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Dermatology

dermatologySkin problems make up a large proportion of our caseload at Gordon Vet Hospital. The most common reasons for pets to be brought to us include itchiness (pruritus), ear infections, hair loss (alopecia), rashes, lumps and swellings.

Itchy pets can cause significant physical damage to themselves and can undergo personality changes due to their discomfort. Itchy cats can be hard to detect as they often groom or lick themselves rather than scratch.

It is important to identify the cause(s) of the itch as soon as possible to minimise chronic or secondary changes, which become harder to manage.

For the majority of itchy animals , allergic reactions to fleas (Flea Bite Hypersensitivity), environmental allergens (Atopic Dermatitis ie due to plant pollens, moulds, house-dust mite) or foods (Adverse Food Reactions) are the underlying cause. There can be a combination of these causes. Also secondary skin infections with bacteria or yeast may further complicate and worsen the itch.

A thorough investigation of the cause of a pets itch may include in-house laboratory tests, therapeutic trialling of special diets and flea prevention products, and external laboratory testing.

In-house testing includes skin scrapings (looking for mites), coat brushings (looking for fleas, flea faeces, mites), cotton bud/sticky tape and impression slides (assessing cells and bacteria/yeast) and fluorescent light examination (looking for superficial fungal infection).

A flea therapeutic trial utilising effective fast-acting flea preventative products is an important step in determining if fleas are causing the itch, or overgrooming. It does not take many fleas to incite this allergic reaction, they indeed may be hard to find. Click here for our flea handout.

Similarly food elimination provocation dietary trials are commonly recommended to establish if an adverse food reaction (food allergy) is contributing to the itch. Pets can suddenly develop allergies to foods they have been fed for years.

For those severely itchy animals, and where food allergies, ectoparasites (fleas, mites) and infections have been ruled out, testing for environmental allergens can be undertaken. Allergen specific immunotherapy using specifically manufactured vaccines to desensitise the allergies, can be then be implemented.

Skin allergies in our pets can be frustrating for all concerned. However with patience and perserverance we can determine the causes, implement effective control strategies and substantially improve the pets quality of life.

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Gordon Vet Hospital
4.8
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Jayna Hirani
Jayna Hirani
03:43 09 Apr 20
Quality care and advice at every visit. The staff are friendly and informative and genuinely care about your pets. I am 100% confident that my cat and dog always receive the best pet healthcare and as pet parents that's all we want.
Marianne Broeng
Marianne Broeng
23:23 28 Jan 20
Gordon Vet has looked after my golden retriever since she was 9 weeks. Everyone has been amazing and caring with lots of experience. I have been able to ask any questions and always been welcome. Even one day when she stepped on a bee in the evening, they stayed open until we got there and helped her get it out. Thanks to all the staff :-)
Lizzie Wei
Lizzie Wei
00:56 18 Jan 20
We just moved to Gordon couple month ago and need to get my cat vaccinated. We found this hospital through google and I need to say they provide excellent service and very professional! The doctor really knows cat. Highly recommended!
Lara Bisley
Lara Bisley
08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
Eugenie Goodyer
Eugenie Goodyer
23:22 21 Oct 19
Very friendly staff. Wonderful care for all our animals A++
Jennie Keogh
Jennie Keogh
06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
Newsha Amiri
Newsha Amiri
20:24 03 Oct 19
We took our dog there and Dr. David take care of his skin issues. he was so caring and professional.
Luxe Sydney Mum
Luxe Sydney Mum
06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
Lihong Xing
Lihong Xing
05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
Jeremy Tarbox
Jeremy Tarbox
22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
Vishal Kapoor
Vishal Kapoor
01:52 04 Sep 18
Really amazing staff members. Their systems and processes are also very
Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
Arezu A
Arezu A
03:20 15 Feb 18
Absolutely love the service here. I switched from other Vets to this Vet as the staff here are quite attentive and really care about your furry baby! I have basically seen most of the Dr's here and all of them so far have been fantastic, friendly and fun to speak with! Easy to locate and enough parking available! 5 Stars indeed!
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