What is the largest organ of the body?
You might be surprised to know that it’s the skin. Skin diseases are some of the most common problems we see every day.
Parasites of the skin – fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, mites and lice cause irritation that can be very serious. Infections of the skin can be very deeply seated in the base layers of the skin and take weeks of antibiotic therapy to resolve. Poor immunity can play a role in chronic, recurrent infections. Allergies in our pets are extremely common and appear most commonly as inflammation of the skin which causes persistent itchiness. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body mistakenly begins to attack itself. Cancer of the skin is just as common in pets as it is in people.
Luckily, we can often see the signs of these diseases on the skin and treat them quickly.
But think about this – parasites, infections, allergies, autoimmune diseases and cancer occur just as commonly in vital internal organs – even though they aren’t visible. That’s why regular exams and testing are so important for your pets. Early detection and treatment are the best defense and offense against virtually all problems!
Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM
801 Poquonnock Rd.
Groton, Ct. 06340