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Skin Irritations

Posted by: Alliance Animal | May 21, 2020
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Does Your Montebello, Lynwood or East Los Angeles Pet Have Irritated Skin?

Your pet’s skin may be hidden under a furry coat most of the time, but that’s all the more reason to think about what might be happening underneath all that hair. Skin irritations of various kinds can drive your pet to scratch obsessively at the skin, ultimately doing more harm than good. If your pet’s skin looks strange or seems to be producing discomfort, it may be time to schedule dermatological evaluation and treatment at Casillas Veterinary Hospitals with locations in Montebello, Lynwood and East Los Angeles.


Reasons for the Irritation

Pet skin irritation may stem from a variety of causes. Examples include:

  • Allergic reactions

    Your pet’s skin may be allergic to something in the air or something he rubbed up against. Food allergies can also create reddened, itchy, irritated skin among other symptoms.

  • Fleas

    Flea bites aren’t just annoying in their own right; they can elicit an allergic reaction in some animals, resulting in itchy, inflamed skin. As your pet scratches away at the inflamed area, the skin may develop injuries that invite bacterial infection.

  • Mites

    Mites are another pest that can cause significant skin irritation. For instance, if your pet is constantly scratching at his ear, he may have an ear mite infestation. Mites can also cause more obvious skin problems such as sarcoptic mange, which can cause sores to form all over the body.

  • Ringworm

    This common fungal infection produces characteristic ring-shaped areas of scaly skin and hair loss. This condition can cause itching and irritation.

  • Skin fold pyoderma

    This form of dermatitis occurs in animals that have lots of skin folds, such as Pugs or Bulldogs. It produces uncomfortable “hot spots” of raw skin within the folds.

Relief for Lynwood, Montebello and East Los Angeles Pets

Bring your Lynwood, Montebello or East Los Angeles companion to our experienced veterinary team at Casillas Veterinary Hospitals. We can inspect the skin and test for possible allergies. Pest infestations can be warded off through the use of regular preventative medications, while food allergies may respond to dietary changes and home hygiene practices can prevent skin fold pyoderma. We can also prescribe antibiotics, antifungal drugs and antihistamines to treat lesions and reduce itching. Contact us at (323) 215-1810 so we can help your pet stop scratching!

Does your pet have obvious skin lesions? What do they look like?

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