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Just like you, your pet can develop a skin irritation for a variety of reasons. Knowing the signs and symptoms can prevent a minor dermatology problem from becoming more serious. At Westside Animal Hospital in Casper, we treat lots of animals with skin issues. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about this common pet ailment.
If your cat or dog is scratching and feeling miserable from a rash or other irritation, a number of dermatology issues could be to blame, such as:
Allergies: Allergy symptoms tend to show up on animals’ skin. Pets may be allergic to grass, trees, pollen, weeds, dust, mold, food ingredients, and other substances. For some allergic pets, one flea bite can cause a lengthy cycle of scratching.
Skin infections: A range of infections can disturb your pet’s skin. Some are contagious, such as ringworm, a fungal infection that needs treatment right away before it spreads to other pets and even people in your house.
Parasites, such as ear mites and lice: can irritate your pet’s skin.
Stress: Some pets, if they’re bored or stressed, will lick their paws or other areas so much that it causes skin problems.
Shampoos and grooming products: may cause a rash.
Winter dry skin: can cause irritation and flakiness.
Hormonal imbalances: can lead to changes in your pet’s skin and fur.
See the veterinarian right away if you spot problems in your pet.
Our vet can diagnose your pet using tests like skin scraping, cultures, biopsy, blood tests, allergy testing, and close exam of the skin and fur. Some dermatology conditions are curable, and others are chronic, needing ongoing care.
Treatments may include medications, vitamins, supplements, special shampoos, allergy shots, or special diets. An elimination diet can help diagnose food allergies.
Being alert to skin and behavior changes in your pet, along with regular vet checkups, will help to ensure that your cat or dog has a happy, healthy, itch-free life!
We’re happy to answer any questions you have about dermatology care for your furry companion. Call Westside Animal Hospital in Casper at 307-472-5600 to make your appointment.