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Just like their owners, dogs and cats can be vulnerable to problems with their skin. These issues may manifest themselves in behavior such as scratching, or they may even be visible in the form of red and irritated patches of skin. If you notice any signs of skin problems with your pet, you should contact an animal clinic in Campbell or Saratoga to schedule an appointment. Here are some questions you may want to bring up with your veterinarian during your visit.

Does my pet have any allergies? Just like humans, pets’ skin problems can be the result of allergies. Tree pollen and dust mites can cause your pet to show allergy symptoms such as face rubbing or paw chewing. Your cat or dog may also be allergic to common pet food ingredients such as soy or corn. Allergies can severely affect your pet. It is important to deal with them as soon as possible.

How can I discourage pests? No pet owner wants to have to deal with fleas, ticks, or other common pet pests. Unfortunately, the wet weather tends to increase the presence of these irritating parasites. Your vet may prescribe a special shampoo to get rid of a pest infestation, oral medicine or another type of treatment to help keep your pet pest-free.

Should I be bathing my pet? All pets react differently to having a bath—some will sit and happily enjoy the experience, while others cannot wait to get away from the water. Clean pets are healthy pets, so it is important to bathe your pet occasionally. Some pets have highly sensitive skin, so ask your veterinarian how frequently you should bathe your cat or dog.

What kind of shampoo should I use for my pet? Pet shampoos can help keep your pet clean and healthy and can keep your furry friend’s coat soft. Your veterinarian can recommend a brand of shampoo that will be well suited for your cat or dog. Never use human shampoo on your pet, as it can cause severe skin irritation. You may need further grooming to get rid of matters. Reed Animal Hospital’s sister company, Dr. Dave’s Doggy Daycare, Boarding & Grooming, can assist you with professional grooming.

FAQ about pet skin problems