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5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

The health of your pet's skin and fur is essential to his comfort and overall health. During an annual checkup, the vet will examine your pet's skin and fur. Between annual visits, it is up to you to check your pet's skin and fur. You should also be able to recognize the signs that it is time to see a veterinary dermatologist.

#1 Biting and Scratching

If your pets have recently begun scratching and biting themselves, they could have a skin issue. Pets will lick and bite their fur to groom themselves, but if you notice that your pet is biting for reasons other than grooming, you should schedule an appointment with a pet dermatologist. 

#2 Hair Loss

Hair loss is a sign of a skin condition. If your pet is losing fur, you should check the skin where the fur was. If it is red, scaly, swollen, or oozing, you should see a pet dermatologist immediately. During the dermatology visit, your pet's condition can be diagnosed and treated. 

#3 Flea Issues

When fleas feed on your pet, they bite and leave behind visible bumps. If the bumps are very large, if they are bleeding, or if there is swelling in the area, your pet may have a flea-based allergic reaction to the bite. A pet dermatologist can prescribe a cream to treat the allergy. They will also get your pet on a regular flea treatment regimen to prevent another allergic reaction in the future.

#4 Skin Problems

If your pet has visible bumps on his skin or if his skin appears to be scaly, you should call a pet dermatologist. There are several reasons that your pet is suffering from skin problems, and a pet dermatologist should be able to get to the bottom of the problem.

#5 Allergic Reaction

If you eat something or come into contact with something that you are allergic to, you can develop a skin reaction. The same is true with your pet. If you see something wrong with you pet’s skin, a pet dermatologist can help pinpoint the allergen so that you can help your pet avoid it in the future.

If your pet is experiencing issues with his fur or skin, you should schedule an appointment with El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby. Our dermatologist will look at the skin rash or irritation and prescribe a treatment plan.  

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