Living in the deep south where the climate is warm and humid most of the year, we tend to see skin issues and allergic reactions in pets on a daily basis. Dermatological conditions, however, are not limited to itchy skin, but can include ear infections, anal gland issues, and skin infections. At Animal Medical Service in Brewton, Alabama, our approach to diagnosing skin problems starts with an in-depth review of the pet’s symptoms and lifestyle followed by testing, if appropriate. We then strive to establish an ongoing relationship with our clients so that we can monitor the progression of the condition and how it is responding to treatment.
Typically, when animals are suffering from irritation of the skin, they are likely to exhibit excessive itching, scratching, biting, licking, hair loss, scabs, or dandruff. When the skin is inflamed and is causing constant irritation, it can make your pet feel miserable. To get to the root of your pet’s skin problem, we will rule out non-allergenic skin diseases such as mange, ringworm and so forth. If these and other conditions are not present, and your pet’s clinical signs and history fit, your pet may be diagnosed with allergic dermatitis.
Classic triggers of allergy symptoms include food, flea saliva, dust, mites, plant and grass pollens, molds and fungi. Once your pet’s allergies are activated, inflammation and irritation of the skin, and possibly the development of a secondary skin infection, makes the irritation even worse. To determine what is causing an allergic reaction in your pet, our doctor will perform allergy tests and/or conduct food trials. He will then consult with you to develop a treatment protocol for your pet.
The discomfort of skin ailments can be treated through medicated shampoos, topical solutions, and prescription oral medications. There are also injectable treatments and new oral allergy medications for dogs that are extremely safe and effective for both short and long-term use.
Our veterinarian offers treatment plans for pets in Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Atmore, and Evergreen who are suffering from skin conditions. If you feel your pet may be itching as a result of allergies, schedule an appointment for an evaluation today.