Pet Dermatology: Caring for Your Pet’s Skin
Your pet may be hiding dry, irritated skin under loads of fur, but you may notice white flakes and redness indicating skin concerns. Oftentimes, pet dermatology involves diagnosing and controlling allergies your pet may be suffering from. Other times, it involves treating secondary infections that develop when skin is continually irritated from allergies, parasites, or chronic inflammatory conditions. If you suspect your pet has a skin allergy or infection, call us or walk right into our Longview practice.
Causes of Skin Allergies
While pets suffer from the same types of allergies we do, they primarily exhibit their symptoms through their skin. They may show allergies to pollen, trees, mold, grass, or dust through red, itchy skin. They may also be experiencing food sensitivities or flea allergies. Only a brief encounter with a flea can cause skin problems because a single allergic bite causes an exorbitant amount of discomfort.
Ways We Treat Skin Allergies
Due to the variety of allergies your pet may have, we help you manage them a variety of ways. Some of the ways we treat skin allergies:
- If your pet has seasonal-type allergies, we may recommend antihistamines.
- We soothe inflamed skin with specially medicated shampoos.
- When food allergies are the culprit, we’ll work with you to adjust your pet’s diet and recommend hypoallergenic prescription food.
- Finally, we have a variety of prescription medications available to control fleas or chronic skin conditions, like atopic dermatitis.
Treating Skin Infections
When pets have allergies, they can easily develop secondary skin infections. These skin infections can either be bacterial or fungal in nature. Since your pet’s course of treatment depends on the type of infection, we’ll sample skin scrapings to analyze in our laboratory. It’s important to bring your pet in immediately if you suspect a skin infection because they cannot be treated without prescription medication. Once we determine whether your pet is suffering from a yeast or bacterial infection, we can prescribe the necessary medication. Regardless of whether the infection is from yeast or bacteria, your pet will experience dry, itchy, irritated, and painful skin.
One of the most common infections we treat is ear infections. This skin infection stems from ear mites, which are tiny, contagious bugs that invade your pet’s ear canals. Because ear mites are incredibly itchy, pets scratch and easily break open their skin. Thus, they open themselves up to infection.
Signs of ear infections include:
- Frequent head shaking
- Dry, scaly skin around the ears
- Black build up in and around the ears
- Pawing at their ears
Contact us for any of our pet dermatology services! From allergies to infections, we’re ready to take care of your four-legged friend at Taylor Veterinary Clinic.
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