The veterinary professionals at Animal Health Services have provided pet owners in Columbus, MS with pet dermatology services for many years. If your pet is suffering from an unknown skin issue, our veterinarian will diagnose and treat it. Read on to learn more about veterinary dermatology.
Symptoms of Skin Conditions in Dogs
Itching is the number one symptom of a skin issue and is also the easiest to spot. If your pet is scratching frequently for a long period, contact a veterinarian. Other symptoms of pet skin issues include:
- Sores, scabs, or lesions on the skin
- Dry, scaly, or flaky skin
- Dandruff in the coat
- A rash or series of lumps
- Redness and irritation on the skin
- Patches of hair loss in the dog's coat
Monitoring Your Dog for Skin Problems
Regularly assess your pet’s skin and coat to see if you can find any of the above symptoms. Even if your pet is not regularly scratching, you may still detect skin issues. From unseen rashes to small bumps, to observing the beginnings of hair loss, regular checks can give you a great start to ensuring that you find problems quickly before they turn into larger issues.
Keep a journal of when you see your dog scratching. Is it mainly after he or she goes outside? After mealtime? This can help our vet see if it is about allergies or if there is something else causing your pet’s skin to become irritated. Putting in the time of day can also be a great source of information that can help our veterinarian make the correct diagnosis. The more information you can give our veterinarian, the better we will be able to alleviate your pet’s discomfort.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Columbus, MS
At Animal Health Services in Columbus, MS, our dermatology veterinarian understands pet skin issues. Call us today at (662) 328-2821 for more information or to schedule an appointment.