Dermatology Services for Pets

Your pet’s skin is vital to their wellbeing. It supports their ability to feel, sense danger and safeguard themselves against environmental irritants. Since your pet’s skin is an external organ, it’s important for us to help support you in maintaining it. Our veterinary team can diagnose and treat any skin conditions your furry family member might be dealing with, to ensure they’re taken care of.

How can I tell if my pet has skin issues?

The best way to tell is to regularly examine your pet’s skin to spot any irregularities. If you bring them to the attention of our veterinary team, we can perform diagnostic tests to confirm what’s affecting your pet. Though your pet’s skin issues are dependent on what’s causing them, some general signs you might look out for are:

  • Irregular lumps and bumps across their fur
  • Skin that looks scaly or dry
  • Patches of red or irritated skin
  • Constant licking or biting at specific areas
  • Excessive shedding, including hair and/or fur loss
  • Continuously biting or chewing at their skin

    What causes skin issues in pets?

    There are a range of environmental irritants that can cause skin issues for your pet. Allergies are a major culprit for them. Your pet might have an allergic reaction to items in their environment (like specific plants or pollen), food (like if they’re trying a new brand) and skin products. Parasite bites can also cause redness and irritation at the sight of the bite. If your pet has a bacterial infection internally, it can also manifest as external skin issues.

    How does your team support my pet’s skin health?

    Before our veterinary team creates a treatment plan, first we need an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s skin issues. This might look like requesting bloodwork to examine if any internal issues are creating external skin problems. Depending on the severity of the issue, we’ll develop a treatment plan that’s right for your pet’s needs. If you have concerns about your pet’s skin health, please contact our veterinary team to book a dermatology appointment at 403.337.3221.

  • Last updated: July 27, 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, heartworm testing, 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.
  • 3. 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.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

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

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic