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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    • Stephen SmithStephen Smith

      I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful with questions I had when I took my dog and cat there to get up to date on vaccines. The prices are also fair for the services my pets needed. Saturdays are chaotic, and they seem focused on doing the best they can to see everyone possible.

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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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    • Monica CabreraMonica Cabrera

      After spending a lot of money to take my dog into the ICU over a weekend for what was originally diagnosed as pneumonia, I was not able to afford the extra $2k that it would've cost for her to see a specialist to run the diagnostics after she was not recovering with treatment. With a broken heart and with very little hope I took her to Paw Prints Animal Hospital in Easley to see if they could do anything. She was seen by Dr. Cousins and he was very candid in the risk we would be taking by giving her prednisone since we had no idea what was causing her lungs to fill with fluid (because pneumonia did not seem to be the correct diagnosis that the hospital gave). I stayed home with her to monitor how she did just in case she made a turn for the worse. After coming back that same afternoon to administer her antibiotic shot I had let Dr. Cousins know that I had to return to work the next day, but I was afraid to leave her home alone. Without hesitation, he just told me to bring her in the following morning and he would be sure she stayed in a quiet spot until I could come get her in the evening. I can not say enough good things about Paw Prints and their staff, especially Dr Cousins. He took care of Kira as if she were his own pet. I am forever thankful for him and for saving Kira's life. Although, she has many more weeks of treatment, I am a lot more confident that she will continue to recover.

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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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    • Bobbi-Jo CandrevaBobbi-Jo Candreva

      Paw prints were very helpful diagnosing our sick cat. After spending the night discussing what's best for Snowball my son's cat we decided to euthanize. Today was Snowballs last day with us and the staff made us feel at ease explaining the procedure and just being very caring about my son's soon to be loss. I will definitely recommend them.

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    • Rosie VanDorn MeindlRosie VanDorn Meindl

      Paw Prints is amazing. I know they truly care about my fur babies. Before coming to Paw Prints, my husband and I took our animals to another vet who would make you feel like you were a terrible person for your pet to be sick or in pain. The final straw was when my youngest cat became very ill and required hospitalization and a blood transfusion. During one of his followups, the vet didn't even come in the room to see if I had questions or concerns. Rather, the tech had to keep running back and forth to get the answers for my questions. This has never happened at Paw Prints. They have reassured me that there are some things that some animals are predisposed to and have offered some suggestions to help with any issues. When blood work had to be done on my older cat, the doctor personally called with the results. Paw Prints is a great place to take your fur babies.

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    • Jennifer EvansJennifer Evans

      Dr Charlie and his staff treated my dog as if it were their own. Highly impressed!

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