Dermatology

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Pet Dermatology Services in Jersey City

Because Your Pet Deserves Healthy Skin, Too

At Animal Clinic & Hospital of Jersey City, we believe that seeing to all aspects of pet health is vital. Many people don’t realize that animals like dogs and cats can have skin problems just like humans.

Most pet owners are unaware that scratching, licking, biting, and chewing are tell-tale signs of an underlying skin problem. While there are over 150 different skin diseases that can affect pets, managing skin problems is possible with the right diagnosis and treatment.

Skin disease or irritation can cause distress. To relieve that suffering, we offer dermatological testing and treatment that can help your pet live comfortably.

In trying to diagnose and treat skin disorders, your role as a pet owner is essential. Discovering what causes flare-ups and irritation will primarily be your job. Pay attention to your pet’s reaction after eating, playing outside, and interacting with other animals. During your appointment, the veterinarian will discuss your observations to determine a series of laboratory tests that will help diagnose or treat your pet’s skin issues.

Common dermatological issues for pets:

  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Disease of the foot
  • Ear infections
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Hair loss
  • Hormone disorders
  • Parasitic, bacterial, or fungal infections
  • Skin allergies caused by contact, environment, or food
  • Skin cancer

For questions about your pet’s skin health call us at (201) 431-0057 or schedule an appointment today.

What Does Treatment Involve?

Our veterinarian will work with you and your pet to determine a treatment plan that is manageable. Trying to find the best method of therapy is an ongoing process that may take several attempts in order to discover an effective treatment.

To help with diagnosis, we may perform the following tests to supplement our initial prognosis of your pet’s condition:

  • Biopsies—A biopsy is often performed to diagnose various skin cancers and autoimmune skin disorders. A biopsy is executed by removing the affected skin, processing it, and examining the sample under a microscope. By enlarging the area, the veterinarian can usually determine the underlying issue.
  • Intradermal Allergy Testing—The intention of performing intradermal allergy testing is to discover exactly which allergens your pet reacts to. To perform the test, a patch of hair is shaved, and a grid is drawn on the skin. Common pet allergens are injected into separate squares on the grid. The dermatologist then examines the grid after a waiting period of 20 minutes. All swollen, red injection-sites indicate a positive allergen.
  • Skin Cultures—If your pet exhibits a skin disorder that is resistant to all previously tested forms of treatment, a skin culture is typically used to test numerous treatments at one time. This will help determine a successful treatment to heal the affected skin without continually unsettling your pet.
  • Video Otoscopy—Video otoscopy is used to diagnose and treat chronic ear infections and diseases. A magnified camera is inserted deep into the ear canal to identify any abnormalities, tumors, or foreign bodies that might exist. If immediate treatment is needed, tools can be attached to the otoscope to flush waxy build-up, perform surgery, or remove foreign objects.

If you have any questions about pet dermatology or think your pet might have a skin condition, contact our office today.

Why Pet Owners In Jersey City Choose Us

  • Accredited and Recognized

    Proudly partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) to best serve you and your pet.

  • More than 6 Decades of Experience

    We have a love for Jersey City, the surrounding close-knit communities and its furry pets. Passionately dedicated to providing the best care since 1953.

  • Educational Resource for Pet Owners

    Our vets are full of knowledge and are ready to share with pet owners. Beyond that, we provide resources that will help you make informed decisions regarding your pet's wellness.

  • Experts of Pet Wellness

    We are dedicated to discovering the root of your pet's health concerns, healing them back to health and continuing to care for them far beyond.

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