Among humans and animals alike, the skin is the largest organ and is multi-functional; it partly protects your internal organs from outside environmental threats and regulates body temperature. So, when your pet’s skin is not healthy, it can affect his or her comfort, quality of life and even increase the risk of developing systemic problems. Likewise, the skin can also reflect internal problems. Many systemic diseases or imbalances can manifest as dull hair or itchy, inflamed, and flaky skin. Dermatology care at BlueStar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns, FL, is proactive. We work with our clients to prevent and promptly diagnose and intervene with dermatological conditions. After all, “grooming” is in our name and plays an important role in your pup’s or kitty’s overall health and wellbeing.
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The frequency of brushing and bathing depends at least partially on your pet’s haircoat and the presence of existing skin conditions. Our team is experienced at recommending the right products to address any conditions at hand, and the proper techniques to keep your pet looking and feeling his or her tail-wagging best. With appropriate, consistent grooming, you can protect against or manage potential problems by supporting the proper balance of essential skin oils. Proactive care tailored to your pet also helps keep mats at bay and avoid problems such as ear infections and impacted or swollen anal glands.
Fleas, ticks, mites, and mange can cause problems with the skin and affect your pet’s overall health, making them more vulnerable to dermatologic problems. One of the itchiest conditions we see is caused by the common sarcoptic mite (scabies). Sometimes, pets will display crusting, redness, and hair loss. Other types of mites, such as demodex, do not typically produce itching. Instead, they are associated with patchy hair loss. Fleas can also cause one of the most common types of allergies in dogs. Flea allergies are itchy, and you may suddenly notice excess licking and chewing of the legs and paws. Be aware that other types of allergies can cause similar behaviors. With so many potential parasitic threats, it is important for us to determine exactly what is causing your pet’s distress. We can go from there to resolve the problem and get him or her on a healthy protective regimen. There are numerous products that prevent parasites, from pills and topicals, to shampoos, dips, powders, and sprays.
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Just like with humans, food allergies can produce both skin problems and GI upset. We are experienced at conducting allergy tests and elimination diets to pinpoint the culprit protein or ingredient. From there, we work with clients to modify diets. So, the allergen is no longer present in the food your pet eats. Be aware that food, shampoos, and other care products may no longer work as well for your pet as he or she gets older. This is normal and once again calls for regular well visits with our vets to stay on top of what is in the best interest of your pet’s health. Bacterial infections may also be related to allergies or hormonal imbalances, such as hypothyroidism. Autoimmune diseases such as pemphigus can also present as sores and scabs on the face, feet, and other parts of the body.
Your pet’s skin and hair can provide a window into his or her health. Likewise, healthy skin supports a happy pet. Do not wait for problems to present themselves before you contact us. And be sure to ask about our wellness plans, which cover numerous preventive services!
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Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming
At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!