Dermatology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of various skin conditions including allergies, external parasites and autoimmune disorders. Skin conditions develop for a range of reasons, from new environmental irritants to genetics. Our veterinary team will use tried and true techniques to support your pet's diagnosis and treatment.
How common are skin issues in pets?
Most pets will experience a skin condition at some point in their lives. For example, during the warmer months, some parasites pose a bigger risk to your pet. Ringworms, fleas, ticks and mites can infect your pet's skin, causing an allergic reaction. Environmental allergies caused by pollen and some plants can also trigger allergic reactions during the spring and fall. Other pets have food allergies, triggered by protein, wheat or vegetables in their diet. Pets with lupus have immune systems where their cells attack each other, making it difficult for sores around the nose, eyes and paws to heal.
What are the signs of a skin condition?
Since the signs of a skin condition can overlap with other health issues, the best way to get an accurate diagnosis is for our veterinary team to assess and treat your pet. Skin conditions can range from mild to serious, with chronic autoimmune disorders at the latter end of the spectrum. If you suspect your pet has a skin condition, you can look out for signs like:
- Open, crusty skin sores
- Lumps and bumps
- Dry, flaky skin
- Irritation or redness
- Excess biting or pawing at their skin
How can I prevent skin conditions?
One of the best ways you can prevent skin conditions is to ensure your pet is grooming regularly. A clean coat can eliminate the risk of parasites going undetected in your pet's coat. Ensuring your pet is regularly taking a parasite preventative can also reduce their risk of parasite infections. It's also important to stay vigilant with your pet's reaction to any sudden changes to their environment or diet. If you have questions about skin conditions, please contact us at 416-745-4700.