Your pet’s skin and hair coat make up as much as 15 percent of their total body weight, representing the largest organ in their body. Taking care of their skin through routine dermatologic care can help your pet stay healthy and happy.
Your pet’s skin and hair coat serve a number of important roles, including:
The dermatologic system also helps maintain an adequate level of hydration. Finally, your pet’s skin provides storage for nutrients, including amino acids, collagen fibers, and enzymes.
When your pet is healthy, you may notice that their skin and hair coat appear lustrous, soft, and clean. However, issues like an unkempt coat, hair loss, or dry skin can indicate an underlying health condition. Some diseases that may cause skin and coat problems include:
Skin problems may also be related to nutritional disorders in some situations. Whether your pet is dealing with a new problem or chronic disease, our veterinary team is here to help determine the underlying cause of their skin disease.
You can help keep your pet’s skin in tip top shape with the help of a few easy steps:
Of course, if your pet’s skin problems are due to an underlying disease, this condition will need to be addressed before an improvement in skin health can be observed. Always consult your veterinarian before offering your pet a skin supplement.
Because skin problems in pets can be linked to chronic disease and other conditions, seeking veterinary attention for any skin abnormality is recommended. Our veterinary team will thoroughly examine your pet and attempt to determine an underlying cause Additional diagnostics we may pursue can include allergy assessments, blood and urine tests, parasite screening, and skin biopsies.
Our team uses several different solutions once we determine the cause of your pet’s skin problems. We may suggest updating your pet’s diet to handle nutritional issues. We may also explore internal medicine options and recommend medications if your pet has a skin infection. Allow us to tailor the treatment plan to meet your pet’s needs.
The professionals at Gables Animal Clinic are prepared to keep your pet healthy and happy. We provide dermatology assessments and treatments for both cats and dogs here in Coral Gables, Florida. Call us at (305) 381-5694 to learn more or to schedule an appointment today.