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Veterinary Dermatology

Our board-certified veterinary dermatologist provides advanced care for dogs and cats in the Halifax area and beyond who are suffering from chronic skin, ear or nail conditions.

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Coastal Care Veterinary

Dermatology, Halifax Veterinarians

Treating Skin Problems in Pets from across Atlantic Canada

If your beloved cat or dog has been suffering from a chronic dermatologic issue, your family veterinarian can count on our team at Coastal Care Veterinary Emergency & Referral Hospital to help.

Our board-certified veterinary dermatologist has the advanced skills to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions including infectious skin diseases, allergies, auto-immune diseases, ear issues, keratinization defects, hormonal-related skin disorders, genetic skin abnormalities, neoplastic conditions and more.

We will thoroughly investigate your pet's symptoms, performing a comprehensive nose-to-tail examination, and listening to your insights along with a complete review of your pet's medical records.

First line diagnostic testing  by our dermatology team such as skin and ear cytologies or skin scrapings are typically needed as a first step towards providing a personalized treatment plan. More advanced testing such as allergy testing, skin biopsies or the use of a video otoscope may play a key role in pinpointing or addressing the precise cause of your companion's skin and/or ear conditions. 

Every pet deserves to be comfortable in their own skin. Tailored treatment from our Halifax dermatologist aims to provide you with the tools to keep your pet as comfortable as possible with the support they need and deserve.

Please Note: Specialty services require a referral from a primary care veterinarian.

Our Board-Certified Dermatologist

A board-certified veterinary dermatologist has completed additional training in dermatology after veterinary school has been completed. As part of this training, a veterinarian must complete an internship and specialized residency, pass comprehensive exams, and complete publication requirements to become board-certified in Veterinary Dermatology by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD).

Dog & Cat Dermatology Symptoms

Many of our four-legged friends experience symptoms of skin problems during their lifetime. Often, better control of the symptoms can be obtained once the underlying cause is accurately diagnosed and managed.

Signs of skin problems in pets can include:

  • Rashes, bumps or lumps on their skin
  • Red, irritated skin or sores
  • Excessive scratching or licking
  • Obsessive biting or chewing of their skin
  • Dry or flaking skin
  • Scooting
  • Constant rubbing of the face or ears
  • Bald patches or hair loss
If your pet has scratched or bitten themselves to the point that sores have appeared or bleeding has occurred, make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. Lesions can quickly lead to infections.

Causes for Pet Skin Conditions

Parasites, underlying health conditions, environmental allergies and food allergies can all leave your pet's skin itchy, sore or otherwise uncomfortable.

Some of the most common causes of skin problems in pets include:

  • Allergies
  • Bacterial or yeast infections
  • Parasites
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Hormonal disorders 

Skin conditions can range from mild or temporary to chronic or serious infections.

Taking your pet to the veterinarian for early diagnosis and treatment may prevent more serious skin conditions from developing.

Caring for Pets in Atlantic Canada

Our specialists are pleased to accept new patients by referral from primary care veterinarians. Our emergency service welcomes all clients – 24/7/365. 

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