Pets suffer from many of the same dermatological issues that we do. Dry skin, hair loss, and irritation are pet dermatology issues that can all affect our furry friends as much as us. Typically, like us, these issues are more than surface problems. They often indicate deeper problems beneath the surface. Allergies, endocrine disorders, or environmental elements such as parasites, can all play a role. To best treat your pet, our Medina animal hospital staff will not only treat the skin condition, but delve deeper to know the true cause, and treat that, too.

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Causes of Pet Skin Conditions

A range of both internal and external factors can contribute to your pet’s skin condition. To diagnose the problem, an allergy test is performed to either confirm or rule out allergies. We may also take a skin sample for a cytology test to ensure there is no bacterial or fungal infection.

Pet dermatology issues include:

  • Environmental allergies (mold, dust, pollen, or plants).
  • Food allergies
  • Parasites (fleas, lice, ear mites, etc.)
  • Infections (yeast or bacterial)
  • Endocrine disorders (involving over or underproduction of hormones)
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Symptoms and Treatments

Some skin conditions can be treated once and disappear, while others will need continuing attention and treatment. Depending on the diagnosis, treatments may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Parasiticides
  • Topicals
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Dietary/Vitamin supplement
  • Parasite prevention
  • Change in diet, if a food allergy.

If your pet is experiencing dermatology issues, get in contact today. Pet dermatology issues can take time to diagnose and treat, so the sooner you bring your pet in, the better! Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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