Dermatology and Pet Allergies at PetVet Animal Health Center
kin problems are one of the most frequent issues we deal with in pets. Itchy skin is a constant irritation to pets and the resulting chewing, scratching and unpleasant odor quickly becomes a constant irritation to pet owners. Even though pets are typically covered by a dense layer of hair, their skin is still exposed to all kinds of allergens, bacteria, and parasites, and can become irritated and infected.
Routine exams help catch pet dermatology problems early. From your pet’s first visit with us, the team at our Auburn practice examines your puppy or kitten’s coat and skin to check for parasites, lumps, inflammation, and infection. However, problems can develop at any time. So if you notice signs of skin problems in your pets, bring them in and let us help you both end the irritation.
Causes of Pet Dermatology Issues
Skin problems can be caused by a variety of environmental as well as internal factors. So a proper diagnosis is essential in identifying the problem and assigning the proper treatment. Diagnostic steps commonly include microscopic examinations of material from the kin and ears, fungal and/or bacterial cultures, skin biopsies, and allergy testing.
Potential causes of skin issues include:
- Infections either in cuts, skin folds, or floppy ears
- Food allergies, which can develop throughout life
- Parasites such as fleas, ticks, lice, ear mites, or mange mites
- Environmental allergies such as pollen, dust, mold, and plants
- Endocrine disorders, which involve over- or under-production of hormones
- Food allergies (while actually quite uncommon, they do occur)
Signs of a dermatology problem:
- Obsessive chewing, licking, or rubbing
- Sores, discharge, or discoloration
- Dry or red, irritated skin
- Hair loss or matted hair
- A persistent, unpleasant odor to your pet’s skin or ears, despite bathing or cleaning
Treatments and Prevention
From an examination of your pet’s symptoms and our diagnostic results, we’ll diagnose and start treatment to remedy a dermatology problem. Once the symptoms clear, we may prescribe preventive measures to keep the symptoms from coming back.
Treatments may include:
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-itching medications
Ongoing prevention may include:
- Dietary supplements
- Topical medications and medicated shampoos
- A change in diet
- Parasite prevention
- Hyposensitization therapy (allergy shots)
To learn more about pet dermatology and pet allergy issues, please contact us today.