Allergy Testing and Dermatology

Did you know that companion animals can suffer from many of the same skin problems as we humans can, such as allergies and infections? If you’ve ever experienced a skin condition like this, you know how unpleasant it can be. When your pet has a dermatological problem, it can cause everything from itchiness to discomfort and pain, and it can significantly diminish their quality of life. Don’t let your furry friend suffer another moment. Bring them to Carlsbad Animal Hospital for an evaluation.

Our veterinarians at Carlsbad Animal Hospital are highly trained and experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad range of pet dermatology problems, including those affecting the ears and feet. We utilize a number of highly effective diagnostic tools to help us uncover the exact source of the skin problem, including skin scrapings, cultures, laboratory testing and biopsies. Some of the dermatology issues we can assist with include:

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear Infections
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tumors and Growths
  • Disease of the Feet

Once we have identified the cause of your pet’s skin problem, we’ll get to work developing an appropriate treatment plan that will help overcome the problem once and for all. Our treatment methods range from topical lotions to oral medications to supplements, therapy and, in some cases, surgery. We may also recommend making some small changes at home to help with the problem. In many cases, such as in pets that suffer from allergies, simple changes to diet and the removal of common household items that may be acting as irritants can eliminate the problem without the need to use medication. Some of the signs that may indicate your pet is suffering from a skin problem include:

  • Excessive Scratching
  • Biting or Chewing at the Skin
  • Bald Spots
  • Dry, Flaky Skin
  • Scabbing
  • Unusual Bumps or Lumps
If you notice these or any other outward signs, and you suspect your pet may be dealing with some type of dermatological problem, give Carlsbad Animal Hospital a call at 760-729-4431! We can help your pet live a more comfortable life.