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5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

5 Signs It May Be Time to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

Have you noticed your cat or dog scratching more than usual? Or perhaps it has a small rash on its belly or back? Most of us automatically assume the irritation comes from fleas or something they’ve eaten. Unfortunately, skin conditions can be an indication of internal disease. The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt is committed to your pet’s overall wellness, offering a whole wealth of services, including dermatology. Summerfield residents are encouraged to book an appointment with us today if you notice any of these five signs.

Skin Irritation is Worsening

If you’ve visited your veterinarian on multiple occasions, with little to no success in clearing up your pet’s dermal issue, it’s time to see a dermatology specialist.

Toe Mass

If you notice a mass on the nail bed, your pet should be seen right away. Toe masses are often a sign of cancer, particularly in dogs ten years of age or older.

Skin Ulcer

An ulcer is an open sore that leaks or oozes fluid. They are often accompanied by hair loss or depigmentation and can appear anywhere on the body. Ulcers can be a sign of deeper internal issues that should be treated as early as possible.

Reappearing Ear Infections

Does it feel like your pet is always coming down with an ear infection? Since the external ear canal is considered an extension of the epidermis, a dermatology expert is most qualified to identify the root cause of these issues.

Allergic Reactions

From sneezing to a rash or skin irritation, pet allergies can manifest in a number of ways. Whether it’s a food allergy, fleas, or dust mites, your pet dermatologist can perform a skin test to determine their specific allergy and prescribe a treatment plan based on their specific needs.

Request an Appointment with Our Summerfield Veterinary Hospital

From dermatology to nutrition management and wellness exams, The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt is committed to keeping your pet healthy and safe. Contact us at (336) 643-2229 or request an appointment online.


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