Dermatology FAQs

dermatology-faqs

A skin problem can make your pet very uncomfortable and can even be an indication of an underlying health problem. Luckily, our veterinarians have the training and experience to effectively diagnose various pet skin conditions and to offer a remedy that works. At South Federal Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we can treat dermatology issues that affect the pet population. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about pet dermatology:

What Are Symptoms of a Pet Skin Problem?

Pet owners may notice a number of symptoms that indicate a dermatology problem. Their pet’s skin may look reddish and inflamed. There may be swelling in the area. Owners may find pimples, bumps, or lesions on the skin. The animals may scratch incessantly or lick at the irritated area. The skin may also ooze fluid. Outbreaks may be seasonal, or the problem may be chronic.

What Causes Pet Skin Problems?

Skin problems can be caused by allergies, infections, parasites, or food sensitivities. Finding the cause of your pet’s skin issues can take some investigation.

How Are Pet Skin Problems Diagnosed?

Veterinarians use a number of methods to determine the cause of a skin problem. First, a physical examination of the animal can reveal telltale signs of the cause. Our vets will also ask you questions to understand possible substances or chemicals your pet has interacted with in or outside the home. Our veterinarians may also take a tissue sample from the affected area to inspect under a microscope. Finally, blood tests may be ordered to determine if some other physical problem is affecting the skin.

What Treatments Are Available for Pet Skin Problems?

Our veterinarian may prescribe a medication shampoo, lotion, or mousse to apply to the skin. In many cases, if there is an infection present, an oral antibiotic or antifungal medication may be prescribed. If our doctor suspects allergies, an allergy injection or an oral allergy pill may be prescribed to help decrease the itch. If the underlying problem is a food allergy, we may have you administer an elimination diet, where you only feed your animal one food at a time to see which one causes a reaction. Since there is no blood test to rule out if your pet has a flea allergy, we recommend year-round flea control.

Make South Federal Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian for Dermatology Care

Dr. Stelljes, Dr. Katz, and Dr. Vergne use their extensive training in veterinary medicine to help pets in Fort Lauderdale live long, active, and happy lives. Contact South Federal Animal Hospital today at 954-523-8527 for an appointment to have your pet examined or to learn about treatment options for your pet skin problems.

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