Living in the deep south where the climate is warm and humid most of the year, we tend to see skin issues and allergic reactions in pets on a daily basis. Our approach to diagnosing skin problems starts with an in-depth review of the pet’s symptoms and lifestyle. We then strive to establish an ongoing relationship with our clients so that we can monitor the progression of the condition and how it is responding to treatment.
Typically, when animals are suffering from irritation of the skin, they are likely to exhibit excessive itching, scratching, biting, licking, hair loss, scabs, or dandruff. To get to the root of your pet’s skin problem, we will first rule out non-allergic skin diseases. For example, a skin scraping can determine the presence of mange, a fungal culture can identify ringworm, and so forth. If these and other conditions are not present, and your pet’s clinical signs and history fit, your dog will be diagnosed with allergic dermatitis.
Classic triggers of allergy symptoms include food, flea saliva, dust, mites, plant and grass pollens, molds, and fungi. Once your pet’s allergies are activated, inflammation and irritation of the skin, and possibly the development of a secondary skin infection, makes the irritation even worse.
Veterinary medicine has taken great strides in alleviating the discomfort of skin ailments through medicated shampoos, topical solutions, and prescription oral medications. There are also new oral allergy medications for dogs that are extremely safe and effective for both short and long-term use.
Northshore Animal Hospital offers treatment to pets in Mandeville, Covington, Lacombe, Abita Springs, Slidell, Madisonville, Goodbee, and beyond who are suffering from skin issues. If your pet appears to be afflicted by a skin condition, schedule an appointment for an evaluation today. Call for an appointment today and we will work to make your pet itch free.