Dermatology Services for Pets

Skin is your pet’s largest organ and needs to be taken care of properly. Skin problems are common in dogs and cats. They are often caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. It is important to pay close attention to your furry friend’s skin to catch any issues so they can be resolved early on. Your pet could be in pain and experiencing discomfort if their skin issues are not treated.

I’ve noticed my pet scratching excessively lately. What should I do?

Excessive scratching could be a sign of an allergic reaction to food, insect bites or items in their environment like pollen, poison ivy or lawn chemicals. Scratching might look like your pet rubbing against objects, biting or licking themselves often. Your pet could also develop patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps on their skin. Hair loss or bald patches could be linked to allergies, fleas or an illness. Yeast infections could explain constant ear scratching or licking their paws. It’s best to contact us at 604-824-5848 so we can diagnose and treat the skin issue.

Should I try to treat my pet’s skin issues at home first?

Though your attempts to treat your pet’s skin issues might be well-intentioned, it might cause more problems in the long run. Skin issues can cover a wide-range of diagnoses. Home remedies might seem like an easy fix but they do not address more serious conditions that could be linked to your furry friend’s symptoms. It’s best to consult us first before deciding on a course of treatment for your pet.

What can I expect during my pet’s visit about their skin issues?

Our experienced veterinarians can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional procedures to ensure we make the correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis (urine test), skin scraping (analysis of a skin sample), or biopsies (examination of tissue).



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Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

    - The team at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic