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Rashes, sores, lumps, dandruff, dry skin and even hair loss are some of the most common reasons why pets come to our practice. If you consider that a dog’s skin can make up approximately a quarter of their body weight, this makes perfect sense. If you think your pet is suffering from a dermatological issue, please call us at 705.742.4243 so that we can examine them and get to the root of their skin issues.

What are the signs of skin problems in pets?

Some of the most common indicators of skin problems in pets are: dryness, redness, sores, scaling, itching, shedding and hair loss, as well as excessive licking and scratching. If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, cat or other pet, please contact us right away.

What types of skin conditions can pets develop?

It depends on their species, age and unique condition. For instance, dogs usually get rashes, hair loss, sores, dandruff, dry skin and lumps. Cats, on the other hand, are more prone to feline acne, mange, abscesses and even stress-induced hair loss. Pocket pets and exotic animals can also develop skin conditions. Feather plucking, for example, is a condition that many birds suffer from.

Why is my pet itching? What are the causes of skin conditions in pets?

Parasites, infections and allergies are the most common reasons for skin problems in pets. Underlying health issues such as lupus, ringworm or a yeast infection can also cause several skin reactions, in addition to their other symptoms.

What kinds of treatments are available to address skin issues in pets?

Once your pet has been diagnosed using visual exams and other tests if necessary, they can get on the path to good health. Your veterinarian may prescribe one or a combination of topical and oral medications. Other treatments for dermatological problems include laser therapy and surgery.


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The 4DX test is a quick blood test that screens for four diseases which affect our dogs: Heartworm, Lyme, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and is becoming more prevalent as the climate warms and more dogs (unknowingly infected) are brought into the province from other areas where mosquito borne diseases are widespread. In a few discrete areas within southern Ontario, such as Peterborough County, the prevalence of infection in dogs not on a heartworm preventive can be as high as 5% to 10%.* Local wildlife such as foxes, coyotes and wolves may be infected and be able to spread the disease to our dogs through the mosquito.

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