La Mesa Veterinary Dermatology Exam Identifies Pet Allergies and Skin Problems
Is your pet suffering from hair loss, excessive itching or skin rashes? Hair loss and skin problems can be caused by a number of conditions and may be symptoms of an underlying organ illness or hormone imbalance. In many cases, your pet’s skin problems are caused by an allergic irritant or parasite. Our La Mesa animal hospital offers state-of-the-art veterinary dermatology services for cats and dogs to help treat these conditions.
Veterinary Hospital Helps La Mesa Pets Enjoy Relief from Allergies and Itching
If your pet has a parasitic infection, such as mange or ringworm, the skin irritation is typically limited to one portion of the body. Unfortunately, fleas, mites and lice all make your pet’s skin itch. To manage this pain, your pet will bite or chew at the skin, which can, in turn, lead to increased irritation and leave the moist skin susceptible to bacterial infections.
If your pet appears to be itching him or herself all over, this may be due to an allergy. Animals respond to allergies differently than humans respond. While we suffer from itchy or watery eyes, runny noses and sneezing, animals express allergy symptoms through itchy skin. To cope with the itching, pets scratch and chew at their fur so that it appears chewed off or broken. Diagnosing the cause of your pet’s allergy can be complicated and an accurate diagnosis may require extensive allergen testing.
Dogs and cats are susceptible to hundreds of different skin disorders. Since many of these conditions have similar symptoms, veterinary dermatology care is essential to determining the precise cause for your pet’s skin disorder or allergy. Additionally, some pets may scratch or itch in response to emotional issues, such as separation anxiety, boredom or frustration. Our veterinarians are trained to help determine the cause of your pet’s skin problems. Also, at our La Mesa animal hospital, we offer full-service, in-house dermatology testing, including allergy tests and skin-scrapings for parasite testing.
Treatments vary, depending on the cause of your pet’s skin disorder or allergen. If your pet is diagnosed with a skin or food allergy, you may need to make changes to your pet’s diet, remove skin irritants for the household and use hypoallergenic shampoos when bathing your bed. Our veterinarians can also recommend a specialized diet to safely manage your pet’s food allergies. If the itching or scratching is due to a behavioral problem, we can recommend a behaviorist veterinarian to help with your pet’s emotional issues.
Skin and food allergies can be incredibly uncomfortable for your cat or dog. If your dog or cat is suffering from hair loss, excessive itching or skin rashes, we encourage you to bring your pet in to our La Mesa animal hospital for a full diagnostic evaluation. The earlier our veterinary team is able to diagnose your pet’s condition, the faster we can provide relief.
In addition to veterinary skin care, our full-service veterinary hospital offers routine wellness care, dental care and cleaning dogs teeth, rabies vaccination and more. We also have an on-staff dog groomer to keep your dog looking and feeling his or her best.
Our veterinary team is committed to keeping your pet healthy and happy, call us today at 619-312-4439.
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