Allergies & Dermatology Testing

Dermatitis is the word used to describe conditions that affect the hair, skin, and nails before the specific underlying condition is discovered. Dermatitis is associated with burning, itching, and pain; which in turn can lead to irritability and upset.

If your pet exhibits a combination of the following symptoms, they may have a dermatitis:

  • Excessive scratching or biting
  • Whimpering or crying
  • Excessively licking a certain body part, frequently the paws
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots
  • Flaky skin
  • Red or watery eyes

The underlying condition which leads to dermatitis can be allergies, fungal diseases such as ringworm, infections, skin cancer, and more. In fact, there are more than 100 different diseases classified as veterinary skin conditions. This is why laboratory testing and veterinary diagnostics are key; to treat the issue, we must understand the root cause.

After a diagnosis is made, our veterinary team will typically treat the underlying condition while simultaneously providing relief for the symptoms. Your veterinarian will work with you to plan a personalized treatment plan for your pet’s specific ailment.

One of the most common causes of dermatitis is allergies. Just like us, pets can be susceptible to pesky seasonal allergies. Pay attention to when your pet’s dermatitis symptoms are at their worst. Is it usually at a certain time of year? Or at a certain time of day?

Here are some common pet allergens to keep in mind when looking out for possible allergens:

  • Weeds and grass
  • Wheat (ingested in food)
  • Protein sources such as chicken of fish (ingested in food)
  • Perfumes or sprays
  • Household cleaning products
  • Fleas and other parasites

If you suspect your pet has been suffering from allergies or dermatitis, please give us a call to schedule an appointment! Together we can help your pet find relief.

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