Your pet's skin provides protection for their organs and internal systems. However, when your pet has a skin infection or other issues, this could create a range of internal health problems. If you notice irregularities like rashes or missing fur patches, please book an appointment at 519-941-2275.
Which skin conditions affect pets?
A range of external irritants and parasites can cause skin conditions, including environmental allergies, parasites, and bacterial infections. If your pet's skin condition is left untreated, it could cause complications in the long term. It can also be difficult for pet owners to discern which specific conditions they have because many symptoms overlap. A proper diagnosis from our veterinary team can help you treat and address any underlying issues that are at the root of your pet's ailment.
What are the most common signs of a skin condition?
Some pets are naturally more prone to itching than others, but that doesn't always mean that they have a skin condition. However, if you have concerns, it's best to have us perform a physical examination. Some of the most common signs that lead to a diagnosis include:
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
Is my pet's skin condition related to allergies?
Pets can experience food and environmental allergies, which create skin issues. Pets are commonly allergic to dust mites, pollen, and grass. If you've noticed your pet suddenly starts scratching their face, feet, chest, or stomach after interacting with any of these, it could be a sign of environmental allergies. Similarly, your pet could have a similar reaction after eating protein, dairy, wheat, or vegetables. If you suspect your pet has a food allergy, you should eliminate the culprit immediately.