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Dogs and cats can get a wide range of skin disorders that cause rashes, itching or other symptoms. If these disorders are not treated, they can lead to infections and other problems that lower your pets’ quality of life. At Carlsbad Animal Hospital, our Carlsbad veterinarian offers treatment for many skin problems in pets.
Pets can develop many different skin problems. Some of the most common types of skin disorders in pets include the following:
Our veterinarian in Carlsbad examines pets before deciding on a form of treatment for hot spots and other skin disorders. The type of treatment pets need depends on the type of skin problem they have. Pets with skin problems caused by allergies can find relief from these symptoms by avoiding exposure to food or environmental allergens as much as possible. This is generally harder to do for environmental allergens, so these pets might benefit from allergy shots instead, especially if they have severe allergies. For flea allergies that cause skin problems, using a flea preventative product can help lower the risk of allergy symptoms.
For hot spots, pets usually need treatment with topical hydrocortisone to prevent these sores from getting worse. Pet owners need to stop their pets from being able to lick or chew at the treated areas, so they can heal.
For itchiness and irritation from dry skin, pets typically improve with the use of dog shampoos and other products that provide moisture. Changes in diet might also help reduce the risk of dry skin.
If your pets have skin problems, please contact Carlsbad Animal Hospital for an appointment at 760-729-4431. Our veterinarian in Carlsbad will examine your pets and ensure that they get the right treatment for skin disorders.