Cats and dogs can suffer from a variety of skin issues that require medical intervention to treat them thoroughly. If your pet is dealing with a dermatology problem, contact St Louis Veterinary Center in St. Louis for an assessment by our veterinarian. Here is some information pertaining to pet dermatology problems to watch for so you know when to make a call to our practice to make an appointment for an evaluation.
Watch for Signs of Scratching
If your pet scratches at their coat often, they may be dealing with skin irritation. Part your pet's fur and look for signs of a visible rash. Rashes can be red or pink, or they may be skin-toned with raised bumps. A rash requires medication to clear it up in its entirety.
Look for the Presence of Fleas
Fleas can cause great distress to a pet. When fleas walk upon your pet's skin, they will suffer from itchiness and irritation. They may bite or scratch at their skin in an attempt to find relief. This could cause sores upon the skin as a result. In addition to itchiness, fleas bite a pet's skin. If your pet has a flea allergy, they may have raised bumps in areas where bites occurred. Our vet will treat the flea problem first to eradicate these pests. If the skin does not clear quickly after fleas are eliminated, medication may be necessary to treat it appropriately.
Avoid Bathing Your Pet Too Frequently
When you give your dog or cat a bath, their skin is stripped of natural oils necessary to keep the skin healthy. This can cause dryness of the skin. If your pet has flakes of skin in their fur, refrain from bathing sessions for a while.
Watch for Allergic Reactions
Allergies can cause skin problems. Some pets are allergic to fleas, causing the skin to break out in a rash. Others may be allergic to specific foods or elements in the environment. It is important to avoid triggers so skin problems do not occur. If you are unsure about what is causing an allergic reaction, our vet will help you determine the trigger. Medication may be necessary to alleviate symptoms.
Check for Missing Fur Patches
When a pet bites or licks at their fur constantly, it will eventually fall out. A pet may take to this type of behavior if they are dealing with a skin problem. Stress can also cause a pet to lose fur, so it is best to see our vet for an evaluation.
Contact St Louis Veterinary Center if your dog or cat is suffering from skin irritation or if it has a rash. Call us at (314) 773-6400.