Pets Can Develop Skin Conditions, Too

Does your pet’s constant scratching keep you up at night? You’re not alone—many pets, be they canine or feline, can suffer from some type of allergy during their lifetime. The cause of their allergies can vary widely, but an almost universal symptom of allergies is itching, also known as pruritus. This condition is caused by the release of histamines, and can make your pet extremely uncomfortable. In fact, if you allow your pet’s scratching to continue unchecked, they could easily damage their skin barrier and end up with an infection, which only exacerbates the itching.

At Animal Care Hospital of Clifton Park, our veterinarians have considerable experience providing pet dermatology services to patients with skin conditions, and would be happy to help you alleviate your pet’s discomfort.


Our Pet Dermatology Services

What can we offer to treat your pet’s skin problem? Depending on what your veterinarian observes during an exam, we could go in one of several different directions—our goal is to always be as thorough as possible in our approach. To isolate the problem, we first need to diagnose it, and then we can work on a treatment plan. Our services include:
  • Skin scraping
  • Skin culture
  • Biopsy
  • Allergy testing
  • Fungal culture
  • Prescription diet trials (if a food allergy is suspected)

Common Pet Allergies

Ensuring your pet has a proper, balanced diet is important, but they can also become allergic to certain ingredients in their food, such as beef and chicken byproducts, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn. To diagnose a food allergy, we would have to implement a diet trial, and restrict your pet to a prescription diet (no treats or table scraps) for up to three months. If the new diet improves their condition, we may recommend keeping your pet on that specific diet for the long term.

Other conditions we can treat include flea allergy dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal infection that can spread very quickly to other animals (along with humans), and can be difficult to treat. Atopic dermatitis can be caused by exposure to dust mites, certain molds and pollens, and even grass. Flea allergy dermatitis occurs as a result of flea bite hypersensitivity.


Managing Your Pet’s Condition

There is no cure for allergies in pets, but the symptoms can be managed very well with proper treatment. Your veterinarian will go over your options, which may include anti-itch medication, antibiotics, topical sprays, and/or a change in diet. If you are concerned that your pet may have allergies or a skin infection, call us right away at (518) 383-6254 to make an appointment.
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