Allergy & Dermatology Testing

Dermatitis is the general term for any affliction of the skin. Dermatitis can be caused by allergies, skin cancer, hormonal disorders, autoimmune diseases, tumors, or infections. If your pet suffers from dermatitis, they are likely irritated and uncomfortable. Just like when a human has allergies, it is enough to upset the mood and dampen the spirits.

At Cherokee Hospital for Animals, we would like to help animals who are victims of allergies and other dermatological conditions to find relief.

If you are worried your pet might be suffering from a dermatological condition, pay attention for these signs:

  • Flaky or red skin
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive licking or biting of the skin
  • Excessive itching
  • Watery or irritated eyes
  • Lumps or bumps on the skin
  • Unseasonable shedding
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in behavior resulting from distress

If you notice several of these symptoms, or one or two to an extreme, it might be time to call our warm office assistants and make an appointment to discuss the matter with a veterinarian.

Diagnosis

To diagnose the cause of the dermatitis, the veterinarian will begin with a physical examination. Then, they will order some tests to check their hypotheses about what could be causing the irritation.

Allergies

One of the most common causes of dermatological conditions are allergies. Thankfully, there are many methods of treating allergies which range from injections to simple avoidance of the allergen. If this is the case, the doctor will will order testing to confirm their hypotheses.

Here are a few of the most common pet allergens:

  • Weeds and grasses
  • Pollen and flowers
  • Wheat or grains
  • Protein sources such as chicken or fish
  • Perfumes
  • Household cleaners

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