Skin diseases are common in pets. They affect pets of all ages and require professional treatment. Skin problems cause great discomfort in pets. Our pet dermatologist at Lenox Hill Veterinarians in New York will diagnose and treat your pet for a variety of skin issues. We will examine your pet thoroughly to identify the condition and treat your pet to provide relief and support the healing process.
Symptoms of Skin Diseases in Pets
Some of the symptoms that indicate a pet has a skin disease include:
- Sore skin
- Hair loss
Common Dermatology Issues in Pets
Some of the common dermatology conditions in pets include:
Pets can be allergic to substances in their environment, such as pollen, mold, dander, and dust. They can also be allergic to certain foods. The most common sign of an allergic reaction is scratching after coming into contact with an allergen. Scratching leads to other conditions such as scabbing and wounds.
Ringworms appear as crusty patches mostly on the head, ears, and paws of dogs. Ringworm is a fungus and can spread to other pets and humans.
Mange is a pet’s skin condition caused by mites. It makes pets itchy, which leads to scratching and the development of wounds. Mange is contagious to other pets and humans.
Ticks and Fleas
Ticks and fleas suck blood from the body of a pet. Their saliva can cause an allergic reaction, causing your pet to itch profusely. In response to the itching, pets may scratch and chew their fur, which leads to fur falling out.
Preventing Skin Diseases in Pets
It is possible to prevent skin disorders in pets by practicing the following:
- Brushing and washing your pet regularly
- Following parasite prevention measures from a veterinarian
- Feeding pets a high-quality diet
- Getting rid of allergens in the environment
- Avoid giving foods that cause allergic reactions
Frequent wellness exams are also crucial to maintaining your pet’s health. Skin disorders can be identified during these exams, and the necessary measures are taken to prevent the problem from becoming worse.