Santa Fe Animal Hospital

Dermatology

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) 665-5033.

We will be re-opening on Tuesday, March 1st!

Please note the updated process below:

  • One person per pet will be allowed in the building. We ask that you continue to check in by phone at (863) 665-5033 when you arrive for your pet’s appointment, then wait for a team member to come out and escort you and your pet into the building. 
  • We do request that you wear a mask when in the building.
  • Please social distance as best as possible when in the hospital. 
  • Our waiting room will be open with socially distanced seating. 
  • When in the waiting room, a staff member will discuss your pet’s history and take note of any issues you would like the doctor to examine.
  • Due to the exam rooms being small, a staff member will then escort your pet to the exam room, while you continue to wait in the waiting room. 
  • After the examination, you will be brought into the exam room to discuss the findings and treatment plan with the doctor. 
  • If you are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19, we do ask that you find a friend or family member to bring your pet to their appointment. 
  • Our curbside service will no longer be a required part of our COVID-19 protocol; however, if you prefer to take advantage of this service, just let us know when you arrive.
  • In order to reduce traffic flow inside the clinic, food and medicine pick up will still remain curbside.

We know this has been a long and trying year for everyone, and we sincerely appreciate how understanding our clients have been with the necessary restrictions and changes. 

Thank you for continuing to trust us with your pet’s health!
The Santa Fe Animal Hospital Team