A pet with dermatology issues requires a trip to a veterinarian for an assessment so the problem can be remedied appropriately. If you are noticing hair loss, irritation, scabs, sores, a rash, or other skin problems in dogs or cats affecting your pet, contact Watertown Animal Hospital, PC to make an appointment for a well-visit. Here are some problems that affect pets indicating the need for an evaluation.
Loss of Fur
If a pet has areas on his body where fur is no longer present, it may be the result of a skin problem. Take a close look at the affected skin for signs of a rash, scabs, or sores. A pet suffering from a flea problem may have hair loss on certain areas of his body. Fur loss could also indicate that the pet is suffering from anxiety.
A rash on your pet's skin could be indicative of a skin allergy. In many cases, medication is needed to effectively clear the skin up thoroughly. It is also important to have our vet check your pet so that the cause of the rash is determined. Our vet can conduct tests to check your cat or dog for allergies, but you may need to eliminate potential triggers from your pet's presence and reintroduce them over time to see if the rash appears once again.
Fleas are tiny parasites that feed off of animals, including cats and dogs. If you notice your pets scratching constantly, or small specs of what looks like pepper in their fur, your pet may be dealing with fleas. It's important to regularly check your pet's fur to identify if any of these insects or "flea dirt" are present. If your pet does have fleas, the fleas will need to be eliminated before your pet's skin can be treated. Often, the eradication of fleas will lead to the healing of flea bites and other skin issues, such as allergic reactions to flea bites.
If your pet has dry skin, it will flake away from their body during grooming or petting sessions. You may notice your dogs or cats scratching at their coat often to try to relieve itchiness caused by dry skin. Be careful not give your pet baths too frequently, as this will dry their skin. The depletion of natural oils in the skin happens as a result of over-bathing.
If you are noticing skin problems in dogs or cats, such as scabs, sores, a rash, irritation of the skin, or hair loss, make an appointment at Watertown Animal Hospital, PC to meet with our veterinarian. Give us a call at 860-274-2212