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Dermatology Services for Pets

Here at AMC, problems related to skin, hair and nails are one of the most common reasons why owners schedule appointments for their furry family members. There are dozens of irritants, parasites, health conditions and other factors that can wreak havoc on your pet’s dermatological health. If you think that your pet has a skin problem that needs our attention, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location) and we will book you in for a one-on-one consultation with your veterinarian right away.

What are the signs of skin problems in pets?

With dermatological conditions, the good news is that symptoms are often visible to the naked eye. Often but not always. Sores, scaling, bleeding, excess dryness, bald spots, excess shedding and discoloration are all warning signs that you should watch out for. If your furry friend is scratching or licking themselves more than usual, this may also be a sign of a problem that needs medical care.

What are the causes of skin conditions in pets?

There are a multitude of reasons for skin issues in our furry friends. They may have been the unfortunate chosen host of a parasite, or they may have an undiagnosed health condition like kidney disease, which has skin problems as one of its symptoms. Perhaps you spent too much time out in the sun and they are suffering from a sunburn. The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so that we can get to the root of the problem at hand.

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

Antihistamines, antibiotics, medicated creams, injections and even laser therapy are all examples of treatments for skin problems. The therapy that your veterinarian will prescribe will depend on your pet’s diagnosis and unique situation.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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 Animal Medical Centre