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Winnipeg Best Friends Animal Hospital Provides Dermatology Care

Is your pet scratching seemingly nonstop? Has he or she scratched so much that the skin is raw and even bleeding in spots? Your pet is in immediate need of expert dermatology care from our Winnipeg veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Hospital.Two dogs scratching in Winnipeg

Pet Dermatology In Winnipeg

When pets have a skin problem, whether caused by parasites, allergies, hormonal imbalances or infection, they are mostly miserable. Since the skin is a major organ of the body, these problems need to be addressed quickly and accurately. Here at our Winnipeg animal hospital, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat dermatology problems during an examination. More difficult cases may require additional diagnostic procedures.

Symptoms of a Skin Problem

In addition to incessant scratching, other general signs of a skin disorder include bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps or bumps. Any of these requires prompt care from our Winnipeg veterinarian.

Skin Allergies

Allergies are the most common cause of skin problems in pets and these can range from food allergies to substances in the pet’s environment. Food allergies cause your pet to itch, thus initiating scratching, and may be accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach gurgling. Environmental allergens include:

  • Mold spores
  • Fleas
  • Plastic or rubber
  • Feathers
  • Dander
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Grass, weeds and tree pollens
  • Insecticidal shampoos
  • Perfumes
  • Some fabrics

The list is long so it can be difficult to isolate what exactly is causing your pet’s skin allergy. Seasonal allergies are the easiest to detect because they come and go at just certain times of the year; otherwise, the process of elimination is often the best way to find out what’s bothering your pet.

Skin Allergy Symptoms

Skin allergies result in significant discomfort for pets. Here are some of the more common symptoms of a skin allergy:

  • Itchy skin that’s red and moist
  • Scabs
  • Excessive scratching
  • Paw chewing
  • Especially itchy on ears, back and base of tail
  • Constant licking
  • Scales
  • Thick, leathery skin in spots
  • Hives
  • Skin plaques

A particular problem for pets with skin allergies is scratching so much and so hard that they develop open sores, which can then become infected and lead to more problems. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please contact our veterinary service as soon as possible.

Treatments for Skin Disorders At Our Winnipeg Veterinarian

The first step in treating your pet is to make an appointment with our Winnipeg veterinarian. We’ll look through your pet’s medical history, perform a physical examination, and perhaps do additional testing to find out the triggers for your pet’s allergy. Depending on the cause of the problem, our vet may recommend allergy injections, prescribe antihistamines, immune modulating drugs or other medications, and advise you to use flea prevention products.

The sooner you get treatment for your pet, the less chance there will be for complications and the quicker he or she will feel better. Your Winnipeg veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Hospital will quickly provide your pet with relief. Call us for more information.