Allergies & Dermatology

Take a good, long look at your pet. At first glance, you probably see nothing more than a ball of fluffy, soft fur with a wagging tail or infectious purr. Underneath that cuddly exterior, however, is a layer of skin that can be just as sensitive as yours, if not more so.

In fact, pets are susceptible to many of the same dermatological issues that humans can suffer from, along with a number of unpleasant symptoms, from itching and minor discomfort to outright pain. Severe skin disorders can even dampen your pet’s quality of life.

At Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital, we offer professional pet dermatology and allergy management services to help keep your pet as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside. Our doctors are experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions. We can help your dog or cat live a happier, more comfortable life.

We’ll start by utilizing diagnostic tools to help us pinpoint precisely what we’re dealing with. Diagnosing a dermatological condition is often like solving a logic problem. We have to eliminate each potential cause, one by one, until we reach the answers we need to address the situation most effectively. Whether it’s a laboratory test, a skin scraping, cytosis or a biopsy, we’ll get to the bottom of what’s causing your pet’s discomfort so we can treat it once and for all.

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

  • Allergies

  • Dermatitis

  • Parasites

  • Infections

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • Chronic Ear Infections

  • Tumors

  • Autoimmune Disorders

  • Skin Cancer

Once we’ve determined what’s ailing your companion, we’ll get to work developing the most customized and effective treatment plan possible. To combat the problem, we may recommend anything from the use of topical creams and medications to supplements and therapy to surgery, or some combination of these. Each treatment plan is tailored specifically to the situation at hand for optimum results. In cases where the condition cannot be cured, but merely managed, we will work with you to develop a plan for ongoing monitoring and maintenance.

If our diagnostic work indicates that an allergy is to blame for your pet’s symptoms, the next step is determining what is triggering your pet’s reactions. Companion animals can suffer from a number of different allergies, including those associated with food as well as those triggered by environmental factors. By learning the exact cause for your pet’s allergic reactions, we can work to make the necessary changes to reduce or eliminate symptoms altogether.

Some of the signs that a pet may be suffering from a dermatological issue include:

  • Scratching more than usual

  • Biting, licking or chewing at the affected area

  • Bald spots

  • Foul odor coming from the ears

  • Scabbing or flaky skin

  • Abnormal bumps or lumps on or under the skin

If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing a problem with his or her skin, ears or paws, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can help them live a more comfortable life.