Escondido Pets Find Relief Thanks to Quality Veterinary Dermatology Services
Humans are not the only creatures who experience different skin related issues. At Companion Animal Clinic, we offer pet dermatology services that address common skin diseases, infections, and allergies. Our goal is to provide relief of current symptoms while getting to the root of your pet's dermatological issues. You have likely tried medicated shampoos or lotions recommended by a well-meaning groomer or pet store associate. It is wise to get your pet's skin conditions properly diagnosed. Your Escondido veterinarian will create a treatment plan with your pet's comfort and healing in mind.
What are Some Common Symptoms of Skin Conditions in Pets?
A dog or cat cannot tell you when they have a skin condition, so it is important to keep an eye on your pet to monitor for potential issues. We work quickly and thoroughly to identify and diagnose your pet's problem before recommending treatment for their skin condition.
You know it's time to have your pet tested when you notice any of these symptoms:
- Scratching, licking, chewing, or shaking their head
- Dry, flaky skin, scabs, and bald or thin spots
- Changes to the color or texture of skin or coat
- Recurring rash or hot spot
- Odor coming from skin or ears
- Recurring ear or skin infections
Experience and training in the veterinary field allow us to identify a skin problem through a visual examination of your pet. This is not the case with all diseases or conditions. Diagnostic testing may be necessary to get to the root of the problem. When it is clear further testing is required, we have four basic options which can uncover the culprit of many dermatological issues: urinalysis, blood work, skin scraping, and biopsies. Our in-house diagnostic lab gives us the tools we need to get answers.
Allergies, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune disorders may require ongoing treatment, while conditions like dermatitis, infections (including ear infections), and parasites can often be cured with proper care. Depending upon the nature of the tumor or paw disease, tests and treatment option differ. Skin cancer is a real and present danger for pets in the Escondido area, so rest assured, we will tackle this, and any other dermatological issues your pet experiences.
What Can We Expect?
Our end goal is to figure out which treatment methods will provide both immediate relief and a long-term solution. Topical, oral, and injectable medications are commonly prescribed for many conditions. Just like humans, some dogs and cats respond well to supplements. At Companion Animal Clinic we offer cutting-edge treatments, such as laser therapy, to make sure your dog or cat is as healthy on the outside as they are on the inside. Give us a call at (760) 743-2751 if you suspect your pet is dealing with a dermatological condition. Dr. Knox and his team will work hard to find answers and bring comfort to your pet.