Allergies & Dermatology

Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?

There are many different ailments than can affect a companion animal’s skin. Whether it’s a topical problem, like a hot spot or rash, or something more in-depth like an infection, the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want to see your best friend suffer like that, and neither do we! That’s why Paw Prints Animal Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services as part of our comprehensive system of care. We want to help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.

 

Diagnosing the Problem

The first step toward helping your furry family member feel better again is identifying the precise condition he or she is experiencing. Our hospital is outfitted with an in-house laboratory, which allows us to run a number of diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently. We may be able to tell what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.

Some of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies (food and/or environmental)
  • Infections (acute or chronic)
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer

 

Developing a Treatment Plan

To determine how best to treat the problem, we will consider a number of unique factors. This allows us to develop a tailor-made approach just for your pet, designed to achieve the best possible results. Depending on the situation, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a combination of treatment methods.

Allergies require a little more work to manage. Once we understand what’s causing your pet’s reactions, we will work toward a solution that will eliminate outbreaks as much as possible. Some allergies can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as switching food products. Others may require a longer-term strategy. Our recommendations will be based on your four-legged friend’s specific needs.

Signs of a possible 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 or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give the experienced team at Paw Prints Animal Hospital a call. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.

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      caring, concerned, and options. gentle with my pet, thanks.

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      When my Yorkie was extremely ill and needed emergency surgery a few months ago, Paw Prints came to the rescue and saved her life. Eternally grateful for the Drs and staff who cared and watched over my baby like one of their own. Because of them I still have her to have and love for many more years!!! �. Thank you Paw Prints for everything that you do.

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      They were so wonderful with my dog Max. We were new patients and they helped us quickly and were very honest and caring. I would definitely recommend to other pet parents.

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      Dr Cousins is a compassionate, understanding Vet! All 4 of my Keeshounds love him & his staff!

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      I do recommend the vets there. Some of the staff I was not really happy with when they would not muzzle my dog to clip his nails. Then he had to have a couple of lumps removed and the C collar is so big on him. After I paid almost 600.00 which 20.00 of that was for the C collar they told me I could go to pets mart and get one that would fit him for 19.99....Really you couldn't have someone to run up to pets mart and get one. That upset me. So now I have to hold his food bowl up to him to get him to eat because the C collar is so big he can't get to his bowl.

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      Had our youngest Yorkie in for pain that he was having in one of his knees yesterday. Dr. Elledge did a whiz bang job of examining him from head to toe and everything in between. It was determined that he has luxating knees...the left kneecap is worse than the right one. An anti-inflammatory is helping! LOVE that Dr. Elledge did not make me feel like we were being rushed in any way (and they were really really busy yesterday). "Erin", who assisted her, is just the best at what she does, and is right where she needs to be. THANKS for getting us in on such short notice "ladies at the front desk"...YOU ROCK! As always, our experience at Paw Prints Animal Hospital was positive in every way...

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