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Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

7871 Stave Lake St E130

Mission, BC V2V 0B5

(604) 286-0160

Dermatology FAQ

Like people, pets can develop dermatology issues that affect their overall health. Left unchecked, skin infections and diseases can lead to more serious health problems in pets. At Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital, serving pet owners in Mission and Maple Ridge, BC, we recommend prompt treatment for skin problems to keep them from spreading. These FAQs explain more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pet dermatology issues. 

Dog Dermatology

What are some common dermatology problems in dogs and cats?

Dogs and cats are prone to the following dermatology issues:

  • Dry, flaky, itchy skin
  • Skin rashes
  • Sores and tumors
  • Fur loss
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Hot spots

What causes skin problems in pets?

Allergies are a common cause of pet skin problems, as allergic reactions often show up in your pet’s skin.  Pets can be allergic to ingredients in their food, substances in their environment, or chemicals in household or grooming products. Dermatology issues can also be caused by hidden medical conditions or diseases. Fleas, ticks, and other pests can also cause skin problems in pets.

What are some signs my pet may have skin problems?

If you notice your pet scratching, licking, or biting its skin more frequently than normal, it could be due to skin problems. Dry, itchy skin is one of the most common symptoms of dermatology issues in pets. Incessant scratching can lead to fur loss. Your pet may also develop red, bumpy skin, skin infections, or open sores. At the first sign of these symptoms, contact your Mission and Maple Ridge veterinarian for a checkup. The sooner we can diagnose the problem, the sooner your pet can get relief.

How are pet skin problems treated?

For skin problems caused by allergies, your Mission and Maple Ridge vet can conduct skin and blood tests to uncover the allergen triggering your pet’s symptoms. You can then eliminate this substance from your pet’s environment to keep it from irritating your pet. If your pet’s allergic to ingredients in his food, you can change his diet to avoid skin problems.

Medicated shampoos and topical creams can help eliminate dermatology issues caused by fleas, ticks, and other pests. We can also provide you with medication to manage allergic symptoms. The good news is that you don’t have to put up with your pet's skin problems. With the help of your local vet, you can eliminate dermatology issues and restore your pet’s skin health.

See Your Mission and Maple Ridge, BC, Veterinarian for Pet Dermatology Issues

Is your pet troubled by the irritating symptoms of dermatology issues? Give us a call! We’ll put your pet on the road to recovery! To schedule an appointment with your Mission and Maple Ridge vet, contact Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital at 604-286-0160.