Pet Skin Problems

The Veterinary Clinic and Your Pet’s Skin Problems

At The Veterinary Clinic, our vet team works with cats and dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes, and it's our pleasure to provide effective and affordable health care solutions for a variety of conditions, including pet skin problems in Brunswick Maine.

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Common Cause of Cat & Dog Skin Infections

If your pet seems to be scratching, biting, licking, itching, or shaking frequently, they may be struggling with a skin problem. There are several possible explanations for why cat and dog skin infections occur:

  • Environmental causes, such as exposure to pollen, dust, grass, mold, fungus, chemicals, medications, and smoke
  • Parasitic causes, such as bites from critters like fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and dust mites
  • Nutritional or dietary causes, such as allergies to wheat, corn, soy, and dairy 

The above causes can lead to allergic reactions or bacterial infections, which often manifest with irritation and inflammation of the skin, also known as dermatitis. Animals with thick coats or weakened immune systems are particularly at risk, although cats and dogs of all ages and breeds can be affected. 

Signs of a Pet Skin Condition

In addition to excessive scratching, biting, licking, and shaking, signs of a pet skin condition include:

  • Dry, flaky, or scaly skin
  • Foul smell in the skin or coat
  • Skin that looks red and irritated, with or without exudate (pus or liquid)—these are commonly called hot spots
  • The appearance of mite and/or flea residue in the pet's coat
  • Loss of sheen in the pet's coat 
  • Hair loss (especially in patches)

How Our Brunswick Veterinarian Team Treats Pet Dermatitis

If you've noticed any of the above signs in your pet, schedule an appointment with our Brunswick veterinarian team. Our first priority will be to determine the underlying cause or causes of the pet dermatitis. To do this, we may run special blood work and lab tests and perform a thorough physical examination.

Based on our diagnosis, we'll work with you to implement the most appropriate plan of care. Our goals are to reduce your pet's symptoms, reduce the risk of or alleviate further complications, and ultimately manage or resolve the underlying factors. To do this, we may utilize treatments such as:

  • Topical medications and ointments
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Oral medications, such as antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids
  • Nutritional supplements and dietary modifications
  • Pet parent education on ways to avoid or eliminate environmental triggers

Is Your Dog or Cat Scratching Constantly? Get Insightful Pet Dermatitis Treatment with Our Pet Dermatologist in Brunswick Maine

Help your pet feel better ASAP! Contact us today by calling (207) 729-3412 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian in Brunswick Maine.


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