A pet dermatologist provides specialist veterinarian services that focus on diagnosing and treating a wide range of ailments affecting the skin, coat, hair and nails of pets. Dogs and cats can suffer from hundreds of different skin diseases caused by a wide range of things including diet, bacterial infection and parasites.
Many symptoms of skin conditions in pets look similar and it can be difficult to detect these differences. If you notice your pet constantly scratching or itching their skin, it’s a good idea to take them to see your local vet for a referral to the pet dermatologist.
Dermatological Issues in Pets and How They are Treated
Dermatological issues can come in a number of forms. Some well-known ones include allergic dermatitis, fleas, which can be especially problematic if your pet is allergic. Ringworm is another well-known skin condition that is actually a fungal infection, unlike what the name suggests.
Less well known conditions include Cushing’s disease, which occurs when your pet’s adrenal glands secrete too much cortisone, and hypothyroidism, which is a hormone problem dogs commonly suffer from when insufficient quantities of thyroxine is secreted by their thyroid gland.
Pet dermatologists use a variety of techniques to properly diagnose skin conditions including otoscopy, biopsy, intradermal allergy testing and more. Several types of skin medications are used to treat conditions, including antibiotics, antifungal medications, anti-inflammatory medications, antihistamines, as well as medicated shampoos, dips and sprays. Nutritional supplements and fatty acids may also help manage many skin problems.
Signs of Dermatological Issues in Pets
Cats and dogs who are suffering from a skin condition can show a wide range of symptoms, such of which can be relatively harmless while others are self-destructive. These include:
- Excessive scratching
- Repeated rubbing of the face or ears
- Rubbing or scooting against carpet and other surfaces
- Chewing on or biting skin
- Excessive licking of the feet, legs or body
- Dry, flaky skin
- Red, irritated skin or sores
- Hair loss
The skin is the largest organ for many mammals including cats, dogs and humans. When there is a problem with it, it can be extremely uncomfortable. Skin conditions can often escalate, so it’s best to see a pet dermatologist about it early.
Specialist Veterinary Services in Sydney
If your dog or cat is suffering from a skin condition, it’s a good idea to take them to see a pet dermatologist. For a range of veterinary services for your pet, speak to our specialist vets at Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists today. Book an appointment from Monday to Friday 8:30am-6pm or contact us for emergency veterinarian services and after hours care. Contact us on (02) 9197 5800