Dermatology (Skin & Ears)

Providing care for your pet’s skin, fur, and paws.

The skin is the first barrier that prevents substances from leaving the body, but it also prevents viruses or bacteria from getting into the body that could otherwise cause health problems. There are many different types of skin conditions, and each requires a different treatment that is more complex. It's important to see a veterinarian if you think your pet has a dermatological issue to get the appropriate treatment before the risk of a secondary infection increases. To book an appointment, please get in touch with us at 416-537-9677.

NOTE: Although we provide dermatology services, we are not specialists in this area of medicine.

What causes skin issues in pets?

  • Environment – Our pets can develop allergies much as we humans can
  • Nutrition – Beef, dairy, and wheat tend to be among the most common triggers
  • Parasites – External parasites are known to cause skin issues (e.g., fleas, ticks)
  • Infections – Bacterial, fungal, or yeast infections cause discomfort and further complications

What does dermatitis in pets look like?

Every patient is different but below are some common symptoms you should keep an eye on:

  • Excessive scratching and/or licking
  • Scaling
  • Redness and thickening of the skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Oily dandruff
  • Abnormal body odour
  • Hair loss

How can I treat my pet's skin problems?

Depending on your pet's skin problem, below are some of the available treatment options:

  • Avoidance of allergens and dietary elimination trial
  • Medicated baths
  • Immunotherapy to increase your pet's tolerance to problematic allergens
  • Topical creams or oral medications to relieve itching

Practice information

Bloorcourt Veterinary Clinic

  • Mon
    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tue
    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wed
    8:00am – 1:30pm & 3:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thu
    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Fri
    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sat
    9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun
    Closed (Sundays & Holidays)

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1074 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1M6
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