When you see your pet scratching or licking at a patch of skin, do you dismiss it as just everyday behavior, or do you wonder if something is wrong? While sometimes an itch is just an itch, some symptoms can indicate the presence of significant skin problems that can impair your beloved pet's health. If you're worried about your pet's skin, rest assured that you can get the answers through our pet dermatology services at West Market Veterinary Hospital in Greensboro.
The World of Skin Problems
Skin problems are all too common in both indoor and outdoor pets. Examples to watch out for include:
- Skin problems/irritation such as "hot spots" - "Hotspots," also known as acute moist dermatitis, are associated with a pet's obsessive chewing or licking at an irritation, which then becomes even more irritated. in severe cases, an open wound may form, facilitating infections.
- Hair loss - Hair loss is often related to specific conditions such as sarcoptic mange (infestation by scabies mites) or a fungal infection called ringworm. In ringworm, you'll see scaly red skin within the ring-shaped bald areas.
- Rash - A skin rash may be caused by many different irritants, from allergies and bacteria to reactions to flea/tick bites
- Allergy - Allergic reactions to pests, pollen, mold, or environmental chemicals can cause red, itchy welts on the skin. Food allergies can also cause this symptom.
- Cancer - A lump felt on your pet's skin may be either a benign growth or a skin cancer in the making.
Soothing Solutions From Our Greensboro Vet Team
Your pet doesn't have to suffer from skin complaints when you have West Market Veterinary Hospital on your side. Our veterinary team can evaluate the skin and make diagnostic tests as needed to isolate the cause of the symptoms. Treatment options may include:
- Medicated baths to remove pets and other irritants
- Anti-fungal medications to fight conditions such as ringworm
- Antibiotics to treat a skin infection
- Preventative medications to keep fleas and ticks off of your pet in the future
- Antihistamines, steroids, and hypoallergenic diets to help keep allergic reactions in check
- Skin biopsy to check for cancer, followed by additional surgery or other treatment if necessary
Give Your Pet's Skin the Care It Needs -- Contact Us
Your pet can't take care of his own skin, so it's up to you to make sure he gets the dermatology services he needs. Call West Market Veterinary Hospital at (336) 292-4753 to schedule an examination and to discuss treatment for that lump, bald patch or irritation!