Topsham, ME

Pet Dermatology & Allergy Testing

At Androscoggin Animal Hospital in Topsham, ME, we understand that pets can experience skin problems and allergies affecting their comfort and well-being. We offer pet dermatology and allergy testing services to identify and manage these issues, allowing pets to live happier, healthier lives.


Pet dermatology focuses on diagnosing and treating skin conditions affecting dogs and cats. These conditions can range from common issues such as itching and scratching to more severe conditions like infections, allergies, and autoimmune diseases. Our veterinary team has experience in diagnosing and treating various dermatological issues in pets, using advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment options to address each pet’s needs.

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Skin disorders may be the result of an infectious or non-infectious disease, parasitic infestation, or allergic reaction. At Androscoggin Animal Hospital, we can manage many different skin ailments but also work with local area dermatology specialists for cases requiring more complex diagnosis and treatment.

Some of the most common dermatological problems we see include:

  • Flea allergy
  • Food allergy
  • Environmental allergy
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Parasitic skin diseases
  • Skin cancer
  • Skin diseases of the foot or nail
  • Seborrhea and acne
  • Hair loss
  • Auto-immune skin diseases
  • Drug reactions
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When a pet experiences a skin disorder, we have numerous veterinary diagnostic tools. These diagnostic techniques encompass a variety of methods, from fungal cultures utilized in diagnosing conditions such as ringworm to impression smears aimed at identifying bacteria or yeast present on the skin. We also perform skin scrapings, biopsies, and blood work when needed.

Once the underlying cause of your pet’s skin condition has been diagnosed, our veterinarians will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment. If your pet is experiencing a minor skin disorder, we will often recommend topical treatments to help them heal. In some cases, oral medications will be prescribed. Depending on the diagnosis, we may also provide you with nutritional recommendations for your pet.

If you notice your pet is scratching more than usual, or if you see hair loss in a particular area, please get in touch with us right away. No one likes itchy skin, including your pet!