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Dermatology Services for Pets

Skin allergies and conditions are some of the most common reasons why pets are brought into our hospital. Early and correct diagnosis is of the utmost importance, so that we can quickly lessen your pet’s discomfort and prevent their condition from worsening over time. If you feel that your pet has a skin or fur issue that needs attention, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team ASAP.

What are the signs of skin allergies or skin conditions in pets?

Every pet is different, but the most common and easily identifiable signs of disease are: dryness, redness, sores, scaling, itching, shedding and hair loss, as well as behaviours such as excessive licking and scratching.

When should I take my pet to the veterinary clinic, if I see these symptoms?

We can’t stress enough the importance of early diagnosis. If you notice any of the signs above, or if you see a spot or marking on their fur/skin that you are not sure about, please contact our team as soon as you can, so that we can schedule an appointment and examine your pet.

What types of skin conditions can cats/dogs/pets develop?

Dogs and puppies typically develop rashes, hair loss, sores, dandruff, dry skin and lumps. For our feline patients, our veterinary team usually treats feline acne, mange, abscesses and stress-induced hair loss.

What are the causes of skin conditions in pets?

It may be surprising to you that the causes of skin conditions in pets are not that different from us humans. For example, allergies to grass/ pollen/ dust mites, food allergies, yeast infections, ringworm and lupus are some of the most common reasons why a pet’s skin can become problematic.

What kinds of treatments are available to address skin issues in pets?

Each treatment option varies and can be modified according to each patient. Some of the therapies that we offer for pets with skin issues are: topical and oral medications, laser therapy and traditional surgery, which is typically performed to remove skin growths.

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: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Saturday - 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 Dundas Veterinary Services