Pets sometimes develop skin conditions due to allergies, sensitivity to harsh chemicals, or other health issues. These conditions may require ongoing veterinary care to keep pets comfortable and healthy. At Clearwater Animal Clinic, we offer dermatology care for pets with common skin problems.
Symptoms of Skin Problems
You may notice red or irritated spots on your pet’s skin. Sometimes, pimples or sores may develop. The rash can lead to other issues if not properly treated. Conventional creams and ointments may only clear up rashes partially, only to have the irritation reappear. There may be hair loss in the affected area caused by the pet incessantly scratching. Your pet may seem uncomfortable or lethargic due to the problem.
Causes of Skin Problems in Pets
Some pets have allergic reactions that occur on a seasonal basis when pollen and other allergens are at their height. Contact with outside plants can lead to skin irritation and rashes. Pets may also develop a reaction to the foods they eat, causing a skin rash or irritation. Parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites can cause skin reactions. Pets can be allergic to flea bites, which can cause severe rashes and skin irritation. These issues require treatment by our vets to investigate underlying causes and provide appropriate treatment for the problem.
Treatment of Common Skin Conditions
Our veterinarians will thoroughly examine the affected skin area to detect bite marks, fluid in pustules, or other indicators. If parasites are the cause, our vets can administer effective medications to eliminate the pests. We may also test to find the root cause of the allergen. Cortisone creams or injections can help to relieve skin discomfort. Eliminating plants or chemicals in the environment is also recommended. You may be advised to change your pet’s food or to keep him or her indoors during certain times of the year. Switching to less toxic cleaning products may also be necessary to provide relief for the pet.
Visit Our Animal Hospital for Pet Skin Care from Our Vets in Clearwater, FL
Dr. Charpentier, Dr. Stenzel, and our professional staff at Clearwater Animal Clinic use our love of animals and years of experience to help pets in Clearwater and surrounding areas experience better health. We offer a range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, parasite prevention, diagnostics, soft tissue surgery, microchipping, and more. Call us at (727) 584-1151 to schedule your pet’s next exam or to learn more about how we can help.