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Skin conditions are very common issues found in cats and dogs from all walks of life. We are dedicated to treating any skin condition your dog or cat may have so he or she can feel his or her very best once again. We use the latest and most innovative technology and treatments to give your pet the best possible treatment.

We perform biopsies right here at our office to check your pet’s skin cells for signs of disease. Our video otoscope can take crystal-clear images of the inside of your pet’s ears. This allows us to diagnose the problem quickly and easily. We even utilize a CryoProbe to treat lesions on your animal.

We can check and treat your dog or cat for any of the following conditions:

Allergies

Allergies can be extremely uncomfortable, even if they are not immediately life threatening, and many people are surprised to realize that pets can have allergies. We find pet allergy conditions to be caused by many things:
 
Flea Bites
Atopy: This is a common type of allergy in dogs and cats and is often seasonal. Your pet can be allergic to ragweed in the fall and tree pollens in April or May. You might notice your pet chewing his or her feet, constantly licking the side or groin area, rubbing his or her face, getting regular ear infections, wheezing, and/or being prone to recurrent hot spots.
Contact Dermatitis: This involves allergies to cleaning solutions, carpeting, or plastics that come into physical contact with the skin and can cause red, itchy bumps, hair loss, and constant scratching.
Food Allergies: Like people, pets can be allergic to certain foods and can respond with symptoms like constant scratching, ear problems, and skin infections. Fortunately, allergies can be treated, and we will protect your pet from the constant suffering of chronic allergies.
Severe Allergic Reactions: Although less common than chronic allergies, these reactions can be life-threatening and include hives, facial swelling, and anaphylaxis.

Autoimmune Conditions

Canine autoimmune disease can occur when one or more components of the dog's immune system becomes overactive and the ability of the immune system to distinguish between "self" and "foreign object" is lost. The immune system stops creating antibodies to fight against invasions of foreign bodies, and instead produces an auto-antibody that starts destroying normal cells. Autoimmune disease may be restricted to a single organ or region or the whole animal.

Autoimmune skin disease in dogs can include the following:
• Pemphigus erythematosus / foliaceus
• Discoid lupus erythematosus
• Systemic lupus erythematosus

Foot and Nail Bed Conditions

A dog’s and cat’s feet are exposed to fungi and bacteria each day. While normally not an issue, torn nails or cuts in the feet can expose the bed of the nail to infection. Certain types of fungi actually eat part of the claw and can weaken or destroy the nail. Internal health issues can also affect this delicate area that your pet desperately needs to remain in tip-top shape so he or she can move around without discomfort.

Some conditions take weeks to manifest, while others come on suddenly. No matter what your pet is dealing with, you need to take immediate action to prevent the situation from becoming serious, and consequently, more difficult to treat.

Parasites

Parasites are not only disgusting, but they can also severely impact the health of your dog or cat. Some of the most common parasites in household pets are fleas, ticks, and mites. Signs of parasite infestations include scratching, hair loss, and scabbing. 

Hormonal Disorders

Your pet's endocrine system releases hormones that travel through the body to regulate bodily systems. Sometimes the level of specific hormones goes out of balance and complications arise. 

The most common skin hormonal disorders in dogs are:

• Hypothyroidism
• Cushing's Disease
• Alopecia X

Diagnosis of hormonal diseases is determined by blood analysis, which can detect levels of specific hormones in the bloodstream. It is extremely important for your pet's health for you to keep his or her condition in check, as serious complications can arise when hormonal disorders are not treated.

Skin Cancer

There are multiple types of skin cancers found in dogs and cats. We can help detect these cancers at their earliest stages and get right to work developing a treatment for your furry friend.
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