Dermatitis occurs not only in humans, but can occur in both cats and dogs as well. Dermatitis is a general term that describes skin inflammation or irritation. Dermatitis can occur in many different cat and dog breeds and can either be in the form of a skin rash or irritation of some sort. There can be several causes attributed to a skin irritation such as an allergic reaction, mange mites, fleas, hot spots, bacterial, or even fungal infections. To determine the best course of treatment and to diagnose your pet properly, you should see your veterinarian. Depending on the underlying issue that is causing the dermatitis to occur, your veterinarian may prescribe some topical medications, flea medicine, corticosteroids or antihistamines if treating an allergy, or even antibiotics if there was an infection.
To learn more about dermatitis in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever experienced any problems with dermatitis? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.