Pet Dermatology & Skincare
Central Oregon’s dry weather can wreak havoc on a pet’s skin. Skin is the largest organ of the body; it can also be the hardest to treat. Like any problem, treatment starts with a thorough history and physical examination. Cytology, skin scrapings, fungal and bacterial cultures, diet trials, and biopsies add more information to the puzzle.
With a presumptive diagnosis, we offer a range of treatment options because of our ability to combine traditional and alternative medicine for the best, safest treatments available. For more information on dermatology workups for your pet, call our office today!
Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Dermatology:
My pet seems itchy all the time. What can I do?
Itching is considered the mildest form of pain. The best thing you can do for your pet is a thorough examination. There are many reasons for itching and only a thorough history and examination can begin to find the cause.
Why can’t I just give my pet Benadryl?
Benadryl is an antihistamine which may decrease the symptom of itching but does nothing to solve the underlying problem. If your pet needs constant doses of Benadryl, it means there is an ongoing problem that needs to be examined.
My pet has lumps. Are they dangerous?
All masses on or under the skin need to be examined. Some masses are benign which means they won’t spread to other parts of the body. Other types of masses can spread locally or internally.
How do you find out what typo of tumor it is?
Usually we, can perform an aspiration biopsy. This procedure only takes a few minutes and is relatively painless. A thin needle is passed into the mass, and cells are withdrawn, stained, and viewed under a microscope.
That depends on the results. Benign tumors can be watched for growth or removed. Cancerous tumors need to be surgically removed to prevent spreading.