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5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

Just like you may occasionally have skin problems that require you to talk to your doctor, your pets can run into similar problems that require a veterinarian who is skilled in dermatology. Below are some of the signs that you should schedule an appointment for a veterinary dermatologist to examine your pet.

Dog scratching itself

When to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

1.  A Visible Rash

Although it's harder to see a pet's under a cloak of fur, a rash is a sure sign that your pet is experiencing some dermatological distress. If the rash doesn't clear up on its own, you may need medical treatment.

2. Loss of Fur

Missing fur, especially in patches, could be a sign of a rash or other irritation that requires veterinary attention. A rash could be causing fur loss, or your pet may be scratching and removing its own fur.

3. Excessive Licking, Biting, or Scratching

Fur loss could be due to excessive grooming because your pet is itchy, or your pet may be obsessively scratching and licking without removing any fur. This could be caused by an allergy or another condition.

4. Ruptured or Oozing Skin

Although minor cuts and scratches can heal on their own, a sudden rupture or skin that's oozing pus is definitely a sign that you need to take your pet to a veterinary dermatologist.

5. Debris in the Coat

If you notice any debris in your pet's coat, it might be time to schedule an appointment. Debris could be signs of a flea or mite infestation, or it may be dander that needs to be treated by a vet.

Contact Our North Central Animal Hospital in Phoenix, AZ

Contact North Central Animal Hospital in Phoenix if your pet has any of these symptoms of a dermatological issue. Call us at (602) 395-9773 to schedule an appointment or discuss other concerns about your pet's health.