What would your pet’s New Year Resolutions be? Eat an extra treat each day? Add 20 minutes to each nap time? Find extra table scraps on the floor? Fortunately, our pets don’t pick their resolutions, we pick for them! Here is a list of 5 simple resolutions that can have an enormous influence on your pet’s 2018 and beyond! (Spoiler alert: Your pet may try to guilt you on some of these but STAY STRONG PET PARENTS!)
You know that green stuff in our front and back lawn? That stuff sticking up out of the ground called grass? Some pet’s are sensitive to even the simplest of it. By speaking with on of our veterinarians and determining what your pet is exposed to that may be causing a reaction, we can take develop a plan for your pet depending on the severity of his/her sensitivity.
Another example is moist eczema often referred to as a “hot spot.” These skin lesions are often the result of moisture on the skin’s surface from rain or pond activities. Some cases of moist eczema spread very quickly and require aggressive therapy to correct.
Even contact with plastics can cause environmental dermatitis.
For each of these issues, there is a treatment plan to resolve/subdue the flare ups.vc_single_image image=”4526″ img_size=”large”]
“Complete and Balanced,” does not always mean complete and balanced.
Unfortunately, many canines and felines live their entire lives in less than optimal health because owners choose the least expensive pet food they can get their hands on. Spending a bit extra on a high quality diet can have an immense impact on your pets skin (and health in general). We carry several diets that can help remedy skin issues.
Oftentimes a food trial can help determine if food is the reason behind your pet’s skin issues. Keep in mind we even carry hypoallergenic diets if your pet is particularly sensitive to foods. These trials do take several weeks to know whether or not the change is helping, but can be completely worth it to your pet should the skin issues stop.
Adding in Omega Fatty Acids to your pet’s diets can provide additional help for your pet’s skin while assisting in maintaining a quality coat at the same time.
Interestingly, tick bites often do not cause itching, however can leave ulcerative lesions on your pet’s skin that can be extremely slow to heal.
Cheyletiella, sarcoptic, and demodex (mange) mites can also be the cause of horrible skin issues for your pet (and some can even cause issues for humans).
Chiggers, deer flies, and gnats are generally considered nuisances and rarely cause systemic issues with your pet’s skin. Treatment for bites from these with first aid ointments are generally successful.
Our veterinarians can exam your pets skin closely and see if little parasites are the problem when it comes to your pet’s skin.
Yeast infections are also prevalent in our pets. The ears of your pet are a prime breeding ground for developing a yeast infection known as otitis externa. There are treatment options for your pet if the ears seem to be red and inflammed and have a less than desirable scent.
Another common skin issue in our pets is infectious dermatitis. This condition is so irritating to our pets that they will continuously lick/chew at the infected area preventing any healing from taking place. This infection can spread and even be transported to different areas of your pet due to the licking and chewing. Our doctors can clip the hair around the affected areas, treat with ointments and also send you with cone to prevent further damage that your pet can’t help but cause.