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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    • M.L. HillM.L. Hill

      My first time but had a good experience. Cookie will feel better tomorrow, I hope.

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    • Sarah Meadows GableSarah Meadows Gable

      I was hesitant to have an appointment in the middle of my workday, but they were right on schedule, gave me full attention, and got me back to my office in no time. And I have a very happy 4-legged friend to boot!

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    • Nikkie WalkerNikkie Walker

      Dr. Baer was incredibly kind to myself and my baby boy Dozo on his first ever vet trip. He even called to check up on Dozo a couple days after his visit which really made me feel like we picked a good place for our pet to be treated at. Thanks so much paw prints!

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    • Melissa DeAnn ChastainMelissa DeAnn Chastain

      Paw Prints Animal Hospital is the best! Dr Cousins is amazing. And the staff is very caring. Can't say enough good things about them.

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    • Adele WhitmoreAdele Whitmore

      I have been using Dr. Critten, for 15 years or more as my vet since he started his practice. He and Dr Cousin I would highly recommend. Very good vets.

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    • Trish LocklairTrish Locklair

      Dr Cousins has always treated our fur babies like they are #1. He takes time with us answering all questions we have.
      staff is very professional and helpful

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    • Ashley Nicole BlevinsAshley Nicole Blevins

      Amazing staff that truly cares

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