Allergies & Dermatology

If you’ve ever had a problem with your own skin, you are probably all too familiar with the many unpleasant symptoms and side effects that can accompany a dermatological condition- itching, discomfort, pain, even a lessened quality of life. Our pets can suffer from many of these same conditions, along with the same troublesome symptoms.

As responsible pet parents and veterinary professionals, it is our job to do everything within our power to help these special critters enjoy happy, comfortable, and pain-free lives, and that includes working hard to keep them as healthy on the outside as on the inside. Our professional pet allergy and dermatology services are designed to help manage your pet’s external health. Some of the many conditions we can offer assistance with include:

  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Parasites
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hormonal problems
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Diseases of the feet

Our hospital features modern diagnostic equipment which helps us to narrow down and pinpoint precisely what is bothering your pet so that we can get to work developing the most effective treatment plan. Treatments may include the use of topical creams, medication, therapy, supplements, surgery, or some combination of these. Your pet’s treatment recommendation will be completely customized to meet his or her unique needs, and we will work with you to develop a plan that everyone is happy with.

Should our diagnostic work determine that your pet suffers from an allergy, we will immediately begin the appropriate testing to find out what kind of allergy we’re dealing with (food or environmental,) and what factors may be triggering your pet’s reactions. Once we’ve gathered this information, we can work on a plan to reduce or eliminate allergy issues altogether. For those cases that require long-term care, we’ll work with you to develop an appropriate plan that will help manage the situation in a way that will improve your pet’s quality of life.

Some of the signs to look for that may indicate your pet is experiencing a problem with his or her skin, ears, or feet include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Chewing, biting, or licking at the affected area
  • Bald spots
  • Scabs
  • Redness, odor, or dry patches on the skin or in the ears
  • Bumps or lumps on or under the skin

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, please don’t hesitate to call us. We can help your loved one live a better life.




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    • Theresa Ostland EdwardsTheresa Ostland Edwards

      We started seeing Dr Cahoon and Dr McKerney because we needed alternative health care for our 12yr old mutt. We specifically chose Veterinary Healing Center for their knowledge and experience with Eastern Medicine applications. Our family is overjoyed for our pet and the pain relief he is now experiencing since starting his treatment plan just a few months ago. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The prices are comparable to other veterinary offices. I highly recommend their services for your pets needs.

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      We have been taking our two dogs here for over 10 years. Dr. Cahoon always makes sure to explain everything and find options for our dog who has had a lot of health problems. Even though we live farther away now we still drive just to see them.

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      Brought PeeWee, who lost use of his back legs, in today for the first time and were treated with calm and care. I love the Eastern approach and we all have high hopes that acupuncture, laser treatment, and some herbs will fix the hitch in his giddyup and restore his youthful step again. Fingers crossed.

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      Our dog has been a patient for over 12 years and has received up to date care for allergies plus alternative medicine. Would recommend!

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      I have been bringing my dogs and cats to Dr. Brad Cahoon for 15 years now. I trust him and his staff to care for and diagnose my pets. They are located conveniently and open 7 days a week. I won't go anywhere else!

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      Dr Brad quite literally saved our old girl's life today, simply by caring enough to keep trying to solve the mystery behind her symptoms. Thank you for not giving up on her and for helping us manage the costs of her care as well. Highly recommend this office!!

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      The Veterinary Healing Center in El Dorado Hills is fantastic. My cat Marshmallow and I have been with them for a year. I brought Marshmallow there for a second opinion about his breathing problems because of asthma and upper respiratory issues. He was getting injections about every 6 weeks, and those many trips to the vet were very stressful on him. Dr. McKerney, took Marshmallow off the injections - steroids and convenia – and put him on a tablet of doxycycline. She felt that his main issue is upper respiratory. Marsh has not had any breathing problems for a year, and he is happy to take his pill in a pill pocket! I have such a positive experience when Marshmallow and I visit. Marsh is not the best behaved patient, and Dr. McKerney is wonderful and is always so patient and gentle with him, and the staff is patient and gentle with him, too – I am grateful, and thankful!!

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