5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Pet Dermatology Specialist

Pets need skin care like humans do, but knowing when they need that care can be difficult since they can’t speak. The good news is that there are signs you can keep an eye out for, including the five that we share below. If you need pet care and are in Mission, B.C., or Maple Ridge, B.C., our veterinary team at Cedar Grove Animal Hospital is here to help.

1. Dry Skin

No one should have to deal with dry skin, not even our four-legged companions. If you notice dry, flaky skin on your pet, a veterinary dermatologist can help determine the cause. Once the cause is identified, we can recommend treatment, which can include anything from less frequent baths to special lotions.

2. Excessive Scratching

It’s not uncommon for pets to scratch themselves. However, if they constantly scratch or lick one or a few specific areas, it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right. Seek help in a timely manner to ease your pet’s discomfort and irritation.

3. Hair Loss

If your pet has bald spots, it’s likely because they scratch and lick that spot excessively due to some sort of irritation. If not treated immediately, this could lead to sores and infections.

4. Rashes

Rashes aren’t always easy to see beneath a pet’s fur. However, constant itching or even patches of blood could indicate a rash. You should also keep your eyes open when you bathe and groom your pet for any signs of a rash. A pet dermatologist on our team can provide medication to help.

5. Fleas

Fleas do more than aggravate your pet. They can also cause allergies and skin irritation. If you notice even one flea on your pet, there are probably many more hiding. The sooner they are taken care of, the better.

Get a Pet Dermatology Appointment for Pet Irritation, Rash, or Other Skin Problems

If you notice any of the signs above or any other indications of potential trouble, let us help. Schedule an appointment with us at Cedar Grove Animal Hospital, serving Mission, B.C., and Maple Ridge, B.C.,  by calling (604) 820-8552 today.