Pet Dermatology

Pet Dermatology From Santa Fe Animal Hospital

Skin rashes and irritation in pets can be caused by any number of ailments including allergies, pest infestations, or bacterial infection.  Learning the signs and symptoms of pet skin conditions can help get your pet the treatment he or she needs quickly.  Finding a veterinarian that is familiar with pet dermatology, like Santa Fe Animal Hospital, can make your pet's recovery fast and easy to get your pet back on a healthy and happy track.

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Skin Condition Causes

There are many reasons why a pet may have skin conditions.  Often, allergies can cause a rash or irritation to form on the skin.  This can be anything from a patch of missing fur to an irritated section, often called a hot spot, that your pet is repeatedly licking or scratching.  Allergies can be caused by environmental factors, both inside and outside the home.  Sometimes dermatology conditions can be caused by a bacterial infection.  Yeast infections are quite common in cats and dogs and can occur in dark, wet places on the body, such as between the toes or under the paws.  These infections are worsened by constant licking.  Further, there are many skin conditions and disease that can be caused by mites, such as mange, which can cause itching and lesions to form on the body.  

Signs and Symptoms

The most common dermatological symptom is repeated scratching or licking.  Many skin conditions are itchy and will cause your cat or dog to rub a certain area.  Your pet may even start to lose fur in one area or a section of the skin can become scabbed or bloody.  Your pet may have a rash form, particularly in areas with very thin fur such as on the stomach.  You may also notice patterns of missing fur.  In bacterial infections, such as ringworm, circular patterns of missing fur with a crusted edge will begin to appear all over the body.

How a Vet can Help

A veterinarian will be able to take a small sample of skin and look at it under the microscope allowing for a correct diagnosis.  Depending on the issue, your veterinarian will be able to prescribe medication that can range from antibiotics to allergy medication to treat your pet.  Sometimes topical solutions, such as a spray or shampoo, will be prescribed to treat the skin and eliminate the problem.

Call Santa Fe Animal Hospital Today!

At Santa Fe Animal Hospital our team is trained in pet dermatology.  We can quickly recognize and diagnose the signs of allergies, infection, or mite damage.  Our team cares about your pet as if he or she were one of our own.  Our office is conveniently located at 3107 US-92, Lakeland, FL 33801.  To learn more about how we can help cure your pet's skin condition or to schedule an appointment please call us today at 863-665-9234.