If it seems like no one in your household can relax due to an itching, scratching, constantly uncomfortable pet, then your cat or dog might have a skin problem and require the care of a veterinary dermatologist.
Signs Your Pet Should See a Veterinarian for Dermatology Care
If your pet is suffering from a dermatological or allergy problem, you might notice some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Excessive itching/scratching
- Biting or licking a particular area
- Head shaking
- Frequent ear infections
- Malodorous ears
- Red, inflamed paws
- Hives or rash
- Lumps and bumps on or beneath your pet’s skin
- Excessive shedding or patchy fur
- Excessive dander or scabbed skin
Diagnosing and Treating Your Pet
Sometimes, diagnosing a dermatological condition is as simple as spotting fleas and prescribing a medicated flea bath. Other times, it can be a much more complex process. There are actually hundreds of different allergy and dermatological conditions that can potentially cause trouble for cats and dogs. Some of the most common causes of dermatological problems include:
- Allergies (food and/or environmental)
- Bacterial infections
- External parasites
- Feline acne
- Fungal infestations
- Hormonal imbalances
- Immune disorders
- Skin cancer
With so many possible causes, achieving an accurate diagnosis and being able to address the underlying cause of your pet’s symptoms can be a fairly lengthy process.
What to Expect During a Dermatology Appointment
We’ll first provide treatment to relieve symptoms. We’ll then begin the process of determining a diagnosis. This includes a complete physical examination, plus blood tests to look for signs of identifiable diseases and to rule out other concerns.
If it’s determined that your pet has an allergy, we’ll help you begin the process of determining whether it’s seasonal, environmental, or a food allergy. Cats and dogs can be allergic to things like pollen, dust, smoke, perfumes, mold, and certain ingredients in their foods. Addressing your pet’s allergies might include taking steps to control your pet’s environment, introduce dietary restrictions, or make other lifestyle changes.
Schedule Your Pet's Dermatological Evaluation Today
If your pet shows signs of a skin problem or allergy, we recommend scheduling an appointment right away, as these conditions can be quite painful and uncomfortable for your pet. The sooner our veterinary specialist begins the process of diagnosing your pet’s condition, the sooner your pet will be able to have lasting, absolute relief. For more information or to schedule your pet’s appointment, contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic today.