Our Jacksonville Vet Understands Cat Skin Conditions
Cat skin conditions can take on a bewildering variety of forms and symptoms -- which is why you need our skilled Jacksonville vet at The Animal Hospital on Onslow County to diagnose and treat them correctly. Our Jacksonville animal hospital commonly deals with problems such as:
Allergic reactions - Your cat's skin may be sensitive to certain kinds of pollen, plants, environmental pollutants, mold or other allergens in your neighborhood, causing the redness and itchiness known as dermatitis. Food allergies can also manifest themselves as dermatitis, so your cat's skin trouble may have its origins in some aspect of his diet.
- Fungal infections - Cats can be prone to fungal infections such as ringworm -- which, despite the name, is caused by fungal spores, not worms. Fungal spores can cause hairless lesions of flaky skin or pustules on a cat's tail, head and ears. These ring-shaped patches of irritated skin and hair may grow larger and larger without treatment. Sporotrichosis is another kind of fungal infection that can produce fluid-filled lesions.
- Fleas and lice - Fleas can play a contributing role in cat skin conditions. their bites can cause irritation or even allergic reactions, producing dermatitis. The more the cat scratches at the fleas, the higher the risk of skin injury and bacterial infection. Your cat's skin might even react badly to whatever flea collar or other preventative you're currently using. Lice similarly compel your cat to scratch at his skin, possibly damaging it in the process.
- Ear mites - Ear mites attack the sensitive skin in your cat's ears because they use the oils within as a food source. Ear mite infestations can lead to serious infections and complications (up to and including permanent hearing loss) without timely intervention from our Jacksonville veterinarian.
- Facial acne - Believe it or not, cats are prone to acne just as humans are. Excessive skin oil production, poor immune response and stress are all possible contributing factors to this tendency. If your cat rubs or scratches the acne, the skin may become injured, opening the door to additional infection.
- Skin tumors - Skin tumors are not uncommon in cats. Most of these are benign in nature, but there is always the possibility that one might turn out to be malignant. Unusual lesions or palpable lumps should always be evaluated by our Jacksonville vet.
Schedule Cat Skin Condition Treatment from Our Jacksonville Veterinarian
Our Jacksonville veterinarian uses lab tests, visual inspection, medical history and other data to pinpoint the cause of your cat's distress and prescribe the appropriate remedy. Allergy testing can help you understand how to protect your cat against specific irritants, from environmental changes to dietary adjustments. Medication and grooming can safely banish parasites and relieve irritation, while tumor removal and biopsy can tell us whether your pet needs cancer treatment. Call (910) 353-1722 for an appointment at our Jacksonville animal hospital!