Skin problems are some of the most commonly seen issues in veterinary surgeries, and can affect pets of all ages and breeds for a wide variety of reasons. Many skin problems can be minimized or even avoided by following a flea/parasite prevention program, feeding your pet healthy well-balanced quality food and regular grooming to maintain a tangle free coat. When brushing your pet make sure that you use a comb to get right down to the skin to perform an inspection across the body, but be careful as skin problems can prove uncomfortable, irritating and painful for your pet.
Symptoms of Skin Problems?
- Scratching, licking or chewing at skin
- Redness or inflammation
- Hot spots
- Round, scaly patches on the face and paws
- Dry, flaky or irritated skin
- Hair loss, bald patches
- Drainage of blood or pus
- Swellings, lumps or skin discoloration
- Discomfort or pain when you touch areas of the skin
- Head shaking, sensitive ears or scratching at the ears
What Might Cause Skin Problems?
- Fleas: bites and droppings from these insects can irritate your pets skin, and some pets can have an allergic response following a bite.
- Ringworm: is a highly contagious infection that can result in inflammation, scaly patches and hair loss.
- Parasites: such as ear mites and lice
- Seasonal allergies: scratching may be due to sensitivity from common substances like pollen, weeds, dust, mites, trees, etc.
- Food allergies: pets develop allergies to common ingredients in foods, such as beef, chicken, wheat, corn, or even fillers and colourings.
- Sarcoptic mange: is caused by infection from the sarcoptes scabei mite, which results in extreme itching and skin inflammation.
- Stress or boredom: a pet may lick her skin excessively for activity or mental stimulation.
- Metabolic or hormonal problems: can cause change in skin colour, coat consistency, thickness and distribution.
- Seasonal changes: many pets like people, get dry, flaky skin in the winter.
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