Did you know the skin is the largest organ in your pet’s body?
Take a look at your pets skin and haircoat – the coat should sheen and glow and the skin should be a light pink to light pale blue with no bumps, lumps, scabs, scale, dander, sores, etc. While proper nutrition is directly related to a healthy skin and coat, it is not the only thing that can effect it. Intestinal parasites (worms), external parasites (fleas, ticks), and blood parasites (heartworm) can rob your pet of vital nutrients needed for proper health.
Your pet may have bumps. Lumps. Missing fur. A black spot. A funny-looking toenail. Are these things nothing, or something to be concerned about? 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 or it could be from the pet chewing and biting on himself. A black spot may be a tick. A rash may indicate an allergy or skin infection. A little bump may be cancer.
If your pet is scratching, biting, chewing, licking, rubbing and driving you crazy, it may not just be “fleas”. It is very common for us to see pet’s with allergies and skin infections that cause this.
When your pet’s skin and coat is heathy, he’s happy and comfortable. Your pet’s skin is the window to his health – don’t let it fog up. If it doesn’t look right, let us take a look. We deal with all types of skin and coat problems on a daily basis. All three doctors combined, we have over 75 years of experience treating skin and coat problems.