There are many different causes of skin disease, from external parasites, to allergies, to hormonal imbalances. Fleas, mites, food and pollen allergies, genetic disorders, thyroid and adrenal gland problems are just some of the underlying causes of skin disease in dogs and cats.
Common signs of skin disease are itching/scratching/licking, flaking or crusting skin, redness, change in skin or coat color, odor, hair loss, greasy coat, and ear problems. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us and schedule an appointment. With proper treatment we can help your pet feel more comfortable.
Sometimes diagnostic tools and laboratory tests must be performed to help determine the underlying cause of a skin disease. If necessary, we can recommend microscopic examinations, fungal cultures, biopsies, allergy or other blood tests for a rapid diagnosis and proper treatment.
Some skin problems are easily resolved and others can be very frustrating to manage. We are here to work with you and your pet to ensure its best care and comfort.
The following are some common diseases and conditions affecting the skin:
- Bacterial infections
- Hot spots or acute moist dermatitis
- Fungal infections
- Food allergies
- Contact dermatitis
- Autoimmune diseases