CONTROL SKIN ISSUES WITH PET DERMATOLOGY
We’re committed to the wellness and comfort of pets, which is why we’re equipped to treat skin conditions for our animal patients. The team at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart provides a full range of high-quality dermatology services, including allergy testing, to get to the bottom of your pet’s skin disorders.
If you think your pet might have a dermatological problem, such as hot spots or skin parasites, please contact our team at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart.
Have an itchy pet?
Don’t know what to do?
Pet Allergy Testing
If you’ve noticed your dog or cat scratching or licking their skin, this could be a sign of pet allergies. It’s important to get these skin concerns addressed quickly because scratching can lead to sores, pain, and create anxiety for your pet. A simple allergy test could save your pet–and you!–hours of pain and annoyance. Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart can get to the root of your pet’s itching with allergy testing.
We consider environmental allergies to include anything in a pet’s external environment, such as pollen, molds, and even animal dander. As part of our dermatology testing protocol, our veterinarians conduct tests to determine the root cause of your pet’s allergies. If we find that your dog or cat is allergic to airborne substances, we’ll provide counsel on the best ways to eliminate the allergen sources from your home, in addition to effective therapies through medications, nutrition, and shampoos.
Your pet may be allergic to something in their food if they suffer from digestive issues, such as diarrhea. Through monitored food trials, our qualified veterinarians at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhard will determine the allergy-driving ingredients and prescribe hypoallergenic food and treats.
Flea Bite Allergies
Did you know that fleas produce saliva? Surprisingly, dogs and cats can be allergic to the saliva of fleas. This type of hypersensitivity can lead to skin infections and “hot spots.”
The best course of action for flea bite allergies is to eliminate the cause entirely: fleas. If you’ve noticed insects in your home or our veterinarians detect fleas in an examination, we’ll provide counsel on the best medications and insecticides to keep your pet comfortable and family safe.
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- Megan N.
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- Nathan P.
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CAUSES OF ITCHING IN PETS
Pruritus, the medical term for itchy skin, is common in pets. While allergies are not the only possible cause, allergies do tend to be the most frequent.
If you bring your itchy pet to our clinic, the team at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart will get to the root of your pet’s itching with allergy testing.
Itching in pets can be caused by conditions such as:
- Contact dermatitis (direct contact with soaps, perfumes, and cleaning solutions)
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Seasonal allergies
- Food allergies
- Sarcoptic mange (mites)
- Atopy (heightened immune response to allergens)
Call (512) 620-0111 to schedule an allergy test for your pet today!
SIGNS OF AN ITCHY PET
Itching is virtually impossible for pets to hide. Signs of chronic itchiness in pets include:
- Red and raw skin from scratching and licking
- Hair loss
- Inflamed ears
- Dry or scaly patches of skin
- Rubbing at face and ears
- Hair missing between the toes, which can indicate licking and chewing at the paws
- Lick granulomas and lesions on the skin
DERMATOLOGY TREATMENT IS JUST A CALL AWAY
Our veterinarians are experienced in pet dermatology. By diagnosing and treating skin disorders, we’ll keep your pet’s skin healthy and protected from infection.
To properly diagnose an allergy, we’ll need to examine your pet, possibly do blood work, and consider other options if our findings are inconclusive. Treatment varies in complexity depending on the condition. Contact us to learn more!