It is not uncommon to see your dog scratch behind their ears with there hind legs, nor is it a rare occurrence to witness your cat rub up against their scratching post. It only becomes a problem when the occasional scratch turns into something rather excessive. This should be a clear warning sign that your pet is suffering from a dermatological issue. Our team at Everhart wants to free your cat or dog from any physical discomfort through our dermatology services.
Identifying Cat & Dog Dermatology Issues
Cats and dogs are two entirely different animals. When it comes to grooming, cats tend to be cleaner creatures and therefore, do not require as much care for their skins and coats. However, cats are still susceptible to unpleasant skin conditions. Some warning signs to be on the lookout for include:
- Hair Loss/Excessive Shedding/Bald Patches
- Red itchy, scaly, or scabby spots present on their skin
- Fleas and ticks are present
Testing For Dermatology Issues
There are a variety of treatments available to test for dermatology issues. In some cases, the veterinarian may collect a small sample of material from the animals ear, a hair follicle, or debris found on the animal’s skin and observe it under a microscope. They will be searching for bacteria, mites, yeast, and other explanations for why your dog or cat could be in discomfort.
Treatments Available For Dermatology Issues:
- Changing their food
- Flea treatments
- Prescriptions- Anti-Itch and Antifungal Medications
- Medication injections administered by a veterinarian
- At-home medications
Be prepared to give your veterinarian a detailed explanation of what you have observed in regards to your pet’s behavior. This information, paired with their findings from the physical examination will allow them to determine the best course of action to correct your pets skin condition.
Schedule Your Cat & Dog Dermatology Appointment
Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with an Everhart veterinarian if you have noticed a change in your dog’s/cat’s cats grooming behavior or if you see anything suspicious on their skin. We always guarantee the same day appointment if your animal has an urgent medical issue. This applies to everyone, and it does not matter if your companion is a new patient. If you need urgent care, please call our hospital directly at 410-355-3131. If your pet does not require immediate care, you will still be able to see a veterinarian with 24 hours. Everhart is open seven days a week for appointments. You can reach the Everhart WellPet Center at 410-793-7670.