Skin Care for Pets
Dermatological problems are among the most commonly seen issues in our clinics. Allergies, fleas, mites, fungi, and bacteria can all cause itchy discomfort for your pet. It’s important to take preventive measures to ensure you protect your pet from the discomfort of these problems.
Book an appointment to speak to your vet about your pet’s skin and how to manage their dermatology needs to ensure they’re thriving.
Signs of Skin Problems in Pets
It’s important to pay attention when your pet exhibits signs of anything related to their coat that is unusual. It may be an external indicator as to an internal issue that’s going on with your pet. Pay attention to the following signs of skin problems:
- Alopecia (hair loss)
- Pruritus (extreme itching of the skin)
- Sores and Hot Spots (red, sticky sores)
- Dry skin or a dull coat
- Discoloration of the coat
- Hives, swelling or rashes
- Odor / smell
Internal & External Illnesses
Illnesses found both internally and externally may present symptoms of dermatological disease.
|Food Allergies||Fleas &/or Ticks|
|Nutritional Deficiencies||Skin infections|
|Liver Disease||Allergic Skin Disease|
Commonly Affected Breeds
Breeds that are most affected by these skin issues tend to be:
- Cocker Spaniels
- Golden Retrievers
How We Care For the Skin of Your Pets
During our Pet Exams, our veterinarians will look over your pet’s coat and make sure that everything is ok with your pet.
The most common causes of skin problems of cats and dogs are allergies from parasites such as:
Other than these parasites, the other causes of dermatological allergies include:
- Food Allergies
- Environmental Allergies
- Bacterial Skin Infections
- Yeast Infections
Skin scrapings, Cytology
When the veterinarian is unclear as to the exact cause of the problem, often a skin scraping or cytology is conducted to ensure proper resolutions.
Nutrition can also play a big part into resolving your pet’s skin problems, so be sure to consult with your veterinarian for advice.
Speak to your veterinarian to determine the best dermatology plan for your pet.