Allergies & Dermatology

Underneath that layer of fluff and fur, your pet has skin that can be just as sensitive as yours. Allergies, infections, parasites, and a number of other serious conditions can impact your pet, causing discomfort, itching, and even pain. At Veterinary Healing Center of El Dorado Hills, we want to keep your loved one as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside.

Our professional pet allergy and dermatology services will help us get to the bottom of what’s causing your pet’s symptoms so we can develop the most effective plan to overcome the problem once and for all. Our hospital is outfitted with modern diagnostic equipment which we can use to gather fast and accurate test results. This allows us to pinpoint the problem quickly so it can be addressed right away.

Some of the conditions that we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Dermatitis
  • Parasites
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer
  • Diseases of the feet
  • Chronic ear infections

Once we understand precisely what we’re dealing with, the next step is developing the best course of treatment. Depending on the situation, treatment may include the use of medication, topical creams, supplements, therapy, or surgery. In some cases, a combination of methods will be recommended for optimum results. Alternative medicine options may also be available to help resolve the problem at hand. Your pet’s suggested regimen will be completely tailored to his or her unique needs.

Allergy Care

If an allergy is to blame for your pet’s symptoms, we will conduct the appropriate tests to determine which type of allergy we’re dealing with (food or environmental), as well as what factors may be triggering your pet’s reactions. In many cases, allergies can be controlled without the use of drugs, simply by making some changes to your pet’s lifestyle. For those situations that require longer-term treatment, we’ll work with you to develop a plan that will reduce symptoms and provide a better quality of life for your pet.

Wondering whether you should have your pet evaluated? Some signs to look for include:

  • Excessive scratching (more than normal)
  • Rubbing against the floor, walls, or furniture to alleviate itching
  • Biting, chewing, or licking at the affected area
  • Bald spots
  • Scabs
  • Foul odor from the ears or skin
  • Bumps or lumps on or underneath the skin

If you notice any of these signs and you suspect your pet may be experiencing a dermatological issue, give us a call. We want to help that little guy or gal live a more comfortable life!

 

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    • Joy KnightJoy Knight

      I'm always comfortable taking my pets to see Dr. Cahoon, whether it's my rats or my dog he has always shown compassion. He never overcomplicates a situation or problem which always makes the visit a little bit easier. He has been seeing my 10 year old epileptic dog since he was a puppy and recently performed a very successful surgery on my rat(yes rat💗🐀 )

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    • Georgann Ashby WoodGeorgann Ashby Wood

      Dr. McKerney is wonderful. We are very happy with the care all of our pets have received from the staff and Drs.here.

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    • Joseph Cooper IIIJoseph Cooper III

      For nineteen years, four dogs and one cat Brad and his team have been there for us with expertise and compassion.

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    • Laura Lee RogersLaura Lee Rogers

      Dr. McKerney has been treating my cockapoo, Waldo, with accutpunture for a couple of months now due to a spinal injry that resulted in paralization in the hind area. Waldo can now walk, a little wobbly. When recommended to me we did not know if Waldo would ever be able to walk again. Dr, McKerney is worth our drive (50miles) and time. She was also very thorough in reviewing all of Waldo's medical records prior to seeing him. Waldo is never expereinces any anxiety about going - that says a lot!

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    • Nektaria Kanakis-MeyerNektaria Kanakis-Meyer

      Dr K absolutely fantastic he saw Brutus on short notice and the care he received was excellent the staff was very courteous and caring

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    • Margaret Daly ClaessenMargaret Daly Claessen

      The Veterinary Healing Center in El Dorado Hills is fantastic. My cat Marshmallow and I have been with them for a year. I brought Marshmallow there for a second opinion about his breathing problems because of asthma and upper respiratory issues. He was getting injections about every 6 weeks, and those many trips to the vet were very stressful on him. Dr. McKerney, took Marshmallow off the injections - steroids and convenia – and put him on a tablet of doxycycline. She felt that his main issue is upper respiratory. Marsh has not had any breathing problems for a year, and he is happy to take his pill in a pill pocket! I have such a positive experience when Marshmallow and I visit. Marsh is not the best behaved patient, and Dr. McKerney is wonderful and is always so patient and gentle with him, and the staff is patient and gentle with him, too – I am grateful, and thankful!!

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    • Tahoe R.Tahoe R.

      Today was my first time bringing my 2 dogs here ami and kuma, I just moved from downtown to el dorado hills so I needed to get a new local vet.
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