Around 40 percent of your visits to us involve some aspect of your pet’s skin or hair, possibly because it’s easier for all of us to see when something is wrong with the skin than it is for any other body system. Your pet’s skin is its first line of defence against physical dangers but skin cells also play a key role in the immune system, coordinating defensive responses when injuries occur. The skin is also your pet’s largest sensory organ, infiltrated with millions of nerve endings that monitor the environment and influence not only body temperature but also, through pain sensitivity, how to respond to potential dangers. While most skin problems are primary, that is only involving the skin, others are secondary, skin manifestations of more complicated internal problems.
Skin disease is often classified according to its causes. This is a good method of classification for us but less good for you who see something and want to know what the cause is. Rather than follow a traditional classification here are the most common skin diseases according to what you see, for example itchiness, hair loss or lumps. But first, for those who are interested, a few more words on what skin does.