Does My Pet Have a Skin Disorder?
How can you tell if your pet has a skin condition? Their fur can hide a lot of things, including skin disorders.
Here are some of the signs that might indicate a skin issue:
- Constant scratching
- Scratching/rubbing of the ears
- Chewing and licking of the feet
- Hair loss/bald patches
- Red, irritated-looking patches of skin
- Dry, scaly patches
- Skin/ears giving off strong, unpleasant odor
- Yeast buildup in the ears
What Causes Skin Disorders in Pets?
Finding the cause of your pet’s skin condition is vital to treating it effectively.
Itchy skin can have a variety of causes, with these being the most common:
- Environmental allergies (grass, pollen, mold, dust)
- Flea allergy dermatitis (allergic reaction to flea bites)
- Contact allergies
- Food allergies
- Fungal infection (such as ringworm)
How We Treat Allergies in Dogs and Cats
There is no one-size-fits-all allergy treatment plan for pets; rather, we need to examine your pet thoroughly, discuss their lifestyle, environment, and nutrition, and find solutions to resolve their itching and other symptoms.
In addition to the physical exam, we may also recommend blood work and/or skin tests if we need more information about your pet’s condition. Like human dermatology, pet dermatology can sometimes be a trial-and-error process. We need to learn as much as we can about what’s ailing your companion and formulate a treatment plan suited to their needs.
A dermatological treatment plan might include:
- A diet change (food therapy)
- Traditional anti-itch medication (injectable, oral, or topical)
- Antibiotics (to treat any existing secondary infection)
- Antifungal medication
- Flea prevention
- Lifestyle/environmental changes