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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    • Ron KennedyRon Kennedy

      We were already lifelong believers in Paw Prints. You guys have never, EVER, failed us. Whether it was fixing the mistakes of other vet offices or helping us bring an FIV kitty back to his strength, you have always been reliable. Today, proved even more so the quality of Paw Prints. My family thanks you very much for being who you are. Would I recommend Paw Prints? There is no question! Dr. Cousins, Dr. Crittendon, you both are amazing and Hemmingway looks great and is happy to be back in his yard. :)

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    • Paige Brooks ChastainPaige Brooks Chastain

      After having a relationship and trusting-with our pets to Powdersville Animal For 25 years in April my family experienced an unthinkable error on their part and I could no longer trust their care with my family. With our new Puppy I decided to make the change. I love all three of the vets we have seen, great excellent care. We previously saw Dr. Crittendon when he was with Freddie Zink.

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    • Susan DeanSusan Dean

      Friendly staff today Petey loved his tech

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    • Marie NelsonMarie Nelson

      Dr. Hunt was great and so was the nurse

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    • Robin Bailey HinsonRobin Bailey Hinson

      caring, concerned, and options. gentle with my pet, thanks.

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    • Amanda Turner ChristieAmanda Turner Christie

      They take great care of my Penny and even follow up the next day to check on her!

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    • Brittany HillBrittany Hill

      My dog of 9 years was having very serious problems. I called my usual vet and they could not "fit him in". I called Paw prints around 745 last Wednesday morning, told them what was going on and the receptionist asked that I be there at 830. I took my baby in and it turned out that he was having major complications and the best option for him was not him coming home with me. Dr. Cousins and the nurse that seen my baby were absolutely wonderful. They hugged me, held my hand, even almost cried with me. Even the staff at the desk were so very sweet and gave me their condolences. Although my first visit here wasn't under best circumstances, I am so very thankful that this is where I took my baby. They have since then sent a card thanking me for allowing them to care for my baby and another card with the sweetest message and told me I made the right decision. I will be eternally grateful for their love compassion and care they showed for my baby. Highly thinking about switching and making this my new vets office!

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