The importance of pet skin health: Benefit from our dermatology expertise to keep your pets healthy and happy

Your skin serves many vital functions. This same truth applies to your pet. As your dog’s or cat’s largest organ, the skin provides a protective barrier. Furthermore, it supports a healthy temperature and sensations of touch, discomfort, heat, and cold. Our veterinarians and staff at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns, Florida, take a special interest in dermatology. 

Our unique and considerable expertise in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions of the skin, fur, and nails supports your pets’ best health and overall well-being. Dermatological experience and skill also help to prevent complications or side effects from skin conditions, notably infections. 

The “basics”

Infections refer to those conditions that can be passed or transmitted from one animal to the next or even from pets to people (“zoonotic” infections). Infectious dermatological diseases can affect the skin and mucosal lining of the ears and nose and the fur and nails, too. Depending on the type of infection and its severity, this condition may manifest as: 

  • Red discoloration and inflammation 
  • Bumpy, swollen areas 
  • Pus-filled lesions that resemble human acne
  • Persistent itching
  • Scaly, flaky skin
  • Sores that scab and crust over
  • Loss of fur
  • Sores that may ooze blood or pus
  • Areas of hyperpigmentation (darker than surrounding skin) or hypopigmentation (lighter than surrounding skin)

It is critical for us to get to the bottom of the cause of your pet’s distressing changes. There is a wide array of organisms that can infect the skin – from bacteria like Staphylococcus pseudintermedius and fungi like Microsporum and Trichophyton (responsible for “ringworm”) and parasites like sarcoptic mange mites (associated with scabies). Additionally, infections may be characterized as primary or secondary. 

The former example refers to those skin conditions and effects primarily caused by infectious organisms, be it a parasite or fungus. The latter example refers to those infections that are caused by another condition. For example, the intense itching that occurs with skin allergies caused by everything from certain foods to plants and grasses can lead to persistent scratching. Without treatment, scratching and biting at the skin can lead to damaged areas of the skin. These sores or areas of damage are rife for bacterial or fungal overgrowth, which can then lead to a serious infection. 

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Protect and heal 

We have a full range of advanced diagnostics and testing options to accurately identify the nature of your pet’s skin concerns. Depending on what we find, our team may recommend medicated topical products and shampoos or systemic bacteria-fighting antibiotics (taken by mouth). Additionally, we want to get your dog or cat into healthy habits straight away. These habits include recommendations for effective flea and tick sprays, diet and lifestyle modifications to address allergens or “triggers” in the environment, and regular parasite screening and control. Partnerships with our professional groomers for routine cleaning and trims also go a long way to keep your pet looking and feeling great and healthy. 

Call (904) 720-4275 to schedule your appointment at our office today. When you call, be sure to ask about our affordable Wellness Plans for puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats, which cover many of the services listed here. 

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Meet Dr. Venkat Gutta Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

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!