Pets develop a range of skin issues throughout their lifetime. Since your pet’s skin is exposed to the elements, it’s important to check it regularly for any signs of infection or parasites. Though it can be tempting to treat skin issues at home, DIY remedies can often cause more harm than good. It’s important to book an appointment with our veterinary team instead.
What skin issues affects pets?
There are a range of common skin issues that can impact your pet. In some cases, skin issues can be a sign of any underlying health issue. Other times, they can be resolved fairly quickly based on the treatments we recommend. Signs of skin issues include bumps, red skin, excessive scratching, scooting or hair loss. Common skin issues that cause these symptoms include:
- Environmental allergies
- Food or skin allergies
- Parasites like fleas or ear mites
- Bacteria infections
Can I treat them at home?
Unless you’ve consulted our veterinary team, we don’t recommend trying at home or over the counter treatments. These treatments can have harmful ingredients which cause more irritation and could even worsen your pet’s condition. Instead, we recommend contacting our team at 604-940-0899 to book an appointment for your furry friend. If your pet is biting excessively at their skin, has a flare up that is bleeding or has an odour, you should contact us immediately.
How do you address my pet’s skin issues?
First, we’ll rule out any underlying health issues that could be causing your pet’s skin issues. Next, we’ll decide on the best treatment, which could include a combination of topical treatments as well as preventive measures. For example, it’s important that your pet is regularly taking a parasite preventive, which can lessen the risk of pests like fleas or ticks biting and infecting your pet. Regularly grooming your pet also ensures their skin stays healthy and infection-free.