If your pet is constantly itching, scratching, and licking himself, then it is time to see a veterinary dermatologist. Many different skin conditions can affect your pet, and only a specialist will be able to properly diagnose and treat the problem. Dr. Girgis and our team at Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital in West Hollywood have gathered five signs that it may be time to visit a veterinary dermatologist.
Common Skin Problems
Issues like ringworm and hotspots can develop and make your pet miserable. The symptoms listed below are often seen when a pet has a skin condition.
Inflammation is often a side effect when your pet has a rash. As a result, he can experience pain, soreness, and excessive irritation. Typically, medication is given to reduce and eradicate these issues.
2. Bald Spots or Lesions on Your Pet’s Skin
As a result of continual scratching or licking, you may notice some bald spots on your pet's skin. You will want to notice these spots since they can quickly become infected without proper intervention.
3. Sudden Changes in Behavior
Pets who are expelling all of their energy by scratching and licking themselves may seem lethargic. You may also notice reluctance in normal eating and drinking patterns.
4. Dry Skin
Did you know that pets can get dry skin as well? There are special lotions that can be used to alleviate this problem and you can reduce your pet’s bath frequency.
A veterinary dermatologist can run tests to identify the source of an allergic reaction. This can provide pet owners with valuable information so they can avoid severe reactions in the future.
Contact Our Veterinarian In West Hollywood
If your pet is scratching a lot, losing hair, has redness or inflammation around the eyes, ears, or mouth, contact Dr. Girgis at Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital right away. We want to help your furry friend feel better as soon as possible. Call our team today at 323-469-3000 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.