DERMATOLOGY AND PET ALLERGIES
Skin problems are among the most frequent issues we see involving pets. Itchy skin is annoying to pets and can result in chewing, scratching, and unpleasant odors that can quickly become problematic for pet owners. Even though pets are typically covered by hair, their skin is still exposed to all kinds of allergens, bacteria, and other parasites that can become irritated and infected.
Routine exams help catch pet dermatology problems early. Our team will examine your puppy or kitten’s coat and skin to check for parasites, lumps, inflammation, and infection. If you notice signs of skin problems in your pets, bring them in for an evaluation before it becomes a larger problem.
We can also perform blood tests to determine the cause of environmental allergies.
SOME CAUSES OF DERMATOLOGY ISSUES IN PETS
Skin problems can be caused by a variety of environmental factors – a proper diagnosis is essential in identifying the problem and prescribing the proper treatment. Diagnostic steps commonly include microscopic examinations of material from the skin and ears, fungal and/or bacterial cultures, skin biopsies, and other allergy tests.
Potential causes of skin issues include:
- Endocrine Disorders (these normally involve the over or underproduction of hormones)
- Environmental Allergies (pollen, dust, mold, and plants)
- Food Allergies
- Parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, mites)
Some signs of dermatology problems:
- Dry or Red Irritated Skin
- Hair Loss or Matted Down Hair
- Obsessive Chewing, Licking, or Rubbing
- Sores, Discharge, or Discolorations
- Unpleasant Odors
SOME TREATMENTS AND PREVENTION
We will examine your pet’s symptoms and diagnostic results (if needed) and formulate a treatment plan to remedy your pet’s dermatology problem. Once the symptoms are clear, we may prescribe preventive measures to keep the symptoms from coming back.
Treatments may include:
- Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Itching Medications
Ongoing prevention may include:
- Diet Changes
- Dietary Supplements
- Hyposensitization Therapy (allergy shots)
- Parasite Prevention
- Topical Medications & Medicated Shampoos
To learn more about pet dermatology and pet allergy issues – please contact our team today!