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Dermatology FAQs

Katy Area Veterinary Medical Group in Katy, TX Answers Pet Dermatology FAQ

Your pet can develop a skin problem just as easily as you can. At Katy Area Veterinary Medical Group in Katy, TX, we can help you find the source of the problem and can provide effective remedies.

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How Common Are Skin Problems and Minor Irritations?

Many pet’s experience occasional skin eruptions and some of them may have problems that require ongoing treatment. Simple rashes from contact with irritants generally respond quickly to treatment, but skin reactions from allergies often require more investigation and regular care.

What Causes Hair Loss in Pets?

Mite infestation can cause severe itching and irritation, which may result in hair loss. Fungal infections of the skin can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Flea infestations can cause severe itching from bites that may cause the loss of hair. Skin allergies can cause chronic inflammation and secondary bacterial infections that result in hair loss. Your Kay vet will help you find the underlying problem, so treatment can begin.

How Do I Determine What’s Causing My Pet’s Skin Rash?

Redness, swelling, itching or sores on the skin can be caused by a wide variety of problems, including insect bites, contact with irritating plants or common infectious agents. You can find the source of the problem by eliminating factors, one by one. Limit your pet’s time outside. Change to gentler, more natural cleaning products. Apply flea and tick control regularly. Your veterinarian in Katy can advise you on the best way to do an “elimination diet.”

What Are the Symptoms of Skin Allergy and How Is It Treated?

You can begin to suspect an allergic reaction of the skin if your pet develops red, moist, scabby skin on areas of the body. Itching is another symptoms of an allergic reaction. Itchy ears or oozing is a common symptom. The animal may have itching at the base of the tail. Licking or chewing at the affected area is a common symptom. Skin tests and elimination diets can help to pinpoint the source of the reaction. Daily treatment with antibiotic creams or steroid medications may be necessary.

Contact Katy Area Veterinary Medical Group for Dermatology in Katy TX

The veterinarians of Katy Area Veterinary Medical Group have a wealth of experience in providing care for patients in Katy, TX and surrounding communities. We also work with veterinary consultants that contribute additional information, when needed, to provide care. We offer a range of veterinary services to ensure the health of your pet at every stage of life. Call the Katy Area Veterinary Medical Group today at (281) 398-1551 to have your pet’s skin problem examined and to learn more about caring for common skin conditions.