If your pet is scratching incessantly or showing signs of rash, open sores, infections, or irritation on his skin, bring him to White Rock Animal Hospital for a checkup. His dermatology problems could be the result of allergies, disease, or another health condition. These FAQs from our veterinarian provide greater insight into the causes, symptoms, and treatment of dermatology issues in pets.
What kind of skin problems do dogs and cats develop?
Dogs and cats are prone to a number of dermatology issues, including:
- Dry, flaky skin
- Skin rash, irritation, infections, and sores
- Fur loss/bald spots
- Hot spots
- Allergic dermatitis
- Flea or lice infestations and more.
Incessant scratching is one of the first signs of skin problems in pets. Excessive scratching can cause open sores and skin infections, which can impair your pet’s overall health.
What causes skin problems in pets?
Pet allergies are a common cause of dermatology problems in pets. Many pets are allergic to flea saliva. Flea bites can lead to excessive scratching and biting which can cause bacterial infections. Your pet may also be allergic to substances in his environment or chemicals in grooming or household products that can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin. An undetected disease or health condition can also produce skin problems in pets.
How do vets determine the cause of skin problems?
Our veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet for signs of lice, ticks, or fleas as these could be the cause of his skin problems. Flea and tick medications and shampoos can rid your pet of these pests to clear up his skin.
If fleas are not the source of your pet’s skin problems, we’ll run blood and skin tests to determine what’s causing his allergic reactions so he can get proper treatment.
How are pet skin problems treated?
For flea allergies, we offer flea and tick medications for treatment. If your pet suffers from environmental or chemical allergies, we’ll isolate the allergen through testing so you can reduce your pet’s exposure to it. Removing these substances from your pet’s environment is often enough to clear up allergic reactions on his skin. Allergy medications and injections can also help manage allergic symptoms.
Are dermatology issues dangerous for my pet?
Left untreated, dermatology problems can escalate into more serious medical issues that can impair your pet’s overall health. Your best course of action is to bring your pet to our animal hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
See Our Lakewood Veterinarian for Dermatology Problems
To rid your pet of pesky skin problems that are causing him discomfort and pain, contact White Rock Animal Hospital at 214-328-3255 today. For your convenience, we serve residents in Lochwood, Lake Highland, Lakewood, and the surrounding communities.