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Diagnosing Skin Conditions

At Cambie Village Vet we rely on state-of-the-art technology to help us identify the cause of skin conditions in pets. We may require blood work and/or a biopsy to aid us in diagnosing the issue.

Once we diagnose the condition, we can treat using several modalities, some of which may include medications, supplements, topical creams, and surgery. We do not believe in “one-size-fits-all” treatment, so your pet’s treatment plan will be tailored to meet their individual needs.

Managing Allergies in Pets

If we conclude that an allergy is causing your pet’s discomfort, we will establish whether the allergy is environmental, or food related and then try to further pinpoint the exact cause. From there, we will work with you to develop a strategy to limit your pet’s exposure to that specific trigger.

We are often able to alleviate symptoms of allergies in pets. In cases where the condition is chronic, we focus on alleviating the symptoms with long term management using a variety of treatment modalities.

Your pet may have an allergy if they exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Obsessively chewing or licking the affected area
  • Grooming more than usual
  • Constant scratching that leads to flaking skin, bald spots, and/or scabs

Other common signs of allergies include unusual lumps or bumps and smelly ears.

If you notice these symptoms and think your pet may be struggling with a skin condition let us address the issue and help them live a more comfortable life.