There are a vast number of skin disorders known to affect pets. These disorders may be the result of an infectious or non-infectious disease, parasitic infestation, or allergic reaction. Because many of these skin diseases bear close symptomatic resemblance to one another, proper diagnoses and treatment often requires the consultation of a veterinarian with special interest in this area.
At Animal Medical Hospital, we offer a wide range of dermatological diagnostics, including:
- Skin scrape
- Fungal and bacterial cultures
- Allergy testing—both serum and intradermal
While all of our veterinarians can help you understand your pet’s dermatological issues, Dr. Susan Coe has a deep interest in dermatology and has been working with dermatological cases for the past 30 years. She is always willing to take on new dermatology cases and will help you uncover the reason for your pet’s skin issues.
Diagnosing the cause of skin problems can be like detective work — ruling out one possibility at a time. It is important to use a methodical approach to be certain of the root cause, and we try simple solutions before ordering more expensive diagnostics and treatments. We want the resolution and management of a chronic skin problem to be rewarding for the pet, owner, and veterinarian.
We always obtain an extensive history from you, in addition to a physical and a dermatological exam of your pet.
Skin diseases can be frustrating for pet owners because some can only be managed and not resolved. In these cases, we will need to see your pet on a routine basis for follow-up care and continued treatment.
Some of the common dermatological conditions we see are:
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Atopy (environmental allergy)
- Otitis (ear disease)
- Bacterial diseases (staph infection)
- Parasitic skin diseases
- Fungal skin diseases (such as ringworm)
- Food allergy
- Skin cancer
- Skin diseases of the foot or nail
- Seborrhea and acne
- Alopecia (hair loss)
- Nutritional skin diseases
- Endocrine and metabolic skin diseases
- Auto-immune skin diseases
- Drug reactions
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