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Dermatology Services

Properly treating skin issues can support a strengthened immune system and overall health.

The condition of your dog or cat’s skin could indicate their overall health. As their largest organ, taking proper care of their coat and skin is essential. Since your dog or cat’s skin is exposed to different types of weather and external irritants, they'll likely develop a dermatology issue at some point. Our team can support and treat it effectively.

What is the purpose of my dog or cat’s skin?  

One of the most important roles skin plays is protecting your dog or cat from the world around them. Your dog or cat’s skin and coat create a protective barrier for their internal organs. Imagine if their heart or other vital organs were on the outside of their body. They would be exposed to a range of potentially harmful things that would impact their ability to effectively work. Luckily, their skin and coat provide that necessary layer of protection. Skin is also a part of their immune system, helping to safeguard against infections and diseases. If your cat or dog’s skin barrier is compromised, this could increase the likelihood of them contracting certain infections.

How can I care for my dog or cat’s skin?

Your dog or cat’s skin is like internal storage for important nutrients. For example, proteins, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins are all a part of their skin. Fatty acid deposits safeguard against inflammation. Due to this, it is essential to replenish these essential nutrients by feeding your dog or cat a nutrient-rich diet. High sources of omega-3 fatty acids like fish and flax seeds not only keep a shiny coat but fights against inflammation. Linotic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid from flaxseed, soy, and corn, can combat dry and flaky skin. Zinc from red meat, fish and eggs help replenish cells lost from consistent shedding.

When is it time to book an appointment?

If you notice your dog or cat has a skin condition, you shouldn’t hesitate to book an appointment with us at 905-571-3700. Skin issues can be a sign of an underlying health issue or could be attributed to an imbalance in hormones, nutrient deficiency, or parasite infection. 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. Our first step to diagnosing a skin issue is typically to examine your dog or cat. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures. Depending on your dog or cat’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we perform bloodwork, urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies. Some signs of a skin condition you should consult us about include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Rashes
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Hair Loss
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