Your pet’s skin can be just as sensitive as yours, and susceptible to many of the same dermatological conditions that humans can experience, including allergies and infections. These conditions often result in a number of unpleasant symptoms, such as itching and pain. You don’t want your precious four legged family member to suffer, and neither do we! Wildwood Animal Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services that are designed to address all of your pet’s external health care needs.
The first step in helping your pet feel better is determining what type of skin problem he or she is experiencing. This involves careful diagnosis, which we are able to complete in-house. Fast turnaround of test results means that we can have your pet on the path to recovery much sooner. At Wildwood Animal Hospital, we are able to identify a broad range of problems that affect the skin, ears and feet of companion animals. These ailments include:
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Foot Disease
- Hormonal Problems
- Skin Cancer
Once we’ve identified what’s causing your pet’s unpleasant symptoms, the next step is pinpointing the exact type of problem we’re addressing. The different categories of dermatological disorders include nutritional, environmental, allergic, infectious and parasitic. In order to properly treat the condition, we must understand which type we’re dealing with. From there, we will work on developing a customized treatment plan, which will be tailored specifically to your pet’s unique needs and lifestyle.
At Wildwood Animal Hospital, we offer a number of different treatment methods to combat skin problems. Depending on your pet’s diagnosis and its severity, we may recommend the use of topical creams, oral or injectable medication, therapy, supplements or surgery. If necessary, we may combine several of these modalities to create the most effective plan for treating the problem at hand. Our goal is to eliminate symptoms altogether, or to at least minimize them to improve your pet’s quality of life.
If our diagnosis reveals that your pet has an allergy, we’ll take the steps necessary to identify the type of allergy as well as its specific triggers. From there, we will work with you to develop an ongoing treatment plan to manage reactions and help your loved one live a happier, more comfortable life. Whenever possible, we focus on making lifestyle changes rather than using medication to overcome the problem more naturally. If medication is necessary, it will be handled on an individualized basis.
If you’ve noticed your pet scratching, biting or licking at a certain area on his or her body, or you’ve seen some unusual signs, like bald spots or lumps on or under the skin, it’s time to schedule a dermatological evaluation. We want to help your loved one feel better as soon as possible.