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Veterinary Dermatology: Getting to the Source of the Skin Problem

Pet being examined for dermatological issues

South Des Moines Veterinary Center provides veterinary dermatology services for your dogs and cats. Proper pet skin and coat care are an important component to your pet’s health. Your pet’s wellness exam includes a pet dermatological assessment, and we will make recommendations to treat or maintain your pet’s coat and skin. Dermatological conditions can be caused by many factors, including:

  • Allergies
  • Fleas
  • Food allergies
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Ringworm
  • Scabies
  • Ticks
  • Fungal infections (ringworm)
  • Mites (scabies, demodex)

Treating the underlying condition is the best method to correct your pet’s dermatological conditions, and our veterinary team is committed to making the proper diagnosis. Our in-house lab has the technical capabilities to analyze blood samples and various skin test results, and our onsite pharmacy carries a wide selection of dermatological treatments for your pet.

Our onsite grooming service provides additional treatment options. We offer medicated shampoo and conditioner treatments for your dogs and cats. Additionally, we have an assortment of hypoallergenic bathing and grooming supplies to ensure your pet’s skin and coat are protected and maintained.

Pet skin care is important for the health and safety of your pet family. In some cases, the source of your pet’s dermatological condition can also be transferred to your other pets or human family members. Proper diagnosis and treatment are vital to keeping you, your family, and your pet safe and healthy.

Signs of Pet Dermatology Concerns

Please inform us if you notice any signs your pet may have a dermatological condition, such as:

  • Scratching ears or head shaking
  • Foul odor coming from the ears
  • Hair loss — patchy or symmetrical; may be the only noticeable sign
  • Rubbing the head on the floor or ground
  • Redness or swelling — paws, legs, tail base, flank, neck, and/or armpit areas
  • Scratching, licking, pawing, chewing, or biting at the skin
  • Skin changes — redness, thickening, odor, red bumps, bruising, scaling or crusting, or sores

Contact us to make a pet dermatology evaluation or appointment today. We are available to answer any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health.