Common Skin Problems in Dogs & Cats
From dandruff to itchy skin, dogs and cats can experience skin issues just like humans do! Luckily, animal dermatology is one of our specialties. At All Pets Medical & Surgical Center, we treat various skin conditions in animals every day.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Many pets experience allergic reactions to flea bites. This is especially common during warmer months here in California when flea populations can skyrocket. The severity of these allergic reactions can vary from one pet to another, however, for many dogs and cats, the itching can quickly become unbearable. The result all the excess scratching your pet does to try to gain some relief only serves to make things worse. We often see pets come into our office with skin infections due to excessive scratching. If your pet experiences an allergic reaction from a flea bite, we can both treat the flea infestation and any resulting skin infections. In addition, our pet dermatologist can help you get your pet on a regular flea prevention medication program to avoid future issues.
Ringworm is a bacterial infection the can occur in both cats and dogs. Ringworm is surprisingly common and can cause your pet a great deal of discomfort if left untreated. A telltale sign that your pet has a ringworm infection is the presence of circular lesions on their skin, typically occurring on their head and legs. Unfortunately, depending on your pet’s coat, it may be difficult to spot these lesions if you’re not sure what to look for. Typically, pet owners are more likely to notice that their pet’s skin is becoming flaky or they have developed bald spots due to so much irritation. Ringworm is very contagious, so it’s imperative that it’s caught and treated quickly to avoid infecting any other animals your infected pet might come into contact with. Our dog and cat dermatologist can treat your pet’s ringworm quickly and help you avoid future outbreaks.
Just like you, your pet may suffer from seasonal allergies. This is known as atopic dermatitis in pets. You would be surprised to learn just how common pet allergies are. Anything from mold and dust mites to pollen and ragweed can cause your pet to have an allergic reaction. Some signs that your pet may be suffering from seasonal allergies can include a running nose or congests, excess scratching, or watery eyes. Itching skin is the most common symptom in pets with allergies. Too much scratching can lead to open wounds that become infected, so it’s important to get your pet’s allergies under control as soon as possible.
Outside of seasonal allergies, food allergies are the most common cause of itchy skin in pets. Many pet foods contain ingredients that don’t agree with every pet. If you notice that your pet is scratching constantly and you’ve recently changed their diet, food allergies may be to blame. Meat byproducts, soy, dairy, and more can all be triggers for your pet’s food allergies. Aside from skin issues, these allergies can also lead to gastrointestinal issues as well.
As soon as you suspect your pet is suffering from a food allergy, you should refrain from continuing to feed them the food making them sick. Talk to one of our dog dermatologists about food recommendations that are right for your particular pet’s needs.
They may benefit from a grain-free diet, or they may be sensitive to particular ingredients such as soy. With so many food choices on the market for dogs and cats, it helps to get the advice of an expert.
Your Pet Dermatology Specialists
Many pets come into our office that has been suffering from a chronic skin condition for months or even years. Often this is because they have been misdiagnosed by other veterinarians. Pet Dermatology and properly diagnosing skin conditions in cats and dogs requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. If you have reason to believe that your pet is suffering from any type of allergy, be it from food, pollen, or pests, bring them into our animal dermatology center for a quick and accurate diagnosis.
Once we are able to determine the underlying cause of your pet’s symptoms, we can offer you the best course of treatment which may include medication or a change in diet. Our team of trained animal dermatology experts can provide your pet with instant relief to stop the itching and scratching, as well as recommending treatment to put an end to any chronic skin problems.