Does your pet have itchy, smelly skin, or thinning hair?

A skin problem is a common reason pet owners seek veterinary care. In fact, small animal veterinarians probably see more pets for skin conditions than anything else. Please contact or come see us in Santa Cruz to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians if your pet suffers from an uncomfortable skin condition.

There are many skin diseases that affect dogs and cats, including:

  • Allergies
  • Ear disease
  • Nail disease
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Bacterial, fungal and parasitic diseases.

It is sometimes difficult to detect the subtle differences between each of these, but the veterinarians at Companion Animal Hospital in Santa Cruz have many years of experience diagnosing and successfully treating these skin disorders.

Both internal and external factors effect the health on the skin and the coat. When dogs and cats have allergies, they don't have the same respiratory signs that people do; instead, the allergies affect their skin and/or ears. Pets then tend to lick, chew, and scratch in response to allergies and can cause more damage to themselves than the allergies alone.

In other situations the reason pets itch has nothing to do with allergies, and stem from other conditions such as Cushing's disease, a hormonal disease. It's always best to get your pet examined by a veterinarian to be sure his skin disorder isn't something more serious. And even if it is a simple allergy, your pet will thank you for seeking treatment.

Your pet's comfort and the condition of his coat is in your hands.

You can do something about it. We are here to help you help your cherished buddy. Our highly trained staff at Companion Animal Hospital in Santa Cruz is experienced in performing various diagnostic procedures such as blood tests to pin-point regional allergens, taking skin scrapings and impression smears as well as treatment procedures such as ear flushing and foreign body (such as foxtails) extractions. We also perform medicated baths and dips for fungal and parasitic diseases, such as ringworm and mange mites.

Food allergies may result in chronic ear inflammation or year round dermatitis in both dogs and cats. We have a variety of hypoallergenic diets (both dry and canned options) to allow you to have a pet free of itchy, uncomfortable skin without the necessity of constantly giving medication. Our goal at Companion Animal Hospital is to provide your beloved pet with a wonderful quality of life.

Tired of dealing with fleas on your pet and in your house? We carry a variety of once a month products to eradicate flea problems. Let's discuss topical product options such as Advantage and Frontline. For your dog, we also carry chewable easy to use Comfortis

Your pet should be examined by a vet if he suffers from:

  • Increased itching, licking or rubbing
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Hair loss
  • Smelly skin
  • Nail or paw problems
  • Poor hair coat, lacks sheen, thinning or scaling
For information on mange, a skin condition caused by mites, please see our "Mites" page.
If your pet suffers from any of these skin, ear or hair conditions, please call our westside Santa Cruz veterinary office for a checkup today.

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