Dermatology Services for Pets

Your pet’s fur, skin and claws can reveal a lot about their health. Bumps, odd growths, and excessive licking are all signs your pet may be experiencing a dermatological problem. They are likely uncomfortable and should be treated immediately. The treatment your pet receives depends on their medical condition but it can vary from topical creams that soothe their itchiness to oral tablets that clean their immune system. If you believe your pet’s skin needs to be examined, feel free to book an appointment by calling 902.794.7387.

How do I know my pet has a skin problem?

Signs your pet may be having a skin problem usually appear as a visible abrasion or through their actions. Intense scratching, blisters on their belly, nail decay and shedding fur are common indicators that their skin is not doing well. Other symptoms include:

  • Bumps
  • Biting their skin
  • Pulling at their fur
  • Hot spots (moist, inflamed parts of their skin)
  • Scooting
  • Flakey skin
  • Swollen paws
  • Puss around their nails
  • Brittle nails
  • Bleeding or discoloured nails

    It’s also important to look behind your pet’s ears. These are popular areas for skin conditions to develop and must not be neglected. In some cases, your pet may be showing signs of a skin condition in response to an underlying medical issue, such as a parasite infection or an injury. Not getting your pet examined as soon as possible could lead to their skin condition, and whatever medical issue that may be causing it, to worsen.

    How do I keep their skin and fur healthy?

    You are your pet’s first line of defence when it comes to their skin care. Routine brushing is an opportunity for pet owners to clean their pet’s fur and search for abnormalities on their body. Using specialized shampoo that can eradicate dry skin and itchiness will protect your pet’s skin. It also helps to stay aware of the environment they play in. Parasites, such as ticks, become highly active during the warmer seasons and can transfer from other pets. If you are vigilant about your pet’s parasite prevention plan, you can help them avoid parasitic infestations on their skin.

  • Last updated: December 8, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    *We are closed daily between 1:00pm – 2:00pm.


    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!

    - Your dedicated team at Northside Animal Hospital