Skin problems are common in pets, just as they are in humans. A range of factors such as environmental and seasonal allergies, flea bites, bacterial infections, and ingredients in pet food can trigger dermatology issues in your furry friend. It's essential to pinpoint the cause of your pet's skin issues so they can receive the proper treatment. Our veterinarians at Lakewood Pet Vet Animal Hospital offer skin testing, blood work, and other diagnostics to diagnose your pet's condition and provide a treatment plan for their recovery.
Common Dermatology Issues in Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are prone to various dermatology issues, including dry, itchy skin, open sores and lesions, lumps or bumps on their skin, rashes and irritations, skin infections, and fur loss. If you notice your pet biting, chewing, or scratching their skin excessively, it's vital to bring them in for a checkup. Early diagnosis and treatment can save your pet from unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Common Causes of Pet Dermatology Problems
Your pet's environment can trigger skin problems. Chemicals in cleaning products, plants in your garden, and ingredients in their food are all potential sources of skin irritation. Flea bites can also be a common cause of pet skin problems, as your pet may be allergic to flea saliva. Other triggers include ear mites, dust or pollen, bacterial infections, hives, and parasitic bites.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pet Skin Problems
Our Lakewood veterinarians use diagnostics such as skin testing and blood work to identify the cause of your pet's condition so that we can recommend appropriate treatment. Treating flea and other pest infestations can help clear up your pet's skin. Changing household products, your pet's diet, or keeping them away from allergy-causing plants can also help reduce allergic reactions that show up on their skin. We can also prescribe ointments, creams, or oral medications to treat bacterial infections and sores on your pet's skin.
Treating Dermatology Problems Early
Early treatment of dermatology issues is essential to avoid more severe issues that can impact your pet's overall health. A healthy coat and healthy skin are signs of a well-cared-for pet. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from skin problems, contact Lakewood Pet Vet Animal Hospital at 562-925-2300 to schedule an appointment. We're here to meet all your pet care needs.