Animal Care Clinic Tips

Jul 29, 2010 1:28 PM by Dr. Bonnie Markoff

Ask the Expert: Itching and skin diseases

Dear Jackie,

I am so sorry Baby is so miserable with this itching. Skin disease can be very simple or very complicated. If it gets complicated, it can be expensive to diagnose and to treat. Let's hope Baby's condition has a simple answer.

The most common causes of hairloss and itchiness are fleas and inhaled allergies. The same things that cause hayfever signs in people (itchy eyes and sneezing) can make dogs itch and lose hair! Dogs that are actually allergic to fleas can lose all the hair on their body from just one flea bite - you may never even see the flea!

There are plenty of other diseases that can cause hair loss, including mites, food allergies, infections and even odd genetic problems that only Dobermans get.

We would have to see Baby to help you with her problems, but I would imagine we would start with perfect and exquisite flea control - and a whole lot of questions about Baby's history.

I am pretty sure you are going to have to face the idea that Baby's skin disease may cost money on an on-going basis. You might want to buy a pet health insurance policy before this condition is diagnosed!

If we can be of any help to you, please call us for an appointment.

Bonnie Markoff
Animal Care Clinic

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