Pet Dermatology in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
Many of our pets suffer from itchy skin at certain points in life, either due to a temporary irritant, ongoing infection, or allergic reaction. Our knowledgeable vets and nurses can help you relieve your pet's discomfort and find the root cause of their condition with dermatologic services, so a long-term solution can be reached. While dogs and cats with allergies cannot be permanently cured of their itchy skin, their condition can be anticipated and managed effectively with the right care. Green Pastures Veterinary Centre offers a range of treatment options that can help your companion enjoy a better quality of life.
Signs Your Pet May Have a Skin Disorder
Your pet cannot tell you when they have a skin condition or allergy, but you can look for these telltale signs:
- Skin that appears raw and red
- Red, swollen ears
- Scaly, dry patches of skin
- Dull, greasy coat
- Bald spots
- Constant licking and chewing of the feet, or other parts of the body
- Skin/ears give off unpleasant odor
- Clusters of small bumps on the skin
Should your pet exhibit any of these physical signs, you should contact our hospital as soon as possible to make an appointment. Your vet will want to examine your pet closely and potentially run tests to further investigate the issue.
Types of Skin Conditions We See in Dogs & Cats
Dogs and cats can suffer from a wide range of skin-related diseases and infections, many of which are caused by allergies. Common skin conditions we see in pets include:
- Ear infections
- Bacterial skin infections (often caused by licking and chewing at the skin and damaging the skin barrier)
- Fungal infections (such as ringworm, which is highly transmissible between pets)
- Seasonal allergies and food allergies
- Atopic dermatitis
- Fleas (can cause irritation or allergic reactions)
Contact Us to Relieve Your Pet's Itch
Itchy skin is not always a temporary or minor condition. If your pet continues to lick and scratch at their skin, they can damage their protective skin barrier and open the door to bacterial infection. This can make their itching worse, and result in an endless cycle of scratching and skin damage. Please get in touch with Green Pastures Veterinary Centre so our team can help your pet find the relief they need to live a healthy and happy life.