Skin Care

Skin disorders are a common reason to consult a veterinarian. Let us guide you through your pet’s diagnosis and treatment.

What are the causes and symptoms of skin infections and how are they diagnosed?

Skin infections can have several symptoms. We often observe excessive itching, constant licking, unpleasant odours emanating from the skin and ears, scabs, flaky or scaly skin, hair loss, skin redness and even recurrent ear infections. The most common causes of these clinical signs are: environmental or food allergies, parasites, endocrine and immune system disorders. We can perform several diagnostic tests (cytology, skin scrapping, cultures, blood work, elimination diet, biopsy, etc.) to zero in on a diagnosis. Let our team advise you during a veterinary consultation.

What are the causes, symptoms, and treatments for dermatophytosis?

Dermatophytosis, more commonly known as ringworm, is a mycotic skin infection caused by various fungi. Symptoms may include flaky or scaly skin, scabs and hair loss. We will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your pet once the diagnosis has been made. Please note that dermatophytosis is a zoonotic disease.

What are the causes and treatments for allergic skin diseases?

Skin allergies are usually related to food and the environment. There are several approved treatments for your pets. Our team will be able to assist you with the different treatment options during a dermatology consult.

What are the causes and treatments for parasitic skin diseases?

Skin mites (Demodex, Sarcoptes) and external parasites, such as fleas, are the most common skin parasites encountered in our clinic.

What are the causes and treatments for hormonal skin diseases?

Hypothyroidism and hyperadrenocorticism (aka Cushing’s syndrome) are endocrine diseases that often cause skin disorders. Once the diagnosis has been made, we will offer you the most appropriate treatment for your pet with regular follow-ups.

Last updated: May 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    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 Hull Veterinary Hospital