5 Signs It May Be Time to See A Veterinary Dermatologist

Approximately 62% of Americans have pets, and over 160 million of these pets are cats and dogs, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). Skin problems are among the major reasons cat and dog owners seek veterinary advice. Itchy skin in pets causes discomfort and reduced appetite. A skin problem can also be a sign of a serious underlying health condition. As such, it is prudent to be keen on early signs. Here are five of them.

1. Skin Irritation

Pets with itchy skin are often referred to as pruritus. Over 40% of pet owners who visit animal hospitals in Pensacola complain about skin irritation. Constant scratching has adverse effects on a pet’s appetite and general health. It causes dogs to bark continuously at night due to insomnia. Continued irritation can lead to hair loss, infections, and skin lesions.

2. Hair Loss

Hair loss, alopecia, is prevalent in cats and dogs. It makes your pet to have complete or partial hair loss. Also, it affects the skin, endocrine system, immune system, and lymphatic system. Alopecia can affect pets of all breeds, gender, and ages. Often, it is associated with consistent hair loss. A pet may develop bald circle, inflammation, and crust on the affected area.

3. Skin Rash

Skin rash is common in dogs. It may be due to a bacterial infection, hormonal imbalances, environmental factors or Cushing’s disease. If a vet does not treat it in time, the rash could cause a skin infection which causes discomfort.

4. Allergies

Pet allergies can cause a skin rash on the belly. Environment allergies such as reaction to poison ivy, cleaning products and fertilizer cause itchy rashes. Persistent itching and scratching make your pet prone to infections. They may show different symptoms of allergy including irritation, hair loss, and skin redness.

5. Mange

Mange is a skin disorder resulting from mite bites. Most mite infections occur throughout the year. They display different signs based on the specific species and the type of skin lesions that an animal develops. Demodectic mange causes bald spots, sores and extensive air loss while sarcoptic mange leads to hair loss, sore and skin reddening.

Contact The Brentwood Animal Hospital Staff Today

Whether your pet is suffering from hair loss, allergy, skin rash or skin irritation, The Brentwood Animal Hospital has the necessary expertise in pet dermatology. Our veterinary technicians work with Dr. Todd Burnett DVM to provide the right treatment for your pet. Call us today at 850-434-2646 to schedule an appointment.