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Animal Dermatology- Is It Necessary?

The subject of animal dermatology is one that’s seldom talked about. In fact, some people don’t know that it exists at all! If you were told that your furry friend may need dermatology care, but don’t know what it is or if it’s needed, you’ve come to the right spot! Your friends at Buena Vet are experts when it comes to animal dermatology, and happy to break down the process for you. Read on to find out more!

What Is Animal Dermatology?

Unlike humans, most animals aren’t visiting a dermatologist to deal with acne or blemishes. Rather, animal dermatology focuses on treating skin-related illnesses and diseases. Typical issues pets face range from rashes and allergies to full-on infections. Animal dermatologists are certified in their field and aren’t related to groomers. It is a medical field, much like it is in humans. Animal groomers cannot diagnose skin conditions and advise you on how to handle them. This puts your pet’s life at risk. Instead, if you suspect a potential illness, book an appointment with Buena Vet or another veterinary service.

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Why It Matters

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Furthermore, it connects fur to the body of animals and provides animals the ability to feel. But skin has many important purposes. For starters, it protects the entire body and holds thousands of small blood vessels. It absorbs many important nutrients such as nitrogen and, believe it or not, oxygen. Skin also keeps the body hydrated by retaining fluids. Skin regulates body temperature and, most importantly, is the first line of the immune system. Another reason to keep skin healthy, if you aren’t already convinced, is that your animal’s skin health impacts you as well. Skin diseases that animals acquire can potentially be spread to you and your family. The skin is one of the most important parts of the body and one that should be kept healthy, for the happiness of the animal and for you.

What Skin Diseases Are There?

Skin diseases can cause a wide variety of damage to vital body parts. Typical skin ailments can be divided into three categories. Bacterial, Fungal, and Allergenic. Let’s take a deeper look into these categories.

Bacterial infections

Bacterial infections aren’t afraid of making themselves known. Pus and redness are common signs of a bacterial infection of the skin. This isn’t surprising since the name for bacterial infections is pyoderma which, when translated, literally means pus on the skin. These infections typically occur when an animal spends a lot of time outdoors, as the bacteria is most commonly found in the dirt.

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections are another common form of skin infection. Fungal infections can be noticed by the red rash that they leave on the skin of your pet. Fungal infections can be serious and are very uncomfortable for your pet, so it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as any symptoms make themselves present.

Allergic Reactions

Allergies are not what we think of when it comes to pets. But, much like us, our pets can have allergies too. Allergic reactions can result in rashes appearing on the skin of your pet. These rashes can be itchy and uncomfortable and should be treated as soon as possible. If the allergic reaction appears to be severe, give your vet a call right away to determine what to do.

How Do I Know If I Need To See A Dermatologist?

Now that you understand the importance of dermatology, you need to know when you should see one. In general, if your pet has dry, itchy, red, and potentially bald spots throughout its coat then it’s time to see a professional. Any sign of discomfort or pain in your pet is another sign that you need to visit a doctor.  Dermatologists will not only be able to treat the current issue but prevent future ones too! This is especially important if you live in sunny areas where skin cancer is a worry or wooded areas where fleas and bacterial infections are a worry. Dermatologists are experts, meaning you shouldn’t hesitate to visit one if you have any concerns about your pet.

What Will They Do?

The dermatologist will first examine your pet to fully understand what the issue is. After diagnosing the pet with the precise ailment, the treatment phase begins. This is done through a prescription for either a pill or medicated shampoo. The prescribed medicine will attack the disease and relieve your pet of the symptoms, making them happy and healthy once more.

What We Offer

Buena Vet offers expert-grade service and treatment. We have highly trained doctors who are always ready to help you with any situation. Our team will answer all your questions and explain what your pet has in easy-to-understand language. We know that seeing your beloved pet in discomfort can be stressful, so we take it upon ourselves to make the situation easier for you. Furthermore, our highly trained dermatologists will ensure that the proper steps are taken to treat your animal quickly and efficiently. We view your pet as part of our family, too. Buena Vet is happy to take care of any of your dermatology needs.


If you have any questions or concerns, give Buena Vet a call today to book an appointment!