Dogs, cats, and other pets can experience skin conditions just like people. Common causes of skin issues in pets are skin irritants and allergens, such as fleas, pollen, or certain foods. The knowledgeable veterinarians at our two veterinary hospitals in High Point, NC, Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, and Total Care Veterinary Hospital, provide dermatology services and treatments for your pet’s skin conditions.
Symptoms of a Skin Condition or Allergy
Many people do not realize that pets can be susceptible to allergies and skin irritations too. Just like people, pets can be allergic to certain foods or environmental allergens, such as pollen, grass, dust mites, and mold. Additionally, flea bites can also cause severe skin reactions in many pets.
Pets that are struggling with skin irritation or condition often exhibit several behaviors that can let you know there might be an issue. Constant scratching or licking are two indications of a potential problem. Hair loss is another sign that your pet might be dealing with a skin condition and needs treatment. Without treatment, your pet’s constant licking or scratching can damage the skin and lead to an infection.
It is also important to note that pets can develop allergies at any time. Even if your dog or cat was not sensitive to a particular allergen in the past, they could still develop an allergy later on. When you notice changes in behavior, such as constant licking or scratching, it is best to visit one of our offices in High Point, NC, to see a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Once the source of the skin irritation is identified, a corresponding dermatology service or treatment can be performed or administered to give your pet relief.
Dermatology Services and Treatments
There are several ways to diagnose your pet’s allergy or skin condition. Testing methods include an elimination diet, allergy serum testing, blood work, skin scraping, and skin cytology. Once the problem has been diagnosed, a treatment plan can be developed for your pet.
There are many dermatology services and treatments for treating skin conditions in pets. The right one for your cat or dog will depend on the cause of the allergy or irritation. For example, skin conditions due to a food allergy can be treated with nutritional counseling and a hypoallergenic diet, whereas irritations due to an environmental allergy could be treated with an oral antihistamine.
Examples of dermatology services and treatments for your pet’s skin conditions caused by other factors include:
- Oral medications (antihistamines)
- Injectable medications (allergy shots)
- Medicated shampoos
- Topical sprays
- Hypoallergenic diet
If your pet is displaying signs of a skin condition, such as constant scratching or licking, we can help. We have two locations in High Point, NC, where our veterinarians can diagnose your pet’s specific allergy or condition and develop a treatment plan for helping your pet experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital at (336) 886-2315 or Total Care Veterinary Hospital at (336) 841-8877.