Benessere Animal Hospital in Greensboro, NC Answers Your Questions About Pet Dermatology
At Benessere Animal Hospital, we get a lot of FAQs about pet skin conditions and are happy to tell you how our Greensboro veterinarian team can help.
What Are The Signs Of a Pet Skin Condition?
Keep a look out for common signs of a pet skin problem, including:
- Dry, scaly, flaky skin
- Hair loss (especially in large clumps or patches)
- Redness, swelling, and/or a rash or irritation
- Scabs or oozing of fluids (“hot spots”)
- Foul odor
- Dull coat
- Excessive itching, scratching, biting, rubbing, shaking, and licking
Signs of a skin problem can occur anywhere on your pet’s body, but we frequently see signs on the muzzle, in and around the ears, in areas with a lot of skin folds, on or near bony joints, and in between the toes/paws.
What’s Causing My Pet’s Skin Condition?
If your dog or cat has a rash, hot spot, or any other sign of skin irritation, it’s important to figure out what’s causing it so that proper treatment can be initiated. Some of the most common issues we see include:
- Food allergy: this is likely a cause if your pet’s skin problems go away with medication but then return when the medication stops
- Other types of allergy: a pet may be sensitive to environmental substances like pollen, smoke, mold, grass, household cleaners, shampoos, etc.
- Bacterial, parasitic, or fungal infection: fleas, ringworm, yeast, mites, lice, and bacteria can trigger skin irritation
- Poor nutrition, especially if your pet doesn’t consume enough healthy fatty acids
- Hormonal or metabolic imbalances
In some cases, even normal environmental or seasonal changes can lead to skin irritation. For instance, many short-haired animals can get sunburned in the summer or develop dry skin in the cold winter months.
How Can a Vet in Greensboro Soothe My Pet’s Skin Condition?
Our pet dermatology team in Greensboro first performs a thorough physical inspection of your pet. We may take samples of your pet’s skin, hair, feces, urine, and blood to and test these to determine the presence of underlying health issues. Once a diagnosis has been made, we can provide skin treatment tailored to soothe irritation, reduce inflammation, heal the skin, and prevent recurring problems. We do this through things like medicated ointments and shampoos, oral medications, dietary changes (including supplements), and environmental modifications in the home.