Skin problems in cats and dogs are one of the most common conditions in a veterinary practice.
Veterinary dermatology entails all conditions associated with hair, skin, nail, ear and mouth disorders.
Pets present with various symptoms:
- Hair loss (Alopecia)
- Scaling of skin
- Redness of skin (erythema)
- Recurrent skin infections
- Malodorous skin
- Head shaking
Various approaches will be taken to establish the cause of the underlying condition.
Depending on the symptoms the veterinarian my do the following:
- Woods lamp test
- Skin scraping
- Blood tests
- Otological (ear) examination
- Skin Biopsy
All skin conditions take a lot of patience from the owner and veterinarian, but with commitment from the veterinarian and the owners skin conditions can be managed successfully.