Allergies & Dermatology

If you’ve ever suffered a skin problem, you probably know all too well how miserable the experience can be. The itching. The discomfort. The pain. The way it can impact every area of your life.

Did you know that our animal friends can experience many of the same dermatological problems as humans can, along with a variety of unpleasant symptoms?

If you believe your pet may be suffering from a problem with his or her skin, ears or feet, the team at Acadiana Veterinary Clinic can help! Our doctors have years of experience in identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad range of dermatological conditions. We’ll get to the bottom of whatever is causing your pet’s symptoms and develop an individualized treatment plan that will get results.

Our state of the art hospital is outfitted with cutting edge diagnostic equipment, which we use to help us narrow down and diagnose your pet’s exact condition. Some of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Dermatitis
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Diseases of the Feet
  • Tumors
  • Skin Cancer

Once we’ve reached an accurate diagnosis, we can then get to work developing a treatment plan that will reduce and/or eliminate symptoms altogether. Treatments will vary based on a number of unique factors, and will likely include either medication, supplements, therapy, surgery or some combination of these. The treatment protocol we recommend for your pet will be tailored specifically to his or her unique needs for optimum results.

If your pet is suffering from an allergy, the next step is determining what type of allergy we’re dealing with. Companion animals are susceptible to either food or environmental allergies including external parasites such as fleas. In addition to flea control and certain medications that we may recommend, your pet’s treatment plan may also include switching to a new food and making some changes to your companion’s lifestyle.

For conditions that cannot be cured, but only managed, we will work with you to develop an ongoing treatment plan that will help relieve your pet’s symptoms and improve their quality of life as much as possible.

Some of the signs to watch for that may indicate a possible skin, ear or foot problem with your pet include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Head shaking
  • Rubbing against stuff to relieve itch
  • Biting, licking or chewing the affected area
  • Odor coming from the ears
  • Scabs or flaking skin
  • Bald spots/hair loss
  • Bumps or lumps on or under the skin

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, give us a call right away to schedule a professional dermatological evaluation. We can help your loved one live a happier, more comfortable life.