While providing great pet care for your furry friend, don’t forget to give their skin some attention, too. Take a look below at some of the most common questions and their answers provided by the pet care specialists at Animal Health Services.
Why do pets need a dermatologist?
Beneath all of the fluffy fur that you love to rub your hands over is your pet’s skin. And where there is skin, there can be skin conditions. One of the downsides to your pet having fur is that they can have a large rash or infection and you do not even notice it as it’s covered up. Unfortunately, this can lead to a great deal of pain and suffering. A pet dermatologist looks beneath the fur, diagnosing and treating skin conditions.
What types of skin conditions do pets normally suffer from?
A pet’s body is as complex as a human's, so the types of skin conditions they might suffer from are varied. However, some of them include allergic reactions to things they’ve eaten or played in, flea and tick bites that become infected, rashes or dry skin due to hormonal imbalances, and more. These tend not to go away without proper care.
When should we schedule a pet dermatology appointment?
It’s always good practice to schedule a pet dermatology appointment at least once a year to stay on top of regular conditions. If you notice your pet suffering in between visits or your veterinarian suggests it, you might need to make an appointment more often.
Keep in mind that some veterinarians specialize in pet dermatology, meaning that they can provide comprehensive pet care. Others can diagnose and treat some conditions but might refer you to a specialist in specific situations. In either case, working with your regular veterinarian closely can ensure your pet gets the best possible method of treatment.
What should I expect when we visit a pet dermatologist?
It will be very much like your first appointment with a new doctor or specialist. Information is collected about your pet from you and their veterinarian. An exam is completed to give the pet dermatologist an understanding of what might be going on. When necessary, testing is ordered. Typically, you’ll leave with recommendations, information on how to proceed, and possibly a prescription.
Schedule Your Pet Dermatology Appointment in Columbus, MS
Want to learn more about pet dermatology or schedule your pet’s first dermatology appointment? Call (662) 328-2821 to speak to a member of our friendly and caring staff at Animal Health Services.