Skin Care for Your Pet at Oaks North Animal Hospital
You might envy your pet's easygoing way of life from time to time, but a pet's life isn't always fun and games, especially when skin diseases and disorders become a challenge. If your pet is constantly scratching, licking, or chewing at irritated skin, consider that your signal to schedule an evaluation at Oaks North Animal Hospital. Our San Antonio veterinary clinic can discover the underlying cause of that skin issue and provide everything from soothing treatment to preventative strategies for a happier, healthier, more comfortable pet.
Allergies, Infection, Pest Infestation, and Other Common Issues
Your pet's skin is vulnerable to attack, both from without and from within. The most obvious enemy takes the form of pest infestation. Fleas, ticks, and mites bite your pet's skin, releasing saliva that may prompt allergic dermatitis. Your pet then scratches or bites the itchy places, damaging the skin further and making secondary infection from bacteria a real possibility. Pet allergies can be internal or external in nature. In addition to the aforementioned pest reactions, your pet may be allergic to airborne allergens, local plant life, or household chemicals. Pets can even develop food allergies that manifest themselves as red, itchy, swollen skin.
Some pet skin diseases can cause both skin symptoms and hair loss. For instance, sarcoptic mange from a mite infestation can cause rashes, itchy skin, and hair loss. A fungal skin infection known as ringworm can produce ring-shaped lesions accompanied by hair loss. Ringworm can even cause abnormal nail growth if it spreads to the paws.
Diagnosis and Treatment to Relieve Skin Problems
Bring your pet to Oaks North Animal Hospital for prompt, accurate evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of that alarming skin issue. We can confirm a pest infestation, prescribe medications to improve the symptoms and provide relief to your pet. There are medications which can be prescribed to lessen the frequency of recurrence. Appropriate diagnostic testing can be recommended depending on sign and symptoms.
Does your pet suffer from allergies? Tests can be run to help identify allergens that are affecting your pet. Occasionally pets may require special prescription diets to help identify food allergies. It is always best to consult with your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan.
Is Your Pet Feeling Miserable? Call Our San Antonio Veterinary Clinic
Don't let your pet keep scratching and chewing miserably at itchy, irritated skin. Call our San Antonio veterinary clinic at (210) 697-9585 for help!