Does your pet have problem skin? It’s not unusual for cats and dogs to have chronic skin infections. There are veterinarians that have special training in pet dermatology. These doctors can help you address your pet’s problem skin so that your dog or cat is healthy and happy.
There are a number of root problems that can cause problem skin. If you notice your animal scratching or chewing on his or her skin, this is often caused by pet dermatology problem. Strong odors and chronic dandruff can also be the result of problem skin issues. Your pet may be miserable because of these constant irritations. If animals constantly scratch or bite their skin, they can make the problem worse. Excessive scratching can lead to hair loss. In some cases, they can break the skin which leads to infection.
Consult a veterinarian with pet dermatology experience immediately. Don’t try to treat your dog with over-the-counter medications that you find in pet stores. You could give the animal the wrong dosage, which can make the pet ill or the irritation worse. Also, your pet could have an underlying condition that is causing the pet dermatology issue. Your pet may have other problems related to allergies such as asthma which also need treatment. A veterinarian can identify the source of the problem and identify the best treatment options.
Your veterinarian can perform skin allergy tests on your pet to identify potential allergens. You may need to change shampoos or adjust the animal’s diet to eliminate irritants. Some dogs and cats need allergy shots to control their problem skin issues; others need a dietary change. It’s common for animals to have a flea allergy which mean you’ll need to treat fleas aggressively.
Animals can develop pet dermatology problems that are not related to allergies – like ear infections from swimming. There are many common animal skin conditions that cause problem skin such as mange, dandruff, hair loss, yeast infections, bacterial infections and ringworm. These conditions can’t be treated at home and aren’t likely to resolve themselves without help from a vet with extensive knowledge of pet dermatology. You should seek treatment right away or the condition may worsen. Your pet could be miserable from these issues and could get even sicker. A pet dermatology expert can identify a treatment plan and help your pet get back to being healthy and happy.