Like all important organs, the skin needs to be cared for and protected from anything that could harm it. Whether it be rashes, dry patches or sores, the issue should be taken seriously and brought to a veterinarian. At Amherstview Pet Hospital, we can expertly care for any skin problem and provide preventive treatment to keep their skin and coat shiny, smooth and healthy. For more details on our dermatological services, please call us at 613-384-6618.
What can cause dermatological issues in cats and dogs?
You would be surprised to learn that ordinary items your feline or canine encounter throughout the day can also cause dermatological issues.
- Parasites can affect your cat or dog’s skin; this includes fleas, ear mites and ringworms.
- Environmental allergies - some felines or canines have reactions when they encounter pollen, grass, dust, mold or even other animals.
- Bacterial infections - having a fungus or even itching due to parasites can cause some irritation in the skin.
- Food allergies - your loyal companion can develop a food allergy at any age. The most common food allergens are proteins found in beef, dairy, chicken, soy or gluten.
- Acne - dogs can develop acne due to their genetics and cats may have hormonal acne like teenagers. Canine acne can be triggered by injury to the skin or muzzle.
What are signs of skin problems in dogs and cats?
Although the skin covers their entire body, the symptoms can be hidden in areas you don’t normally see. We recommend that when you groom your loyal companion, check behind the ears, between their paws and always ensure your feline or canine has routine veterinary checkups. Here are common signs that your loyal companion has a dermatological issue:
- Scratching and itching
- Sores or redness of the skin
- Four odour
- Bald patches and excessive shedding
- Bumps and lumps
- Scooting or rolling
- Head shaking or ear problems
How should cat or dog skin problems be treated?
Your veterinarian will choose a treatment option that is best for your cat or dog's condition. To prevent the symptoms from recurring it’s best to have a veterinarian examine them and do the necessary testing. We may prescribe topical creams, oral medications, modified diets or recommend laser therapy.