Persistent scratching, biting and licking by your pet is not necessarily a sign of good grooming habits. It may be indicative of skin allergies or other skin diseases.
Westside Veterinary Clinic has numerous years of experience in diagnosing, treating and managing skin conditions brought on by different causes. Skin issues may arise from any of the following conditions:
- Nutritional sources
- Auto-immune deficiency
Usually treatment starts with testing, which is most likely a skin scraping taken by our doctors and examined under a microscope. If needed, we are able to send the samples off for a more detailed examination in a qualified laboratory. Allergy testing also is available.
Once our doctors establish the cause of the problem, we offer several treatment options for your pet. This not only may include oral medication but also topical medications as well as specially formulated pet food. A new medication has recently become available that effectively manages the skin symptoms of allergies with minimal side effects.