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Protect Your Cat from Skin Irritation
Skin conditions are extremely common in kittens as well as older cats. If you notice your cat experiencing behavioral or nutritional changes, consult with our team. A simple blood test will be able to determine if there are any underlying issues that should be a cause for concern. Dermatology for Animals offers a variety of cat dermatology services to help treat any sort of skin irritation that your cat may be experiencing.
Recognizing an Issue
There are a few signs that something may be bothering your cat. Your cat may not be able to communicate with you that something is bothering them but monitoring their coat can alert you to any red flags. If you notice your cat is exhibiting signs of irregular behavior, or if they are being particularly skittish, they may be dealing with a skin or ear issue. Here are some clear signs that your cat is in distress:
- Excessive itching
- Hair loss
- Excessive grooming
- Scabs or red/raw areas
- Shaking their head often could be a sign of ear infection
Skin issues are less common in cats than they are in dogs. If you are brushing them weekly, you will become more familiar with their coat and notice any irregularities. Dermatology for Animals is here to help your pet with any skin irritation they may be experiencing. Our expert team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders in animals. If you are in need of cat dermatology services, contact our office today.
If you notice your cat acting unusually or exhibiting physical signs of hair loss, it may be possible that they are suffering from a skin issue. Skin conditions, ear diseases, and autoimmune diseases can cause physical distress for your cat and lead to behavioral irregularities. This can be caused by either nutritional deficiencies or environmental factors, but these conditions can be treated.
Hair loss is the most common symptom of a skin disorder. Your cat’s coat should not have any bald patches or pink areas. If you notice your cat is grooming more than usual, they may be trying to alleviate a skin rash that isn’t visible to you yet. Raw or red areas are a clear sign of a skin issue. If you notice your cat has any scabs or scratches, take them to the vet for treatment before they accidentally hurt themselves.
Types of Skin Conditions
- Fleas and ticks are common for any warm-blooded animal. They can cause your cat to be itchy and irritated. It’s important to catch fleas right away because they can transfer other bacteria and diseases to your cat.
- Ear mites are most common in kittens, though they can appear in cats of all ages. Ear mites are extremely contagious, so if one cat has them, all cats in the household need to be treated to avoid reinfection.
- Ringworm is most often exhibited through hair loss in cats. It is not easy to detect and will most likely require diagnostic testing at one of our offices. Ringworm won’t make your cat itchy, so it’s up to you to recognize the symptoms. You will need to treat both your cat and its environment because ringworm can remain on a surface for several months.
- Environmental allergies are common for some cats. Your cat can develop allergies to anything from dust, to mold, or even other animals. This type of irritation can lead to itchiness, hair loss, and flu-like symptoms. Consult with our team to determine the cause of your cat’s environmental allergy.
- Bacterial infections are most likely due to a pre-existing infection. If your cat is already itchy and breaks the skin, it is possible that they may develop a secondary infection. If your cat develops a bacterial infection, it will need to be treated by prescription medication.
- Food sensitivities in cats typically occur in the forms of beef, seafood, and dairy. This could cause your cat’s neck and face to become itchy and may also lead to vomiting or digestion issues.
- Feline acne can occur on their chin in the form of blackheads. It’s typically nothing to worry about and can be treated by our team. A follicle-flushing shampoo will likely be recommended to prevent a bacterial infection from forming. These blackheads may have no symptoms, but they also may cause itchiness in the face.
Diagnosing Skin Problems
Our cat dermatology services begin with diagnosing the problem that your cat is dealing with. An easy way to diagnose a skin irritation is with the use of a microscope. Our team will scrape debris off the affected area and examine it closely for signs of infection. This can help determine the source of your cat’s irritation. If we suspect that your cat is suffering from a food allergy, we may have them go on diet restriction plan for about eight weeks. This is the only way to pinpoint exactly what food may be making your cat sick and is a necessary step to ensuring they are happy and healthy.
There are various treatments available depending on what type of irritation your cat is experiencing. Fleas and ticks can be treated with topical treatments provided by your veterinarian. Food allergies will need to be treated with a diet change that your cat will need to follow for the rest of their life. For more serious food allergies, medication may be provided to improve the quality of your cat’s life. Medication may be recommended for other skin issues such as ringworm and bacterial infections.
Schedule your appointment with us at Dermatology for Animals to learn more about our cat dermatology services. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friend!