Dermatology Treatment For Pets
A pet that is suffering from a dermatology problem is sure to have uncomfortable symptoms. If your dog or cat has a skin rash or irritation of the skin, reach out to Creekside Animal Hospital and Wellness Center to meet with our veterinarian. We service the Lafayette & West Lafayette areas. Here are some signs that indicate a dog or cat requires medical attention to treat a skin problem.
Patches Of Fur Are Missing From The Body
If your pet has spots on their body where fur is no longer present, take a close look at the skin to determine whether a dermatology problem could be causing this reaction. Many pets will bite or scratch at their body if they feel itchy or uncomfortable. Excessive attention to an area with a skin problem could cause the fur to fall out.
Visible Signs Of A Skin Rash
Skin rashes could happen for a variety of reasons. Your pet may be having an allergic reaction to a particular food or grooming agent. They may have excessive bacteria buildup upon areas of the body which cause a rash to occur. If a rash does not go away on its own after a day or two, call our vet to make an appointment for medication to treat the problem.
Fleas Are Present Upon The Body
A pet that has a flea problem will likely suffer from skin issues as well. Many dogs and cats are allergic to flea bites. When a flea bites the skin, it leaves behind a small bump in its place. This could become inflamed and infected if a pet scratches or bites at this part of the skin. In addition to treating a skin problem, our vet will treat your pet for the flea infestation as well. The fleas may need to eradicated first to see if the skin heals on its own.
Dry, Flaky Skin Is Noticed In The Coat
If your pet has dry skin, you may notice small flecks of white skin cells that have separated from the body present within your pet's fur. Use a comb to remove them. Dry skin is often the result of bathing a pet too often or an allergic reaction to a pet shampoo. Refrain from frequent bathing so the skin's natural oils are not depleted. Our vet can make recommendations on other brands of shampoos to use so dryness subsides.
If your pet is suffering from skin issues, it is best to have it checked by our veterinarian so treatment can be administered. Call Creekside Animal Hospital and Wellness Center to make an appointment with our vet at 765-742-0140 if you live in the Lafayette & West Lafayette area.