Some animals may experience skin or coat issues during their lifetime. If your pet is dealing with these problems, you should schedule a veterinary dermatological consultation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can identify the root of the problem and begin the necessary treatment.

What are the signs and symptoms of a dermatological problem?

Skin issues may manifest differently in every animal. That said, the main signs and symptoms are:

  • Itching
  • More aggressive or frequent licking than usual
  • Red patches
  • Pimples
  • Scabs
  • Dandruff
  • Hair loss, potentially leaving bald patches
  • Dull or thinning coat
  • Unusual body odour

    What are the most common causes of skin problems in pets?

    Fungal infections, food or environmental allergies, parasites (e.g. fleas or mites), bacteria or hormonal imbalances are just some of the many possible causes of your pet’s skin issues.

    What diagnostic tests can you run?

    Our veterinary team can perform cytology (cell sampling), fungal cultures, blood work, allergy tests, biopsies or try an elimination diet. We can start the treatment plan after this analysis.

    What is dermatophytosis?

    Dermatophytosis, more commonly known as ringworm, is a highly contagious fungal infection. Animals can carry the disease even if they don’t have skin lesions. An animal with ringworm will have a round rash that may or may not itch. Infected animals should receive treatment as soon as possible because they can transmit ringworm (a zoonotic disease) to humans. You must disinfect your pet’s environment and administer the full course of the prescribed treatment.