Pets can be afflicted with a wide variety of skin conditions, including pet allergies, reactions to external parasites like fleas and mites, immunological diseases, skin infections, and skin cancers. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is equipped to diagnose and treat these conditions and many more.
Many of the more common pet skin conditions are related to allergies, but diagnosing which are allergies and which are not can be a challenge, as the symptoms can be very similar from one skin condition to another.
Our veterinarians have equipped Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital with the latest in diagnostic technology and have participated in continuing education to remain abreast of the latest and best practices in veterinary dermatology. Some of our more common diagnostics include:
- Skin cytology—Cytology testing can identify which pathogen, such as a yeast or bacteria, is causing an infection.
- Skin scraping—This test is often used to check for common skin parasites.
- Ear cytology—Evaluating ears is essential when evaluating conditions of the skin because many skin diseases appear in and affect the ears.
- Allergy testing—Using a blood test, our veterinarians determine the cause of pet allergies and then are able to assist pet owners with the best course of action.
- DTM (dermatophyte testing)—Special culture plates are used for diagnosis of ringworm.
- Bacterial culture—In order to determine the most effective treatment option, it is sometimes necessary to grow a sample of the bacteria infecting the skin. This bacterial culture allows our veterinarians to identify the type of bacteria and select the antibiotic or other treatment that will restore pet health safely and in the most efficient manner.
Pet Skin Condition Symptoms
Pet owners are often the first to detect when a pet is suffering from a skin condition. Symptoms that suggest a pet should be seen by one of our veterinarians include:
- Hair loss
- Red patches
- Flaky or scaly skin
- Odor to the skin or ears
- Lumps or bumps
- Licking or biting feet and toes
- Shaking head
- Scratching ears
If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms or if you have questions about your pet’s skin, please contact one of our knowledgeable staff or veterinarians for a consultation.