Allergy and Dermatology
Dermatology Treatment & Allergy Testing for Pets
Your pet’s skin can tell you a lot about his or her health and overall quality of life. A well-groomed dog or cat is typically a happy, healthy pet. Similarly, pets with chronic skin or coat issues can have an excellent quality of life when these conditions are managed well. In any case, the more you know about your dog or cat’s skin and coat, the more effective you can be at maintaining your pet’s quality of life.
Dermatology for pets involves two basic areas of care:
Norwood Animal Hospital offers the full range of dermatology testing for your pets:
- Skin scraping
- Blood testing for allergies
Skin sampling through scraping is a useful tool to diagnose skin infections such as yeast, dermatitis, or mange. For more complex issues, actual biopsy samples can be taken and examined.
Culture and sensitivity is a diagnostic test that determines what type of bacteria or yeast may be causing skin issues for your pet. Samples are taken from the infected area(s) with sterilized cotton swabs and placed onto specialized petri dishes, where they start to grow (culture). These culture samples not only identify which organism is causing the problem, but also tell us which medication will help heal your pet.
For allergy blood testing, blood is drawn from your pet to check for antigen-induced antibodies in the blood.