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Symptoms you can look for

  • Hair Loss
  • Itchiness
  • Ear Infections
  • Lumps and Bumps
  • Skin Color Changes
  • Mites, ticks or fleas noticed
     

What might be happening

  • Flea allergy
  • Environmental allergy – Pollen, dust, etc.
  • Ear Infection
  • Bacterial diseases – staph infection, strep, etc.
  • Parasitic skin diseases – fleas, mites, etc.
  • Fungal skin diseases – ringworm
  • Food allergy
  • Skin cancer
  • Foot or nail skin diseases
  • Excess oil – Seborrhea
  • Hair loss – Alopecia
  • Endocrine and metabolic skin diseases – i.e. hypothyroid, etc.
  • Auto-immune skin diseases –  i.e. Lupus
  • Medication reactions – ie. rash, itchiness, and swelling
     

What we can do

  • Comprehensive physical exam – extensive exam from nose to tail including pet history.
  • Skin scraping – a procedure to look for mites or other parasites
  • Fungal and bacterial cultures – A test to identify the type or kind of organism affecting your pets skin.
  • Skin cytology – a procedure to identify yeast, bacteria or possible cancerous cells present.
  • Allergy testing – it can be difficult to identify and treat specific allergies.  This testing can help find the type of allergy affecting your pet.
  • Biopsy -a procedure to take a small sample or the entire section of the abnormal tumor or skin to determine what the cause is.
  • Sedated ear cleaning – a procedure with a small amount of sedation to perform a deep, thorough ear cleaning.
  • Follow-up care and testing – skin disease treatment may require frequent follow-ups to monitor your pet’s skin condition.
     

What you can do:

  • Monitor every new lump, bump or skin change in your pet and if you notice size or color change call-in to ask the care team.
  • At home medicated shampoo/conditioner bathing.