Humans aren't the only ones with skin issues — your pets have dermatology needs, too. When you know what to look out for, it's easier to spot potential problems. That way, you can seek treatment and ensure that your furry friend is comfortable and healthy. At Animal Health Services, we treat a range of pet skin conditions, including hair loss, scabs, and sores.

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What Are the Signs that Your Pet has a Skin Problem?

It's not always easy to spot skin problems in pets. Since they can't talk, animals often demonstrate skin irritation through behavior. If you notice unusual scratching, licking, or chewing, it's probably time to take a closer look. Keep an eye out for symptoms including:

  • Dry skin
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Sores or wounds
  • Scabs
  • New bald areas due to hair loss
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Discharge

What Are Some Common Skin Problems in Dogs?

For dogs, skin issues arise from many different causes, including parasites, infections, licking, and allergies. Some of the most common skin problems in dogs are:

  • Impetigo
  • Fleas
  • Alopecia
  • Ringworm
  • Mange
  • Allergic reactions
  • Dermatitis

What Are Some Skin Problems in Cats?

Cats can also experience problems with their skin. Some common conditions include:

  • Dermatitis
  • Yeast infections
  • Dry skin
  • Acne
  • Mange and mites
  • Bumpy rash
  • Fleas

When Does a Pet Need Dermatological Care?

Sometimes, animal skin problems resolve on their own. If your pet seems extremely uncomfortable, or if you're seeing signs of hair loss, it's time to visit the vet. The same goes for parasites and visible skin irritation that doesn't go away after a few days.

When in doubt, it's always better to be safe. After all, skin conditions can be a symptom of a larger health problem. By seeking a diagnosis and treatment, you can alleviate your pet's discomfort and prevent bigger complications down the road.

How Does a Vet Treat Pet Skin Problems?

The treatment depends on the problem and the cause. If your pet has diabetes, for example, insulin shots can help alleviate rashes and other skin issues. In other cases, your vet may recommend medications, topical ointments, special shampoos, or dietary changes.

What Should You Do Before a Pet Dermatology Appointment?

Before you bring your pet to the veterinarian, it's important not to interfere with the problem at hand. The office can provide specific instructions, but in general, it's a good idea to avoid bathing your pet. You may also need to stop any medications that you're using to treat the issue. That way, the veterinarian will be able to see the signs and symptoms clearly and make an accurate diagnosis.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Columbus, MS

Is your pet experiencing painful or irritating skin problems? Contact Animal Health Services for friendly, caring service in Columbus, MS.

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7:30 - 5:00

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

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Sunday

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Monday
7:30 - 5:00
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
7:30 - 5:00
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