Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.
We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms, the history of the problem, and the results of our physical exam, we may perform the following tests:
- Impression smears and cytology to check for bacterial and/or fungal organisms
- Skin scrapings to check for mange mites
- Dermatophyte fungal cultures to rule out ringworm
- Biopsies if we suspect there is a cancerous or immune mediated disease process
- Bloodwork to check for concurrent diseases like hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease that can contribute to your pet’s skin issues
Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.