Friendly Animal Hospital Offers Dermatology Care
Pets can sometimes develop skin problems that can be the result of a number of different factors. Finding the source of the problem can be challenging, but veterinarians receive extensive training in pet dermatology to help skin issues. At Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, CA, we can help with effective treatments for dermatology problems in pets when they occur.
Skin Irritation in Pets
Frequently, pets can develop skin irritation from contact with textiles in the home, toxic plants outdoors or the wearing of flea collars or even regular collars. These minor problems generally respond well to soothing ointments or creams. However, if a skin infection has begun, you vet may provide topical prescription medication to provide relief.
Rashes in Pets
Pets can also have unexpected rashes from insect bites, mites or fungus infections. These skin eruptions can get progressively worse and can even result in hair loss unless treated with appropriate medications. Your Huntington Beach veterinarian can help determine the cause of the rash by taking a sample from the area and looking at it under a microscope. Then, antibiotics, anti-fungal drugs or other medications can be prescribed to eliminate the problem.
Allergy Reactions in Pets
Some pets may have reactions to seasonal allergens in the environment, foods they eat or chemicals used around the home. These skin issues may only arise at some times of the year or maybe a chronic problem. Bumps, pimples, red areas, oozing or lesions can appear that may develop into bacterial infections. Skin tests or elimination diets may be necessary to find the cause. Your Huntington Beach vet can investigate the cause of these reactions and provide antibiotics, steroid medications, and antihistamines to reduce discomfort.
All animals with fur will shed to some degree. However, when the amount of hair loss is excessive, it may be due to an underlying medical condition. The vet will carefully examine your pet’s skin, and if the problem appears to be due to a systemic problem, blood will be drawn for testing to find the cause. Thyroid conditions and adrenal gland problems can cause hair loss in pets.
Make Friendly Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Huntington Beach
The veterinarians and staff at Friendly Animal Hospital are committed to providing quality care for their patients in Huntington Beach, CA and surrounding areas. We offer many veterinary services, including vaccinations, preventative care, spay and neuter surgery, orthopedic surgery, diagnostics, cold laser therapy, and grooming. You can call Friendly Animal Hospital today at (714) 845-5722 to learn about treatments for your pet’s skin problem.