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Some breeds of dogs and cats are more likely to have skin conditions than others; for example, bulldogs often have facial folds that trap moisture and bacteria which can lead to infection or other types of irritation.
There are many common skin conditions that can affect your pet’s health, these include:
- Yeast infections
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
- Parasite infections
Symptoms of Skin Conditions
While it’s always best to consult with your vet at the first signs of discomfort or irritation in your pet, there are a few common symptoms you can look out for. Pets with skin conditions often exhibit the following symptoms:
- Itchy skin, redness, or rash
- Hair loss
- Swelling and thickening of the skin
- Scabs, lumps, bumps, greasy skin, and odor
Our Core Dermatology Services
- Skin Cytology: Microscopic examination of tissue samples to diagnose skin conditions
- Biopsies: Surgical removal and examination of sample tissue from lesions to diagnose disease
- Aerobic culture: Identification of bacteria and targeted treatment options
Tips for Managing Skin Conditions
It’s always best to discuss treatment options with your veterinarian first. A professional veterinary dermatologist may prescribe oral medications or injectable steroids to treat your pet’s allergies. However, if you suspect that your pet is suffering from an allergy, consider these tips:
- Groom regularly. Regular brushing, bathing, and grooming can help remove dander and dead skin cells from the surface of your pet’s body. Use a hypoallergenic shampoo for sensitive pets that are prone to allergies.
- Feed your pet allergy-sensitive food.
- Reduce stress. Many cats and dogs are sensitive to stress in the household. Keep their environment quiet, and free of over-stimulation.
- Replace old toys and products with hypoallergenic alternatives.
How to Help Your Pet with Skin Problems
If you suspect your pet is experiencing skin problems, the team at VIP Animal Hospital is here to help. We take the time to get to know you and your pet, so we can develop the best treatment plan to suit their needs. It’s time to say goodbye to itching, scratching, and discomfort in your pet, and hello to a happier, and healthier furry friend! Contact us today to learn more!