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 Veterinary Dermatology & Allergies Sutton Coldfield

Dog Allergist for Skin Conditions and Allergies Near Sutton Coldfield

We have a great reputation as a Dog Allergist due to the correct and prompt diagnosis of skin issues in animals. Dog skin conditions are one of the main causes of treatment at our clinics. Skin issues can cause significant discomfort for your pet, from itching to soreness. Skin issues in dogs are more common during the warmer months because allergic symptoms are prone to exacerbate. It’s important to pay attention to any skin conditions your dog suffers from. They can indicate an underlying health condition that hasn’t already been diagnosed.

 

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Dog Skin Condition Symptoms

Dogs can suffer from mild to severe skin conditions, many requiring professional treatment to resolve and keep them from getting worse. When a skin disease is left untreated, the condition can often become complicated and significantly more serious.

Itching is one of the most obvious symptoms if your dog has a skin condition. It’s difficult for pet owners to determine exactly what’s irritating their dog without a full veterinary examination.

Dogs will try to relieve the itch by rubbing their head against an object or scratching the irritated area with their paws. You may also see your dog licking their paws or other areas of the body to soothe the irritated skin.
Our Dog Allergists advise these other signs to look out for that can also suggest an issue with a skin condition:

  • Skin Sores
  • Skin sores or skin lesions
  • Dry skin/flaky skin/scaly skin
  • Rashes
  • Lumps
  • Redness
  • Dandruff
  • Bumps
  • Intense itching
  • Excessive licking
  • Excessive scratching
  • Hair loss/bald patches
  • Hot spots of inflamed skin (also known as acute moist dermatitis)
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Dog Allergist FAQs

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF DOG SKIN CONDITIONS

You want your dog to be comfortable and happy. So, it can be upsetting noticing them scratching, gnawing their skin, or displaying other apparent signs of allergy and skin conditions.
Consult a veterinarian as soon as possible if your dog experiencing symptoms of a potential allergy/condition.

The most common types of skin disease include

  • Allergies- flea, food and environmental
  • Infections- bacterial, fungal
  • Mites- sarcoptes, demodex
  • Immune-mediated conditions

There are several suggestions an issue with a skin condition is present ranging from minor to severe, that could point to an allergy in your dog:

  • Skin Sores
  • Skin sores or skin lesions
  • Dry skin/flaky skin/scaly skin
  • Rashes
  • Lumps
  • Redness
  • Dandruff
  • Bumps
  • Intense itching
  • Excessive licking
  • Excessive scratching
  • Hair loss/bald patches
  • Hot spots of inflamed skin (also known as acute moist dermatitis)

The sooner you seek assistance, the sooner your dog can receive treatment and return to feeling comfortable and contented again.

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CAT AND DOG ALLERGY CATEGORIES

There are three basic categories of allergies, and cats and dogs can have allergies to one or more of these things. Your pet might be allergic to a very specific item inside each group, but in general, the groupings overlap; allergies are like a Venn diagram. Therefore, any one or all the three main types of substances may cause an allergic reaction in your pet.

IDENTIFYING AND DIAGNOSING ALLERGIES

A step-by-step process is used to exclude groups to determine what your pet is allergic to. The process begins by gathering a thorough history of your pet to learn about parasite control, food diet, etc. The dermatologist will then do a general physical examination before focusing on the skin and any visible lesions.

Testing includes coat brushings, hair pulls, and skin scrapes

Tests such as coat brushings, hair pulls, and skin scrapes can be carried out to rule out skin parasites. If parasites are present, they can be identified when all these samples are examined under a microscope. In some circumstances, additional testing is necessary, and samples must be sent to an outside lab, such as when testing requires a blood test.

Identify and treat skin infections

The next step is to identify and treat any skin infections that already exist. Due to the makeup of their skin, allergic cats and dogs are particularly prone to developing secondary bacterial and/or fungal infections. Often diseases of the skin are extremely uncomfortable and can also be difficult to diagnose.

Diet Trials

A trial of diet can be performed once the skin has cleared of illness. A dermatologist-recommended diet is introduced gradually in place of your pet’s current food over a diet trial. The trial will last six to eight weeks, and the dermatologist will select the diet that is best for your pet. After around six weeks, if your pet has a food allergy, you should see an improvement and an overall reduction in itching.
Your pet will have to be re-challenged, meaning they will be given their old diet back while having their response watched. If a food allergy is the suspected diagnosis after the experiment the change will result back to itching, therefore the food allergy is confirmed as the cause.

