Allergies & Dermatology

 

Is your furry family member’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?

There are many different ailments that can affect a companion 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 best friend suffer like that, and neither do we! That’s why Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital 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 an 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 treatment or 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 your companion’s 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 your pet’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 or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give the experienced professionals at Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital a call. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life. 

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    • Ariana CampAriana Camp

      My boxer got really sick over the weekend. I was worried to take her to the vet because of the corona virus. I called and made an appointment.
      The vet technician came out to my car. She was wearing, scrubs, gloves and a mask. The tech took my dog in to see Dr. Shelly.
      After an examination Dr Shelly called me in my car and prescribed some meds. My boxer is already feeling better.
      Thank you Dr Shelly!

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    • Daphne SavedraDaphne Savedra

      Dr. Michalk is very knowledgeable with many years of experience and has a great bedside manner with her clients and their owners! She takes her time to examine, evaluate and assess your fur baby and explains what is or could be going on with your pet. She always throughly explains her plan of care. There are many veterinarians in Texas but only one Dr. Shelley Michalk who gives the best veterinary care!!! This is why me & my mom drive from Austin to Plano...just to receive her expertise and loving veterinary care!!! Thank you Dr. Michalk for all that you do for each of your clients and their owners!��

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      awesome staff, so compassionate and true animal lovers. Dr. Michalk is amazing best Vet ever, Chad her Vet tech is absolutely fabulous!!!

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      Been taking all of my dogs to CHAH throughout the years, since ‘99. Dr. Michalk and staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. Chad (Vet Tech) is wonderful with the animals, which gives a sense of comfort as a pet owner. I wouldn’t take my fur babies anywhere else. Thank y’all for giving my dogs the best of care the past 20+ years. I truly appreciate it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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