Dermatology Initiative - Scratch Below the Surface

Our campaign aims to help pet owners recognise the signs of skin conditions and understand how they can manage ongoing treatment for their pet.

Skin conditions can be very distressing for both pets and owners and they can seem difficult to treat. However, with the correct expert veterinary care and a tailored management plan, your pet’s condition can be brought under control.

Skin conditions in dogs and cats have many underlying causes and may require a range of treatments and long-term management strategies to keep your pet healthy.

The many causes of skin conditions include:

  • Parasites, such as fleas, ticks and lice;
  • Allergies to grass, pollen or other environmental triggers;
  • Food allergies;
  • Ear infections; and
  • Reactions to bites and stings

Summer can be a particularly bad time for sensitive pets as pollens and other allergens are at their highest in the warmer months.

Reaching a correct diagnosis is essential and may require a number of tests to ensure we develop the best treatment for your pet. Once a diagnosis has been made, we can work with you and support you to manage the condition long term.

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss your pet’s symptoms, please call the surgery and make an appointment for a skin check.