Veterinary Dermatology (Skin)

Skin problems are common in all pets, but they can happen for a variety of reasons. Allergies, external parasites, hormone imbalances, and autoimmune disorders can all lead to skin and hair problems. If your pet begins scratching excessively, develops bare patches, lumps or bumps, or red skin they may have an underlying skin disorder.

Allergies are a problem that we see on a regular basis, in both dogs and cats. They can show up as itchy red skin, hair loss in the groin and armpits, frequent ear infections, and licking of the paws. A pet can be allergic to something in the environment, something they come into contact with, or something in their food.

External parasites including fleas, ear mites, and lice are contagious between pets, but can be easily prevented and controlled. They are commonly passed along in situations where pets are in close contact with other animals. There are a variety of treatments available in pet stores, but not all therapies are created equal. Consult our veterinarians before purchasing a commercially available product to ensure it is the right one for your pet.

Similar to humans, pets can develop cysts, warts, and other lumps and bumps. Many of these things are harmless. However, some clues might be more concerning. It is important to have growths looked at if they are growing quickly, appear suddenly, or are changing in shape, size, or firmness.

The veterinarians at Martensville Veterinary Hospital employ several tests to help diagnose skin concerns and determine the best next steps for your pet. In addition to taking a history and performing a physical examination, our veterinarians may take skin impressions, scrapings, or cultures (to look for external parasites, bacteria, or fungi); use a Wood’s Lamp (to look for fungal growth); perform bloodwork; or suggest biopsy.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Our veterinarians will suggest an approach that may include environmental changes, natural and supportive therapies, therapeutic foods, therapeutic shampoos, medications applied to the skin or taken by mouth, or surgical options.

If you feel that your pet’s skin or coat is not at its finest, or your pet is uncomfortable, call our office at (306) 933-2677 to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

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