All of our doctors are well versed in Allergy Treatment. Often times we can treat allergies with a combination of antihistamines, antibiotics, and medicated shampoos and topical products. Several dogs have food allergies. We have a variety of hypoallergenic diets to choose from. Occasionally, we will work with a dermatologist to aid in diagnosis.
We may also recommend collecting a blood sample that we can use to run allergy testing on your pet with our reference laboratory. Then with the assistance of our dermatologists we can customize and develop an allergy serum for you to administer to your pet orally or as an injection.
Dogs sometimes present with ear infections (otitis externa) as a manifestation of their allergy. We offer in-house cytology analysis of ear debris so that we can accurately determine whether a pet’s ear infection is due to an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria.
This will pinpoint what medication and / or ear cleaner or flush that is prescribed so the infection is resolved quicker. We also offer ear packs or long acting treatments that will easily manage ear infections with sometimes a single treatment or application that will continuously treat an ear infection for 1 or 2 weeks.
This is great for pets that may be difficult to medicate daily or for busy pet owners. Some dogs require deep ear cleaning under sedation to adequately remove debris from deep within the ear canal. This is very important so that the medication is able to penetrate into the tissue for better absorption in the ear canal.
All dermatologic and ear infections are monitored by our doctors to make sure these issues are resolved and to prevent recurrence. We have had a lot of success with our treatment protocols.
Several older dogs and cats suffer from arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. As dogs and cats age, it is common for their joints to become less flexible which impacts their mobility and quality of life. We have the ability to diagnose (with digital X-rays) and medically treat these dogs with a variety of anti-inflammatories, nutraceuticals as well as therapeutic laser treatment.
Laser therapy (sometimes referred to as cold laser therapy) is another arthritis treatment option for your pet. The same Diowave Laser therapy that is used by professional athletes to get them pain-free and back in the game fast is now available for pets.
This non-invasive, safe therapy uses advanced light wave technology to gently stimulate cells deep in the pet’s tissue. This helps to remove damaged tissue, release endorphins for natural pain relief, stimulate protein development, and boost cell metabolism. For some pets who cannot tolerate long-term drug therapies or extensive surgery, laser therapy provides a cost-effective way to decrease your pet’s pain, regain their mobility, and improve their overall quality of life. We offer a laser discount plan that includes your pet’s initial 6 visits to make this an affordable option.
We also utilize laser therapy postoperatively for our routine spays and neuters and for orthopedic surgeries. It helps to reduce inflammation and promote healing at the surgical site and for the incisions.
In some advanced cases of arthritis, the doctors may also recommend using an injectable treatment administered in the office called Polyglycan. Polyglycan supplies glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin, which are all compounds found in your pet’s synovial fluid or joint fluid.
Synovial fluid is a thick liquid that lubricates the joints and allows for ease of movement. Polyglycan is used off-label as an arthritis treatment to help prevent and repair joint degeneration, decrease pain, and increase mobility.
If you notice your dog or cat is limping, has a change of gait, difficulty walking up stairs or jumping on the bed, or is just slow to get up, bring him or her in for a consultation to discuss your options. It really can change your pet’s quality of life and bring a new spring to their step! Contact Dix Hills Animal Hospital today.