Skin Care Services for Your Dog or Cat

Black Pug and fawn coloured Shar-Pei isolated on a white backgoundThere are a vast number of skin disorders known to affect pets. These disorders may be the result of an infection (bacteria, fungus, or parasite), allergies, autoimmune disorders and metabolic diseases such as Cushing’s disease, or hypothyroidism. Because many of these skin diseases bear close symptomatic resemblance to one another, proper diagnoses and treatment are necessary. And although we do not have a veterinary dermatologist on staff, all of our doctors are trained to evaluate skin care of all animals and can diagnose and treat many diseases and injuries.​

Diagnostic Animal Dermatology Services

At Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital, we offer a wide range of dermatological diagnostics including:

  • Skin scraping
  • Fungal and bacterial cultures
  • Skin cytology
  • Biopsy
  • Blood testing for allergies

We always obtain an extensive history from you, in addition to a physical and a dermatological exam of your pet.

Diagnosing the cause of skin problems can be like detective work—ruling out one possibility at a time. It is important to use a methodical approach to be certain of the root cause, and we try simple solutions before ordering more expensive diagnostics and treatments. We want the resolution and management of a chronic skin problem to be rewarding for the pet, owner, and veterinarian.

Pet Skin Care Treatment

The treatment of skin diseases can be frustrating for pet owners. Some diseases such as skin allergies cannot be cured and are treated only by managing symptoms such as itching. In these cases, we will need to see your pet on a routine basis for follow-up care and continued treatment.

Some of the common dermatological conditions we treat are:

  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Atopy (environmental allergy)
  • Otitis (ear disease)
  • Bacterial diseases (staph infection)
  • Parasitic skin diseases (fleas, demodex and sarcoptes mites)
  • Fungal skin diseases (such as ringworm)
  • Food allergy
  • Skin cancer
  • Skin diseases of the foot or nail
  • Seborrhea
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Nutritional skin diseases
  • Endocrine and metabolic skin diseases
  • Auto-immune skin diseases
  • Drug reactions