Veterinary Dermatology in Durham
When Health Issues Are Skin Deep
If your pet has been scratching more than usual, or if you notice patches of missing fur, he or she could benefit from the help of our highly trained veterinary team at Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care. Our Durham veterinarians can treat diseases affecting the skin, hair, nails, and ears. Dermatological problems can be very common in both cats and dogs, and are found in many other pets as well. We’ll use all of the tools at our disposal to get your pet’s skin and fur healthy.
Signs Your Pet May Have a Skin Problem
While pets can’t tell us what’s wrong, there are many signs you can watch for if you suspect your pet is suffering from a skin condition.
If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, give our veterinary team a call:
- Excessive or constant scratching, chewing, biting, or licking
- Hair loss
- Skin lesions
- Abnormal growths
- Odor emanating from your pet’s skin or ears
- Noticeable changes in your pet’s coat color or texture
Any of the above symptoms can indicate your pet is suffering from a dermatological issue. Our veterinarians in Durham are highly trained and fully equipped to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions. We’ll also help you care for your pet’s skin conditions at home to keep them happy and healthy for years to come.
Diagnosing Skin Conditions
At Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care, we have a range of diagnostic tools available onsite to help our team understand what’s causing your pet’s discomfort.
These dermatological diagnostic tools include:
- Allergy blood testing
- Skin scrape tests
- Skin biopsy
- Swab tests
Once your pet’s results come back from our lab, we’ll provide comprehensive treatment to restore their health so they no longer suffer from skin conditions.
What to Expect During a Dermatology Exam
Just like when you bring your pet in for their general wellness exams, our Durham veterinarians will start with a physical exam. We’ll take a close look at your pet’s skin and fur, looking for things like dandruff, scabs, lesions, or other signs of irritation. After that, and depending on our findings, we’ll order diagnostic tests to help us understand the underlying cause of the irritation. We will discuss your pet’s lab results with you and help you pick the best course of treatment to keep your pet healthy and to prevent future issues.