Dermatology is the study of the skin, with the diagnosis and treatment of a large range of diseases and afflictions. The skin, being the largest organ of the body, is its first line of defense. Animals may suffer from allergies, skin cancer, parasitic infections, hair loss, and other issues that include the nails and ears. Timely and consistent treatment can reduce the spread of infection and lessen the suffering. It is also important to note that, depending on the type of skin infection, they may be spread to other animals and/or human family members. Dr. Hay can direct you to a veterinary dermatologist who will help.
Veterinary cardiology specializes in the heart and circulatory system. The focus is on diagnosing and treating disease of the heart and lungs, which include: congestive heart failure, age-related heart valve changes, heart muscle diseases, congenital defects, arrhythmias, tumors, hypertension, pulmonary hypertension, and coughing/breathing problems. TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Davidson can refer you to a specially trained cardiologist to care for your pet.
Tonometry (eye pressure testing) is used to identify and treat ocular abnormalities. It provides clinicians information to diagnose certain conditions. Measurements lower than normal indicate uveitis. Higher than normal readings is a sign of glaucoma, which can damage the optic nerve and lead to permanent vision loss. If your friend requires speciality treatment, Dr. Hay will provide you with a referral.
Endocrinology is concerned with the system of glands that secrete functional hormones. A number of recurring symptoms may come to your attention if your pet is experiencing an endocrine disorder. Some of these symptoms can include a noticeable increase or decrease in thirst, excessive or infrequent urination, sudden weight gain or loss, lethargy or weakness, hair loss or thinning, vision disturbance, and persistent panting. Dr. Hay will be able to identify an endocrinological imbalance and direct you to a specialist.