It’s normal for your pet to occasionally have an itch but excessive scratching or rubbing themselves against objects may be a tell-tale sign that they have a skin problem. The best way to take care of your pet’s skin and overall health is to bring them in for a veterinary exam if you notice any changes. If you have any concerns about your pet’s skin, don’t hesitate to call us at 604-885-2309 and we’ll be happy to help.
What are the signs my pet has a skin issue?
The best way to notice even the most subtle changes to your pet’s skin is by performing a weekly brush. Signs to look for are skin changes such as redness, dryness or scaling, hair loss, and smelly fur. Paying attention to areas your pet may excessively be licking or scratching could reveal any problem areas. Common skin issues pets may experience are food or environmental allergies, parasites such as ticks or ringworm, or bacterial infections. For a proper diagnosis, bring your pet in to see one of our veterinarians who will perform a physical exam and determine the best treatment for your loyal companion.
What can I do to protect my pet’s skin?
Taking care of your pet’s skin alone at home may be difficult. Our team would be happy to work with you to create a treatment plan that alleviates any symptoms your pet may be experiencing. Other easy ways to keep your pet’s skin healthy is by:
- Routinely grooming your pet
- Taking your pet in for routine exams
- Use your vet’s suggested shampoos for dry and itchy skin
- Creating and maintaining a parasite prevention plan
- Feed a high-quality diet