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    Mistakes to Avoid While Taking Your Dog for Dermatology

    Your dog is more than just a pet, it is a part of the family. Lately, you may have noticed your dog has a chronic or recurring problem that your veterinarian cannot seem to cure. Should you find yourself in this situation, your dog may need to see a dermatologist. This is an unknown concept for many pet owners. Below we will discuss mistakes to avoid while taking your dog for dermatology.

    What is dermatology?

    Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the skin. A certified dermatologist deals with diseases related to the skin, nails, hair, and some cosmetic problems.

    Your dog may need to see a dermatologist if your veterinarian cannot provide you with answers, their condition does not improve, or if the condition worsens or recurs even after extensive treatment. You can also benefit from a dermatology appointment if you know your dog is allergic to something but are unsure of what.

    Why does my dog need dermatology?

    There are many reasons for your dog to see a dermatologist. Many people make the mistake of assuming some of these problems are “normal” or will go away on their own. But if your dog is experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, you should seek out a veterinarian dermatologist immediately for their comfort and health:

    • Biting and chewing at the skin
    • Bumps, scabs, and sores
    • Chronic anal sac problems
    • Continuous scratching
    • Ear infections
    • Excessive licking of feet, legs, or belly
    • Face rubbing
    • Hair loss
    • Recurring skin infections

    Many pet owners think they can treat the condition at home. However, many dermatological conditions require a medical diagnosis and prescription, or in some cases surgical treatment. Another common mistake made by pet owners is that they do not seek out a certified veterinarian dermatologist. It is important to know that not all veterinarians are certified to provide this specialty.

    Common Dermatologic Conditions

    Several pet owners may not realize the symptoms their pet is experiencing require professional medical attention vs at-home treatment with over-the-counter medicine. The following are common dermatological conditions:

    • Allergies to food, inhalants, contact, or fleas
    • Autoimmune diseases
    • Hormonal diseases
    • Infectious diseases such as bacterial infection. These infections are caused by bacteria and require antibiotic treatment. Fungal infections are caused by fungus and require treatment with a fungicide.
    • Parasites such as fleas and mites
    • Recurring ear infections
    • Skin cancer
    • Yeast infection in the paws or on the skin. A candida yeast infection is a fungal infection. Symptoms include a red rash, coughing, sneezing, and eye irritation.

    Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital and Emergency

    At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital, we strive to provide the highest quality of care to not only your pets but you as well. When you bring your animal in for care from one of our licensed doctors, you and your animal become a part of our vastly growing family.

    Our office is located in Simi Valley, CA, and provides care to animals in the surrounding areas. These include Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and areas near Ventura County.

    We are staffed with two doctors, Dr. Ron, and Dr. Alison. Dr. Ron Resnick has been in practice for more than 32 years. He graduated from Tufts University and went on to teach at Harvard University. Dr. Ron has previously operated two other veterinarian hospitals with great success. In addition, Dr. Ron is one of the few in the area trained to perform Stem Cell therapy for dogs. He has been named Simi Valley’s #1 Veterinarian.

    Dr. Alison Klee received her veterinarian degree at Michigan State University in 1992. She also holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Klee holds a special interest in feline and is certified in dermatology. She is also certified in alternative medicine including acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteotherapy.

    Our office offers the best in-house laboratory and digital radiography. We offer normal services throughout regular business hours and emergency care after hours.

    Dr. Ron and Dr. Alison offer several services including but not limited to:

    Do not wait Vet Examining Dog Skinuntil a problem arises or worsens. Have your beloved pet seen for routine dermatologic checks and any health concerns you may have. Call today to schedule an appointment.

    posted on May 13, 2021 at 7:58 pm by Doctor Ron