Allergies & Dermatology

Has your four-legged friend been scratching more than usual? Have you noticed other strange symptoms, such as excessive hair loss or scabbing?

These things can be signs that your companion may be experiencing a skin problem. Whatever the cause, dermatological conditions can be quite unpleasant for your pet. Let’s get that issue under control as soon as possible so your pet can start feeling better once again. The professional allergy and dermatology services at South Shore Veterinary Hospital are designed to provide quick diagnosis and effective treatment plans.

Pinpointing the Problem

In order to get your furry friend back on track, we must solve the mystery of what’s bothering him or her in the first place. There are dozens of external ailments that can affect companion animals, many of which share the same symptoms. At South Shore Veterinary Hospital, we utilize a number of different diagnostic techniques to help us get the answers we’re after. Whether it’s a blood test, cytology, biopsy or something else, we’ll get results quickly and accurately.

Some of the many conditions we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies (food or environmental)
  • Parasites
  • Infections (skin or ear)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Tumors
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Dermatitis
  • Skin cancer

Treatment of Dermatological Problems

Just as there are many different methods for diagnosing skin problems, there are a number of ways we can treat your pet’s specific issue. Depending on the condition and its severity, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical medication. For more complex situations, more aggressive treatment may be required. Our goal is to develop the most customized plan that will provide your pet with the best possible results.

Allergy Care

Dealing with allergies takes a little more work than managing other types of conditions. First, we must identify the type of allergy your pet is experiencing. Then, we’ll need to pinpoint what factors are triggering your pet’s reactions. Treating an allergy may be as straightforward as changing your companion’s diet, or it may require a longer-term strategy involving medication. Again, we will focus our efforts on creating a plan that is tailored specifically to your pet’s needs.

Signs of a potential skin problem include:

  • Constant scratching
  • Bald spots or excessive shedding
  • Biting, chewing or licking the affected area
  • Bumps or lumps on or under the skin
  • Scabbing or flaky skin
  • Foul odor from the ears

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, give us a call right away. We can help your furry friend live a more comfortable life.


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