Skin problems are among the primary reasons to bring a pet into the veterinarian. A general veterinarian can identify and treat a variety of common skin conditions. Certain diseases and injuries may require a veterinary dermatologist in order to ensure your pet receives the optimal level of care. A veterinary dermatologist’s concentration is upon the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the ears, skin, mouth, hair, and nails, in addition to allergic disorders in pets.
No matter breed-type or size, any dog or cat can be susceptible to the risk dermatologic problems and may require the help of a specialist. These include skin problems associated with allergies, skin cancers, parasite infections, infectious diseases, systemic diseases, hormonal diseases, nail diseases and ear infections.
Some skin problems cannot be handled by a general practitioner veterinarian. In these instances, a specialist may be needed. Some examples of these conditions include allergies, skin cancers, parasite infections, and diseases of the feet, footpad or nails/nail beds.