Warning signs that your pet has more than dry skin
Pets scratch for many reasons, including allergies, parasites, or infection. All of these conditions may appear to be "dry skin" to the pet owner, but they actually require treatment by a veterinarian. Attempting home remedies may only complicate the problem or delay treatment. According to Dr. Crimi, you can't "assume that chewing and licking to the point of hair loss is from nerves. It usually isn't."
Plus, Dr. Crimi warns that often skin problems and poor hair quality in pets are merely symptoms of something else such as kidney, liver, adrenal or thyroid gland problems.
If notice any of these conditions or if the initial skin problem persists for more than a week, consult with your veterinarian for treatment.
* Skin irritation, including redness, bumps, and rashes.
* Open sores of any kind.
* Excessive hair loss, either in concentrated patches or all over.
* Dull, dry hair that pulls out easily.
* Constant foot licking or face rubbing (with or without runny eyes or itchy ears).
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