Allergies & Dermatology

If you’ve noticed your dog or cat itching a little more than usual, or have seen some telltale signs of a possible skin problem, like bald spots and scabbing, chances are it’s time to schedule an appointment for a dermatological evaluation.

The professional allergy and dermatology services at Chico Creek Animal Hospital are designed to achieve a quick diagnosis so that the most effective treatment plan can be developed and implemented for optimum results. Our doctors have years of experience in identifying and managing dermatological conditions in companion animals. We use a number of highly effective diagnostic techniques – including laboratory tests, skin scrapings, cytology and biopsy – to help us get the answers we need.

Some of the dermatological conditions we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies
  • Parasites
  • Infections
  • Dermatitis
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Hormonal Conditions
  • Diseases of the Paws and Paw Pads
  • Tumors
  • Skin Cancer

Once we’ve pinpointed precisely what we’re dealing with, we’ll get to work developing a customized treatment plan that is tailor-made for your pet. We may recommend the use of topical creams, oral or injectable medications, therapy, supplements, surgery or some combination of these. If an allergy is to blame, we’ll make specific recommendations on what changes should be made to your pet’s lifestyle and home environment to reduce and/or eliminate symptoms.

Pets that are experiencing problems with their skin, ears or feet often exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Rubbing against objects to relieve itch
  • Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
  • Bald spots
  • Scabs
  • Unusual lumps or bumps
  • Odor coming from the ears

If you suspect that your pet may be experiencing a problem with his or her skin, ears or feet, give us a call right away. Through our professional allergy and dermatology services, we can help your loved one live a happier, more comfortable life.