There are a number of diseases of the skin that are common in dogs and cats which can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites. These skin problems can sometimes be difficult to treat and should be dealt with promptly.
We can diagnose skin problems by examining your pet, but some dermatologic diseases or conditions may require additional diagnostic procedures. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may need to run blood work or a urinalysis, or perform skin scrapings and/or biopsies to ensure the proper diagnosis.
For more complex cases, including autoimmune and endocrine disorders, congenital defects, fungal/viral/bacterial or parasitic infections, as well as allergy testing and therapy, we may need to refer the patient to a veterinary dermatologist for specialized care.
Contact us to schedule an appointment if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any scabs, loss of hair, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.