Dermatology is the study and treatment of conditions that affect the hair, skin, and nails. Common signs that your pet may be suffering from a skin condition (generally referred to as dermatitis) may include the following:
Dermatitis can have many causes. The first step is noticing that there is a problem and contacting your veterinarian as soon as possible. Once the veterinarian is able to help, they will likely begin by performing a physical examination of the issue. Some tests such as a skin scraping, biopsy, or allergy test may be called for to diagnose the condition.
One of the most common reasons why pets exhibit skin conditions is allergies. Just like humans, pets can be allergic to all manner of irritants in their environment. Some of the most common allergens that affect pets include the following:
As you can see, some of these allergens can be seasonal, or can be avoided once they are known.
Once a diagnosis is reached, treatment for allergies or other dermatological conditions such as skin cancer, parasitic infections, autoimmune disorders, and and fungal infections can take many different forms. The treatment could be a topical or oral medication, a lifestyle change, or a therapeutic technique.
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