Skin Conditions

Common Skin Conditions Treated by Your St. Louis Veterinarian

You love your pets and want to keep them healthy. Watching them suffer from itchy or infected skin is torturous, but it does not have to continue. At St. Louis Veterinary Center, our team is dedicated to providing your pets with the best care possible, and that care starts at home. If you notice any of the following conditions or anything abnormal on your animals, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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Yeast Infection

Pets can suffer from yeast infections on their paws, ears, and other skin folds. A yeast infection can cause a lot of itching and discomfort. Aim to care for these infections as quickly as you notice them.

Flea Allergies

Some pets are allergic to fleas. When fleas bite, the pet ends up with itchy red spots. It is not abnormal for affected pets to lose hair in that area, either.

Mange

Mites in or on a dog’s skin can cause both sarcoptic and demodectic mange. Sarcoptic mange is better known as scabies, and it is contagious to humans and pets. Demodectic mange is not contagious to humans.

Allergic Dermatitis

Allergies to dust, pollen, mold, and food can cause an itchy red rash on your pet that is known as allergic dermatitis.

Ringworm

Ringworm is a common, contagious skin infection that can cause scales, hair loss, and inflammation. If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your vet as soon as possible.

Lick Granuloma and Hot Spots

Both of these skin problems are caused by your pet excessively licking or biting one particular spot over and over again. This typically happens in response to an infection or other medical condition. It is important to note that hot spots can swell up in a matter of hours, have a foul odor, and may ooze. Lick granulomas are a little less intense, though they can cause deep infections. If you notice your pet biting, licking, or scratching the same spot repeatedly, get to an animal hospital as soon as possible. 

Visit Your St. Louis Veterinarian Today

Our hospital staff knows that your pets are part of your family, and we will treat them as a part of our own. We are dedicated to providing the best service to every single animal we see. Whether your pets are suffering from irritated skin or it is simply time for a check-up, give St. Louis Veterinary Center a call at 314-492-8548.