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Dogs, cats, and other pets can experience skin conditions just like people. Common causes of skin issues in pets are skin irritants and allergens, such as fleas, pollen, or certain foods. The knowledgeable veterinarians at our two veterinary hospitals in High Point, NC, Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, and Total Care Veterinary Hospital, provide dermatology services and treatments for your pet’s skin conditions.
Symptoms of a Skin Condition or Allergy
Many people do not realize that pets can be susceptible to allergies and skin irritations too. Just like people, pets can be allergic to certain foods or environmental allergens, such as pollen, grass, dust mites, and mold. Additionally, flea bites can also cause severe skin reactions in many pets.
Pets that are struggling with skin irritation or condition often exhibit several behaviors that can let you know there might be an issue. Constant scratching or licking are two indications of a potential problem. Hair loss is another sign that your pet might be dealing with a skin condition and needs treatment. Without treatment, your pet’s constant licking or scratching can damage the skin and lead to an infection.
It is also important to note that pets can develop allergies at any time. Even if your dog or cat was not sensitive to a particular allergen in the past, they could still develop an allergy later on. When you notice changes in behavior, such as constant licking or scratching, it is best to visit one of our offices in High Point, NC, to see a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Once the source of the skin irritation is identified, a corresponding dermatology service or treatment can be performed or administered to give your pet relief.
Dermatology Services and Treatments
There are several ways to diagnose your pet’s allergy or skin condition. Testing methods include an elimination diet, allergy serum testing, blood work, skin scraping, and skin cytology. Once the problem has been diagnosed, a treatment plan can be developed for your pet.
There are many dermatology services and treatments for treating skin conditions in pets. The right one for your cat or dog will depend on the cause of the allergy or irritation. For example, skin conditions due to a food allergy can be treated with nutritional counseling and a hypoallergenic diet, whereas irritations due to an environmental allergy could be treated with an oral antihistamine.
Examples of dermatology services and treatments for your pet’s skin conditions caused by other factors include:
- Oral medications (antihistamines)
- Injectable medications (allergy shots)
- Medicated shampoos
- Topical sprays
- Hypoallergenic diet
If your pet is displaying signs of a skin condition, such as constant scratching or licking, we can help. We have two locations in High Point, NC, where our veterinarians can diagnose your pet’s specific allergy or condition and develop a treatment plan for helping your pet experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital at (336) 886-2315 or Total Care Veterinary Hospital at (336) 841-8877.
At some point, your pet may require surgery. Here’s some practical information about surgery.
Hearing that your pet needs surgery can feel rather daunting for pet owners. That’s why it’s so important to find veterinarians like our own here our High Point NC offices who provide compassionate care, are happy to answer any questions you have, and make your pet’s health their number one priority. Here are some of the most common pet surgeries, according to the experts at Total Care and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospitals.
Spaying and neutering
This is the top surgical procedure performed by our veterinarians here in High Point NC. This surgical sterilization will remove the reproductive organs of your pet to prevent your pet from having babies. This procedure is performed on both male and female pets. Spaying removes the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes of a female dog or cat while neutering is used to remove the testes from a male cat or dog. This procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes for male cats to 20 minutes for female cats or dogs.
From routine cleanings to tooth extractions, there are many reasons why a pet may need dental surgery. These pet dental procedures are performed under anesthesia to eliminate pain while also making it possible to be able to perform the procedure efficiently. Your veterinarian may recommend surgery if your pet is dealing with:
- A loose tooth
- An extremely misaligned bite (this can affect how they chew)
- Broken teeth
- Advanced gum disease
- Oral tumors
- Fractured jaw
It’s also common for pets, particularly larger pets, to deal with bone or joint injuries. Ruptured ACLs in dogs is a common incident that requires immediate treatment. This surgery is truly the best way to be able to stabilize the bones and ligaments to prevent further injury in the leg, as well as prevent weakness and instability. Other types of orthopedic surgeries include procedures to repair osteoarthritis damage, reset dislocation joints, or fix joint fractures.
If you have questions about your pet’s upcoming procedure or if your pet is displaying new or worsening symptoms, it’s important to bring them to our High Point NC veterinarian team right away. Call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital at (336) 886-2315 or Total Care Veterinary Hospital (336) 841-8877 for an immediate appointment.
Are you planning a family vacation? Are you having surgery, or wondering how to care for your pet if you are relegated to a restricted level of physical activity? Here at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, your pet will receive the tender-hearted care that they need. Our four veterinary doctors and highly-trained support staff make your dog or cat their highest priority. Read on to learn more about our pet boarding services.
We specialize in peace of mind
Go ahead, go on your vacation. We have your much-loved pet covered with the finest pet boarding care in the High Point area. You can rest assured that, regardless of the length of your pet's stay, they will be fully supervised, fed, given exercise, and provided with just-right socialization.
To soothe pet emotions and limits separation anxiety, we provide routine walks for dogs, playtime, and socialization with other animals as tolerated. At Skeet Club and Total Care Veterinary Hospitals, you can leave your pet and feel confident in their care.
