Dermatology and Allergy Treatment for Pets - Lake Geneva WI


The skin is the largest organ of the body in dogs and cats.  It serves to protect our pets from environmental insults and performs a multitude of functions to optimize overall health and comfort.  Unfortunately, it is also susceptible to disease arising from parasites, food allergies, inhalant/seasonal allergies, immune-mediated disorders, chemicals, cancer, and underlying systemic illness.  Skin issues are one of the most common and frustrating presenting concerns for owners.  Signs of skin disease include itching, ear infections, paw licking, fur loss, redness, open wounds, swelling, and odor.
At Lake Geneva Animal Hospital, our doctors take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and managing skin disease.  A thorough history and physical exam can help guide our choice of diagnostics which may include:

  • Cytology preparations to check for bacterial and yeast overgrowth and abnormal cells
  • Skin scrapings to look for parasitic invaders
  • Cultures to identify precise bacterial and/or fungal organisms
  • Skin biopsies to submit to a pathologist for tissue analysis
  • Screening bloodwork and further tests to evaluate for underlying systemic disease
  • Serum allergy testing to guide immunotherapy (traditional “allergy shots”)
Once a cause of your pet’s skin disease is identified, we can institute therapy to help manage the symptoms and heal the skin.  We offer a variety of treatments and often use a multi-modal approach to managing skin disease.  Preferably, the treatments can be dietary or topical in nature to help reduce systemic side-effects.  Current options include:
  • Limited-ingredient diet trials
  • Whole food supplements and Omega-3 fatty acid supplements
  • Topicals such as shampoos, foams, and ointments that help control microbial overgrowth and help repair the skin’s natural barriers
  • Antihistamines
  • Steroids
  • Apoquel and Atopica (non-steroidal immune modulators)
  • Cytopoint allergy injections (antibody to block the itching cascade)
  • Immunotherapy allergy injections
  • Cold laser treatment to assist the body in its healing processes