Atopic Dermatitis

After ruling out parasites, secondary infections, and food allergies, atopic dermatitis is then identified. Figuring out exactly what your pet is allergic to in the environment and physically reducing their exposure to it can be very challenging. Typically, owners of young to middle-aged cats and dogs can consider immunotherapy as a treatment for atopic dermatitis. Where a blood test is tested against a vast profile of allergens such as parasites, grass pollens and tree pollens.

Alongside an allergy skin test, which is a little more invasive than the blood test. Your pet will be sedated, and a section of hair on its side will be clipped, a small amount of allergen will be injected beneath the skin, and the process will be monitored to see how your pet reacts.

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HAS YOUR DOG BEEN SCRATCHING A LITTLE MORE OFTEN LATELY?

If your dog has started scratching and itching more often than normal, it could be caused by one of these common issues: infections, parasites, or allergies.

Each of these elements may be included in some complicated circumstances. Infections triggered by bacteria often resemble spots or pimples. Your pet’s skin can appear greasy or oily if they are suffering from a yeast infection. Ear infections are also common. Otoscopes are tools that veterinarians can use to examine the inner ear in detail. To determine the type of infection present and recommend the correct medication to treat the condition, veterinarians collect a tiny sample of skin or blood. There are a range of various methods for the treatment of ear mites. While some are medication or spot treatments, others are topical solutions. Applying a topical anti-parasite treatment once a month and cleaning your dog’s ears are both effective preventative measures. The best course of action for your dog can be determined by your vet.

Seasonal Allergies

Like hay fever in people, atopic dermatitis affects dogs and cats, but instead of the respiratory system, the skin is affected. Some of these allergies may be seasonal, for instance, the pollen allergy season peaks in the spring and summer. In the pollen season, bathing your dog can reduce the number of allergens that come into touch with the skin, but if the skin is already affected, please ask a professional what shampoo to use.

Dogs can be allergic to many kinds of things, but the skin can only respond in a limited number of ways. Most of the symptoms we observe in dogs that are itchy are brought on by the dog scratching at the skin, which damages its natural flora and allows infections to grow. There are many different types of treatments, including shampoos, dietary supplements, medications to halt scratching, routine injections, and vaccines.

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FLEAS AND TICKS

Fleas and ticks pose significant risks to your dog’s health, primarily affecting their skin and overall well-being. These parasites feed on your dog’s blood through biting, with flea saliva introducing allergens into their system, triggering allergic reactions. Consequently, your pet experiences intense itching and discomfort, often leading to inflamed, red skin. Persistent scratching and chewing at the affected areas can result in hair loss and skin irritation, exacerbating the situation. It’s noteworthy that fleas also act as carriers for tapeworms, emphasising the importance of treating your pet for both fleas and worms in case of infestation.

Fleas, despite their small size, can infest various parts of your home, including carpets and bedding, regular vacuuming, and washing of your pet’s belongings are crucial in preventing infestations. Additionally, maintaining your pet’s preventative treatments is vital to eradicate any existing parasites effectively.

Ticks, on the other hand, are opportunistic parasites that latch onto hosts such as dogs, cats, and even humans. Commonly found in areas with livestock like deer, cattle, and sheep, ticks can transmit dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, posing severe health risks to both pets and humans. To mitigate the risk of tick-borne illnesses, especially when traversing farmland or regions with abundant livestock, it’s advisable to use tick repellents and take preventive measures while exploring outdoor areas, particularly in regions like the southwest of England and Wales, known for higher tick activity.

Ensuring your pet’s protection against fleas and ticks not only promotes their comfort but also safeguards their health and well-being. Working with our Pet Health Plan administrators, Vetsure, we at Trusted Vets can deliver preventative treatments and benefits for dogs, cats, and rabbits, all at discounted prices that are collected in an easy monthly direct debit. Click to view how your pet can benefit from our Pet Health Plan here at Trusted Vets. 

ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES

The sudden onset of itching, particularly on the face, feet, chest, and stomach, could signal an environmental allergy affecting your dog. Environmental allergies, also known as atopy, are triggered when your pet encounters specific irritants, akin to how humans experience hay fever. However, in dogs, these allergies manifest primarily through irritated and itchy skin rather than watery eyes and sneezing.

Common allergens for dogs include grass, dust mites, and pollen, which can exacerbate skin allergies. At Trusted Vets, we utilise blood tests to diagnose your pet’s reactions to these allergens accurately. Treatment for environmental allergies can be challenging, and in severe cases, may necessitate a combination of therapies such as medicated shampoos, oral medications, and injections.

