Pet Allergy and Dermatology Services

Itching, scratching, sneezing. Sound like your pet? If so, he may have allergies. If you’ve ever experienced an allergy, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Pet allergies are no different and can negatively affect your companion’s quality of life. The veterinarians at Caring Hearts Animal Hospital have experience in treating more than a dozen skin conditions and pet allergies in Matthews. Our professional allergy and dermatology services can help to identify the root cause of your companion’s skin issues so we can develop an effective plan to treat the problem. Some of the skin conditions we treat include:

• Allergies
• Parasites
• Infections
• Skin diseases
• Dermatitis
• Hormonal disorders
• Diseases of the feet
• Ear infections
• Tumors
• Skin cancer

About Your Pet’s Dermatology Visit

Your pet’s dermatology visit will include a thorough analysis of the area in question so we can make a conclusive diagnosis. We utilize a number of methods of dermatological testing, including skin cytology, cultures, scrapings, and biopsies for our diagnoses. Once we’ve determined the source of the problem, we’ll customize a treatment plan that will help to reduce or completely eliminate your pet’s symptoms. Treatment options may include topical creams, oral medications, injections, therapy, surgery or a combination of these.

If we determine that your pet has an allergy, part of the treatment process will include a thorough analysis of his home environment. In many cases, making simple changes to his surroundings can help to reduce or eliminate symptoms without the need for further medical intervention. This can involve switching to a new food or removing certain items that may be acting as irritants. We’ll work closely with you to determine the most effective course of action for your pet.

Symptoms of Pet Allergies

Unsure if your pet has a skin condition? The following is a list of the most common symptoms to look for:

• Excessive scratching
• Biting, licking, or chewing the affected area
• Rubbing against furniture
• Pawing at the ears or nose
• Bald spots
• Rash
• Unusual lumps or bumps

If your companion is showing any of these signs, schedule a dermatology exam at our Matthews animal hospital. Don’t let your four-legged friend suffer another moment with an uncomfortable skin problem. Let us help him live a more comfortable life!