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Treating pet skin conditions means going more than skin deep

Sometimes skin symptoms aren’t just about skin. Infections, dietary imbalances, parasites that cause mange, allergies, hormonal imbalances, nutritional needs — and more — may first appear as rashes, dry skin, bald patches or other symptoms on your pet’s skin and coat. We’re here to help find the cause of and recommend possible treatment for your dog, cat, puppy, and kitten BFFs.

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Getting beneath the surface

Because skin conditions can reflect so many other conditions, your veterinary team will examine your pet and run tests to identify or rule out:

  • Food or environmental allergies 
  • Bacterial, yeast, or fungal infections  
  • Hormonal disorders or imbalances 
  • Nutritional deficiencies 
  • Parasites, including fleas, lice, or mites 
  • Stress 
  • Immune diseases 
  • Ear infections 
  • Anal sac issues 
  • Gastrointestinal problems 


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What your veterinary team may recommend


  • Skin scrape
  • Fine needle aspirate
  • Cytology
  • Bloodwork
  • X-rays.

Prescription medications

  • Antibiotics to fight bacterial infections
  • Antihistamines and allergy medications to help itchiness and control allergies
  • Corticosteroids to reduce itching and inflammation
  • Preventives against fleas and ticks to protect against these dangerous parasites
  • Anti-fungal medication
  • Medicated shampoos

Diet and grooming changes

  • Vet-recommended medicated shampoos
  • Supplements containing Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Vet-recommended diets
  • Topical ointments, creams, sprays or spot-on products

Skin conditions can be tricky to pinpoint and resolve. Always feel free to follow up with your veterinary team if any recommended treatment isn't fixing the problem.

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