Have you noticed your pet scratching more than usual and wondered if it’s something you should be concerned about? At 1st Ave Animal Hospital, we understand you want to give your pet the best care. Our veterinarian has compiled the answers to several questions we frequently receive about pet skin issues.
How do I know my pet has a skin condition?
You might notice that your pet licks or scratches the same spot constantly. At times, they might scratch so much that they make themselves bleed. This is a very strong indication that something is going on. You should also keep an eye out for any rashes, red areas of skin, bumps, or swollen patches. All of these are signs that you should schedule a dermatology appointment with our veterinarian.
What are the most common pet skin conditions?
Flaky, itchy, and dry skin is common in both cats and dogs. Fleas and hair loss are also common with both. Some conditions that tend to be more common with cats include lice, skin tumors, ringworm, bacterial infections, ear mites, allergic dermatitis, and yeast infections. Hot spots, a grayish tint to the skin and coat, allergies, and open sores are also common.
What causes skin conditions in pets?
Some are the result of exposure to different external factors, which can include anything from the cleaning products you use in your home to something in the flower garden they ran through on your last walk. Pets could also be allergic to something in their food or the condition could be caused by an internal disease. The possibilities are endless, but our vet can help you determine the cause so that it can be addressed properly.
How are pet skin conditions treated?
Treatment begins with an understanding of the condition and how it came to be. This occurs through discussions, a physical examination, and testing. Once a diagnosis has been reached, a personalized treatment plan will be developed. Depending on the condition and cause, this could include anything from changes to their food and using a medicated shampoo to prescribing allergy medication or procedures to address an underlying disease. Our veterinarian team will be with you every step of the way.
Treat Pet Skin Conditions With Our Veterinarian in Vancouver, BC
Have another pet dermatology FAQ you’d like to ask or do you need to schedule an appointment? Give our team at 1st Ave Animal Hospital a call today at (604) 254-5480.