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.

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Do You Know What Kind of Allergies Your Pet Has?

As previously discussed in our “itchy dog” blog, there are two broad categories of allergies seen in pets. So, what are they and how do we manage them?

Food Allergies
Animals with food allergies will often be itchy all year round, as they are eating the food that they are allergic to all year round.
The most common food allergens in dogs include beef, dairy, and chicken.
The most common food allergens in cats include beef, dairy, and fish.
Approximately 30% of animals also have gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, and anal gland issues.

So, how is a food allergy diagnosed?
The ONLY way to diagnose a food allergy is by performing a diet trial. A diet trial is performed by feeding a special diet prescribed to you by your veterinarian and nothing else, for 8-12 weeks. Feeding any food outside of the prescription diet will set the trial back to day 1 of the 8-12 weeks. It may take the whole 8-12 weeks to see improvement in your pet, so do not be discouraged early on. In the meantime, your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help with the itchiness.

Environmental
Animals with environmental allergies may only be itchy, or be worse, in certain seasons, depending on what they are allergic to. They can be exposed to allergens through skin contact, inhalation, or ingestion.
Many breeds are predisposed to environmental allergies, including Golden retriever, Labrador retriever, Shar-Pei, and West Highland white terrier. Management of environmental allergies are individualized for each patient and may include.

  • Topical therapy; Shampoos
  • Anti-itch and anti-inflammatory medications (as prescribed by your veterinarian)
  • Treatment of any concurrent infection.
  • Allergy injections – testing must be performed to determine what allergens should be included in the injection. Your family veterinarian may be able to send off a serum (blood) test or you can visit a veterinary dermatologist for an intradermal (skin) test.
  • Some animals may have both food and environmental allergies.

If you are concerned that your pet may have allergies, please contact your veterinary office. Your veterinarian will work with you to create the best plan for you and your pet.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 506.857.4271.

Written by: Nicole Mann, DVM

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Things You Should Know About COVID-19 and Pets

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in humans has drawn attention to the possibility of companion animal involvement. Here’s what you need to know:

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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.

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital