Small animal veterinarians estimate that they see more patients for skin problems than any other concern, making dermatology a large part of their practice. Healthy skin and a normal hair coat are the result of many internal and external factors. When dogs and cats have allergies, they don't have the same respiratory signs that people do; instead, the allergies affect their skin. The damage that can be done to the skin by the allergies and the pet's response to what's happening with their skin. Pets tend to lick, chew, and scratch in response to allergies and can cause more damage to themselves than the allergies alone. Sometimes the reason pets itch have nothing to do with allergies, and stem from conditions such as Cushing's disease. Learn more about skin conditions and what can be done for your pet in our Dermatology series.
This information DOES NOT replace professional veterinary care. It is solely for educational purposes. Your pet's medical condition should be evaluated by a veterinarian before any medical decisions are implemented. If there is a potentially life-threatening emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or veterinary facility IMMEDIATELY.