Since your dog or cat’s skin is exposed to the environment, they could be susceptible to a range of skin issues. Our veterinary team will work with you to not only diagnose but effectively treat skin issues. Treatment could include topical creams, oral treatments, preventives or other medications.
What are the signs of skin infection?
Skin infections or irritations are common in dogs and cats, from parasitic bites to environmental allergies. Although there are a range of over-the-counter medications that claim to effectively treat skin issues, they are often temporary fixes that don’t address the root causes. The best way to address skin issues long-term, and reduce the risk of reinfection in some cases, is by consulting our veterinary team. The signs your dog or cat could need an appointment include:
- Lumps or bumps
- Excessive licking or scratching
- Dry, flaky skin
- Shedding hair or fur
Are skin issues preventable?
In some cases, it is possible to prevent skin issues. For example, if your dog or cat has allergic reactions that trigger skin issues, we can determine which food, environmental or skin irritants affect them. If your dog is allergic to dairy, you can be more mindful of the foods you feed them. It could also be helpful to provide your pet with allergy medication. To prevent infections caused by parasitic bites, we recommend starting your dog or cat on a monthly preventive that will provide broad-spectrum protection against a range of parasites. To book an appointment with our veterinary team, please contact us at 613-384-0986.