Allergies & Dermatology

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

There are many different ailments than can affect a companion animal’s skin. Whether it’s a topical problem, like a hot spot or rash, or something more in-depth like an infection, the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want to see your best friend suffer like that, and neither do we! That’s why Paw Prints Animal Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services as part of our comprehensive system of care. We want to help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.

 

Diagnosing the Problem

The first step toward helping your furry family member 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. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.

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 unique factors. This allows us to develop a tailor-made approach just for your pet, 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. Once we understand what’s causing your pet’s reactions, we will work toward a solution that will 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 four-legged friend’s specific 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
  • Bumps or lumps on or under the skin

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give the experienced team at Paw Prints Animal Hospital a call. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.

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    • Chelsey RossChelsey Ross

      Dr. Hunt cared greatly for my sweet Rosie when she first got sick, unfortunately my sweet girl had to be euthanized due to her condition and Dr. Cousins was the one to do so. He was so patient with us and allowed me to say my goodbyes and hold her until the very end. ❤️ I also take my boy Enzo there and they are great with him too!

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    • Susan DeanSusan Dean

      Friendly staff today Petey loved his tech

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    • Mel HubbardMel Hubbard

      Let me start off by saying we have been going to Paw Prints since we moved here in 2013 and our dog Nickel has been seeing Dr. Eddie Crittendon.

      Nickel has gotten up there in age and has had more and more health related issues. Dr. Eddie Crittendon was always compassionate and even warned us last year to prepare ourselves for when the time comes because eventually the medication was going to stop working.

      Dr. Eddie Crittendon and his assistant where kind and empathetic to us having made the hard decision that no dog parent wants to have to make. They both treated Nickel with love and dignity. They never once made me feel bad for crying which is something I don’t ever do in front of anyone. He also took the extra step of making her comfortable and talking to her like she was his own dog.

      Thank you for being who you are Dr. Eddie Crittendon you truly love animals and it shows.

      We do have another dog and he will continue to go see Dr. Eddie Crittendon and his assistant!

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    • Karen M BicknellKaren M Bicknell

      We’ve taken our dogs here for the last 12 years. They have always been great with them.

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    • Thomas C.Thomas C.

      I just changed to them and was really happy with everyone but most important my girl Stella was happy too.Dr. Eddie Crittendon was very impressive they way... Read More