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If you’ve noticed your pet scooting their butt across the floor, that could be a skin issue. Since your pet’s skin is their largest external organ, it’s important to ensure it’s being taken care of well. Your pet’s skin helps protect them against the elements and provides them with a sense of touch.

What are common skin issues pets deal with?

Pets deal with a range of skin issues, based on things like environmental triggers, parasites and irritants. If your pet’s skin has an allergic reaction to a new product, food or environmental irritant like pollen, they might constantly scratch it. For example, this could create a rash on their paws. Licking or chewing toes could be a sign of a yeast infection. Circles patches on your furry friend’s paws, ears or legs could be a sign of ringworm, a fungus which causes hair loss and skin irritation. External parasites like fleas can also cause skin irritation and inflammation.

How can I treat my pet’s skin issues at home?

We don’t recommend over the counter medication or home remedies without consulting us, especially when they can be ineffective or unregulated. If you’re concerned about your pet’s skin and they’re displaying any symptoms, it’s important to contact us at 519.624.9760 to book an appointment. Since skin issues can be connected to underlying health issues, we’ll assess your pet’s skin to determine the best treatment for them. Treating causes versus symptoms ensures your pet’s skin heals well over time.

How can I protect my pet against skin issues?

Though it’s difficult to completely protect your pet against skin issues, a few things you can do are:

  • Ensure your pet is groomed regularly
  • Feed your pet a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Give your pet their preventive medication on time
  • Check their skin for any external parasites like fleas or mites

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