Detecting Pet Skin and Allergy Problems

pet skin problems

If you see your pet scratching itself, you might worry that it has fleas. But this is not the only problem that can cause itchiness for pets. Your cat or dog could also have a skin problem. The good news is that vets can treat many skin issues. Prescription or over-the-counter medications can easily treat many issues. However, sometimes, pet skin problems are signs of other disorders.


Dermatitis is a disorder that causes your pet’s skin to blister and become swollen and red. The dermal layer can crust, scab over, or flake off. Exposure to allergens can trigger this condition. Environmental dermatitis is caused by environmental allergens, which can irritate your pet’s skin. Ragweed, dirt, insects, and grass can all cause this type of dermatitis.

Hormonal Issue

Sometimes, the pet’s skin will change color. This can be a sign of a hormonal or a metabolic issue. Testosterone or estrogen issues can change the skin tone’s color. Hair loss may also result. It is a good idea to schedule an appointment to see what the issue may be.

Detecting Changes

Sometimes, it is harder to detect skin problems in your pets. For example, you might not immediately notice the issues. It is a good idea to get to know your pet well. You will be able to develop a sense that will tell you if something is not right. If you hold your pet, you should examine their skin while you’re petting them. Redness is not normal and should be addressed.

Other changes are more obvious. For example, allergies can cause your pet to start to itch more often. Other pets may lick themselves more often. Some types of allergies can also cause hair loss in the area. Rubbing more or rolling on the ground can be signs of issues if your pet doesn’t normally do this.

If the skin problem is near the feet, the pet may chew on the foot more. You might notice an odor as well. If the issue is located near the pet’s head, your pet may have ear problems or shake its head more often. Body odor in general, even after bathing, is another sign that it is time to take your pet to the vet.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to detecting allergy problems and skin issues in your pets, it is a good idea to take your pet to the vet if you notice these signs. That will help the vet get to the bottom of these issues as soon as possible. There are many medical conditions that can cause your pet to have allergies or skin problems. Some conditions can even be contagious for you. Treating these issues will help both you and your pet be happier.

If you would like to learn more information about pet allergies and skin issues, our vets would love to speak with you. Please set up an appointment at Elko Veterinary Clinic today by contacting our Elko, NV, office at 775-738-6116.