Gables Animal Clinic’s Guide to Pet Dermatology
Just like humans, pets are prone to various skin issues. While they are usually nothing serious, skin issues in animals can cause extreme discomfort and even pain if they are left untreated. At Gables Animal Clinic, we have a highly trained veterinary dermatologist ready to address any skin allergies your pet may face.
How to Know Whether Your Pet Has Skin Allergies
Allergies are common in pets, amongst dogs especially. At about six months old, dogs begin to show signs of these allergies. Common symptoms of allergies in dogs include:
- Itching on the skin all over or in a concentrated area
- Shortness of breath
- Eye or nose discharge
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Some of these symptoms are very generalized and can be seen temporarily in dogs who play too hard or often eat grass. If the symptoms are persistent, though, they could indicate that your pet is dealing with allergies.
What Causes Skin Allergies in Pets?
Skin allergies in dogs typically arise from the same factors that affect humans. Environmental irritants, such as grass, mold, and dust, can lead to skin irritation in dogs, just like in humans.
Aside from environmental factors, pets can also be allergic to certain medicines or even have inherited allergies. At Gables Animal Clinic, our team has a passion for veterinary dermatology. Getting to the root of the issue is step one in getting your pup back on track to healthy skin.
How to Treat Skin Allergies with Dermatology
Getting a diagnosis is the first step in any treatment plan. Once our trained pet dermatologist figures out what is causing your pet’s discomfort, they will assign a course of treatment.
Atopic, meaning inherited, allergies are typically chronic, but some of their symptoms can be mitigated through various treatments, such as medicated baths, supplements, and prescription medication.
Temporary allergies caused by environmental factors can also be treated through creams and antibiotics. Every pet is different, so if you feel that your pet has an allergy, reach out to one of our trained specialists, who will recommend a course of treatment tailored to your pet’s condition.
Contact Gables Animal Clinic for Help
Nobody wants to see their furry friend deal with any kind of discomfort. From ear infections to skin allergies, dogs have a tendency to deal with skin conditions at least once in their lives.
Having a trained veterinary dermatologist is key to getting to the bottom of all skin and ear discomfort your pet may experience.