Are you surprised to know that the skin is the largest organ in the body?
Many animals are affected by skin diseases. This can often result in very itchy and uncomfortable pets. Some of their skin diseases are caused by allergies to food, insect bites (such as fleas) or the world around them (atopy). Certain endocrine diseases including hypothyroidism, Cushings disease, and diabetes are often first detected due to changes in the skin and coat. Other common culprits of skin conditions are related to infections (bacterial, fungal or parasitic).
If you are visiting us with concerns of your pet's skin, we will start by asking you multiple questions. This may seem silly, however gathering a thorough history is very important to help us diagnose skin problems. Next, additional tests may be recommended and will first be thoroughly discussed with you. Tests may include checking for fleas, skin scrapings, swabs, cultures, blood work, food trials, or biopsies.