In general, dermatology refers to a myriad of diseases of the
skin, nails/claws, & ears.
If left untreated, dermatologic conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. Skin and ear problems are incredibly common to see in dogs and cats, and they are some of the most frequent health concerns that we treat at hour hospitals. Some causes of these diseases include various types of skin infections (pyoderma) or ear infections (otitis), allergies (either to fleas, environmental antigens or dietary ingredients — or multiples of these!), microscopic mites that live in the skin, ringworm, endocrine disease, and diseases of the immune system. It is also common to see patients with more than one cause behind their skin and/or ear condition. Several of our veterinarians have special interests in addressing and managing dermatology cases, and we strive to stay at the “top of our game” when it comes to diagnosing and managing ear and skin disease.
Therefore, it is important to be able to identify and characterize the initial signs and symptoms of dermatological conditions. These include:
- Inflamed ears
- Hotspots, especially those that recur
- Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
- Lesions on the skin
- Hair loss
- Red itchy bumps on the skin
- Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues
If you notice any of these symptoms, we encourage you to bring your pet in to Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital for an evaluation. If left untreated, these problems can become severe medical concerns.
It is always our goal to make your pet feel more comfortable, and — whenever possible — to treat the underlying cause of his or her problem. We take the time to discuss our diagnostic plan, including any recommended testing, and explain your pet’s condition, the proper method of treatment, and how to decrease the chances of future occurrences or flare-ups.