September is when kids go back to school and finally, you have a chance to relax. Who wants to join you? Your pet! While you’re snuggling with your furry friend, you may feel a bump or rash on their skin. What should you do?
Your pet may have bumps, lumps, missing fur, a black spot or a funny-looking toenail. Are these things something of concern?
For most owners, it’s tough to know what skin issues are ok and what needs further evaluation. Missing fur may be from a lost battle with a housemate. A black spot may be a tick. A rash may indicate a food allergy. A little bump may be skin cancer. Skin is the largest organ of the body and there’s a lot to cover! That’s why a yearly checkup is vital to your pet’s health.
Itchy skin from skin allergies is a very common problem we treat in our practice. Excessive scratching, biting, chewing, rubbing, licking are all signs of itching. For those of you who have pets that have very long term allergy conditions, be aware there are 2 new treatments available for certain allergies that work extremely well.
If you are seeing any changes in your pet’s skin or coat, make an appointment today for a thorough exam. We see a lot of dermatology (skin) problems on a daily basis and all of our doctors are very experienced in treating these cases.
When you bring your pet in for their wellness exam, we’ll assess every part of them, from nose to tail. Make sure you mention any lumps or bumps you may have noticed. We’ll make sure your pet is healthy and stays that way!