Dogs and cats suffer from many skin and coat problems and your Sullivan veterinarians know how to care for a wide variety of such ailments.
The skin is an organ and acts as a barrier to protect the body from infection, caustic substances, ultraviolet light, and dehydration. Healthy skin depends on the health and function of other organs in our pets’ bodies.
There are two kinds of diseases that affect the skin: primary and secondary skin disease. Primary skin diseases affect the skin directly, such as mange or reactions from flea and tick bites. Secondary diseases initially involve other organs, affecting the skin as a reaction to the primary disease, such as a rash due to a bacterial infection.
The following are some common diseases and conditions affecting the skin:
Treatment of skin disease may include steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, topical drugs, antifungal drugs, special shampoos, dietary supplements, or even surgery. Diagnosing skin diseases can be difficult and time consuming, but Sullivan Veterinary Clinic takes a special interest in this field of dermatology. We will investigate the cause of your pet’s discomfort and begin treatment to control or alleviate the problem.
Read an informative article about skin problems in pets, or explore this topic at the Healthy Pet website.
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