Allergies & Dermatology
Is your animal companion’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?
There are many ailments that can affect a pet’s skin, and the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want your best friend to suffer and neither do we!
The professional allergy and dermatology services at Richmond Veterinary Clinic will help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
To help your pet feel better, we must first get to the root of the problem. We may be able to figure out what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:
- Allergies (food and/or environmental)
- Infections (acute or chronic)
- Hormonal disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin cancer
Developing a Treatment Plan
Once we’ve pinpointed the problem, the next step is determining how to best treat it. Depending on the situation, we may suggest something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a longer-term strategy or involve multiple treatment methods.
Signs of a possible skin problem include:
- Excessive scratching
- Scabbing or flaking of the skin
- Hot spots
- Shedding more than usual
- Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
- Bumps or lumps on or under the skin
If you see your pet showing any of these signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give us a call. We can help your furry or feathered family member live a more comfortable life.