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To learn more about our dermatology services or make an appointment, please call The Ark Veterinarian Hospital on Hong Kong island at 2549 2330.                  

 

>Does your pet lick and chew its feet?
>Does your pet suffer from chronic ear infections?
>Do you often see your pet chewing its tail?
>Are there certain times of the year when your pet itches and scratches             without finding relief?
>Does your pet have more than three bowel movements per day?  

If you answer "YES" to any of the above questions, your pet may suffer from allergies! These can have a variety of causes including food, cat dander, grasses, trees, weeds, molds, feathers, insects and dust mites.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Many hospitals offer allergy testing via blood work. Studies have shown, however, that this method isn't very accurate and in most cases we do not recommend this expensive testing. The gold standard for food allergy testing is a food trial constructed and supervised by your veterinarian.

The gold standard for environmental and seasonal allergies is Intradermal Skin Testing (IDST). The goal of IDST is to identify the primary allergens to which your pet is allergic, and then follow up with desensitization injections.   

Worried that your pet has allergies, and want more information regarding testing? Then please call The Ark Veterinary Hospital on 2549 2330 and schedule an appointment with Dr Carmel. 

Solving and controlling skin problems can be a chore. Mostly it requires patience and persistence from both client and doctor. Dr Carmel has a strong interest in solving dermatology problems.

Of course, not all skin problems are allergies and we work hard to solve any problems relating to the skin. Many dogs develop lumps and bumps on, or under, their skin. We normally determine what type of growth it is by examining a sample of cells extracted by needle (Fine Needle Aspirate, FNA). This is the only way to ensure that a growth is not serious.