Pets Can Develop Skin Conditions, Too
At Animal Care Hospital of Clifton Park, our veterinarians have considerable experience providing pet dermatology services to patients with skin conditions, and would be happy to help you alleviate your pet’s discomfort.
Our Pet Dermatology Services
- Skin scraping
- Skin culture
- Allergy testing
- Fungal culture
- Prescription diet trials (if a food allergy is suspected)
Common Pet Allergies
Ensuring your pet has a proper, balanced diet is important, but they can also become allergic to certain ingredients in their food, such as beef and chicken byproducts, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn. To diagnose a food allergy, we would have to implement a diet trial, and restrict your pet to a prescription diet (no treats or table scraps) for up to three months. If the new diet improves their condition, we may recommend keeping your pet on that specific diet for the long term.
Other conditions we can treat include flea allergy dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal infection that can spread very quickly to other animals (along with humans), and can be difficult to treat. Atopic dermatitis can be caused by exposure to dust mites, certain molds and pollens, and even grass. Flea allergy dermatitis occurs as a result of flea bite hypersensitivity.