Dermatology

dermatologyAllergies:

You might be surprised to learn that many animals commonly suffer from both food related and environmental allergies. Signs of allergies may manifest as chronic ear infections, hair loss, itchiness (mild to severe), skin lesions, and constant licking of the paws. Your pet does not have to suffer, as relief is just a veterinary appointment away. We provide specialized services to all of our patients including food sensitivity trials, allergy testing, and bacterial and external parasite control. For animals with food sensitivities, we recommend an 8-week food trial with Purina HA and Purina Gentle Snackers.

Alopecia (hair loss):

There are many potential medical causes for hair loss in your pet. Diagnostics such as skin scrapings to rule out skin mites, biopsies to rule out skin diseases,
fungal cultures to rule out ringworm, and blood work to rule out endocrine disease can all be performed during a dermatology appointment.

External parasites:

While external parasites are not as prominent in Colorado as they are in other areas of the country, we do treat our fair share. Examples of creepy, crawly critters that may latch onto your pet include mites, fleas, or ticks.  If your pet has a parasite problem, we have a solution.

Ear infections:

Many pets suffer in silence with chronic ear infections but there are so many treatment options available to keep your pet comfortable. Ear infections are not a normal manifestation and chronic recurrences generally indicate that there is an underlying health problem that needs to be addressed. If this sounds like a familiar pattern with your pet then it should be examined promptly.

Endocrine diseases:

Endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism and hyperadrenocorticism can alter the health of your pet’s skin. Blood tests can be run in-clinic to determine if there is an underlying endocrine disease causing chronic dermatologic issues. Sometimes the solution is as easy as treating the underlying condition.

Lumps and bumps:

All masses that develop on your pet should be investigated to rule out cancer. In-clinic fine needle aspirates and biopsies can help determine whether a mass is benign or malignant and if further therapy should be pursued.