It is very important to remember that your pet is just as susceptible to skin disorders as you are. There are over 160 known skin disorders that affect dogs alone. Some of these disorders can also produce chronic difficulties. This knowledge is key to you and your veterinarian being proactive in defining what specifically is affecting your pet.
There are two kinds of skin disorder in pets: curable and incurable. Even curable disorders can take weeks to resolve, given that it takes skin cells four weeks to mature and be present near the skin surface. When the disorder is incurable, control can be provided through select diets, medications, shampoos, sprays, and supplements. It will require much diligent work on the part of yourself and your veterinarian to determine the exact diagnosis for your pet.
Only through that work can we determine whether the disorder is curable or controllable. In the case of curable disorders, the most common cause is bacterial dermatitis. This presents on your animal as areas of hair loss, scales and crusts, and small inflamed eruptions. In the case of this sort of disorder, an antibiotic will be prescribed that usually runs for 8-12 weeks or longer.
Other common causes are yeast infections and ringworm infections. Our vets will work closely with you to determine the cause of your pet’s skin problems, and to determine the best course of action to keep them happy, healthy, and safe.