If your cat is constantly itching an area of their body or your dog keeps scooting, it could have a skin condition. Though you could be desperate to give them some much-needed relief, it’s important to rely on our expertise rather than purchasing an over-the-counter medication with a long list of empty promises.
What is dermatology?
Dermatology includes all things that relate to your dog or cat’s skin. More likely than not, they will have some type of skin condition at some point in their lifetime. Luckily, most conditions are connected to an underlying health issue, though diagnostic testing is the only way to determine this. Since their skin is exposed to the elements, your dog or cat is more susceptible to environmental irritants. Common causes of skin issues include:
- Environmental allergies
- Parasitic bites
- Food allergies
- Bacterial infections
- Hot spots
What are common food allergies?
Food allergies happen when your dog or cat’s immune system has an overreaction to a specific item in their diet, usually a protein. For dogs, common triggers include beef, chicken, dairy, eggs, and more. Cats are often allergic to fish, beef, chicken, wheat, and more. Food allergies can happen immediately after a new ingredient is introduced into their diet or they could develop over time after multiple exposures. If your dog or cat’s skin is showing signs like redness, itchiness, biting, or rubbing throughout the entire body, our veterinary team can help you determine if a food allergy is at the root of their symptoms.
Can I prevent skin conditions?
Depending on your dog or cat’s skin condition, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of future flare-ups. For example, if they have food or environmental allergies, changes to their diet or household products like soaps and detergents can help maintain their skin’s health. Skin conditions related to parasitic bites can be prevented with a prescription for a broad-spectrum monthly preventive medication. To learn more about preventing skin conditions, please contact us at 905-945-8631.