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Dermatology

At CardioVet Veterinary Clinic, we recognize the importance of healthy skin and coat in maintaining the overall well-being of our feline and canine companions. Our dedicated dermatology services are tailored to address a wide range of skin conditions that may affect cats and dogs, from allergies and infections to parasites and autoimmune disorders. With a team of experienced veterinarians specializing in dermatology, we offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, including skin scrapings, cytology, allergy testing, and fungal cultures, to accurately identify the underlying cause of your pet's skin issues. Whether it's treating chronic ear infections, managing allergic dermatitis, or addressing parasitic infestations, we are committed to providing personalized care and effective treatment options to help your furry friend achieve optimal skin health. Trust us to partner with you in keeping your pet's skin and coat healthy, comfortable, and free from discomfort. Schedule an appointment today to give your beloved companion the relief they deserve.

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FAQs

What are common skin conditions seen in cats and dogs?

  • Common skin conditions include allergies (such as atopic dermatitis), bacterial and fungal infections, parasitic infestations (such as fleas, ticks, and mites), hot spots, ear infections, autoimmune diseases, and skin tumors.

How can I tell if my pet has a skin problem?

  • Signs of a skin problem in cats and dogs may include itching, scratching, licking, chewing at the skin, hair loss, redness, inflammation, crusts, bumps or lumps, foul odor, and changes in coat appearance.

What causes skin allergies in cats and dogs?

  • Allergies in pets can be caused by various factors, including environmental allergens (such as pollen, dust mites, and mold), food ingredients, and contact with irritants (such as certain fabrics or cleaning products).

How are skin conditions diagnosed in cats and dogs?

  • Diagnosis often involves a thorough physical examination by a veterinarian, along with skin scrapings, cytology (microscopic examination of skin cells), bacterial or fungal cultures, allergy testing (including intradermal or blood tests), and sometimes skin biopsies.

Can skin allergies be cured in cats and dogs?

  • While there may not be a cure for allergies, management strategies such as allergen avoidance, dietary modifications, topical treatments (such as medicated shampoos or sprays), oral medications (such as antihistamines or steroids), and immunotherapy (allergy shots) can help control symptoms and improve quality of life.

How are parasitic skin infestations treated in cats and dogs?

  • Treatment for parasites typically involves topical or oral medications to kill or repel the offending parasites, along with environmental control measures (such as regular vacuuming and flea prevention). In severe cases, your veterinarian may also recommend treating secondary infections or providing supportive care.

What should I do if my pet has a skin problem?

  • If you notice any signs of a skin problem in your pet, such as itching, redness, or unusual lumps, it's essential to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the condition from worsening and provide relief for your pet.

How can I help prevent skin problems in my cat or dog?

  • Regular grooming, including brushing your pet's coat and cleaning their ears, can help remove debris and prevent matting. Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet, providing parasite prevention, and minimizing exposure to potential allergens or irritants can help keep your pet's skin healthy.

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