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Skin problems are one of the most common reasons why owners seek veterinary care for their pets. There are many different causes of skin disease, from external parasites to allergies to hormonal imbalances. Fleas, mites, food and pollen allergies, genetic disorders, thyroid and adrenal gland problems are just some of the underlying causes of skin disease in dogs and cats.

Common signs of skin disease are itching/scratching/licking, flaking or crusting skin, redness, change in skin or coat color, odor, hair loss, greasy coat, and ear problems. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment for a full dermatological evaluation by one of our doctors. With proper treatment we can help your pet feel more comfortable.

Sometimes diagnostic tools and laboratory tests must be performed at VCA Ocean County Animal Hospital to help determine the underlying cause of a skin disease. If necessary, our doctors can recommend microscopic examinations, fungal cultures, biopsies, allergy or other blood tests for a rapid diagnosis and proper treatment.

Some skin problems are easily resolved and others can be very frustrating to manage. We are here to work with you and your pet to ensure its best care and comfort. Our groomer can even apply special dips and medicated shampoos under the doctors' supervision if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

Besides prescription drugs, our hospital pharmacy carries many types of shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, and supplements to maintain your pet's healthy coat.

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