4 Ways an Online Vet Can Help You With Your Dog’s Skin Conditions

4 Ways an Online Vet Can Help You With Your Dog’s Skin Conditions

Scratching and licking are common symptoms of skin conditions and allergies in dogs. Allergies can be seasonal, environmental, or caused by food. If your dog is suffering from skin conditions, get an appointment with an online veterinarian at TelePAWS. Your dog does not have to continue to scratch, lick, or bite at their skin any longer.

1. Online Vets Can Prescribe Leading Treatments for Skin Conditions in Dogs

(Note: Not all states allow online prescriptions)

Cytopoint and Apoquel are two very effective treatments for skin conditions, particularly allergies in dogs. These medications work by decreasing the body’s response to allergens in the environment through targeting of cytokines (proteins involved in the itch pathway).

Cytopoint is an injection given every 4-8 weeks and can be given at home by you. There are no side effects and it works very quickly to combat the body’s response to allergens. This medication may be prescribed by an online vet (see Note above) and ordered through an online pharmacy.

Apoquel is an oral tablet given daily to prevent the body from reacting to allergens. There can be side effects if given long-term, so your vet will discuss the benefits vs. risks of using this medication. Short-term, it is very safe and effective at giving your pet complete relief from all of the itching and scratching. This medication is meant for animals only, so it must be ordered through an online pharmacy.

Steroids are also an option to treat allergies in dogs. There are side effects of increased urination and drinking of water while on steroids, but they are very effective at controlling the symptoms of allergies. Ideally, steroids are used only for short-term treatment as there can be many long-term undesirable side effects. Your online vet can prescribe steroids at a local pharmacy or an online pharmacy easily and quickly.
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2. Online Vets Can Prescribe Specialized Diets to Treat Skin Conditions in Dogs

Food allergy is a skin condition in dogs that is generally caused by the protein source in their food. By switching to a new protein source, you can treat underlying food allergies. A prescription diet is the recommended treatment for food allergies in dogs. Over the counter diets tend to run all their foods over the same machinery, causing contamination of other proteins, therefore causing them to be ineffective for allergy treatment. An online vet can prescribe this specialized food for your pet through an online pharmacy and have it delivered to your house.
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3. Online Vets Can Treat Skin Infections Secondary to Skin Conditions in Your Dog

Bacterial and fungal infections are common results of chronic allergies in dogs. Your online vet can prescribe antibiotics and anti-fungal treatments if they feel that these types of infections are occurring in your pet. These medications come in multiple forms including orals, topical ointments, and shampoos.
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It is important to treat the secondary infections to give your dog the most comfort and help the skin to heal completely. Call your online vet to discuss thorough treatment options for your dog’s skin conditions.

4. Online Vets Can Help You Get Treatments For Your Dog’s Skin Conditions Quickly and Hassle Free

When your pet is itching and irritated from skin conditions, you don’t want to wait days or even weeks to get in to see your regular vet. Get the help you need quickly and efficiently from an online vet. Waiting too long can result in worsening skin infections and suffering for your pet. An online vet will be able to see you soon and get the necessary medications ordered for you right after your appointment.
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Some medications can be called into a regular pharmacy. Pet specific medications will need to be ordered through an online pharmacy. Most pharmacies will deliver your medications to you in 2-3 days. You can choose to have these medications overnighted to you for an additional cost. Your online vet will talk to you about these options and determine which is best for you and your dog.
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6 Ways an Online Veterinarian Can Help With Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

6 Ways an Online Veterinarian Can Help With Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

1. Online Vets Can Assess the Cause of Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

There are many different reasons that pets get vomiting or diarrhea. Common causes include infection with viruses, bacteria, or worms, consuming foreign material, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, and metabolic disease such as liver or kidney disease. Cancer can also cause an upset stomach in dogs, but this is not as common.

No matter what the cause of the vomiting or diarrhea, online veterinarians can help determine what started the symptoms. The vet will ask a series of questions that will help with diagnosis. You may be asked to send recent blood work from a vet hospital to rule out potential causes.

2. Your Dog Can Receive Treatment Advice for an Upset Stomach From an Online Vet

Depending upon the cause of the vomiting or diarrhea, your online vet can suggest over the counter treatment or medications to help alleviate the symptoms. Treatments vary, but many pets will be treated with an antacid, anti-nausea medication, dewormer, change of diet, and sometimes an antibiotic.

NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.

Whether your pet is nauseated or having loose stools, you will want to receive treatments that work well. Online vets are able to prescribe most of the same medications as a vet hospital. You can trust your pet’s care with an online vet whenever they are sick.

3. Online Vets Can Determine if Your Dog’s Upset Stomach Requires Further Testing

Some diseases can result in an upset stomach. Kidney disease, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, Addison’s disease and cancer are a few examples of diseases that result in chronic upset stomach symptoms.

Your online vet may advise you to have further testing performed to determine the exact cause of your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea. Tests can include blood work, fecals, x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, and specialized blood tests. Your dog will need to be seen at a vet hospital in order to run these tests. The veterinarians at TelePAWS are happy to review the results of the tests and advise the next steps.

4. Online Vets Can Determine if Your Dog needs Emergency Treatment for an Upset Stomach

It can be difficult to decide if your dog needs emergency care when they are sick. Lean on the expertise of an online veterinarian for deciding whether or not to take your pet to the ER when they are having an upset stomach. By asking several questions, an online vet can assess the severity of your dog’s illness and determine if a trip to the ER is necessary.

The veterinarian may ask you to check the temperature on your pet and will explain how to get this done. If the temperature is very high, your dog is extremely lethargic, or the vomiting/diarrhea is severe, there is an increased likelihood that the vet will tell you that seeing an emergency veterinarian is best.

5. Online Vets Can Advise Long-term Care and Prognosis for Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

If your dog was previously diagnosed with a chronic illness like Addison’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic kidney disease, or hepatitis, an online vet can discuss long-term care and prognosis for your pet.

Most chronic diseases can be easily treated with medications that are ordered through an online veterinary pharmacy. Your pet can stay comfortable and receive the care they need by leaning on the help of an online vet.

NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.

6. Your Dog Can Receive Quick and High-Quality Care From an Online Vet

If your pet has an upset stomach, you don’t want to wait days to get in with your regular veterinarian. Make an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS. Your online vet will be able to assess the situation and help you and your pet receive efficient, effective care without the travel, wait times, and stress of having to go into a vet hospital.

Talk to an Online Vet Today! For only $50, you can book an appointment with a vet and get help for your dog’s upset stomach.