We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Skin care is something that can’t be overlooked when it comes to protecting the long term health of your dog. Bacterial skin infections, fungus, and even allergic skin reactions can cause irritation and discomfort in the short term and may lead to much more serious complications later. Our veterinary clinic offers a wide range of products and medications to handle such issues.
What are the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
Bacterial skin infections left untreated cause red itchy skin, hair loss, and can be painful. If you suspect your dog has a skin infection it is strongly recommended that you make an appointment with your veterinarian to receive a prescription for antibiotics, as well as medication to stop the redness and itching.
What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworms?
Ringworm is actually not a worm at all, but a fungus that grows on the skin and causes hair loss and lesions. Ringworm is very contagious to other animals including people. Ringworm is diagnosed by the appearance of round, crusting lesions on the skin. A black light can also be used to detect ringworm as it causes the fungus to glow. Samples of the hair and skin can also be cultured and tested for the presence of this organism. If the tests come back positive for ringworm, it is advised to clip the hair around the lesions, bathe with an anti-fungal shampoo, and antibiotics may be prescribed.
What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin reactions?
The causes of allergic skin reactions are too numerous to count as an individual dog can be allergic to anything it comes into contact with in its environment. Common allergens are pollens, grass, dust, as well as ingredients in their food. Dogs with allergies often develop skin problems in the form of infection, itching, and hair-loss. Treatment is usually in the form of antibiotics to resolve any infection in the skin, a change in diet may be recommended, and medications to reduce any inflammation and itching may be prescribed.
What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?
Parasitic skin diseases are caused by parasites such as fleas, lice or other insects and arachnids. These parasites live on the animal and cause damage to the skin layer when they feed or reproduce. To treat the parasites they are first identified and the appropriate medication applied. This medication is usually something applied to the skin. Antibiotics may be needed if there is infection present, and medication to stop the itching and inflammation caused by the parasites. Sometimes, a shampoo is prescribed as well that can treat and provide relief to your dog.
What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?
If you suspect your dog has a hormonal imbalance, such as a problem with its thyroid gland, it is strongly recommended that you make an appointment with your veterinarian, so that the issue can be identified and treated.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.857.4271. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.