We are certainly in the season for skin conditions to either flare up on our pets or show themselves for the first time, so here are some tips when heading to the vet regarding a skin condition.
Some skin conditions can be so incredibly itchy that we are lead to desperate measures to find relief, and the same goes for our pets.
In general, skin conditions in pets can be very difficult to accurately diagnose and somewhat frustrating for owners and pets alike and there are many factors for vets to consider.
An accurate and thorough history is everything when working up skin cases. A full description of where your pet itches and scratches and any associated lumps/bumps/redness or hair loss is essential.
Have you noticed any other changes in your pet, ie behaviour, personality, appetite, weight loss or gain?
A recent travel history is pertinent. Did you visit a farm on the weekend, or take a different walking route through bushland? Has your pet’s home environment changed recently ie have you moved house? Has a new pet visited?
Your vet will ask many questions relating to diet as some skin irritations can simply be a visual manifestation of a dietary-related indiscretion.
Knowing the exact brand of food your dog eats, plus any treats, is helpful, as is specific information regarding the brand of flea and worm prevention used and when it was last given, any recent medications given or the last visit to groomers.
Springtime sees a spike in skin conditions, but not all are seasonal, so please consult your vet if you notice any unusual itching behaviour as these conditions are better treated early.