At VCA East Norriton Animal Hospital, we look forward to providing you and your pet with superior quality care and attention. Our veterinarians, technicians, and receptionists are trained to the highest standards. We take the time to answer questions and to help you get the best for all types of animal, including: cats, dogs, chinchillas, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, iguanas, rabbits, rats, sugar gliders, snakes, other reptiles or exotic pet. We will do all we can to help your pet enjoy a happy and healthy life.
VCA East Norriton Animal Hospital where your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal.
Local Medical Issues
There are several medical issues you should be concerned about for your pet. For example, Heartworm, transmitted by mosquitos can affect both your dog and cat, causing life-threatening issues. We test for heartworm as well as prescribe monthly preventative medication so you and your pet never need to experience this serious disease.
In addition, intestinal worms are a concern as they can be transmitted to humans, especially small children. Testing your pets anually to make sure they are not carrying these parasites as well as monthly prevention go a long way to keeping your pet and your family safe.
Then there are fleas and flea allergies!
Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common allergy in dogs and cats. It is caused by flea bites, specifically skin reactions from the saliva of the flea. It is a very itchy disease and predisposes to the development of secondary skin infections.
Oddly enough, most animals with flea allergy have very few fleas � because they are so itchy, they groom themselves excessively, eliminating any evidence of fleas. However, a couple of flea bites every two weeks are sufficient to make a flea allergic dog itchy all the time. Any animal can become allergic to fleas, although some pets are more attractive to fleas than others.
Diagnosis and Treatment Notes:
* Flea allergy is generally diagnosed with a thorough history and physical examination, and seeing fleas on the animal. If no fleas are seen and the animal has a positive response to flea control, flea allergy can be diagnosed.
Discuss treatment details when your pet is diagnosed with this condition.
* Prevention: The most important part of treatment is preventing flea bites with aggressive flea control on your pet and in the environment.
What to Watch for*:
* Severe itching
* Chewing and biting the tail, rump, back legs
* Oozing lesions from chewing
* Hot spots on hips and face from intense scratching