Allergies & Dermatology

You’ve taken care of your pet’s internal health, but what about the outside?

Your animal friend may be covered in fur or feathers, but the skin underneath all that fluff can be just as sensitive as yours. Allergies, infections and other dermatological conditions are more common in companion animals than you may think.

If itching, bald spots and rashes have your pet feeling uncomfortable, we want to help. The staff at Richmond Veterinary Clinic has experience and training in the diagnosis of a wide variety of pet skin problems. We can identify what’s bothering your loved one and come up with a plan to get that little guy or gal feeling better once again.

Understanding the Problem

Out of the hundreds of dermatological issues, most look remarkably similar. Before we can get your pet on the path to healthy skin, we must first reach a definitive diagnosis. At Richmond Veterinary Clinic, we employ a variety of methods for this, including laboratory testing, skin scrapings and biopsies. We won’t give up until we’ve got the answers we need.

Some of the many skin problems we can provide assistance with include, but are not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Parasites
  • Hormonal Disorders
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Skin Cancer

Our treatment plans are developed on an individual basis, which means your pet will receive the most precise and effective care available. For minor issues, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. Other, more serious conditions may require more in-depth or long-term treatment plans.

If your pet is suffering from an allergy, we’ll perform the appropriate testing to determine whether it’s food or environmental. Then, we will dig deeper to learn what factors may be triggering your pet’s reactions. This information will help us develop a strategy for eliminating or at least reducing outbreaks as much as possible.

Pets that are experiencing a problem with their skin or coat tend to exhibit the following signs:

  • Constant scratching
  • Biting, licking or chewing at the affected area
  • Scabbing or flaking of the skin
  • Bald spots or excessive shedding
  • Unusual bumps on the skin
  • Lumps beneath the surface of the skin

If you notice any of these things, it’s best to get a jump on it by scheduling an appointment. We can get to the bottom of what’s bothering your animal friend and work on a treatment plan that will get results. Contact us today!