Dermatology Services for Pets

Specialized care for diagnosing and treating skin conditions in dogs and cats.

Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly. Don’t wait until it’s too late and schedule an appointment now by calling us at 705-692-4446.

How is a skin problem detected in my dog or cat?

We can often diagnose a skin problem by visually examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies.

How are skin problems treated in dogs and cats?

Prompt treatment of your pet's dermatological issues is crucial as they can deteriorate and certain bacterial infections may even transmit to humans through close contact. After conducting diagnostic tests, the veterinarian may recommend injections, medicated shampoos, topical creams, or a specialized diet to address the condition. It's essential to rely on a licensed veterinarian for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, avoiding DIY remedies.

When should my dog or cat see a veterinarian for skin abnormalities?

If your cat or dog’s skin looks irritated, it may be a sign they should visit a veterinarian soon. More importantly, if your pet’s behaviour or overall well-being seems to be affected, or if the skin issues worsen or do not improve with basic home care, then it is advisable to seek veterinary attention. It helps to pay attention to the following symptoms:

  1. Rashes and redness
  2. Bald patches
  3. Itching and scratching
  4. Excessive licking
  5. Hair loss
  6. Abnormal body odour
  7. Gnawing at their skin
  8. Dry, irritated, or flaky skin
  9. Lesions or scabs
Return to Dog & Cat Services