There are a variety of chronic and inflammatory skin conditions that can affect dogs and cats, but some are more common than others.
These include allergies, bacterial infections, fungal infections, chronic scratching, and skin parasites.
Our vets can identify issues such as skin problems, ear infections, and recurring allergies, and proactively resolve them as soon as possible.
At Catawba Animal Clinic, we offer the following dermatological services:
Dogs and cats can be afflicted with a wide range of skin conditions. That said, some are more common than others, including allergies, flea bites, skin irritation, dry skin, itching, and hot spots. Skin issues can be temporary or mild, or more serious and severe causing skin infections and other physical health issues.
Pets can sometimes develop skin problems from allergic reactions to substances in their environment (such as chemicals contained in cleaning products), while others will react to fleas, ingredients, food, or an underlying condition.
The preventive measures you can take will depend on the cause of your pet's skin problem. Once your veterinarian has diagnosed your pet and treated their issue, they will provide you with advice on how you can keep the problem from recurring.
The vet may recommend hypoallergenic soaps or grooming products or even dietary changes. He or she may also recommend a specific brush to prevent matting, flea treatment, or measures you can take to create a quieter, less stressful environment for your pet.
If your pet has scratched or bitten themselves to the point that sores have appeared or bleeding has occurred, you should make a dermatological appointment with your vet. Also, watch for rapid fur loss or strange bumps or lumps on their skin.
If your pet is grooming or scratching excessively, but you do not see any visible signs of a skin problem, you should still bring them to the vet. Excessive scratching or grooming can be a symptom of a number of underlying issues and may cause skin problems if it goes untreated.
Catawba Animal Clinic is welcoming new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Rock Hill companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.