Vet Provides Exam, Tests and Skin Condition Treatments
A wide number of causes can be behind a pet's abnormal skin condition. These include genetic or congenital defects, infections, allergies, parasites, traumatic events, or even imbalances in the pet's diet. The first step our North Hollywood vet takes is conducting a thorough exam of the pet's skin and coat. Specific diseases and conditions have telltale signs, although several can appear very similar and require lab work to determine the exact condition.
Alopecia X is an abnormality in the hair growth of Pomeranians and similar dog breeds that can lead to hair loss. Scabby skin lesions can be the result of an infection or a condition called pemphigus foliaceus, which is determined through a biopsy and cell examination. Skin biopsies can also help diagnose a disease known as discoid lupus erythematosus, which can cause scabbing and pigment loss in the nose area.
Allergic reactions are another cause of skin conditions, with reactions to specific foods, products or environmental allergens. The chronic skin condition atopy, also known as atopic dermatitis, is often diagnosed through skin testing.
The dermatological treatments offered by our Studio City and Sherman Oaks animal hospital depend on the exact cause of the condition. Our veterinarians are experienced at treating skin conditions with a number of methods that include medications, environmental management, allergen elimination, and immunotherapy.
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