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We treat a wide variety of skin conditions that animals suffer from

Skin disease is very common amongst companion animals such as cats, dogs and rabbits. Not only can it cause pain and discomfort, it can also be distressing for both pet and owner.

Different animals suffer from different skin diseases. For example dogs are susceptible to fox mange, skin parasites, flea infestations, allergic reactions, ear disease, anal sac disease and skin cancers. Additionally ringworm and abscesses from fighting are also common amongst cats. 

Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other animals are also prone to specific skin conditions.

Dermatology is the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases. At Newnham Vets we take a special interest in caring for animals who are suffering, or at risk of suffering from a wide range of skin complaints.

When you bring your pet to see a veterinary surgeon at our practice you may require a longer consultation, this is so that we can:

  • Discuss the history of your pets condition and clinical signs in detail

  • Carry out a full clinical examination

  • Complete a skin examination

  • Discuss to take other samples if necessary (skin biopsies, cultures and blood tests)

  • Decide on a likely diagnosis

  • Discuss treatment

  • Arrange a schedule for future visits


In certain cases skin conditions may require more advanced tests such as intradermal skin testing for allergic skin disease. 

There are various treatments advised for different skin problems. These include oral tablets and supplements to be put in pets’ food. 

Shampooing your pet and effectively treating them for parasites is vital for all animals with skin disease. The veterinary surgeon will advise you which flea treatments and shampoo to use. 

Here are a few symptoms that require an appointment:

  • Recurrent itching, rubbing, and/or skin irritation

  • Hair loss (Alopecia)

  • Redness of the skin (Erythema)

  • Skin tumours

  • Dandruff (Scale)

  • Recurrent skin infections

  • Skin conditions that are affecting the quality of yours or your pet’s life

If you are concerned that your pet has a skin condition, or if a previous skin disease has failed to respond to general treatment, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment to see one of our veterinary surgeons.

To have your pet treated by the practice that has been caring for animals for 100 years, get in touch. You can call us on 01622 734555. For out of hours animal care call our emergency service on 01622 734054.    

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