Fortunately, advancements in veterinary medicine have led to the development of new drugs that have revolutionised allergen care in recent years. Our team at Trusted Vets provides comprehensive care tailored to your pet’s specific needs, offering a range of treatment options to effectively alleviate your pet’s symptoms and improve their quality of life. We understand the distress allergies can cause for both pets and owners, and we are committed to delivering compassionate and effective care to help manage your pet’s condition successfully.

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FOOD ALLERGIES

Increased itching, particularly around the face, feet, ears, and anus, may indicate a potential food allergy in dogs, constituting one of the most prevalent skin conditions seen in veterinary practice. These allergies can arise from specific proteins present in their diet, with common culprits including beef, eggs, chicken, dairy, and in some cases, grains, or vegetables.

Like humans managing food intolerances, diagnosing food allergies in pets often involves an elimination diet process spanning 8-12 weeks. During this period, your veterinarian at Trusted Vets will guide you through a step-by-step approach to identify and remove potential allergens from your dog’s diet. It’s crucial to strictly adhere to the elimination diet, refraining from feeding your dog any suspected allergens to obtain accurate results and enable your vet to devise an effective treatment plan.

At Trusted Vets, our dedicated team understands the challenges associated with managing food allergies in pets and is committed to providing comprehensive support throughout the diagnostic and treatment process. We prioritise your pet’s well-being and work closely with you to ensure their dietary needs are met while effectively managing their allergies to improve their quality of life. With our guidance and expertise, we aim to alleviate your pet’s discomfort and promote their overall health and happiness.

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RINGWORM

Ringworm, contrary to its misleading name, is a fungal infection rather than a parasitic worm. This fungal organism is highly contagious, posing risks not only to other animals but also to humans. In dogs, ringworm typically manifests as circular, crusty patches on areas such as the head, paws, ears, and front legs. Additionally, the affected skin may appear inflamed and red due to the irritation caused by incessant scratching.

If you observe any signs of irritation or suspect your dog may have ringworm, it’s crucial to promptly seek veterinary attention. Trusted Vets can thoroughly examine and recommend appropriate treatment to address the infection effectively. Typically, topical medications are prescribed to eliminate the fungus and prevent its spread to other areas of your pet’s body or other animals in your household.

At Trusted Vets, our compassionate team provides prompt and comprehensive care to address your pet’s needs, ensuring their comfort and well-being. By promptly addressing ringworm and implementing appropriate treatment measures, we aim to alleviate your pet’s discomfort and prevent further spread of the infection, promoting their overall health and happiness.

YEAST INFECTIONS

Yeast infections, drawn to warm and moist areas on a dog’s body, can thrive in hard-to-reach places such as the ear canal, between the toes, in the groin, and around the perineum. These infections often manifest with symptoms like skin thickening, prompting your dog to scratch and bite at the affected area due to discomfort. Additionally, yeast infections and similar skin conditions can result in discoloured skin and emit an unpleasant odour.

It’s essential to address yeast infections promptly to alleviate your pet’s discomfort and prevent further complications. Treatment typically involves a combination of topical creams, medicated washes, and oral medications, tailored to your dog’s specific needs. These interventions aim to relieve symptoms and facilitate the healing process, restoring your dog’s skin to a healthy state.

At Trusted Vets, we strive to improve your pet’s quality of life and ensure their comfort. With our expertise and support, we aim to help your dog overcome yeast infections and enjoy healthier, happier skin.

MANGE

Mange is a severe, distressing skin condition stemming from various species of mites that take residence on a dog’s hair and skin, causing significant discomfort and irritation.

Two primary types of mange exist demodectic mange, attributed to the Demodex mite, typically affecting younger dogs, older canines, or those with underlying health issues, and sarcoptic mange, caused by Sarcoptic mites, characterised by intense itching often starting around the ears. Manifestations of mange include noticeable hair loss on the face and legs, accompanied by severe itching and redness in the affected areas.

To prevent the spread of mange, similar precautions should be taken as with fleas and ticks—washing your pet’s bedding and ensuring other animals steer clear of contact with the affected pet. Diagnosis of mange is typically confirmed by your veterinarian through microscopic examination of a skin sample. Treatment strategies often involve a combination of oral medications and specialised shampoos designed to eradicate the mites and alleviate itching and inflammation. Interestingly, some of the preventive products prescribed by vets for fleas and worms may also offer protection against mange.