Cat & Dog Dermatologist in Winnipeg, MB
There are hundreds of types of conditions which can affect your animal's coat and skin. That's why we're proud to have a cat and dog dermatologist team here at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital & Wellness Centre, to maximize the comfort and quality of care for our pet patients.
Common Symptoms of Skin Conditions In Dogs & Cats
Dogs and cats with skin issues may exhibit a variety of signs and behaviors, some more obvious than others. Look out for the following in your animal:
- Excessive itching, scratching, biting, shaking, or licking
- Red, irritated, flaky, dry and/or scabby skin (with or without pus)
- Bald spots
- Foul odor from the skin
- Excessive shedding
Causes of Pet Dermatology Conditions
So, you notice something is up with your pet's skin. Do you know what's causing it? There could be a variety of triggers or underlying medical conditions. Here are a few that we see the most at our clinic:
- Hormonal imbalances (e.g., Addison's disease, Cushing's disease, or hypothyroidism)
- Allergies (allergic dermatitis); can be caused by food or an environmental trigger (smoke, household chemical, pollen, etc.)
- Medication use
- Fleas, mites, and other parasites
- Bacterial or viral infections
How Our Vet Dermatologist Treats Animal Skin Conditions
Correct diagnosis is essential to treating dermatological conditions in pets. Our vet dermatologist team carefully selects tests and measures that will be individually appropriate for each animal that comes to us with a skin issue. Through a combination of lab work, physical examination, and history taking, we'll be able to pinpoint the cause and contributing factors of your pet's symptoms, which then allows us to deliver customized and accurate treatment.
Depending on your pet's unique situation, we may treat his or her skin condition through one or several methods:
- Nutritional changes and/or supplementations
- Oral and/or topical medications
- Medicated shampoos and rinses
If there are any secondary or additional medical issues that come about as a result of the pet's skin issues (including flea infestation, infection, or anemia), we'll also be sure to provide treatment for these concerns, as well.
Is Your Pet Suffering From a Skin Condition? Visit Our Animal Dermatology Clinic Today for Help
Your pet can't always tell you when she's suffering, so if you notice any unusual signs, symptoms, or behaviors, then call or visit Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital & Wellness Centre. We have a wide range of services to help your animal feel and function best, including high-quality skin care at our animal dermatology clinic.
Contact us now (we're open 24 hours!) by calling (204) 452-0911 to schedule an appointment with a Winnipeg veterinarian or to find out more about how we can help your beloved pet.