Help for Your Pet's Skin Rash and Irritation

Do you live in the Downey area, and notice that your pet continually bites, licks, scratches, chews or shakes its head? Have you noticed an unusual amount of hair loss, scabs on the skin or dandruff? What about the pet's coat texture or color? Have they changed? Do you feel the need to bathe your pet frequently because it is omitting a foul odor? Dr. Rocha is an experienced practitioner of animal dermatology and can diagnose and treat all kinds of skin problems in pets.

Whether your pet needs a bacterial culture or susceptibility testing done, a biopsy or intradermal allergy testing (IDAT), or any other testing related to animal dermatology, Dr. Rocha is well-equipped to diagnose and treat your pet.

The following are common conditions found in domestic pets. Dermatology issues with pets are not limited to these conditions alone, however. Dr. Rocha is well-versed in all kinds of pet skin issues and can diagnose and treat them to make your pet feel comfortable and happy again.



This condition occurs with many pet dermatological diseases and is most commonly present due to secondary infections. According to Karen A. Moriello, DVM, DACVD, from the Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine in Winson as the pet's skin inflammation increases, scaling and crusting develop. At the point, the problem affects the epidermis to the deeper dermis layer, pain, fluid discharge; shedding or sloughing of the skin may appear. It is not unusual for secondary yeast and bacterial infections to develop as a result.

As the condition persists, short-term indications of inflammation, such as redness, are overtaken by more serious signs of long-term inflammation. This can include changes in the skin's color, thickening of the skin, fluid discharge and scaling. As the skin becomes dryer, itching usually develops at this stage.

Canine Atopic Dermatitis

Canine Atopic Dermatitis can cause your pet much pain and discomfort. Its symptoms include obvious itching, excessive scratching, flaky skin with a bad odor, skin that appears to be greasy, hair loss, and anxious chewing on the paws and other areas of the body, such as the armpits and groin. This type of dermatitis is caused by the interactions between environmental factors and genetic ones. A lot of progress has been made in recent years, in terms of understanding the complexities of this condition, and in developing new treatments for it.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you live in the Downey area and are seeking dermatology treatments for your pet, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Rocha at Firestone Animal Hospital at 562-928-1341. One of our friendly associates will be happy to assist you with arranging an appointment that coincides with your own schedule. We are conveniently located at 7539 Firestone Boulevard in Downey, California.

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