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Dermatology Services for Pets

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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Last updated: March 18, 2022.

Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we would like to share our updated protocols.

As a large group working very closely together, our staff will continue to wear face masks to help ensure that we stay healthy and are able to provide the best medical care we can.

It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. As we ease into reopening, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the time being. If you require assistance, please call (705) 742-4243, or knock on the door and we will be happy to assist you.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment or surgery admission, please call to let us know that you are here. The doctor or technician will call you as soon as we are ready for you. At this time, they may ask you for some further information prior to you bringing your pet into the hospital.

We will be continuing to offer curbside pickup for food and medications at this time.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us or email christinep@cahpet.ca


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Champlain Animal Hospital