Depending on your pets’ age, size, and species (dogs or cats), the skin accounts for 12 to 24% of their body weight. It is both the body’s largest organ, as well as among the most important of organs. Skin functions range from protecting internal organs and regulating temperature to managing sensations and responses to touch discomfort and heating and cooling.
Our veterinarian at Orange Park Animal Hospital at Oakleaf, Dr. James Gillen, takes a special interest in dermatology services. Dr. Gillen has considerable expertise and passion for diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the skin, fur, ears, and nails. Pet parents across Jacksonville, Florida – including Oakleaf Plantation and Orange Park – trust their beloved fur babies to our kind and experienced team.
Due to the size and many moving parts of this vital system, it is only natural that there are many potential conditions and complexities associated with the skin and related tissues. Skin disorders may primarily be characterized as:
Additionally, some pets may be born with (congenital) skin disease, Hormonal imbalances, autoimmune problems, and other internal or systemic illnesses may also be to blame for skin thickening, irritation, discoloration, hair loss, and a range of other concerning symptoms.
Since so many internal and external problems share the same or similar symptoms, it is essential to turn to a capable team like ours. We have invested significantly in advanced diagnostics to accurately determine the source of your pet’s troubles. A proper diagnosis informs and supports effective and prompt treatment, relief from itching and other painful or annoying symptoms, and sustained management of conditions that would otherwise harm your pet’s health, well-being, and quality of life.
Again, diagnostics like skin testing and cultures will guide the appropriate therapies for your pet. We may recommend anything from medicated shampoos and topical products to prescription medications to ease the itch and prevent secondary infections and other complications from the likes of allergic skin disease. Good preventative care can also minimize the risk of developing these conditions.
Dr. Gillen can discuss getting your pet into a healthy routine of regular well visits. During these visits, he may recommend preventatives to curb parasitic skin disease and flea allergies. Our team can also recommend suitable lifestyle modifications, nutritional guidance, and grooming regimens and services to keep potential irritants, sensitivities, and allergens at bay.
We help our clients get their dogs and cats on the right track with affordable, in-house wellness plans. For an economical and predictable membership fee, many preventative services for your puppy, kitten, or adult dog or cat are covered. We also offer generous discounts on services outside of those 100% covered by our cost-saving wellness plans.
Our Orange Park Animal Hospital team at Oakleaf in southwest Jacksonville, FL, looks forward to meeting you and your family! Call (904) 560 8006 with questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gillen today.
Dr. James Gillen is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 12. He knew growing up he wanted to be a veterinarian because it brings together the two things he loves most – animals and people. He completed his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and afterwards worked as a veterinary technician, an SAT/ACT tutor, and a high school teacher before completing his veterinary degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.
Dr. Gillen has special interests in dermatology and academia and co-authored two research papers in canine atopic dermatitis and Leishmaniasis. In his free time, Dr. Gillen enjoys anything involving the water (beach/pool, surfing, scuba diving), going to theme parks, exercise (weight lifting, running, biking, boxing), and science fiction books – among other genres. Dr Gillen lives with his wife and son, one dog, two cats, and a ball python.