Skin infections come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can develop rapidly, causing uncomfortable symptoms like itching, hair loss, or painful lesions. The physical symptoms that you see are often only a small part of the problem, as many skin infections are actually caused by things we cannot see, such as environmental allergies, food allergies, or autoimmune disease. As a result, skin conditions can be difficult to diagnose and treat, but at Commonwealth Vet, our staff works hard to ensure that we stay up to date with all of the current research, diagnostic tools, and therapies to treat these conditions. We will address the visible infection, as well as find and treat its underlying cause, in order to keep your pet comfortable in the long run.
Allergy Testing and Treatment
The symptoms of allergies in our canine and feline companions can be numerous and include frequent ear infections, chronically itchy skin, and uncomfortable intestinal issues. We know how frustrating these chronic conditions can be, both for you and for your pet, but we’re here to help you determine what allergens affect your pet and come up with the best management strategy for their allergies. Advances in veterinary medicine have made available a wide range of treatments to help control our pets’ allergies and treat their symptoms. We will work with you to form a treatment plan that might include topical treatments, oral medications, diet changes, or allergy shots (immunotherapy) to help your pet overcome his or her allergies and lead a happy, comfortable life.
Ear infections can be as simple as an occasional bacterial or yeast infection that requires only a short course of topical treatment. For some pets, though, they can become painful, chronic conditions that require further diagnosis and treatment to resolve. Commonwealth Vet is equipped with advanced technology to help diagnose, treat and manage all causes of ear infections. Whether we are running a cytology at our in-house lab or performing a video otoscopy, you can be sure your pet is receiving the best available treatment for his or her ear infection. Once we have diagnosed the cause of your pet’s ear infection and developed a treatment plan, our skilled veterinary technicians will be waiting to teach you how to clean your pet’s ears and apply any needed ear medications.
At Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital, we offer a variety of effective treatments for common eye issues and maintain state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment to treat more serious conditions. Our doctors can treat a wide range of eye diseases including:
- Corneal ulcers
- Eyelid malformations and tumors
- Dry eye
In the event that your pet needs more advanced eye care, we also maintain a close relationship with a boarded veterinary ophthalmologist who can assist with forming a treatment plan if needed.
We understand that heart conditions can be scary for both you and your pet, so our veterinarians work hard to keep up to date on the latest medical treatments and protocols to manage a wide variety of heart diseases in dogs and cats. We also work closely with a Dr. Josh Gidlewski, a boarded cardiologist who visits CVH weekly to consult and perform echocardiograms as needed.
When you fear the worst, we are here to help. CVH is equipped with all the necessary technology and skill to diagnose a variety of cancers, and can help you with the difficult series of decisions needed after a diagnosis has been made. Whether you choose to maintain simple, palliative care for your pet, or choose to begin chemotherapy, our veterinarians are here to make a treatment plan that is right for you and your pet. If more advanced or urgent treatment is needed, we also maintain relationships with local oncologists who can assist in developing treatment plans or performing additional advanced testing.