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A pet’s skin and coat can tell us a lot more about his or her health than many realize. The skin is can be indicative of deeper health issues that need to be addressed. Dr. Dibbern has extensive experience in pet dermatology and can pinpoint the causes behind your pet’s growths, rashes, hot spots, flaky skin, etc. Dr. Dibbern can also refer you to a dermatology specialist for allergy testing if needed.
There are many skin conditions afflicting cats and dogs that generally fall under the heading “dermatitis” (meaning an inflammation of the skin). Dr. Dibbern often finds that a pet’s skin problem comes either from an environmental allergen, parasites, or a nutritional deficiency. On some occasions, growths may be the sign of cancer or another, rarer, more involved problem.
Some of the most frequent skin irritation problems for pets are pests such as fleas and ticks. Not only can pets lick and scratch themselves causing hot spots and infections, but these parasites often carry dangerous diseases that can make your pet very sick. It is always important to keep your pet’s flea and tick preventative medications up-to-date to avoid itchy, irritating bites. We offer several options for flea and tick control, so you can choose which best suits your lifestyle.
Fungal and yeast infections can also plague pets, particularly in warm, moist areas between their toes and in their ears. If your pet constantly paws his ears, or cannot stop fussing with her toes, come in for an evaluation.