Additional care for your pet
Your veterinary staff provides medical supervision and acute/emergency care as needed 24/7. Our pet shelters are very clean, well-ventilated, and comfortable for pets of all ages. In other words, our animal environment is totally pet-friendly and the best substitute for your home.
Plus, we feed our canine and feline guests Science Diet food, or you may bring us your pet's regular food. We administer routine medications and take care of any sudden illnesses or injuries in the unlikely event they occur.
Relax and contact us
We feature convenient and fully-supervised care for your furry family members. Don't worry. We treat them as our own pets. Call one of our two High Point, NC, locations for more information about pet boarding or to book your reservation. For the Total Care Veterinary Hospital on Greensboro Road, phone (336) 841-8877. For Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital on Skeet Club Road, call (336) 886-2315.
Bathing your dog, cat, or other pet on a regular basis plays an essential role in keeping your pet healthy. Bathing your pet at home is not always easy if your pet is large or gets nervous about baths. We have two locations in High Point, NC, where we offer pet grooming services to help you keep your pet healthy and looking its best. Our Total Care office provides bathing services, while our Skeet Club office provides a full range of pet grooming services, including baths, nail trimming, ear cleaning, hair brushing, and hair trimming.
How often should I bathe my pet?
People have many different types of pets, but dogs and cats are the pets that need to be bathed most often. That being said, dogs tend to need baths more often than cats. Cats do a lot of self-grooming and only need to be bathed when they get extremely dirty or are no longer able to clean certain areas of their body themselves, sometimes due to age.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends bathing dogs once every three months as a general rule. However, some dogs should be bathed more or less frequently, depending on their coat type and whether they have any skin conditions. Our veterinary staff can answer questions about how often to bathe your dog. We can also help with all of your dog’s pet grooming needs at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC.
How should I bathe my pet?
When it is time to bathe your cat or dog, it is best to brush your pet’s fur first. Brushing helps smooth matted areas and remove loose hair that can come out during bathing. A non-slip mat should be placed in bath, whether it is a sink, tub, pool, or other container. The non-slip mat can prevent injuries by keeping your pet from slipping during the bath. Use lukewarm water that is not too hot or cold and only fill the tub or container with three or four inches of water. If the water is too deep or an uncomfortable temperature, your pet might feel more nervous about bath time.
Once your pet is in the water, wet your dog or cat’s fur. You can use a cup, pitcher, or spray hose to do this. Next, rub your pet’s fur down with soap, beginning with the head and working your way down to the tail. Avoid applying soap to your pet’s eyes, ears, or nose and simply use a wet washcloth to clean the face. After rinsing the soap, gently pat your pet’s fur with a towel and then let your dog or cat finish drying themselves by shaking off excess water.
We are here to help you keep your pet clean, groomed, and healthy. Bathing services are available at our Total Care location in High Point by calling Total Care Veterinary Hospital at (336) 841-8877. For a full range of pet grooming services, call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point at (336) 886-2315.
Is your pet displaying some really odd habits, patterns or behaviors? If so, they may need therapy. While this might sound a bit strange at first, some pets (especially adopted or shelter pets) may come with certain behavioral problems due to past trauma and experiences. Any behavior that is alarming, problematic or potentially dangerous warrants talking to our High Point, NC, veterinarians about behavioral counseling.
Signs that a Pet Might Need Behavioral Counseling
There are certain behaviors that your cat or dog may display that may have you a bit concerned, but does it actually warrant behavioral counseling? It could, if they are showing signs of,
Aggression: There are many reasons a pet may act aggressively, whether out of protection for their family or possession over food or other items. Aggression can take on the form of growling, showing teeth, nipping and biting. You may find that your dog acts more aggressively than usual when out for walks or when encountering other animals, or your cat may claw you if you’ve been petting them for long periods of time. In these cases, behavioral counseling could improve your pet’s aggressive behaviors.
Anxiety: Being left alone or hearing loud noises could send your pet into a frenzy. There are many ways in which an animal may show anxiety, from loud meowing to hiding under the bed. Sometimes pets become destructive as a result of anxiety. This is another reason many pet owners visit the vet.
Sometimes animals act out because they are bored. If your pet isn’t getting the mental and physical stimulation it needs then it may also act out by scratching up furniture or urinating in the house. Changes in an owner’s life such as dating someone new could also affect your pet and lead to these behaviors. Again, if you are concerned about your pet’s behavior you should consult a pet behaviorist for help.
What is Involved in Pet Behavior Counseling?
When you bring your pet into our High Point, NC, vet office for an evaluation we can check for any medical problems that could be leading to their odd behaviors or changes in personality. If there are no health problems then your vet may recommend behavioral counseling for your cat or dog.
During your consultation, our vet will talk to you about the behaviors they are experiencing while also trying to get an idea of their home environment. Through a customized treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes and behavioral modifications, we can help owners change a lot of negative pet behaviors to create a more harmonious relationship.
Just as anxiety and aggressive are behaviors that can be detrimental for people, these same behaviors can also be a problem for your pets. If you are wondering whether your pet could benefit from behavioral counseling then call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, today to schedule a consultation. For Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, phone (336) 886-2315 or for Total Care Veterinary Hospital, call (336) 841-8877.