Dermatology FAQs at Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital in Bossier City, LA
It's common to see every pet scratch or lick once in a while, but if it becomes a constant habit, it may be time for the veterinarian. At Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital we see a wide variety of pet patients with allergies, skin irritations, and other pet dermatology problems. Pet owners naturally have a lot of questions about these conditions. Listed below are some of the most common ones we hear.
When is the Problem Bad Enough to See the Veterinarian?
If your dog or cat is losing fur very quickly, has scratched themselves raw, or has a strange lump under or on the skin, it's best to bring him in to see our Bossier City veterinarian. These conditions could be something very minor, but it's better to make sure than to wait until a bad condition gets worse.
What Symptoms Should I Watch For?
Dermatology problems can cause a long list of behaviors and symptoms. If your pet shows any of these, especially to a large degree, bring her in to be examined.
- Scratching nonstop, especially in one single spot
- Hair loss from scratching the irritation
- Excessive licking in one place
- Swollen, red, or bumpy skin, or a red rash
- Your pet pulling away in pain when you try to touch the affected area
- Visible signs of fleas or ticks
- Skin that's turned gray
What Can the Vet Do to Treat These Problems?
The treatment will depend on the dermatological problem. If your pet has skin that's turned an alarming gray color, it could be as simple as needing Omega-6 fatty acids in his diet. In many cases the cause is allergies. We can run tests to determine the allergen, then devise a treatment including medication and changes to your pet's environment.
If your pet has itchy or sore spots, we may prescribe oral medications or topical creams or drops. If the problem is fleas, tick, or mites, we have an entire series of medications and treatments to deal with these problems.
How Can I Prevent Pet Dermatology Problems From Occurring Again?
In most cases, the best prevention is removing the irritant from your pet's environment. Keep your dog or cat out of tall grass when fleas and ticks love to live. Remove any allergy triggers from your home by cleaning surfaces frequently and changing the filter on your HVAC unit. Groom your pet regularly to inspect for problems as well as to keep her skin clean and healthy.
Call Our Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital in Bossier City, LA Today!
If your pet has any type of skin problems, or if she hasn't seen the veterinarian for at least a year, give us a call to schedule an appointment. Call our office at (318) 747-9150 and we'll set up a visit today.