If your cat or dog persistently scratches or bites his or her own skin, or if you notice red, inflamed patches on your pet’s skin, your pet could be suffering from environmental allergies, food allergies, or a fungal infection like ringworm.
As veterinarians in hot and humid Houston, we take dermatology and allergies seriously, and we will get to the root of your pet’s discomfort and create a treatment plan quickly.
Because of Houston’s climate, our pets can feel the effects of allergens like pollen, grass, mold spores, ragweed, and dust mites year-round. If your pet is prone to environmental allergies, you might notice red, swollen skin patches around your pet’s muzzle, ears, or eyes. At West Oaks, we provide serum allergy testing to help determine the cause of your pet’s discomfort so that we can create a targeted treatment plan.
Common food allergies include beef and chicken byproducts, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn. If your pet is sensitive to one of these ingredients, he or she might suffer from stomach upset, itchy skin, or inflammation of the ears. We can help you select the hypoallergenic diet best suited for your pet’s needs.
Other Skin Conditions
Round, bald lesions on your pet’s head or limbs could be a sign of ringworm, a highly contagious fungal infection that can spread to people. Other infections caused by bacteria, yeast, and mites can also affect our pets. At West Oaks, our in-house laboratory can help us get accurate, efficient results from skin cytology or other cultures so we can create a treatment plan and restore comfort to your pet as soon as possible.
At West Oaks Animal Hospital, our comprehensive healthcare services involve quality dermatological and allergy care. Please call us today if you suspect that your pet might have an allergy or other skin condition.