Dermatology FAQs

Pet Dermatology FAQs

Dermatology problems can make life miserable for you and your pet. If your pet is constantly scratching, biting, or licking their skin, we recommend you bring them to Stanton Pet Hospital for a checkup. He may be suffering from a skin rash, infection, or irritation.


These frequently asked questions from Stanton Pet Hospital explain more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pet dermatology issues.  

What kinds of skin conditions can affect dogs and cats?

Dogs and cats are prone to several dermatology issues to include skin rash and irritation, hair loss, dry skin, skin infections, hot spots, allergic reactions, flea bites and more. Pet skin problems can affect animals in different ways.

Some animals recover within a few days from skin issues after experiencing mild symptoms. Others may experience severe itching and irritation for weeks. Left unchecked, skin irritations can lead to infection or escalate into more serious medical conditions.   

What causes skin rash in dogs and cats?

Pets can develop skin rashes for different reasons to include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Skin infections
  • Flea or tick bites
  • Hormonal imbalances or
  • Environmental elements

It is not unusual for pets to develop skin rashes due to food or environmental allergies. In fact, allergic reactions are a common cause of many skin conditions in pets.

Can skin problems cause hair loss?  

Dermatology issues are a common cause of fur loss in your pet. However, it is not the only reason your kit or pup may be losing fur. Fur loss could also stem from a medical issue or parasitic infection. Itchy skin can cause your pet to bite or scratch incessantly, which can cause your pet to lose fur.

If you notice bald patches on your pet’s skin, contact your Stanton vet. We will determine the cause of your pet’s problem so he can get prompt and effective treatment.

How are pet skin problems treated?

Your Stanton veterinarian will examine your pet and run blood or skin tests to determine the cause of his rash, irritation, or infection. Once we have determined the underlying cause of the problem, we can recommend the appropriate treatment. 

Skin rash caused by flea bites can be treated with medicated shampoo or parasite medications to control infestation. If skins problems are caused by allergies, we will isolate the allergen so your pet can avoid it to alleviate the problem. We may also recommend allergy medications or injections to alleviate symptoms.

Call Your Stanton Vet for Pet Dermatology Issues

Your pet’s health and happiness are important to us. If your pet has skin troubles, contact your Stanton veterinary team at Stanton Pet Hospital today for prompt and effective treatment. To schedule an appointment with your Stanton vet, call (714) 828-5891 at your earliest convenience.  

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