Allergies & Dermatology

Has your pet been scratching more than usual lately?

Skin problems are among the most commonly diagnosed conditions in pets. The symptoms of these ailments can range from minor itching to serious pain. They can be enough to drive your pet – and you – crazy. The good news is, the team at Collingswood Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care is here to help. We’ve got the experience, knowledge and tools to identify, diagnose and treat whatever external and/or internal issue(s) may be ailing your loved one.

The first step is getting to the bottom of the problem. At Collingswood Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care, we utilize a number of methods to help us get the answers we need. Some skin conditions may be easily diagnosed with an external exam, while others require more in-depth testing. We are able to conduct blood work as well as process skin scrapings and perform biopsies in our clinic. This provides for a much faster diagnosis, which means we can focus on the important job of helping your pet feel better.

Some of the external and /or internal ailments we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Parasites
  • Tumors
  • Hormonal Problems
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Skin Cancer

With the correct diagnosis in hand, the next step involves developing the most effective treatment plan. There are a number of ways we can address skin conditions. Minor issues can often be cured through the use of topical, oral and/or injectable medication. More severe problems may require a combination of treatment methods and a long term plan for managing symptoms. We will design a treatment strategy that is specific to your pet’s unique needs.

Should an allergy be to blame for your pet’s symptoms, we’ll conduct the appropriate testing to determine the type of allergy and its triggers. In some instances, such as with food allergies, making simple lifestyle changes can correct the problem. For other, more complicated situations, we may need to take a more aggressive approach. The goal is to eliminate outbreaks altogether or at least minimize them as much as possible to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Some of the signs and symptoms to watch for include:

  • Constant scratching
  • Head shaking
  • Excessive shedding or bald spots
  • Swelling
  • Biting, chewing or licking at a certain area
  • Dry, flaky skin or scabs
  • Unusual bumps or lumps

If you’ve noticed your animal friend exhibiting any of these signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Don’t wait another moment. Call today!