Skin conditions in pets

Our pets can develop itching and skin conditions just like we can. Unlike humans, however, pets can’t tell you what or where the problem is, and as a result, they suffer in silence. It’s up to us as responsible pet owners to notice if our pet is itchy or distressed and get them some help.

If your pet is scratching or licking more than usual, it could be an allergy or other skin condition, so take them to your local vet to find the cause before it gets worse. Here are some of the most common skin conditions you’re likely to encounter in your pet.


Allergies and Dermatitis

Allergies and dermatitis can be caused by many things such as fleas, medications, food, and environmental factors. Your pet doesn’t need to have a heavy infestation of fleas; it only takes a few to initiate a reaction and start the scratching. Treating your pet and their bedding and surrounds will get rid of the fleas, but see your vet if the itching doesn’t stop.

Food allergies are common and can lead to dermatitis. It can be hard to determine exactly what’s causing it, and you may need to try a food elimination diet to single out the one ingredient. With any allergy, it’s important to find the cause and remove it before you can treat the symptoms.


Ringworm and Yeast Infections

Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection, and this highly contagious skin condition is characterised by round, bald patches which can scab over.

Depending on the severity, ringworm is treated with topical or oral medications, and you might need to treat other pets and family members as well. Yeast infections affect warm, moist areas like inside the ears and between the toes, and they are treated with medicated shampoos and ointments.



Mange is caused by mites with the two most common types being demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Both cause intense itching, hair loss and extreme discomfort. It’s important to seek medical advice so your pet receives the right treatment for the type of mange they have.


Bacterial Infections

If skin conditions are left untreated and your pet continues to lick and scratch, the skin is often broken and a secondary bacterial infection can occur. Simple observation can usually tell you that your pet is uncomfortable or itchy, so if you suspect a skin condition of any type, see your vet for treatment as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse and spreading to other pets, or your family.


Rockingham Veterinary Clinic

Your pet’s health and comfort are our top priority, so bring them in to Port Kennedy Vets and visit one of our friendly, qualified vets for a health check-up to determine the cause of their itching and get some much-needed relief.


Call 08 9524 6644 or contact us online for any enquiries or health concerns regarding your pet’s allergies or skin conditions. Our wellness programs make pet care easier, and with affordable monthly payments, they’re an investment in the health and well being of your beloved pet.