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:
Matted hair can be an important indicator of a skin condition.
Healthy cats groom themselves, so when there is a matted coat on a cat it may be a sign of something more serious.
Dogs on the other hand are more likely to have matted hair, especially if they have medium or long hair. The clumping and pulling of the hair can be painful to your pet.
Grooming is about more than your pet looking great. If your pet's fur becomes matted, it creates a dark, warm, moist environment ripe for bacterial, yeast and fungal infections. Often, when severely matted hair is removed by a veterinarian or groomer it will reveal skin conditions developing underneath.
Matted hair also can occur when dogs are licking or chewing hot spots, a sign of a more serious underlying condition.