Allergies & Dermatology

Is your Pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?

There are many different ailments that can affect your Pet’s skin. Whether it’s a topical problem, like a hot spot or rash, or something more in-depth perhaps an infection, the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want to see your Pal suffer any more, and neither do we! That’s whyFirth Veterinary Hospital offers professional Pet allergy and Dermatology services as part of our comprehensive system of care. We want to help get your loved one be as healthy on the outside as on the inside.

Diagnosing the Problem

The first step toward helping your Pet feel better again is identifying the precise condition he or she is experiencing. Our hospital is outfitted with an in-house laboratory, which allows us to run a number of diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently. We may be able to tell what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Bloodwork, skin scrapings, biopsies, histology and cytology help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure for your Pet.

Some of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include: 

  • Allergies (food and/or environmental)
  • Infections (acute or chronic)
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Hormonal Disorders
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer


Developing a Treatment Plan

To determine how best to treat the problem, we will consider a number of factors. This allows us to develop a customized approach just for your loved one, designed to achieve the best possible results. Depending on the situation, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a combination of treatment methods. Allergies require a little more work to manage effectively. Once we understand what’s causing your Pet’s reaction(s), we will work toward a solution that will reduce and/or eliminate outbreaks as much as possible. Some allergies can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as switching food products. Others may require a longer-term strategy. Our recommendations will be based on your Companion’s individual needs.  

Signs of a possible skin problem include:

¨        Excessive scratching ¨        Scabbing or flaking of the skin ¨        Hot spots ¨        Shedding more than usual ¨        Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area ¨        Lumps or Bumps on or under the skin If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give us a call. We can help your Pet live a more comfortable life. 



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