If you have noticed your dog or cat has been scratching or biting at their skin often, they may be dealing with a dermatology issue. At the first signs of a skin problem, contact Lakeville Animal Hospital to make an appointment with our veterinarian in Lakeville for an assessment. We provide dermatology services to those in the Middleborough area. Here are some signs that indicate a pet skin problem.


Missing Fur

If your pet has spots on their body where fur is no longer present, it could be a sign that they are dealing with a skin problem. Pets often bite or scratch at areas of the body where they experience itchiness and discomfort. This causes the fur to fall out over time. Missing fur could also be an indication of a nervous problem. In either case, it is best to seek medical treatment.

Bumps on the Skin

A pet with a skin rash requires treatment from our veterinarian in Lakeville to effectively reduce discomfort and heal the skin. You may notice red, raised bumps on your pet’s skin. These could be the result of a skin allergy. Bumps may be skin-colored, making them harder to detect. Part your pet's fur to check for raised areas if your dog or cat is regularly scratching or biting at their coat.


If your pet has fleas, they are likely to be extremely uncomfortable. Fleas bite at the skin, causing pain and skin irritation. A pet will try to stop this by scratching their skin. This can lead to cuts, making your pet susceptible to infection. Some pets are also allergic to fleas. If your pet has a flea problem, the fleas need to be eradicated before skin treatment is provided. In many instances, ridding the body of fleas will allow the skin to heal naturally.

Flecks of Skin

If your pet is dealing dry skin, you will likely notice flecks of their skin within their fur. Refrain from bathing your pet as often as you did in the past as this will deplete their skin of natural oils needed to keep it supple. Our veterinarian can provide medication to add moisture to the skin.

Pet Dermatology in the Middleborough Area

If your pet has a dermatology issue, contact Lakeville Animal Hospital to schedule a session with our Veterinarian for an evaluation. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (508) 947-1309.

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