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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    • Barbara Ferguson BrackenBarbara Ferguson Bracken

      They treat all of my animals as if they were their own. Great compassion and concern while always striving to give the very best care possible. Love them!

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      They take great care of my Penny and even follow up the next day to check on her!

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    • Jean OwensJean Owens

      We have been clients of Pawprints since Dr Crittendon opened. Absolutely love them. Just want to give them praise for last Friday’s appt with all this Covid 19. One of our dogs had an appointment for her check up. I was a little concerned about taking her and being in a waiting room. When I arrived, there was a sign on the door. You could check in from your car, wait In your car, and they would come get you when ready for your appointment. It worked so well. They did an awesome job. And I got to see a doctor I had never seen before. Dr Hunt was amazing and so good with our Charlee Grace. She made our rescue feel so much more calm than Charlee usually is at the vet. Thank you Pawprints.

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    • LeeAnn StricklandLeeAnn Strickland

      I love the doctors here, especially Dr. Cousins. They have taken wonderful care of all 4 of our dogs and we're so precious when we had to put our oldest down.

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      I love this hospital. The entire staff is great, I've been coming here since before they moved to their second location. Great job for always making my rescue & personal babies happy & healthy.

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    • Meredith Newby SpanoMeredith Newby Spano

      Paw prints vets and associates are like our family. They take care of our babies as if they were their own.

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    • Debbie Chandler LandrethDebbie Chandler Landreth

      We have used Paw Prints since they opened. My dad was a vet many years ago and I was a nurse for over 30 years. I feel that allows me to be pretty persnickety about the health care for our fur babies. I have seen most of the vets at Paw Prints and we have only had great experiences there. Many thanks to ALL the staff that allow these experiences to turn into great memories.
      FYI: They did a great job of protecting everyone during the COVID-19 experience. Thank you Paw 🐾 Prints from Tiger Belle and myself.

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