Pet Dermatology FAQs

FAQs About Pet Dermatology From Westside Animal Hospital In Casper, WY

Just like you, your pet can develop a skin irritation for a variety of reasons. Knowing the signs and symptoms can prevent a minor dermatology problem from becoming more serious.  At Westside Animal Hospital in Casper, we treat lots of animals with skin issues. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about this common pet ailment.  

dog's skin being examined by its veterinarian

What Causes Pet Dermatology Problems?

If your cat or dog is scratching and feeling miserable from a rash or other irritation, a number of dermatology issues could be to blame, such as: 

Allergies: Allergy symptoms tend to show up on animals’ skin. Pets may be allergic to grass, trees, pollen, weeds, dust, mold, food ingredients, and other substances. For some allergic pets, one flea bite can cause a lengthy cycle of scratching.

Skin infections: A range of infections can disturb your pet’s skin. Some are contagious, such as ringworm, a fungal infection that needs treatment right away before it spreads to other pets and even people in your house.

Parasites, such as ear mites and lice: can irritate your pet’s skin.

Stress: Some pets, if they’re bored or stressed, will lick their paws or other areas so much that it causes skin problems.  

Shampoos and grooming products: may cause a rash.  

Winter dry skin: can cause irritation and flakiness.

Hormonal imbalances:  can lead to changes in your pet’s skin and fur.

What Are Some Symptoms of Pet Skin Issues?

  • Flaky, dry skin
  • Repeated licking, chewing, scratching, or rubbing face on objects
  • Rash
  • Loss of hair or dull coat
  • Scabs
  • Hot spots, inflamed areas
  • Scaly patches
  • Lumps or swollen areas
  • Skin that’s discolored
  • Blood or pus drainage

How Can Our Veterinarian Help?

See the veterinarian right away if you spot problems in your pet. 

Our vet can diagnose your pet using tests like skin scraping, cultures, biopsy, blood tests, allergy testing, and close exam of the skin and fur. Some dermatology conditions are curable, and others are chronic, needing ongoing care.

Treatments may include medications, vitamins, supplements, special shampoos, allergy shots, or special diets.  An elimination diet can help diagnose food allergies.

What Are Some Ways to Prevent Pet Skin Problems? 

  • A healthy diet without artificial ingredients
  • Brushing fur to prevent matting
  • Hypoallergenic soaps and grooming products specially made for dogs or cats
  • Flea treatments
  • A clean house and calm environment for your pet

Being alert to skin and behavior changes in your pet, along with regular vet checkups, will help to ensure that your cat or dog has a happy, healthy, itch-free life!   

Contact Our Casper Veterinarian Today

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about dermatology care for your furry companion. Call Westside Animal Hospital in Casper at 307-472-5600 to make your appointment.


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