Your pet’s skin is considered the largest organ of his body. – Travel Animal Doctor
The integrity of the skin is extremely important to maintain if you want your pet to stay healthy. Pay attention to how your pet‘s skin looks and bring her to a veterinarian if the skin or fur pattern seems to have a drastic change.
Also know that with the help of your veterinarian, you can play a crucial part in preventing diseases in your pet so that it saves you from having to take repeated trips to your veterinarian.
Just like you, your pet can get sunburnt.
- If you have a pet that is white or light in color limit the amount of time that your pet is stuck in the sun.
- If your animal is an outside only animal make sure that shade (and water) is available to your pet throughout the day.
- Your pet can also be allergic to his or her food.
- Fur loss in certain areas of the body can point towards a possible food allergy.
- Finally your pet may have an endocrine disease.
One of the first clues to a veterinarian that there may be a problem going on inside the pet can be seen from the outside.
Furthermore, your pet is exposed to many parasites that can make his skin itchy or dry.
When he is outside drinking from a pond with his bare paws exposed to the earth, this is the prime time for a parasite to attach.
Even when a dog is lying in the shade, he is not safe from parasites.
There are many parasites whose interests are focused on latching onto your pets skin.
- Ectoparasites such as ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice can cause your pets skin to itch.
- Endoparasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and heartworm can also find their ways into your animal through skin and ingestion.
- There are a number of preventatives that you can get from a veterinarian to avoid parasites altogether.
- If you go to an annual check up your veterinarian can give you a full year of your requested supplies.
- Help your pet live a happy and healthy life by ensuring that the skin of your pet stays healthy.
If you notice a change of any kind in the skin of your animal that worries you, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian.