Take a good look at your pet. Underneath all that fur, feathers or scales is skin, just like yours. And just as with humans, the skin that covers animals isn’t always healthy. In fact, companion animals can suffer from many of the same dermatological problems as their owners, from allergies to infections and just about anything in between. Along with these conditions, your pet may also experience a number of unpleasant side effects, such as itchiness, discomfort or even pain. Don’t let your beloved companion suffer another moment. Let the experts at Animal Hospital of River Oaks help.

Our doctors are trained and experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide range of dermatological problems, including those that affect the ears and feet. We use a number of highly effective diagnostic tools, such as skin scrapings, laboratory testing and biopsies, to uncover the root cause of your pet’s symptoms so we can address the problem once and for all.

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

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Ear Infections
  • Hormonal Problems
  • Diseases of the Paws and Nail Bed
  • Tumors
  • Skin Cancer

Once we pinpoint exactly what condition is plaguing your pet, we can then develop a customized plan to treat and/or manage the problem most effectively. We utilize a number of different treatment options, depending on the condition being addressed, its severity and a number of other factors. These treatments may include the use of topical creams, medication (oral or injectable), supplements, therapy, surgery or some combination of these things.

If the problem your pet is experiencing is a skin allergy, our team will work hard to determine exactly what’s triggering your pet’s symptoms so we can help to reduce or eliminate those symptoms once and for all. As part of this process, the doctor may recommend making some changes at home, such as switching your pet’s food or removing certain items that may be acting as irritants to your pet’s condition. In many cases, these simple changes are enough to address the problem without the need for further medical intervention.

Some of the signs that your pet may be suffering from a skin disorder include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Licking, chewing or biting at the affected area
  • Rubbing against furniture or walls
  • Bald spots
  • Scabs
  • Unusual lumps or bumps
  • Unpleasant odor coming from the ears

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these symptoms, give us a call right away to schedule a dermatological evaluation. We can get to the bottom of the problem and help your companion live a more comfortable life.