As a cat or dog owner, it is your responsibility to check your pet regularly for signs of a medical problem, so you can seek treatment as quickly as possible. Dermatology issues such as skin irritation, rash, or itchiness can happen for a variety of reasons. If your pet is suffering from a skin issue, contact 1st Ave Animal Hospital in Vancouver, BC to make an appointment with our vet for an assessment. Here are common skin problems that pets suffer from.
If your pet has a skin allergy, it may have a rash or itchiness that causes distress to your dog or cat. Allergic reactions that cause problems with a pet's skin are usually the result of ingesting a particular food or a poisonous substance. If your pet has a flea allergy, it will experience an allergic reaction after being bit by these parasites.
A pet that has dry skin will often have a bad case of dandruff. If you notice small flecks of white within your pet's fur, this can indicate a dry skin condition. It is important not to bathe your pet too frequently, as the process depletes the skin of natural oils necessary to keep it supple. The problem can usually be remedied with medication or shampooing products made specifically for dry skin.
If a pet has a flea problem, a skin problem is likely to also happen at the same time. Fleas will bite your pet's skin, leaving behind welts. Pets with fleas suffer from extreme itchiness. In an attempt to stop itching from happening, a dog or cat will usually scratch or bite at their skin. This can leave behind scratches or marks that need treatment so they do not become infected. By eliminating fleas with medication, your pet’s skin issues should clear up soon after.
If your pet had sustained an injury that you were not aware of, a skin problem can arise at the site where the injury occurred. This will require an evaluation by our vet to determine the extent of the problem so the appropriate treatment can be administered.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Pet Dermatology Services in Vancouver, BC
If your pet has a dermatology issue that needs to be addressed, contact 1st Ave Animal Hospital in Vancouver, BC to make an appointment with our veterinarian as soon as possible. Call us today at (604) 254-5480 for more information or to schedule an appointment.