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Posted on 09-17-2018

5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist With Doerr Animal Clinic

Pet owners share a special type of bond with their furry friends. They nurture their pets, often as if they were their own children. The doctors and staff at Doerr Animal Clinic of Louisville can attest to this treatment, for their own pets, as well as their patients.  But, sometimes, even the most devoted pet parent may overlook or dismiss warning signs from their pets about underlying conditions. Particularly when it comes to irritation and rash, the signs may seem more commonplace at first.  In actuality, your pet may be quite bothered or downright pained by skin conditions. Luckily, most can be treated but, what are the signs to look for?

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Behaviors and Conditions

Dogs (and cats) scratch. It's natural. But when an animal is continually chewing, rubbing, licking, develops a rash, or has hair loss, your pet may have an allergy. Fleas, pollen, mold, and grass are possible causes, and these conditions can often be treated with standard vet visits. Sometimes, however, more specific care is required. A veterinary dermatologist specializes in diagnosing and treating animal skin issues and will be able to give a comprehensive evaluation and treatment regimen for more severe cases. 

Dermatology Warning Signs

After a pet displays signs of allergies and has started taking medicine, you should notice an improvement. If your pet is still experiencing any of the following, you should contact a dermatology specialist:

  • Your pet's skin dramatically changes for the worse.
  • Your pet chronically itches, has swollen paws, ears, or eye irritation.
  • Your pet loses excessive amounts of hair.
  • Your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea, is wheezing or having trouble breathing.
  • Your normal vet has no answers for your pet's condition. 

Show Affection Through Attention – Call Our Office Today!

Your pet cannot directly communicate with you in words, but their actions will alert you to the problems they're experiencing. And when they do give you signs, contact our office to set your pet back on the path to great health. Reach our Doerr Animal Clinic at 502-425-1275 or visit us at 2050 Herr Lane, Louisville, KY 40222.

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