We can run allergy tests or conduct a food trial to try and isolate the cause, and proceed with a treatment plan that may include periodic injections, special shampoos, topical ointments, or medication therapy. Along with allergy testing, we can do a skin scraping test or “itchy dog profile” if we suspect your pet has one of the conditions listed above. Skin scraping allows us to examine your pet’s hair follicles and the thickness of the epidermis. This procedure is often used to look for demodectic or sarcoptic mange. The itchy dog profile can help us diagnose a ringworm infection, sarcoptic mange or an underlying systemic cause such as hypothyroidism or hyperadrenocorticism. In more difficult cases, we can perform a skin biopsy and culture. We also offer Cytopoint injections. These injections use advanced monoclonal antibody technology and are given once monthly on average, but can last up to 8 weeks. Cytopoint injections are safe for puppies, as well as geriatric patients with prior health conditions.
If you detect any of these symptoms in your companion, call us at (518) 664-2122 so we can treat the problem before it progresses.