Dermatology refers to the study of the skin. Skin disease is a frequently observed problem in dogs and cats. Diagnosing a skin problem in your pet may simply require an examination by a veterinarian; however, most skin diseases or problems require additional steps to accurately obtain a diagnosis. Additional diagnostic procedures may include blood work, urinalysis, skin scraping, or skin biopsies.
The cause of skin problems range from hormonal disorders to food allergies to the common flea. Please make an appointment for your pet if you notice any excessive itching, loss of hair, or the presence of scabs or scales on their skin.