Like you, your pet isn't immune to developing skin problems like dry, itchy skin, skin rash, open sores, or skin infections. If you notice your pet scratching incessantly, chances are he needs dermatology care. These FAQs from White Rock Animal Hospital, serving pet owners in Lochwood, Lake Highland, and Lakewood, explain more about skin problems in pets.
What type of skin problems can dogs and cats develop?
Dogs and cats are susceptible to a number of skin problems to include itchiness, skin irritation and rash, allergic reactions, hot spots, parasitic infestations, skin infections, open sores, and hair loss. Your pet may start with a mild problem that escalates into more serious issues due to him incessantly biting or scratching his skin. That’s why we recommend seeing our vet for diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s dermatology issues.
What causes dermatology problems in pets?
Pet skin problems are often caused by allergic reactions to something in their environment or food. Like people, pets can be allergic to pollen, dust, certain types of grasses or plants, or chemicals in cleaning or grooming products. Flea bites can also cause skin irritation if your pet is allergic to flea saliva. Some pets develop skin problems due to food allergies. Your pet may also have a hidden medical condition that’s manifesting itself through rash or irritation on his skin.
What are some symptoms of skin problems in pets?
Incessant scratching is the most obvious symptom. Your pet may also bite, chew, or lick his skin more than normal, causing hair loss. You may also notice irritations like rashes, sores, or redness on your pet’s skin. When in doubt, it’s good to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis of your pet’s condition.
How are pet dermatology issues diagnosed and treated?
Our veterinarian will thoroughly inspect your pet and evaluate his symptoms. We’ll perform blood or skin tests to confirm a medical condition or pinpoint the allergen causing his allergic reactions. If your pet has fleas, we’ll recommend medicated shampoo to rid him of this infestation to eliminate symptoms. Your pet can also benefit from flea and tick treatment to safeguard him from future infestation.
If your pet is allergic to chemicals in cleaning or grooming products, changing these products can help manage his symptoms. We may also recommend medications to reduce itchiness, redness, and irritations. If your pet has food allergies, a change of diet can help alleviate his symptoms. Bathing and grooming your pet regularly can also help safeguard him from future skin irritations.
Trust Our Lochwood Vet to Help with Your Pet’s Dermatology Problems
To schedule a consultation for diagnosis and treatment of skin issues in your pet, contact White Rock Animal Hospital, serving Lochwood, Lake Highland, and Lakewood, at (214) 328-3255 today.