Does your pet’s skin mimic the weather outside this time of year with white flakes? Winter causes many issues for pets and people alike. One of the more common issues we see in pets during this time of year is dandruff, or dry, flaky, and sometimes itchy skin. The dry air outside combined with the dry air of heat systems in most houses leads to dandruff, cracking, chapped, and flaking skin. Harsh chemical ice melt and salt along with extreme temperatures can cause paw pads to develop sores and crack as well. There are things we can do to help however. First of all, it should be noted that not all dry, flaky skin issues are caused by “dry skin”. Ringworm, mites, fleas, allergies, and other skin infections can all cause similar symptoms. Low thyroid levels, Cushing’s disease, and other autoimmune diseases can also cause changes in haircoat and skin. A visit to the veterinarian to rule out these things should be considered before implementing any of the below suggestions. Please call us if you have concerns with your pet’s skin. One of the first things that can help with dry skin is an omega fatty acid or fish oil supplement. Omega fatty acids help decrease inflammation in the body, and can decrease […]Learn More
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.