Pet Dermatology Treats Skin, Hair, Ears and Nails

At Fairview Hospital for Animals, we provide full service veterinary care for Decatur and surrounding areas. Part of our comprehensive care includes pet dermatology. It’s not uncommon for your companion to suffer from conditions that affect their skin, hair, ears and nails. Some of these are serious conditions that include fungal, bacterial and parasitic infections. More frequently though, pet dermatology involves treating ear and skin infections, and controlling allergies.

Cat lying on floor: Pet Dermatology in Decatur

Defending Your Pet Against Skin Allergies

Pets can experience skin irritations that develop from many types of allergies. Skin irritations can include contact allergies to grass, tree and weed pollen, mold spores and also dust, storage and mold mites, and fleas and ticks. Often, pets lick or scratch the affected areas causing secondary bacterial and yeast skin infections. Ours doctors evaluate your pet’s allergy condition and advise you on the best course of treatment and prevention. If you suspect your pet has fleas, it is important to treat them with flea medication to prevent flea allergies and flea infestation. We recommend a topical product if your companion is allergic to flea bites. If your pet is not allergic to fleas, we offer a three month oral flea product. At your pet’s wellness exam, we will carefully assess the overall health of your pet’s skin and coat through the use of visual inspection and lab work to diagnose your pet’s skin condition.

We diagnose and treat skin conditions in the following ways:

  • Skin scraping for mites
  • Skin cytology for bacteria and yeast
  • Skin yeast and bacterial cultures
  • Flea preventative recommendations
  • Food and nutritional counseling
  • Blood testing for skin and food allergies

Some of the things that cause pet allergies include:

  • Food
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Fleas
  • Inhaled irritants
  • Cleaning products
Two people lifting a dog's ears: Pet Dermatology in Decatur

Keeping Your Pet’s Ears Healthy

Both cats and dogs and develop ear infections called otitis. These bacterial or yeast infections develop secondary to food and environmental allergies. Ear mites can also be a cause of otitis when contracted from close contact with an infected pet. Ear infections can be very painful to your companion and it is important to bring your pet in for an appointment as soon as you notice symptoms of infection.

Some of the symptoms of otitis include:

  • Frequent head shaking
  • Foul odor coming from your pet’s ears
  • Dry, scaly skin around their ears
  • Scratching or pawing at their ears
  • Dark discharge coming from their ears
  • Redness and swelling
  • Itchiness and rubbing on floor or furniture
  • Swollen ear

Please contact us about our pet dermatology services today! We want to keep the pets of Decatur happy and healthy.