Your pet’s skin says a lot about their overall health, and sometimes the changes you see on their skin indicate that they have an underlying problem. At our hospital, we are experts at treating issues with your pet’s fur, nails and paws. We are prepared to perform the necessary tests to accurately diagnose and treat their condition. Some dermatology problems are easy to treat while others require rounds of expert treatment and follow-ups with a veterinarian.
What skin issues may affect my pet?
The skin problems your pet may have are almost identical to the ones that us humans have. They can develop acne, dermatitis and alopecia as well. Your pet may have flare ups due to parasites such as ticks, mites, lice and fleas. Allergic reactions commonly manifest on your pet’s skin especially behind their ears. When your furry friend has a dermatological issue you may observe the following symptoms:
- Scratching excessively
- Puss around their nails
- Biting their skin
- Bumps or blisters
- Swollen paws
- Red or inflamed skin
Is it safe to treat skin problems at home?
No. You should always have your veterinarian examine your pet to determine if your pet’s skin irritation is due to a medical issue. When you use at-home remedies you are only treating the symptom and not addressing what caused it. In addition, some DIYs can actually worsen their symptoms. When you take your pet to our hospital we alleviate their symptoms and create treatments that will have long term success. To have a veterinarian treat your pet’s skin issues, please call us at 416-463-8387.
How can I take care of my pet’s skin?
Quality skin care is the first step in protecting your pet’s outer layer. It is important to search their fur for irritations or any abnormalities. You should also brush their fur on a regular basis to keep their fur neat and clean. Without grooming, your pet’s fur can become matted which is a great hiding place for parasites. When grooming your pet you can also use specialized shampoos that help with dry skin or itchiness. By taking regular parasite preventatives your pet’s skin will also be kept healthy especially during the warmer months.