Have you noticed your pet scratching and itching a little more than usual? How about other unusual signs, like bald spots or scabs?

Cat ItchingIf so, it may be due to a dermatological issue, such as an allergy or an infection.

Underneath all the fur and fluff is a layer of skin that can be susceptible to many of the same dermatological problems that humans can experience. Along with these conditions, your pet may exhibit a number of unpleasant symptoms and side effects, from itching and minor discomfort to outright pain.

The good news is we can help your pet be as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside. Our professional allergy and dermatology services are designed to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat whatever type of condition is plaguing your pet.

Some of the many dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Dermatitis
  • Diseases of the Feet
  • Ear Infections
  • Hormonal Disorders
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tumors

Our hospital is equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic technology that allows us to pinpoint the exact cause of your pet's symptoms. Through tools like blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies, we'll get to the bottom of the problem so we can focus on helping your pet feel better once again.

We use a number of treatment modalities to combat skin problems, including the use of topical creams, medications, supplements, surgery or some combination of these. Your pet's recommended treatment plan will be tailored to meet his or her unique needs.

If we determine that an allergy is to blame for your pet's discomfort, we will take the appropriate measures to establish exactly what type of allergy we're dealing with (food or environmental), and then develop a strategy for reducing and/or removing those things that are triggering your pet's reactions.

In many cases, we are able to eliminate allergies altogether. In others, we will come up with a plan for managing the condition in a way that reduces symptoms and improves your pet's quality of life.

Some of the signs that a pet may be experiencing a problem with his or her skin, ears or feet include:

  • Scratching more than usual
  • Obsessively chewing, biting or licking at the affected area
  • Over grooming
  • Bald spots
  • Scabs
  • Flaking skin
  • Foul odor from the ears
  • Unusual lumps or bumps

If you notice any of these signs and symptoms and you suspect an allergy or other dermatological problem is to blame, don't let your companion suffer another moment. Let the team at Springfield Animal Hospital help them live a more comfortable life. Give us a call at 703-451-1995 for more information or to schedule a consultation.