Cat & Dog Dermatology Services

Keeping your pet's skin and coat healthy through regular veterinary exams.

Despite your pet's attempts to get relief, excessively itching their skin never seems to cure what's ailing them. Itchy skin and fur loss can be important indicators of your pet's overall health. There is a range of preventive steps and treatments we offer to ensure your pet's coat is full, shiny, and itch-free.

Why does my pet excessively itch their skin?

Your pet's bouts of excessive itching can coincide with the warmer months. During this time, seasonal allergies and parasites are in their prime. Skin conditions are on a spectrum of mild to severe. Though it's tempting to write off itchy skin as the norm, even minor skin issues could be a sign of more serious health concerns. There is a range of causes for your pet's itchy skin. Common causes of skin conditions include environmental allergies, food allergies, parasites, yeast infections, and lupus. The best way to determine which diagnosis accurately fits your pet's condition is by booking an appointment at 604-522-3344.

What are other symptoms of skin conditions?

Itching is one of the most common signs pet owners notice, however, many other symptoms can be attributed to a skin issue. Symptoms to be mindful of include:

  • Skin sores
  • Lumps or bumps
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive licking
  • Hot spots of inflamed skin

How should I care for my pet's skin?

Your pet's diet plays a large part in the health of their skin and coat. Feeding them a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins can give them a healthy, shiny coat. Regular grooming also helps remove dead skin cells and shedding fur. Healthy skin not only provides your pet with a protective layer from the elements but also supports their immune system function, hydration, and acts as nutrient storage. As your pet's largest organ, healthy skin is integral to their well-being.

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