If you've ever had a skin allergy or other type of dermatological problem, you know how unpleasant the experience can be. The constant scratching and discomfort. The way it impacts your entire life. Did you know that companion animals can experience many of the same skin conditions as humans can, including allergies and infections? Along with these conditions, also come many of the unpleasant symptoms and side effects, which may range from itching and minor discomfort to outright pain and even a decreased quality of life. If you believe your pet is suffering from some type of skin problem, don't wait another moment. Let the experienced team at Sudbury Animal Hospital help! We are skilled at identifying, diagnosing and treating a broad range of dermatological conditions, and can help get your pet back on the path to good health again in no time. Through a number of different diagnostic methods, such as skin scrapings, lab tests and biopsies, our highly skilled doctors can determine the root cause of the problem, which may include any of the following conditions: •Allergies •Parasites •Infections •Hormonal Problems •Chronic Ear Infections •Immune Diseases •Diseases of the Paws and Nail Beds •Tumors •Skin Cancer Once we've accurately identified the problem, we can then get to work developing the most effective course of treatment to address that problem once and for all. Treatment modalities range from the application of topical creams to oral and/or injectable medication, to supplements and therapies, and in some cases, surgery. If your pet has a skin allergy, we may also recommend making some simple changes at home which may help to reduce or eliminate your pet's symptoms without the need for further medical intervention. Some of the common signs that a pet may be suffering from a dermatological problem include: •Scratching more than usual •Rubbing the affected area against carpets, furniture or walls •Licking, biting and/or chewing at the area in question •Hair loss or bald spots •Scabbing •Unusual lumps or bumps If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, call us today to schedule a dermatological evaluation. We can help your pet live a more comfortable life.