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Pet Dermatology

Common Pet Skin Irritations

Dogs and cats are prone to dermatology issues, such as skin irritation, rashes, and allergies. If you have a pet that is suffering from a skin issue, contact Riverside Animal Hospital, LLC to meet with our veterinarian for an evaluation. We serve those living in Bossier City, Shreveport, and Haughton, LA. Here are some common skin problems pets suffer from so you are aware of the symptoms and can make an appointment without delay.

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Areas Where Fur Is Missing

If your pet is missing patches of fur, this is an indication that it may have a skin issue. Many pets will bite or scratch at an area of the body that feels itchy or painful. Take a closer look at the skin in the spots where fur is missing to determine whether your pet has a rash, dry skin, or fleas.

Fleas Are Present on the Body

Fleas are quite bothersome when they infest a pet's body. If your pet has fleas, this problem needs to be addressed before the skin can heal. Fleas bite the skin, leaving behind a sore area that often causes extreme itchiness. Our vet will provide your pet with flea and tick medication to eliminate existing fleas and stop new ones from taking residence in its fur. Many times, skin issues will become resolved after a flea treatment is given.

Visible Rash Upon the Skin

If you feel raised bumps on your pet's skin when you run your hand across its body, your pet may be dealing with allergies causing a reaction. Keep track of the food you feed your pet, the grooming supplies you use regularly, and the environment your pet is exposed to. If there are changes to any of these points, it may be causing a skin reaction. You can then eliminate that trigger from your pet's daily activities to see if the rash subsides. If it does not, contact our veterinarian for an evaluation.

Dry and Flaky Skin

A pet with dry skin is likely to suffer from itchiness. You will be able to notice pieces of dry skin in your pet's fur if you part it to take a closer look at the condition of its body. If your pet has a dry skin issue, refrain from excessive grooming sessions, as shampoos will strip away essential oils necessary to keep the skin soft and smooth.

Schedule an Appointment for Pet Dermatology

If your pet has a skin problem, such as irritation, a rash, or allergies, contact Riverside Animal Hospital, LLC to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian for an assessment and treatment. We serve those living in Bossier City, Shreveport, and Haughton, LA. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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