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5 Signs to See a Veterinary Dermatologist

Dog scratching himself

Skin conditions are not uncommon in cats and dogs. However, skin problems are often an indication of other health issues occurring. That's why pet owners need to be aware of signs that indicate their pets may need dermatology care. Our team at Tahoma Veterinary Hospital in Spanaway is here to diagnose the cause of a pet's skin issue and provide the necessary dermatology care. Here are some that indicate your pet may need to see a veterinary dermatologist.


Inflammation of the skin can lead to a painful, itchy rash. Our veterinarians can help the vet find the cause of the rash and provide medication that eases the discomfort. We can also determine whether the rash was caused by something in your home or from somewhere else.

Bald Spots

If your pet has a bald spot, it is often the result of the animal excessively licking or scratching a specific area. The cause could be itchiness and irritation, or it might be an issue like anxiety that causes your pet to clean itself too often.

Flea Bites

Flea bites can cause your pet's skin to be itchy and inflamed. Flea baths and medication can help ease the irritation, and preventative measures can keep fleas from returning.


If your pet has dry skin, our veterinarians can examine its current health and home life to determine the cause. Reducing the number of baths your pet receives or using special lotions may improve your pet's skin.

Skin Allergies

Allergies are common in pets, just as they are in humans. Allergies to plants, grass, and food can all possibly cause skin irritation. Our vets can perform tests to determine if your pet needs to change foods or avoid specific allergens.

Contact Us for Veterinary Dermatology Treatment in Spanaway, WA

Here at Tahoma Veterinary Hospital, we properly diagnose skin problems and give pet owners the necessary information and tools to prevent these issues from reoccurring. Our veterinarians will work with your pet throughout the process until the health of its skin is fully restored. Our professional staff is committed to providing pets in and around the Spanaway area the care they need to live happy and healthy lives. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how we can help your pet.