Just like in human biology, healthy skin is just as important for overall pet health, as it helps to prevent infections, regulate body temperature, and protect against injury. Aside from skin conditions affecting their looks and comfort, these problems can also lead to major health complications if left untreated. If you notice any changes in your pet's skin, call us to book an appointment at 204-728-0033.
What are some common dermatology factors in pets?
Skin problems are one of the most common health issues in pets, which can be caused by a variety of factors. Some common dermatological issues include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Skin cancer
When should I take my pet to a dermatologist?
Dogs, cats, and other pets can hide their pain very well, so it's fortunate that many of the skin condition symptoms are visible to the naked eye. Some signs to look out for include the following:
- Excess itching, scratching, licking, and/or biting at their own skin
- Bald patches and fur loss
- Redness and rashes
- Lesions or scabs
- Dandruff and dry patches
Is it safe to give my pet Benadryl?
It is always advised to consult your veterinarian before giving Benadryl. Although it is generally safe to give your pet Benadryl, dosage does not work the same in pets as they do in humans. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering giving your pet Benadryl:
- Dosage: The appropriate dosage varies depending on the size and weight of your pet, as well as the reason for the medication.
- Side effects: Just like any medications, there are potential side effects associated with this medication, such as drowsiness, dry mouth, urinary retention, or an allergic reaction.
- Underlying health conditions: If your pet has certain health conditions, Benadryl may not be safe to use.
- Other medications: Benadryl can interact with certain medications.