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Dermatology Services for Pets

Issues or problems related to your pet’s skin, fur, hair and nails are some of the most visible conditions that you may encounter as a pet owner. With the help of our team, your cherished pet will receive the proper treatment to lessen their symptoms and improve their comfort and quality of life. Below are some of the FAQs that we have received through the years about the dermatological health of our patients. Please do not hesitate to call us at 250.723.9900 to schedule your furry friend’s next consultation, so that we can uncover and diagnose any potential skin issues.

What are some of the signs that my dog/cat/pet has skin issues?

Although every condition appears in patients in different ways, some of the most common symptoms that indicate the need for a consultation with a veterinarian are:

  • Excessive scratching, licking
  • Dull coat and thinning fur
  • Redness, scaling, pustules, skin sores
  • Dandruff
  • Bald patches
  • Lumps and rashes
  • Abnormal body odour
  • What causes skin issues in dogs/cat/pets?

    Similar to humans, allergies are some of the most common causes of skin issues in pets. Dogs and cats can be allergic to pollen, dust, mold and even certain foods. Bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections can also result in skin irritation, which is why it’s important to stay on top of your pet’s vaccines and parasite protection all year round.

    How can I treat my pet’s skin issue at home?

    We recommend that you first schedule an appointment with our team, so that your pet can be properly diagnosed. This way, we can ensure that they receive the best and most effective care for their condition. More often than not, DIY solutions found on the internet can cause more harm than good.

    How are skin issues in dogs/cats/pets treated?

    The course of action that needs to be taken really varies from patient to patient. We have to take into account any additional conditions that the pet is dealing with, their age, their breed, their overall health, as well as their lifestyle. Some of the treatment options can include one or a combination of the following: medicated shampoos, antibiotics, antifungals, corticosteroids, antihistamines and topical ointments.