Dermatology is an important part of the pet care provided by our vet. Dogs and cats alike can develop itchy skin, experience allergic reactions, and may suffer from issues with their paw pads. Fortunately, you don't have to sit back as a pet owner and watch your pet suffer. Our veterinarian at West Boca Veterinary Center, serving Boca Raton and the surrounding area, offers pet care services to manage or cure your pet's dermatological conditions.
Dermatological Conditions We Can Treat
Several dermatological conditions can cause itchiness, dry skin, rashes, and fur loss. Our vet can determine the root cause of the problem and recommend the appropriate course of action to treat the problem. Some of the symptoms of the skin conditions that our veterinarian treats include the following:
- fungal and bacterial infections
- hormonal problems
- parasitic reactions
- immune system-related disorders
Allergies are another cause of skin problems for pets. An allergy to a type of food or another substance that your pet comes in contact with can stimulate a rash that irritates your pet. Growths can form on your pet, both benign and malignant, which a veterinarian can address as needed.
Treating Your Pet's Dermatological Conditions
The first step of the process in treating dermatological conditions in your furry friend is to evaluate your pet through a visual examination. Sometimes, this is enough to identify the cause of the problem. In many cases though, a veterinarian needs to perform a more extensive evaluation by using laboratory testing to identify the problem.
If your pet has an allergy, our vet will conduct an allergy test to figure out the source of the reaction. If it's a food allergy, our vet helps you find food that's safe for your pet. If your pet has another type of allergy, our vet will educate you about using avoidance as an approach to prevent the reaction. Oral or topical medications may be prescribed to help manage your pet's allergy if avoidance is not an option.
Our vet can also evaluate growths on your pet's skin. Our vet may conduct a biopsy to determine if the growth is cancerous or not. Then, our vet removes the growth from your pet.
Pet Dermatology in Boca Raton, FL
Your pet doesn't have to live with skin irritation or any other unpleasant signs of a skin or nail problem. Our vet has diagnostic equipment and years of experience to determine the problem and get your pet the care he or she needs. Call West Boca Veterinary Center today at 561-451-8838 to schedule an appointment.