At the University Parkway Animal Hospital, our pet dermatologist in Jackson, TN seeks to understand and resolve the cause of your pet's skin irritation, in addition to resolving the symptoms.
Common Skin Conditions in Cats & Dogs
Like humans, cats and dogs may be susceptible to a variety of triggers or allergens (any normally non-irritating substance which causes a heightened immune system response) that can cause skin conditions. Our vet team in Jackson frequently notes the following causes:
- Food and nutrition: specifically, allergies to certain foods (e.g, wheat, dairy, soy)
- Parasite infestation: bites from mosquitos, fleas, ticks, mites, and other critters can easily become infected
- Environment: exposure to dust, pollen, fungus, mildew, mold, smoke, household chemicals and cleaners, medications
Exposure to any of these triggers can lead to skin irritation and inflammation, known as dermatitis. All dogs and cats can develop a skin problem, but certain pets are more at risk, including older animals, animals with weak immune systems, and animal with thick hair or fur that's prone to matting (since moisture, dirt, oil, and bacteria can become trapped against the skin more easily).
Signs of Cat and Dog Skin Infections
Can you tell if your pet is experiencing painful skin problems? Be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms:
- Excessive itching, shaking, scratching, and licking
- Red, itchy, raw, oozing, and/or bleeding lesions on the skin (hotspot)
- Hair loss
- Dry flaky skin
- Foul odor from the skin
- Skin problems which persist and return once a course of antibiotics are over (suggestive of a food allergy)
How Our Jackson Veterinarian Treats Pet Skin Infections
As a Jackson veterinarian, Dr. Ben Lifsey has met thousands of dogs and cats over the years (and their owners!) dealing with uncomfortable signs of pet skin infections. His pet dermatology services include fully customizable and individualized treatments that can help address both underlying cause and symptoms.
First things first: we'll perform the necessary tests and examinations to diagnose the cause of your animal's condition. Based on these examination results, we can implement a plan of care, which may include one or some of the following:
- Topical medicated and non-medicated shampoos, rinses, and ointments
- Oral medications (e.g., anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antibiotic, etc.)
- Nutritional supplements (especially omega-3 fatty acids) and nutritional change recommendations
We'll also give you tips on how to reduce your pet's exposure to environmental triggers and offer specific recommendations for grooming.