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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    • Laurie HallLaurie Hall

      I have been going to Paw Prints for many years now. These are awesome doctors!! I have never been anywhere that they care as much about your pet as they do. I almost always get a phone call after vaccinations to make sure they're doing OK. Dr. Cousins has gone above and beyond working with me on a rather unusual issue with one of my cats. Very highly recommend!!

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    • Jacklyn BrownJacklyn Brown

      I have been bringing my animals here for YEARS! I absolutely love them! The staff has always been very nice and compassionate! I absolutely LOVE the way everyone treats my sweet Kimber Elena!!! ���

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    • Courtney BridgesCourtney Bridges

      All 3 Vet's are GREAT!! They are very compassionate and treat my dogs like their own! They are even good with my Rat Terrier who is aggressive, they gently muzzle her, make the exam quick, and then the muzzle is right back off, the stress level is almost 0 (which is big for us). Highly Recommend!

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    • David DavisDavid Davis

      First, I want to say that I've never had a Facebook account. I just now created one for the sole purpose of commenting on this site. I took my sick cat, Quo, to Paw Prints and was devastated to find out she had an inoperable stomach tumor and there was no alternative but to put her down. It caught me completely by surprise; I was such an emotional wreck I didn't even stay to watch the procedure.
      That was a little over a week ago. Today I received a card from them in the mail expressing their condolences. That they would do such a thing to personally send me a card touched me. It shows that they truly care about pets, as well as the people who have them. I can't recommend them enough. Hell, I opened up a Facebook account just to do that. LOL
      Thank you very much for the card, Paw Prints. I'd vote 6 stars for you if I could.

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    • Blair RobinsonBlair Robinson

      Paw prints has always been good to my babies and accommodating for any circumstance! Dr. Cousins is my absolute favorite!

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    • Brittany HillBrittany Hill

      My dog of 9 years was having very serious problems. I called my usual vet and they could not "fit him in". I called Paw prints around 745 last Wednesday morning, told them what was going on and the receptionist asked that I be there at 830. I took my baby in and it turned out that he was having major complications and the best option for him was not him coming home with me. Dr. Cousins and the nurse that seen my baby were absolutely wonderful. They hugged me, held my hand, even almost cried with me. Even the staff at the desk were so very sweet and gave me their condolences. Although my first visit here wasn't under best circumstances, I am so very thankful that this is where I took my baby. They have since then sent a card thanking me for allowing them to care for my baby and another card with the sweetest message and told me I made the right decision. I will be eternally grateful for their love compassion and care they showed for my baby. Highly thinking about switching and making this my new vets office!

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    • Osco RockOsco Rock

      Wow, I work in the industry (dog trainer) and have been through several vets with my clients dogs and mine.
      This is the experience I was looking for. Both voodoo and blaze were thoroughly examined. And my boxers ear issues were FINALLY diagnosed and treated.
      I say finally because it took 3 vets before I got an answer.
      We found our animal doctor and will recommend these services to our clients.

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