Allergies & Dermatology

How healthy is your pet’s skin? Have you noticed your companion scratching more than usual, or seen some visible signs of a potential skin problem, such as a rash or unusual lumps or bumps? Companion animals can suffer from many of the same dermatological problems as we humans can, along with many of the same unpleasant symptoms and side effects, such as itching, discomfort, pain and an overall diminished quality of life.

The team at Alpine at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital is skilled and experienced in all aspects of pet dermatology. Through the use of a broad range of testing techniques, such as skin scrapings and biopsies, we are able to identify, diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of skin disorders that can affect our animal companions. Some of the dermatological problems we can assist with include:

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Disease of the Paws
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Hormonal Disorders
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Tumors
  • Skin Cancer

The key to effectively treating and managing a skin problem in an animal is first determining the root cause. Once we’ve identified your pet’s problem as one of the above, we’ll then get to work developing a customized treatment plan to address the problem once and for all. We utilize a number of treatment options, including the use of topical creams, oral or injectable medication, supplements, therapy, surgery, or some combination of these.

If your pet suffers from allergies, part of our treatment protocol may also include conducting an analysis of your home environment. In many cases, simply making some small changes at home, like modifying your pet’s diet or removing certain household items that may be acting as irritants to your pet’s condition can be enough to reduce or eliminate the problem altogether. Our experts will advise you on what we feel would be the most effective way to achieve the results we want and maintain those results over time.

Some of the more common signs that your pet may be suffering from a dermatological problem include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Rubbing against walls or furniture
  • Biting, chewing or licking the affected area
  • Hair loss
  • Rash
  • Unusual lumps or bumps

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from some type of skin problem, don’t hesitate to schedule a dermatological evaluation. We’ll get to the bottom of the problem and help your cherished loved one live a more comfortable life.

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