Pet Dermatology in Gallatin, TN
Skin problems are among the most common health problems in pets, and without effective treatment, they can develop into serious health issues, affecting your pet’s quality of life. At Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to helping your pet stay healthy both on the inside and the outside through our pet dermatology services in Gallatin, TN. Our experienced veterinarians have a special interest in treating a wide variety of skin conditions and will create a custom treatment plan to restore health to your pet’s skin and fur and relieve irritating symptoms.
What’s Pet Dermatology and Why Is It Important?
The skin is the largest organ in your pet’s body, and it can be extremely uncomfortable when there’s a problem with it. Pet dermatology focuses on diagnosing, managing, and treating any skin condition affecting pets.
Skin conditions can often escalate, so it’s best to see a veterinarian about it early. Taking your pet to the vet for early diagnosis and treatment may help to prevent more serious skin conditions from developing.
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Common Signs of Dermatological Issues
If your pet has a skin problem, you may notice the following signs and symptoms:
- Excessive itching
- Hair loss
- Strange bumps or lumps on their skin
- Fleas, ticks, and other parasites
- Dry skin
- Dull coat
- Hot spots
- Skin rash
- Smelly fur
If your pet has any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with the vet as soon as possible. While some skin ailments will work themselves out after a day or two, you need to schedule an appointment for a full dermatological review if your dog has a condition that is lingering or getting worse. The faster a diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can begin.
Treatment Offered at Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital
At Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital, our pet dermatology services include:
- Diagnosis & Treatment for Skin Disorders: To make a precise diagnosis of the causes of the skin disease affecting your pet, we will take a detailed medical history and perform a thorough physical examination and appropriate diagnostic tests. These may include microscopic analysis of skin scrapings and hair, cultures of hair or skin swabs, skin tests, blood, and urine tests, allergy testing, and even biopsies. Depending on our findings, we will then develop a treatment plan tailored to your pet’s needs. This may involve a combination of treatments and procedures to relieve pain and skin irritation.
- Treatment for Skin Allergies: We’ll perform allergy testing to determine what your pet is allergic to, then develop a long-term management plan to properly manage your pet’s allergies and prevent the recurrence of infections and itching caused by allergies. It often takes several visits to find the perfect combination of allergy treatments, especially with severe cases, but our goal is that your pet ultimately has fewer flare-ups, infections, and vet visits.
Vet Dermatology Care Costs
Pet insurance typically covers the cost of pet dermatology services. Additionally, bringing your pet for a dermatology appointment can help you save money in the long run by preventing issues or catching them early when treatment is much easier and more affordable.
Pet Dermatology at Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital
Skin conditions in pets can be distressing for both owners and their animals. At Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital, our whole team is here to help you and your pet, ensuring your pet gets relief and you have peace of mind. We build our relationship on good communication since many dermatology patients require long-term care.
If you notice your pet has symptoms of skin issues like rapid fur loss, red, irritated patches of skin, development of bumps, or excessive itching or licking, it’s time to schedule a dermatological appointment with Dr. Lynch.