Dogs and cats suffer from many of the same health problems that humans do, and one of the most common of these is skin conditions. Pet dermatology is a branch of veterinary medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating these skin-related issues.
If these problems are left untreated, they can make your pet miserable, leading to constant scratching, biting, and licking of the skin, which can eventually cause other potentially serious health problems.
Fortunately, skin conditions can be successfully treated with pet dermatology. At Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital, we offer dermatological services for pets – including treatment with the groundbreaking Phovia System of skin healing therapy.
Causes And Symptoms Of Skin Problems In Pets
Allergies and parasites are the most common causes of dermatological conditions in pets. Allergic reactions can be caused by many environmental factors including ingredients in pet food, household cleaning chemicals, dust mites, and mold. This causes a condition known as allergic dermatitis, characterized by inflamed, itchy skin and rashes. When pets scratch and lick to relieve the itching, they cause open wounds which invite infection by fungus and bacteria, leading to more problems. Some types of dermatological problems in pets are contagious and can be contracted by humans too, including mange and ringworm. There are no permanent cures for allergies but they can be successfully controlled, as can parasites. Be aware of the symptoms of skin conditions in your pet, including:
- The presence of fleas and mites
- Dry, red, or scaling skin
- Skin rashes
- Open cuts and scratches
- Missing fur
If your pet is showing any of these signs of skin issues, you should bring them to our hospital as soon as possible for an examination.
Pet Dermatology At Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital
Our dermatological services are conducted by Dr. Arlene Jimenez, who has taken a special interest in pet dermatology. She is experienced in diagnosing skin conditions in pets and prescribing appropriate treatment, including antibiotics, parasite control, food trials and prescription diets, and medicated baths.
Phovia Lite Therapy
Dr. Jimenez is also experienced with the Phovia System of skin treatment. This innovative treatment uses a special LED blue light lamp along with a chromophore gel to produce multi-wavelength light energy that is absorbed by the skin, promoting rapid regeneration of cells. It has proven to be very effective at healing skin conditions in pets. Click here to learn more about the Phovia system and how it may help your pet!
If you see the symptoms of skin issues in your pet, don’t wait, bring them to Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital for a full examination. Contact us to schedule an appointment.