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Skin Conditions

Signs of a possible skin problem

When your pet has a skin problem, you should see your veterinarian. If your pet has a skin problem there will be signs, often times, more than one. These signs are important clues. Here's what you should watch for:

Hair Loss

Pets shed. The hair on your jacket, the dust bunnies under the sofa and the occasional pet hair in the food are a fact of life for most pet owners. And, for many pets, the shedding may change with the season. It's important to keep an eye on your pet's shedding because unusual shedding can be a sign of something more serious.

Does your pet have bald areas (patchy areas of hair loss) where there is no hair? Just as hair loss in people can reflect stress, poor nutrition or illness, it can reflect similar situations in pets. For example, patchy hair loss can be a sign of infection. If your pet is displaying these signs, it's important to make an appointment to see your veterinarian to determine the cause.

Possible causes: