Skin is the protective barrier that protects all of the internal structures in the body, so it is important to keep it in its best condition. Skin can also be an indicator of underlying diseases, so monitoring any changes in skin and fur coat can help the doctor in making a diagnosis. Dogs that swim or spend a lot of time outside should be bathed to help wash away skin irritants, however, over-bathing can strip the skin of natural oils that pets need.
What are the causes, symptoms & diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
There numerous causes of bacterial skin infections. Scratching, licking and chewing excessively can be symptoms of a skin infection. Bacterial skin infections can be diagnosed by taking impression smears, tape preparations, cultures, and microscopic investigation. They can also be secondary to other types of infections, so it is best to come into our clinic, see our doctors, and make a treatment plan.
What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for ringworm?
Ringworm is caused by a fungus and is not actually a worm! The typical presentation of ringworm is a red lesion, with a ring of scaly skin around the edge. Treatment can require medication and anti-fungal shampoos.
What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?
There are many causes for allergies, which can include, but are not limited to environmental irritants, certain proteins in food, and medications, just to name a few. Treatment plans and diagnostics may include food trials, medications to decrease inflammation and block receptors, skin biopsies, and blood testing to help narrow down exact allergens.
What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?
There are many causes and treatments for parasitic skin diseases. It is best to start with an exam with our doctors and they would discuss the best testing and treatments for your pet with you.
What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?
Once a hormonal imbalance is detected by running blood work, the veterinarian can assess the values and create an appropriate treatment plan.