If you are like most pet owners, you want to make sure that your furry friend is as healthy as possible. At Oxford Animal Hospital, Dr. Girard and our team provide a variety of veterinary services for cats and dogs, including pet dermatology. If you live in or around The Villages and you suspect that your furry friend has a skin issue, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.
What is Dermatology?
Dermatology for pets is a branch of veterinary medicine specializing in diagnosing and treating skin problems in dogs, cats, and other pets. Dermatologists are specially trained to treat various skin problems, including allergies, infections, tumors, and parasites.
Symptoms of Pet Dermatology Issues
The symptoms of skin problems in pets can vary depending on the specific condition or situation. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Itching, scratching or licking the skin
- Redness, inflammation, or swelling of the skin
- Excessive rash and hair loss
- Sores, lesions, or scabs on the skin
- Dry, flaky skin
- Greasy, oily skin
- Foul odor coming from the skin
Causes of Pet Dermatology Issues
There are many different causes of skin problems in pets. Some common causes include:
Environmental allergies - Exposure to certain environmental triggers, such as pollen, dust, or mold, can cause allergic reactions in pets that result in skin problems.
Infections - Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections can cause skin inflammation, hair loss, irritation, and rash.
Parasites - Ticks, fleas, and other parasites can bite or burrow into the skin, causing irritation and itching.
Treatment Options for Dermatology Issues
Depending on the symptoms and diagnosis, treatment options for pet dermatology issues may include:
Medication - Antihistamines, antibiotics, corticosteroids, and other medications can be prescribed to treat various skin conditions.
Topical treatments - Creams, ointments, shampoos, or dips applied directly to the skin can help sores, scabs, infections, inflammation, and other skin problems.
Surgery - If a tumor or other mass is found on the skin, surgery may be necessary to remove it.
Dietary changes - In some cases, our veterinarian may recommend dietary changes to improve your pet’s skin condition.
Contact Our Veterinarian in The Villages, FL
If your pet is experiencing skin issues and you live in or around The Villages, contact Dr. Girard at Oxford Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment. We provide quality veterinary care for cats and dogs. We are here to help your furry friend when he or she has a skin problem. Call our team today at (352) 461-1346 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.