Pet Dermatology Services in West Los Angeles
Dermatologic (skin) disorders are the most common medical conditions that dog and cat owners seek veterinary care for. Skin allergies and ear infections (otitis externa) are at the top of the list of most common ailments our canine patients present to our clinic for. Both skin and ear problems can cause severe discomfort in pets.
At West LA Veterinary Group, our doctors have years of experience in diagnosing and treating various skin and ear conditions. Along with addressing the immediate dermatologic problem, we can also provide your pet with a treatment plan for long-term management of chronic skin and ear diseases. The treatment plan is tailored to each pet’s condition to ensure that every pet receives the best possible care.
A typical dermatology visit consists of obtaining the pet’s history and performing a thorough examination of the skin and/or ears. After the examination, your doctor will recommend diagnostic tests such as:
- Food allergy trials
- Skin scrapes
- Skin cytology
- Skin cultures
- Skin biopsies
Once a diagnosis of the specific skin condition is made, we offer a treatment plan for your pet. Treatment options include: oral medications, supplements, medicated shampoos and other topical medications. We carry a wide variety of these products for your convenience. Sometimes changing a pet’s diet will resolve skin and ear problems.
Most Common Pet Skin Problems
Dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions that we encounter here at West LA Veterinary Group. This disease involves inflammation of the skin and is typically associated with allergies, but there are other causes as well. Below are the most common causes of dermatitis in pets that we treat:
- Pyoderma (bacterial infections)
- Pachydermatitis (yeast infection)
- Immune-mediated skin disease
- External parasites (fleas, ticks, and mites)
- Lick granulomas
- Hot spots
- Skin tumors
Symptoms of Pet Skin Problems
- Red spots, sores, or scabs
- Dandruff/flaky skin
- Bald patches/hair loss
- Abnormal odor from skin or ears
- Scratching/pawing at ears
- Head shaking
- Tilting head to one side
- Holding an ear lower than the other
- Dry or oily skin
- Constant licking of paws
We recommend an examination if you notice any of these symptoms in your pet. West LA Veterinary Group also offers medicated baths and skin treatments for various skin conditions. To make an appointment with one of our doctors or to inquire about our medicated baths, please call 310-478-5915.