Is itchy skin driving your pet crazy?
There are many ailments that can affect a companion animal’s skin, and the symptoms can be downright unpleasant. You don’t want your best friend to suffer and neither do we!
The professional allergy and dermatology services at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic will help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.
Diagnosing the Problem
To get your pet on the mend, we must first identify precisely what’s causing the problem. We may be able to determine what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies allow us to gather the answers we need to move forward with a cure.
Some dermatological issues we can assist with include:
- Allergies (food and/or environmental)
- Infections (acute or chronic)
- Hormonal disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin cancer
Developing a Treatment Plan
With a proper diagnosis in hand, the next step is deciding how to best treat it. Depending on the situation, we may prescribe something as simple as a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a longer-term strategy or involve a combination of treatment methods.
Signs of a possible skin condition include:
- Excessive scratching
- Scabbing or flaking of the skin
- Hot spots
- Shedding more than usual
- Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
- Bumps or lumps on or under the skin
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Contact the experienced team at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.
Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic
1571 E. Hwy 44
Rapid City, SD 57703
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