Are any of these familiar activities for your dog or cat? Scratching, chewing, licking, or head shaking? These are just some of the signs that an animal with skin disease can exhibit. Eventually you may also notice red, irritated skin, scabbing, or inflamed, itchy or smelly ears. Skin issues, often related to allergies, are one of the most common conditions we find in our dogs and cats, and your Avenues Pet Clinic veterinarian is ready to help you figure out both a diagnosis and a solution.
Sometimes it can be a simple cause such as fleas. Often it can be related to environmental allergies or even food. In many cases skin issues are chronic conditions that require ongoing treatment. We always start with a thorough history followed by a comprehensive physical examination to help determine a diagnostic and treatment plan. Sometimes additional testing may be needed such as skin or ear cytology, skin culture or allergy testing. Our goal is to always determine the underlying cause and provide treatment that will bring both immediate relief and also a long-term solution for these often-chronic conditions. Also, there are new medications and therapy that have revolutionized the management of allergic skin disease, particular in dogs, and those therapies are available at Avenues.
If your pet is exhibiting signs of skin disease or allergy, call us at 307-778-3007 or request an appointment online today.