Dermatology, the practice of treating the skin, is important for many pets. If your pet has been scratching a lot, chances are that it needs pet dermatology treatment from the veterinarian. Skin problems can cause a lot of symptoms, and they can even make your pet smell bad. If you suspect that your pet has a skin problem, it needs to see a veterinarian who specializes in pet dermatology. The skin will be assessed for problems and then treated to help improve your pet’s quality of life.
South Federal Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is here to help. Read on to learn more about our dermatology services.
Symptoms of Pet Skin Problems
The main symptom of a dermatological problem is that the pet is scratching a lot. When it scratches excessively, it is often because the skin is itchy or irritated. Your pet may also lick the affected area or groom itself repeatedly. The pet may also scoot across the floor or roll around to scratch itself. Your pet may also whine from the discomfort. When there is a skin problem, it can be highly painful and irritating to pets, and it can mean a lower quality of life.
Causes of Skin Problems
The cause of the pet's skin problem may be an allergy that the pet is suffering from. There are a number of things that pets can be allergic to, and they can react with itchy skin, a rash, or hives. This can cause the skin to be so irritated that the pet is frustrated and in pain.
If a pet is bitten by fleas, it may develop an allergic reaction to the fleas’ saliva. If you see one small area of redness and irritation, this may be the reason. If the allergic reaction is broader, it may be a food allergy or an allergy to a plant or the pollen in the air. Dust can also cause these reactions.
The pet dermatology treatment that your pet needs depends on the type of reaction and how severe it is. There are many treatments available for skin problems that a veterinarian can help with. There are effective steroids that can help, either topically or with an injection or pills. There are also allergy medications that can calm the histone reaction that causes these effects.
Call Us Today if Your Pet Needs Dermatology Treatment
When your pet has a skin problem, it's time to visit the veterinarian for a health exam and possible treatment for the condition. Call South Federal Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at (954) 523-8527 to make an appointment for your pet.