How are skin conditions in my pet diagnosed? by Dr Anne Fawcett
If you notice your pet is scratching excessively, experiencing sensitivity to touch or has visibly red, swollen or irritated skin then it is best to consult your vet. Our experienced groomers are trained in the identification of potential skin conditions and will always let you know if there may be a need for a further consultation by your vet.
The vet will review your pet’s medical history and perform a physical exam and diagnostic test to determine the symptoms your pet is displaying.
These may include:
- Skin biopsy
- Ringworm test
- Microscopic examination of the skin and hair to determine if there are any parasites or infections present
- Allergy test which may include a change in diet
- Blood test for your dogs overall health
If in doubt or you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call your nearest Sydney Animal Hospitals or visit our online pages dedicated to skin disease.