We treat a wide variety of skin conditions that animals suffer from
Skin disease is very common amongst companion animals such as cats, dogs and rabbits. Not only can it cause pain and discomfort, it can also be distressing for both pet and owner.
Different animals suffer from different skin diseases. For example dogs are susceptible to fox mange, skin parasites, flea infestations, allergic reactions, ear disease, anal sac disease and skin cancers. Additionally ringworm and abscesses from fighting are also common amongst cats.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other animals are also prone to specific skin conditions.
Dermatology is the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases. At Jerry Mc Carthy Veterinary Clinic we take a special interest in caring for animals who are suffering, or at risk of suffering from a wide range of skin complaints.
When you bring your pet to see the Veterinary Surgeon at our practice you will require a longer consultation, this is so that we can:
- Discuss the history of your pets condition and clinical signs in detail
- Carry out a full clinical examination
- Complete a detailed skin examination
- Take samples for examination under a microscope if necessary
- Take other samples if necessary (skin biopsies, cultures and blood tests)
- Decide on a likely diagnosis
- Discuss treatment
- Arrange a schedule for future visits
In certain cases skin conditions may require more advanced tests such as intradermal skin testing for allergic skin disease.
There are various treatments advised for different skin problems. These include oral tablets and supplements to be put in pets’ food.
Shampooing your pet and effectively treating them for parasites is vital for all animals with skin disease. The Veterinary Surgeon will advise you which flea treatments and shampoo to use.
Here are a few symptoms that require an appointment:
- Recurrent itching, rubbing, and/or skin irritation
- Hair loss (Alopecia)
- Redness of the skin (Erythema)
- Skin tumours
- Dandruff (Scale)
- Recurrent skin infections
Skin conditions that are affecting the quality of yours or your pet’s life
If you are concerned that your pet has a skin condition, or if a previous skin disease has failed to respond to general treatment, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment to see our dermatologist.
Have your pet seen to by the veterinary surgeon best suited to their needs
Having your pet thoroughly examined at least once a year is the best way to ensure they’re in the best of health all year round. An in-depth examination allows your vet to check for any problems so that quick and effective treatment can be given as soon as possible.
When your pet is due their check-up you want to know that they’re in the very best hands. You want to rest assured that no aspect of their health is going to be missed.
At Jerry Mc Carthy Veterinary Clinic your pet can look forward to an extensive check-up to ensure that they are happy and healthy. The vet will begin by checking the basics including the eyes, ears, skin, teeth and coat. Your pet will then have their heart and lungs listened to, before having their abdomen examined for any indication of problems.
Once the vet has finished examining your pet you will be given plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. We pride ourselves on the time we are able to spend with each of the pets we see, and believe it is very important that you understand everything that you have been told by the vet.
Should your pet require medication once their consultation is complete, the vet will help you. As well as being able to process your pet’s prescription they will also give you some great tips on how to administer it.