Is your pet’s constant scratching keeping you both up at night?
There are a wide variety of ailments that can affect a companion animal’s skin, and the symptoms can be downright unpleasant. You don’t want your best friend to suffer and neither do we!
The professional allergy and dermatology services at West Greenwich Animal Hospital are designed to help keep your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
To give your pet some much needed relief, we must first identify precisely what’s causing the problem. We may be able to determine what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Diagnostic tools like blood work, skin scrapings, and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological concerns we assist with include:
- Allergies (food and/or environmental)
- Infections (acute or chronic)
- Hormonal disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin cancer
Developing a Treatment Plan
Once we’ve pinpointed the problem, the next step is determining how to best treat it. Depending on the situation, treatment may be as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a longer-term strategy or involve a combination of multiple treatment methods.
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 schedule an appointment. Contact the caring crew at West Greenwich Animal Hospital. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.