Allergies & Dermatology

Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?

There are many different ailments than can affect your pet’s skin. Whether it’s a topical problem, like a hot spot or rash, or something more in-depth like an infection, the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want to see your pal suffer like that, and neither do we! That’s why Creature Comforts Animal Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services as part of our comprehensive system of care. We want to help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.

 

Diagnosing the Problem

The first step toward helping your pet feel better again is identifying the precise condition he or she is experiencing. Our hospital is outfitted with an in-house laboratory, which allows us to run a number of diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently. We may be able to tell what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.   We are also able to skin allergy test your pet just like the dermatologist to determine what your pet is allergic to and create a treatment plan.

Some of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies (food and/or environmental)
  • Infections (acute or chronic)
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer

 

Developing a Treatment Plan

To determine how best to treat the problem, we will consider a number of unique factors. This allows us to develop a tailor-made approach just for your animal friend, designed to achieve the best possible results. Depending on the situation, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a combination of treatment methods. We will work with you to ensure that you understand and are comfortable with our recommendations.

Allergies require a little more work to manage. Once we understand what’s causing your pet’s reactions, we will work toward a solution that will eliminate outbreaks as much as possible. Some allergies can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as switching food products. Others may require a longer-term strategy. Our suggested treatment plan will be based on your pet’s specific needs.

Signs of a possible skin problem include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Excessive paw licking
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Scabbing or flaking of the skin
  • Hot spots
  • Shedding more than usual
  • Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
  • Bumps or lumps on or under the skin

 

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give us a call. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life.

 

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    • Aubree StenbergAubree Stenberg

      I can’t say enough about Creature Comforts Animal Hospital. They have such a great caring staff that is just amazing. Thank you Allie for referring me years ago and being part of their awesome staff.
      My baby had a mass on her back leg and I’ve been stressed about it for awhile. They are doing curbside appointments, which you’d think would be a bit less “personable”... that is not the case! The nicest assistant came and got all of my dogs information and took her in to see the Vet. While talking to her, I learned I’m feeding the wrong food unintentionally! Such a great help and that isn’t even why I was there.
      The Vet called me while in with my baby and she gave me all my options and more information. They were done in less than 30 minutes and had her back in my car.
      These are such tough times, but it’s places like this that know your stress and are there to help! My baby is back home with her mass, I now learned is just a lipoma, and we are both much more relaxed! 💕

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    • Frances Espinoza CalzadaFrances Espinoza Calzada

      I love this place. I always take my pets here for treatment and for boarding. They are always professional and kind. I love it.

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    • Anthony CormaciAnthony Cormaci

      the staff and the doctor where excellent couldn't ask for anyrhing better

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    • Dani HillDani Hill

      Caring staff, clean and spacious lobby and exam rooms and super awesome with our exotics! Thanks for your friendship guys!

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    • Brewster SwankeBrewster Swanke

      Dr. Paul is my favorite! She performed two surgeries on me, saw me at minimum of once a month during my puppy years (hey, it doesn't have to edible for me to consume it) and was very compassionate and concerned with pain management.

      Dr. Paul understood my breed (min-pin) and explained in depth how my personality is a factor in my unhealthy habits (like eating princess rings, rubber bands, whoopee cushions). She made sure, in spite of my tenacious breed that I was able to "just rest."

      She has always gone above and beyond explaining the options available and making sure the best possible solution was opted for, both cost effectively and health wise.

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    • Elaina OlsenElaina Olsen

      The staff here is amazing. you can really tell they live animals and it's not just a job for them. Dr.Gorman was kind and patient and answered all my questions and addressed every concern. I never felt rushed and she gave my sweet kitten Nugget the attention he deserved. Not to mention the office is extremely clean and cheerful.

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    • Gigi DahlenGigi Dahlen

      I couldn’t see how my experience could have been better as everyone was very friendly and helpful. The staff is very knowledgeable and also has a vet that knows about rats and how to help keep them healthy and doesn’t try to nickel a dime you.

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