When grooming your cat or dog please pay special attention to their coat, skin, paws, and nails as they can indicate when your pet has a dermatological issue. Like humans, cats, and dogs can have dermatitis, food allergies, seasonal allergies, alopecia, dandruff, and even acne. They are also highly vulnerable to parasitic infections. With various potential irritants in their surroundings your pet can develop a skin problem at any time.
When should my pet see a veterinarian for skin abnormalities?
It can be alarming to see changes in your pet's skin. Fortunately, they can be easily treated by a veterinarian in most cases. With the use of blood tests, urinalysis, skin scrapings, or biopsies our team can narrow down the cause of skin flare-ups on cats and dogs. As soon as you notice the signs, please contact us to book an appointment at 705-431-5570. Always be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- Rashes and redness
- Hair loss
- Bald patches
- Abnormal body odour
- Lesions or scabs
- Excessive licking
- Gnawing at their skin
- Itching and scratching
- Dry, irritated, or flaky skin
What causes skin infections or allergies in cats and dogs?
- Food allergies
- Seasonal changes
How are skin problems treated in pets?
It is important to treat your pet's dermatological problems promptly as they can get much worse over time. Some bacterial infections can even spread from your pet to humans with close contact. After running diagnostic tests, the veterinarian may prescribe injections, medicated shampoos, topical creams, or a special diet to help manage their condition. Remember that only a licensed and experienced veterinarian can effectively diagnose and treat your pet. You should never follow DIY treatments.