Dermatology for Animals

Managing Allergies and Skin Conditions: Dermatology for Animals at Animal Medical Center

an illustration of a veterinarian examining a happy dogSkin health plays a vital role in your pet’s well-being. Allergies and skin conditions can significantly affect their quality of life. At Animal Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana, we offer dermatology services to manage your pet’s allergies and skin conditions. From testing to treatment, we provide compassionate and effective care to keep your pet comfortable and healthy.

Understanding Allergies and Skin Conditions in Pets

Pets can suffer from various types of allergies and skin conditions that lead to itching, discomfort, and irritation.  This is why animal dermatology clinics are so important. The most common types of allergies affecting pets include:

  • Environmental Allergies: Caused by pollen, dust mites, and mold spores.
  • Food Allergies: Triggered by specific ingredients like beef, dairy, and chicken.
  • Flea Allergies: Caused by flea bites and can lead to severe itching and secondary infections.

Other common skin conditions include:

  • Hot Spots: Inflamed, itchy patches of skin often caused by scratching or licking.
  • Skin Infections: Bacterial or fungal infections that cause redness, itching, and hair loss.
  • Mange: A skin disease caused by mites that results in itching and hair loss.
  • Parasite Infestations: Fleas, ticks, and mites can lead to itching and sores.

Diagnostic Process at Animal Medical Center

Our diagnostic process starts with a thorough consultation and physical exam. During the consultation, our veterinarians will review your pet’s medical history and conduct a detailed examination to identify visible signs of allergies or skin conditions. To pinpoint the exact cause of your pet’s allergies, we use blood tests. These tests measure antibodies in your pet’s blood to identify allergens.

Treatment Options at Animal Medical Center

Once we have a clear diagnosis, we develop a treatment plan for your pet. Our treatment options include:

  • Medications: Medications play a crucial role in managing allergies and skin conditions. We prescribe antihistamines to reduce itching, corticosteroids to control inflammation, and immunosuppressive drugs for severe cases.
  • Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots): Immunotherapy helps desensitize your pet to specific allergens. Allergy shots involve administering gradually increasing doses of allergens to reduce your pet’s sensitivity over time.
  • Dietary Management: Dietary management is essential for pets with food allergies. Our nutritional counseling services help identify allergens and recommend hypoallergenic diets that improve your pet’s skin health.
  • Parasite Control: Preventing fleas, ticks, and mites is crucial for healthy skin. We offer various parasite control measures, including topical treatments, collars, and oral medications, to keep your pet protected.
  • Medicated Baths and Topical Treatments: Medicated baths and topical treatments provide relief for pets with skin infections or severe itching. We use medicated shampoos, creams, and ointments to soothe and heal your pet’s skin.

Comprehensive Pet Care at Animal Medical Center

At Animal Medical Center, we take a comprehensive approach to managing your pet’s allergies and skin conditions. Our veterinarians provide treatment plans, long-term management, and education to keep your pet healthy.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Every pet is unique, and we believe in providing individualized care. Our veterinarians conduct thorough examinations and develop treatment plans tailored to your pet’s specific needs.

Long-Term Management and Monitoring

a member of the Animal Medical Center veterinary team sitting with a cute dog in her lapChronic skin conditions require long-term management. We provide regular check-ups and monitoring to ensure your pet responds well to treatment and adjust the plan if needed.

Owner Education and Support

We believe in empowering pet owners with knowledge. Our team educates you on preventive care, proper diet, and effective parasite control to keep your pet’s skin healthy.

Meet Our Team

Animal Medical Center is led by Drs. Katie Bannerman and Lindsay Herzog, co-owners and veterinarians dedicated to comprehensive pet care.

  • Dr. Katie Bannerman graduated from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She has a special interest in endocrinology and soft tissue surgery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
  • Dr. Lindsay Herzog completed her veterinary education at LSU in 2005. She has a special interest in dentistry and focuses on small animal care. She lives on a hobby farm with her husband and two daughters.

Call Our Covington Office Today

Animal Medical Center offers dermatology services to manage your pet’s allergies and skin conditions. From allergy testing to immunotherapy, our veterinarians are committed to providing the best care possible. Contact us today at (985) 893-1616 to schedule an appointment or visit our clinic at 904 S. Tyler St., Covington, LA 70433. Your pet deserves the best care for a happy, healthy life!