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Pet dermatology involves the diagnosis and treatment of various skin diseases that affect dogs and cats. Skin diseases are one of most common reasons for visits to veterinarians, according to the veterinarians of Fullerton Animal Hospital of Baltimore, who provide a comprehensive range of pet care services.
Allergies are a common cause of skin problems in cats and dogs of Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney. In reaction to allergies, pets often lick, chew and scratch, which leads to more skin damage than the allergies themselves cause.
Many pet dermatology problems, however, do not involve allergies. Other causes include external parasites, infections, metabolic or dietary problems and stress. And a combination of causes may be involved.
In addition to scratching, licking and chewing, common symptoms of pet skin problems include hair loss and bald patches; dry, flaky skin; pet rubbing face against carpeting or furniture; round, scaly patches on face or paws; rashes; lesions; scabs; swelling and skin discoloration.
You should bring your pet for a veterinary visit when you notice signs of skin disease as mentioned above – and when your pet begins to excessively scratch, lick and/or bite areas on his fur.
The veterinarians of Fullerton Animal Hospital can conduct a variety of diagnostic tests to find the underlying causes of pet dermatology problems – to determine the best course of treatment.
For more information on pet dermatology, contact the veterinarians of Fullerton Animal Hospital at (410) 665-6996.