Have you ever had a rash, infection or skin allergy that caused itchiness or even pain? If so, you understand all too well how unpleasant these types of conditions can be.

Did you know that our pets can suffer from many of the same skin conditions that we humans can? Dermatological problems in pets come with many of the same symptoms and side effects, and can ultimately affect your pet’s quality of life.

Main West Animal Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services to help manage and overcome skin problems once and for all. Our doctors are trained and experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions and disorders of the skin, ears and feet. Some of the dermatological problems we can provide assistance for include:

  • Allergies
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Diseases
  • Autoimmune/Immune Disorders
  • Parasites
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Acute and Chronic Ear Infections/Diseases
  • Diseases of the Feet and Nails
  • Tumors
  • Skin Cancer

We use a broad spectrum of testing techniques to help us uncover the root cause of your pet’s skin problem. These tests may include skin scrapings, laboratory testing, intradermal allergy testing, biopsies and more. Once we’ve determined what’s causing your pet’s condition, we can get to work developing a customized treatment plan to address the problem.

The treatments we employ at Main West Animal Hospital may include the use of topical creams, oral medications, therapy, supplements, surgery or some combination of these. We may also recommend making some simple changes at home to help alleviate your pet’s symptoms. In many cases, just changing your pet’s diet or removing certain items from the home that may be acting as irritants can reduce or eliminate the problem altogether, without the need for further medical intervention. Our doctors will work closely with you to determine the most effective course of treatment for your pet.

Some of the signs and symptoms that might indicate your pet has a skin problem include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Rubbing affected area against objects
  • Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
  • Bald spots / hair loss
  • Skin discoloration
  • Scabbing
  • Lumps or bumps

If you suspect your pet may be experiencing some type of dermatological problem, don’t hesitate to bring them to us. We can help them live a more comfortable life.