The annoyance of a dog that scratches continually. The unappealing site of a cat with patches of hair missing. Unpleasant odor from skin or ears. The constant worry, wondering what is wrong with your best friend. If your pet has skin problems, you are probably dealing with these and other concerns. The experienced pet dermatology veterinary team at Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital in Riverview, FL can help all pet owners who live Riverview, Brandon, Bloomingdale, Ybor City, Tampa Bay, and Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas in Florida.
Dog skin care
Well over a hundred different skin disorders have been identified in dogs. Some can be cured. Others are chronic but successfully managed with appropriate dermatology care.
Pruritis (itchy skin) is the most common skin problem in dogs. It can be triggered by:
- Moist dermatitis (“hot spots”)
- Bacterial infection
- External parasites such a fleas and mites (mange)
- Environmental allergies including pollen, mite dander, shampoos, or contact with plants or carpeting
- Food allergies
Itchy, dry, flaking or irritated skin and dull coat or hair loss are, however, only symptoms. Our team of veterinarians works hard to determine the underlying cause, to form an accurate diagnosis, and develop the most effective treatment strategy.
We may prescribe a medicated shampoo to help treat conditions such as bacterial infections, yeast infections, or skin allergies. While over-the-counter shampoos are available that are advertised as being “medicated,” a prescription shampoo is targeted towards your dog’s specific condition and will typically provide superior results. Other treatments such as prescription creams, wipes, or sprays may be all that is needed to soothe your dog’s irritated skin. Many of these products are formulated with ceramides and/or other moisturizing agents that help hydrate the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. For some dogs, systemic treatment options such as injections, oral medications, and prescription foods may be necessary to treat their condition effectively. We will also discuss environmental modifications that you can make to your home to reduce irritants.
Cat skin care
Cats are subject to many of the same causes of skin conditions listed above. Like dogs, cats can develop skin cancer, as well.
However, cats are also prone to acne. It usually presents as blackheads under the cat’s chin that resemble dirt. Due to the accompanying irritation, the cat may suffer hair loss and develop crusty sores, which could lead to secondary infection.
Cat acne treatment addresses hyperactive sebaceous glands and clogged hair follicles with prescription medicine and an anti-inflammatory diet.
Pet dermatology: What to expect in Riverview, FL
At Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital, treatment for skin-related diseases such as uncontrollable itching, hair loss, dermatitis, skin allergies, and hot spots (pyotraumatic dermatitis) is carefully tailored to your pet’s needs. We are equipped to perform skin and food allergy testing. Parasite control products are available on-site, and we also offer specialized grooming services. Most importantly, your concerns are taken seriously, and your pet is treated with compassion.
Riverview, Brandon, Bloomingdale, Ybor City, Tampa Bay, and Wesley Chapel area pet owners who see that their dog or cat is suffering from any dermatological conditions, call (813) 670-8881 to schedule an appointment. Let’s get your pet’s skin in peak condition.
Dr. Keshava Eega
Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital
Dr. Keshava Eega moved to the United States in 2003 to further his passion for practicing high-quality and modern veterinary medicine in a challenging environment. Having graduated from the College of Veterinary Science in Hyderabad, India, he then completed his Master’s in Animal Science and the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam in 2006. Dr. Eega then completed his clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently obtained his license to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Florida. Dr. Eega possesses thirteen years of experience in corporate practice in Orlando as both an Associate Veterinarian and a Lead Doctor. Through the course of his tenure, he has gained vast and widespread experience and exposure in both the practice of high-quality veterinary medicine and soft tissue surgeries. He also possesses professional interests in preventive care, senior pet care, skin cases, nutrition, behavior and wellness exams, particularly for both cats and dogs. Dr. Eega also possesses Fear Free certification which enables him to rid pets, owners and even veterinary health care teams of fear, stress, and anxiety. Hence, in the hands of Dr. Eega, you can be assured that your pet receives modern, customized care in a comfortable environment!