If your pet is feverishly scratching and biting his or her own skin or performing the tell-tale bottom scoot boogie across the floor, environmental allergies, food allergies, or common skin conditions like ringworm could be to blame.
As veterinarians in Miami, we take an exceptional interest in dermatology, and we at Sunset are methodical in how we approach the diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s skin condition. Accurately pinpointing the cause of your pet’s discomfort is priority one.
Because of our climate in Miami, our pets are exposed to environmental allergens like pollen, grass, mold spores, ragweed, and dust mites all year long. Environmental allergies will often appear in the form of atopic dermatitis–a skin condition that will appear as red, inflamed skin particularly noticeable on your pet’s ears, muzzle, and around the eyes.
Surprisingly, food allergies can also make your pet’s skin itch. They can also trigger stomach upset and even cause inflammation of your pet’s ears. Beef and chicken byproducts, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn are common food allergens.
Then, there are the dreaded fungal infections like ringworm, for which prompt treatment is vital to keep it from spreading to people. Ringworm presents as circular, bald lesions on a pet’s head or limbs.
At Sunset, we get picky about itchy skin. We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet in its particular environmental situation, and we carry shampoos and other skin support products in house.
You wouldn’t want to itch indefinitely, and your pet doesn’t want to either. Call us if you suspect that your pet is suffering from an allergy or other skin condition.