.
Whatever skin ailment your pet may be afflicted with, don’t just ignore the symptoms, and think that the problem will go away on its own. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and chronic skin disease can truly affect your pet’s quality of life more than anything else he may suffer.
Call for an appointment at C4 Veterinary Hospital and put an end to the discomfort associated with skin conditions in your pet.