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Common Pet Dermatology Issues

We at Belleview West Animal Hospital in Littleton are proud to offer a wide range of services that include both general preventative care as well as more specialized services to your pet. One service we offer that people usually don’t think about for their pet is dermatology. Dermatology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of issues related to the skin. If you have a pet that refused to stop scratching a particular spot, then you might want to consult our team about what service is best for your pet. Here are some common symptoms of underlying dermatology issues and how we diagnose and treat them at our office. 


Common Signs or Symptoms of a Dermatology Issue

Here are some common signs and symptoms of a dermatology issue in your pet.

  • Excessive scratching or licking, especially when it’s in the same spot
  • Hair loss
  • Flaky, dry skin
  • Constant scooting or rubbing against surfaces like carpeting or thick upholstered furniture
  • Chewing or biting skin
  • Repeatedly rubbing faces or ears
  • Refusal to allow you to touch certain areas of their body

If any of these signs persist for more than a few days, then you should contact our veterinarian team about scheduling a dermatology appointment. 

Common Dermatological Pet Conditions

There are many reasons why your pet may be exhibiting any of these dermatological symptoms. However, there are a few more common conditions that our veterinarian team generally see like:

  • Allergic Dermatitis. Humans aren't the only ones to have allergies. All animals can potentially have an allergic reaction to certain foods and grasses. A dermatological reaction to that allergen is common in these cases. Reactions like itching, redness, and hair loss in addition to non-skin reactions like sneezing and runny eyes could be signs of an allergy. 
  • Cushing's Disease. Also called hyperadrenocorticism, Cushing's disease occurs when the adrenal glands secrete excess cortisone. More common in dogs than cats, this disease can result in hair loss, as well as non-skin symptoms like lethargy and excessive thirst with excessive urination. 
  • Ringworm. Ringworm is a bit of a misnomer, as this is a skin condition that is caused by fungi and not a type of worm. Ringworm generally effects younger puppies and kittens but it be can present in dogs of any age. It is generally more common to appear in pets that frequent boarding and daycare-like facilities. The dermatological symptoms of ringworm include skin lesions, scaly patches, hair loss, and excessive itching or licking. 

Noticing Dermatological Issues? Contact Our Team Today to Make an Appointment

Have you noticed any of these dermatological symptoms in your pet? If so, then don't let your pet continue to be in pain or discomfort. Contact us at Belleview West Animal Hospital team to see how we can get your pet on the right treatment plan for their condition.