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The Bowling Green Vet Team at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center is Answering Your FAQs about Pet Dermatology

Dr. Stan Snodgrass and the rest of our Bowling Green vet staff is honored to answer your questions about your pet's skin health condition. Here at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center, we meet pets struggling with skin irritation of all types!

What Are Common Signs and Symptoms of a Pet Skin Condition?

Pets can't tell us when their skin is itchy or irritated, so we have to look for signs of potential skin problems. Common signs which may warrant a visit with a Bowling Green vet include:

  • Hair loss
  • Excessive licking, scratching, or biting
  • The appearance of a rash (including near the ears, around the muzzle, and between paw pads)
  • Foul odor from the skin and coat
  • Loss of luster to the coat or hair
  • Scabs, bumps, lumps, and lesions
  • Discolored skin
  • The appearance of dandruff, dry skin, fleas, and other debris
  • "Hot spots," which are red and irritated areas often oozing blood or pus

What's Causing My Pet's Skin Irritation? 

Several potential issues may be contributing to that rash or area of skin irritation. Our Bowling Green vet staff frequently diagnoses the following conditions during a comprehensive pet exam:

  • Contact dermatitis, which is an inflammatory reaction in the skin caused by contact with an environmental irritant like de-icer, salt, sap, rubber, treated fabrics, or poison ivy and other toxic plants
  • Parasite infestation, including fleas and dust mites
  • Food allergies, especially to soy and grains
  • Medication allergies
  • Endocrine or hormonal dysfunction (particularly with hair loss)
  • Sunburn
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Bacterial, viral, yeast, or fungal infections 

In rare cases, skin irritation may be caused by skin cancer. While all kinds of cats and dogs can get cancer, certain breeds and older pets are more at risk. 

How Can a Bowling Green Vet Help My Cat or Dog Get Relief From Skin Irritation? 

The most important thing we can do if your pet has signs of skin irritation is to get a correct diagnosis. To do this, our Bowling Green pet dermatology team may take samples of your pet's skin (and potentially blood, feces, or urine), investigate their health history, and ask questions about their environment. 

Once a diagnosis has been made, we can implement a treatment strategy to alleviate symptoms like inflammation and itching. We often use topical or oral medications or medicated shampoos.

We may also recommend various household and dietary changes to support your pet's healing skin and coat and help your animal avoid recurring exposure to skin irritants.

Is A Skin Issue Bothering Your Beloved Animal? Contact Our Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center Today!

Contact a Bowling Green veterinarian today by calling the Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center at %CLIENT_PHONE&.

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