Is your best friend’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?
There are a number of conditions that can affect an animal’s skin, and the symptoms can be quite unpleasant. You don’t want your pet to suffer and neither do we!
Our professional allergy and dermatology services will help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
We’ll start by determining precisely what’s causing the problem. We may be able to tell just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies provide us with the answers we need to move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological issues we routinely assist with include:
- Allergies (food and/or environmental)
- Infections (acute or chronic)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin cancer
Developing a Treatment Plan
Once we’ve pinpointed the problem, the next step is determining the best way to address 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 a combination of more than one treatment methods. We routinely work with a licensed dermatologist for more complex cases.
Signs of a potential 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 notice any of these signs, it’s time to call Montecito Animal Clinic and book an appointment. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.