Your cat or dog can suffer from dermatology problems that cause red, itchy, flaky skin. Left untreated, skin allergies can lead to open sores, widespread skin rashes, and infection. At Hillview Veterinary Clinic, we have ample experience diagnosing and treating pet dermatology problems. Our Reynoldsburg veterinarian can help improve your pet’s health inside and out.
Symptoms of Dermatology Problems
Itchiness is one of the most obvious symptoms that your pet has a skin problem. Your pet will probably scratch, bite, or lick the affected areas incessantly. Other signs include:
- Unusual bumps on your pet’s skin
- Dry, flaky skin
- Red, irritated skin
- Skin rashes or infections
- Open sores or wounds
- Fur loss/bald spots
If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, contact our vet hospital for a checkup right away. Your pet’s incessant scratching can lead to skin infections which can escalate into more serious health issues.
Causes of Pet Dermatology Problems
Skin problems can be caused by allergic reactions to food, plants, pollen, dust, or chemicals in household or grooming products. Flea bites, bacterial infections, or undiagnosed health conditions can also result in irritations on your pet’s skin. The sooner your pet is examined by our veterinarian, the sooner you can uncover the source of his problems so he can get treatment.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pet Dermatology Issues
Pet dermatology problems should never be taken lightly. The longer you wait for a diagnosis, the greater the risk of skin problems escalating to more serious medical issues. At our vet hospital, we’ll perform blood and skin tests to identify the allergen causing irritations on your pet’s skin. For food allergies, we’ll put your pet on an elimination diet and then reintroduce foods into his system slowly to pinpoint the ingredient causing his allergic symptoms.
Skin problems can often be resolved by keeping your pet away from the allergen causing his symptoms. If it’s chemicals in household or grooming products, you can change brands to more natural products that won’t affect your pet’s skin. If the allergen comes from plants or flowers in your garden, keep your pet away from this vegetation to avoid outbreaks on his skin.
Changes to your pet’s diet can eliminate ingredients in his food that are affecting his system. Parasite prevention and control can eliminate allergies caused by flea bites. We may also recommend medications or topical creams to manage allergic symptoms.
Contact Us for Pet Dermatology Services
If your pet is experiencing skin allergies, food allergies or other dermatology issues, don’t hesitate to bring him to our vet hospital for diagnosis and treatment. To schedule an appointment at Hillview Veterinary Clinic, call 614-866-2290 at your earliest convenience.