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Veterinary dermatology is a common ailment our veterinarian at the Sheehy animal hospital in Livonia treats. Dogs and cats are just as susceptible to dermatology problems as humans.
There are more than a 160 different types of skin conditions that can plague a dog. Cats have less than a dozen. While both dogs and cats tend to suffer the most from the same two common skin conditions – allergies which can be environmental or food allergies and itching. It is important to note that our veterinarian at the animal hospital in Livonia will inform you that itching is not a common skin condition but the symptom of one.
The most common causes of veterinary dermatology conditions are – fleas both dogs and cats are prone to attracting fleas. Dogs have a higher chance of getting fleas because of the amount of time they spend outdoors, whereas most cats spend most of their time inside. However, in a home that has both a dog and cat that theory can be debunked if the dog brings fleas into the home, they are likely to use the cat as a host as well.
If your dog or cat has fleas you may notice them scratching, biting, licking the areas where the fleas have bitten them. They may also roll around on the floor or rub up against the furniture to try and scratch themselves or even to remove the fleas.
If a dog or cat is suffering from allergies the owner will most likely notice runny eyes, sneezing, itching, and licking and/or biting at the affected area.
With food allergies, the symptoms may also produce vomiting, soft stools, and diarrhea. Dogs and cats can both become irritable when suffering from allergies. Much like humans who have allergies, the same symptoms are present in pets.
Our veterinarian recommends flea treatments for both dogs and cats as a preventive measure, but it does not always deter the fleas.
Seasonal and environmental allergies are treated with dietary changes, steroids, and antihistamines.
Food allergies are usually treated by changing your dog or cats’ food our veterinarian can explain in more detail what your pet is likely allergic to in the food they are eating and what changes to make in their food.
There are several more serious skin conditions that require the care of our veterinarian at the Sheehy animal hospital in Livonia such as ring worm, yeast infections, bacterial skin infections, mange, and several more. If you suspect your dog or cat is suffering from a skin condition calls our office at (248) 615-7670. New clients receive $20 OFF first exam! If your pet has struggled with skin conditions, please feel free to share your story in the comments.
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