Dermatology

Skin Conditions in Pets: Causes

There are many reasons why a pet may have skin problems such as a rash, irritation, and itching from allergies. Allergies can be caused by environmental factors, both inside and outside the home.  Sometimes dermatological 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 diseases that can be caused by mites, such as mange, which can result in terrible itching and lesions.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common dermatological symptom is repeated scratching or licking, which can result in anything from a small patch of missing fur to a larger area of irritation, often called a “hot spot”. Your pet may even start to lose fur and 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.  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. 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) 225-9868.