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At Fullerton Animal Hospital, we are committed to treating all of your pet's veterinary needs, including those pertaining to the skin and fur. Many pets live with chronic or recurring dermatological problems. It is our goal to identify those problems, treat them, and help educate pet owners about the ways those conditions may be managed or prevented in the future. Whether it is your first visit or you are a long-time client, we know you may have questions about our pet dermatology services. Please review the following answers to our most frequently asked questions, and contact our office at (410) 665-6996 for further information.
What is pet dermatology, and why is it important?
Pet dermatology is a term that refers to the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems in animals. It is important to seek treatment for pet skincare problems from a veterinarian that has been trained and is experienced in pet dermatology.
What are the signs my pet may need dermatological care?
Pets show signs of dermatological problems in many of the same ways humans do. They may develop rashes, scabs or changes in skin texture. Often, the fur falls out or changes color or texture. In addition, pain and itching may cause pets to begin exhibiting unusual or repetitious behaviors, such as licking or biting at the skin.
What can I expect during a pet dermatology visit?
A dermatological visit usually begins with an examination of symptomatic areas. Often, problems are isolated to specific areas, which may be a clue as to what type of condition is causing your pet's symptoms. Parasites, ringworm and mange are examples of conditions that may cause localized symptoms. If symptoms are present all over the body, however, the veterinarian may conduct diagnostic testing to screen for allergies.
How does your office treat pet skin problems?
Treatment is available to manage, cure or prevent a variety of pet dermatological problems. For example, a pet that tests positive for allergies may require a change in diet or elimination of environmental factors that may be contributing to symptoms. If skin problems are occurring as a result of an infection, a topical or oral medication may be administered. In some cases, dermatological issues are related to underlying health problems, such as hormonal imbalances or auto-immune disorders. In these cases, pets will need further treatment to resolve symptoms.
Is there anything I can do to prevent additional skin problems in my pet?
Many issues can be avoided with proper grooming techniques, frequent brushing, and the use of hypoallergenic products. If your pet has a history of flea or parasite problems, talk with your veterinarian about treatment programs that may help with prevention.
If your pet is showing signs of a skin problem, we invite you to contact our office to schedule an appointment. Call us today for more information at (410) 665-6996. We look forward to serving you soon.