Allergies & Dermatology

 

Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?

There are many different ailments that can affect an animal’s skin. Whether it’s a topical problem, like a hot spot or rash, or something more in-depth like an infection, the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want to see your animal friend suffer like that, and neither do we! That’s why Willow Bend Animal Clinic offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services as part of our comprehensive system of care. We want to help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.

 

Diagnosing the Problem

The first step toward helping your pet feel better again is identifying the precise condition he or she is experiencing. Our hospital is outfitted with a convenient in-house laboratory, which allows us to run a number of diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently. We may be able to tell what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.

Some of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies (food and/or environmental)
  • Infections (acute or chronic)
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer

 

Developing a Treatment Plan

To determine how best to treat the problem, we will consider a number of unique factors. This allows us to develop a tailor-made approach just for your pet, designed to achieve the best possible results. Depending on the situation, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a combination of treatment methods.

Allergies require a little more work to manage. Once we understand what’s causing the adverse reactions, we will work toward a solution that will eliminate outbreaks as much as possible. Some allergies can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as switching food products. Others may require a longer-term strategy. Our recommendations will be based on each patient’s specific needs.

Signs of a possible skin problem include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Scabbing or flaking of the skin
  • Hot spots
  • Shedding more than usual
  • Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
  • Bumps or lumps on or under the skin

 

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give the dedicated team at Willow Bend Animal Clinic a call. We can help your animal friend live a more comfortable life. 

 

    • Renee Johnson RussomRenee Johnson Russom

      Willow Bend have always taken the best care of my pets. Only place I would trust with my fur babies.

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    • Rachel Sell ThomasRachel Sell Thomas

      We usually go to the New Albany office and see Dr Hunt or Dr Childers but our new puppy had gotten really sick during the Christmas holiday and Dr Thompson was the vet on call, if it wasn’t for him, his son Josh and caring staff, our sweet Henleigh wouldn’t be with us. Dr. Thompson never gave up on her and did everything he could to get her well. Everyone at both Willow Bend and New Albany Animal Clinic are wonderful and care for our fur babies as if they were their own.

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    • Paul KrissPaul Kriss

      The Kriss family loves Willow Bend, especially Dr. David, Dr. Mike, and your wonderful staff!! Thanks for taking care of our 4 legged children over the years!!

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      Thank you so much Dr Hunt and his amazing staff for taking such good care of my boy Jake!! You all Rock!!!!!!!

    • Malena Harris GrayMalena Harris Gray

      As most of my family knows I had to make a sad decision on December 23, 2017 to have my sweet baby girl Meia put to sleep because we found out after she got sick all of a sudden that she had Cancer. I took her to Willow Bend Animal Clinic because that is where she had gone for the past 11 years and I wanted to say that the staff that work there is such caring kind hearted people, each and every person we came into contact with there just loved on my baby girl and put there personal lives on hold to allow me time to make such a difficult decision. They gathered in the room with Chris and I and were loving and talking to Meia during the process of putting her to sleep right along with Chris and I and it meant the world to me because from the time Chris bought Meia for me she was strictly my baby girl. Today when I came home from work I received the sweetest condolence card in the mail and it melted my heart. I want Dr. Childers to know what such caring employees he has at his office. Thank you for caring for my Meia and for treating her like she was a princess. I will never forget your kindness.