Veterinary Dermatology With Our Gainesville, FL Veterinarians
Just like people, pets can have dermatology problems of all kinds. The skin is the body's largest organ and serves an important function as the barrier between the outside world and your pet's other organs. Here at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville, we can help you get to the bottom of your pet's skin problems.
Types of Skin Problems in Pets
The most common skin problems for pets are similar to those for people:
- Hair loss
These issues can come from a number of causes. It is not uncommon for a pet to have multiple issues, such as hair loss that is a result of scratching due to other underlying issues.
Common Causes of Pet Skin Issues
Some skin issues are confined to the skin, while others are symptoms of larger, systemic problems.
- Allergies are a common cause of itching, irritation, redness, and rash. The most common allergy triggers are fleas and environmental allergens, such as pollen and dust mites.
- Bacterial infections are common in pets that are susceptible for any reason. Puppies that have immature immune systems can be prone to minor skin infections. Older pets who scratch excessively due to another issue may also get infections.
- Fungal infections such as ringworm are highly contagious and can be spread between pets and people.
- Yeast infections are not as contagious, but are a common problem anywhere there is warm, damp skin on your pet. The facial folds of pugs, bulldogs, and Persian cats are common places for these infections to occur.
- Dry skin can be minor or severe. The severe forms are often genetic, but the more minor forms can be related to diet, allergies, or other issues.
- Thyroid problems may cause hair loss in both dogs and cats. Especially if your pet is older, any sudden hair loss that is not accompanied by itching is usually investigated as a possible thyroid issue.
- Fleas can cause intense itching that may cause the pet to self-injure in dogs and cats that are allergic to them.
- Mange is caused by skin mites and usually results in significant hair loss and itching. Sarcoptic mange is contagious between pets but not to people, while demodectic mange is considered non-contagious. Demodectic mange is common in young animals.
Because the symptoms of many of these conditions can look very similar, skin scrapings are often used to look for parasites, bacteria, and fungi. Our veterinarian can look at your pet and decide where to start investigating their skin issue, based on the symptoms they are showing.
Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville Treats Dermatology Issues
Here at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center, we offer pets from the Gainesville area complete care, including care for dermatological issues. To make an appointment with one of our veterinarians, whether for a dermatology issue or something else, call 352-373-8055 today.