Pet Dermatology FAQs

Dermatology FAQs With Your Houston, TX Veterinarian

Montrose Veterinary Clinic will cover several areas of pet health, including dermatology. This specific branch of medicine aims to take care of the skin, hair, and nail health of an animal. A pet dermatologist will look at problems such as a skin rash and then figure out a solution to that problem. As a Houston, TX pet owner, here is what you need to know about pet dermatology and how it is treated.

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Do pets actually need dermatological care?

It depends. If an animal is suffering from skin disease, allergies, or hair loss, then yes, he or she will need veterinary care. When left untreated, a dermatology condition can lead to a diminished quality of life for your pet.

What symptoms should I look for in my pet?

Look for the following symptoms in your pet: excessive scratching, licking, chewing or biting skin, sores, flakiness, dry skin, hair loss, or irritation. Frequently rubbing up against carpet or furniture could also indicate a skin problem. 

What could be causing a dermatological issue?

Skin allergies are a common problem for pets. Allergens like insects, fleas, ticks, weeds, danger, or pollen could by causing an allergic reaction. Your pet could also be afflicted with a condition like hypothyroidism, ringworm disease, or scabies. All of these are health conditions that could cause a skin or hair problem for an animal.

What kind of allergies affects pets?

Just like humans, cats and dogs are subject to many of the same allergies. An allergy that causes a reaction to the skin is known as allergic dermatitis. While humans tend to react with sneezing or runny noses, pets tend to react with skin issues such as rashes or hair loss.

How can I prevent dermatological problems in my pet?

If the pet is having allergies, learning the pets allergens can help in prevention. Learning what environmental triggers to avoid can help avoid allergic reactions for your pet. Visiting a veterinary center for an annual checkup can also help. Many veterinarians specialize in preventive care as well as dermatological treatment. 

How would a veterinarian treat a dermatological issue?

A certified vet will investigate the cause of a dermatological issue first. Allergy tests and skin biopsies may be used. Once the vet learns the underlying cause, he or she will find a treatment option to provide relief to your pet. Creams, ointments, or medications may be required for treatment. 

Schedule An Appointment Today at Montrose Veterinary Clinic in Houston, TX!

The Montrose Veterinary Clinic is providing quality care to the animals of Houston, Texas. If you are interested in our dermatological care, please contact us at (713) 524-3814 for more information.


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