Dermatology is the diagnosis and treatment of skin and ear related disorders of pets, including allergic, autoimmune, endocrine, infectious and psychogenic conditions. Those who have special training in the management of allergic skin disease use their knowledgeable approach and application to recovery so that you have a more healthy and happy pet.
Allergies are the most common reason pets visit the vet in Florida. Allergies can be caused by parasites, such as fleas, food, or environmental factors. We offer parasite control, hypoallergenic food, and allergy testing to get to the bottom of your pet’s skin problems. We also stock a variety of medications and shampoos to help alleviate your pet’s discomfort and treat any concurrent skin infections.
When to Take Your Pet in for a Dermatology Consultation
All pets itch and scratch but there are certain signs to look for that could indicate a larger problem at hand:
- If your pet displays a sudden and worsening skin condition or hair loss. Don’t hope for things to “just get better,” bring your pet in to be examined.
- If you have taken your pet in multiple times for the same problem with minimal improvement, you may need a dermatologist referral if you have followed all of our recommended instructions to no avail.
- If you notice any lesions near the lips, for example, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. These issues are best controlled by treating them early.
- If there is an unusual skin eruption, it is best to bring your pet in for a consultation and treatment plan. Common infections, cancerous or allergic skin reactions can occur and if it doesn’t get better quickly, can indicate a more serious, underlying problem.
Much like humans, pets can also become overly sensitive to irritants which can lead to distress. Certain breeds are also associated with skin conditions and may be a problem for both the pet and owner. You see your pet more often than anyone else so if you notice anything out of the ordinary, err on the side of caution and bring him or her to see a veterinarian. We are trained in identifying the subtle differences in certain conditions so that your pet can be properly diagnosed and treated.