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Dog Skin Services

Dog Skin Care

Skin disease in dogs is a prevalent condition which we frequently see secondary to allergies in the form of infections caused by bacteria or yeast. Most skin problems in dogs present as itchy skin and can be due to skin parasites such as mites or fleas, or bacteria, or yeast. Occasionally we can see immune-mediated skin diseases or primary disease which are not itchy like seborrhea which may be breed related.

What are the causes, symptoms & diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?

Bacterial skin diseases are usually secondary to an underlying allergy where the microenvironment of the skin has been changed due to allergic condition and caused the healthy bacteria to be overgrown thus resulting in lesions and itch and smell. Diagnosis is made by cytology where samples are taken and looked at under the microscope for evidence of the type of bacteria which usually cause bacterial infections. Sometimes we will do a culture and sensitivity if the disease does not respond well, to see if the lab can grow a resistant bacteria and which antibiotic may be effective.

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment of ringworms?

Ringworm is a fungus and not a worm. It is contracted by exposure to infected spores that have been dropped in the environment by an infected animal. It usually causes crusted lesions that have started to lose fur. It may or may not be itchy. Treatment can be very complicated and requires long-term treatment of the pet with oral and topical antifungals and treatment of the environment to get rid of the infective spores. Typically puppies will be more likely to be infected.

What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?

Allergic skin disease is usually caused by the development of sensitivity to allergens in the environment after being exposed for the second season. In humans, this often presents as hay fever with itchy runny eyes and nose, but in dogs, it is most common to develop itchy skin. Treatment involves various types of anti-itch medications; shampoos and antifungals and antibiotics to control the secondary overgrowth of bacteria and yeast; allergy serums to allow the dog to develop a tolerance to the allergen; food trials to make sure there are no food allergens that are causing a sensitivity.

What are the causes and treatment of parasitic skin diseases?

Parasitic skin diseases are often contracted by dogs from exposure to other infected dogs. Fleas and Sarcoptic mites would be examples of contagious parasitic skin diseases.

What are the causes and treatment of hormonal skin diseases?

Hormonal skin diseases usually involve thinning of the skin and coat due to changes in the level of hormones. Some examples are thyroid hormone deficiency, overproduction of cortisol by the adrenal glands. These conditions tend not to be itchy compared to allergies or parasitic skin diseases.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-855-2100. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. At this time, we are limiting food purchases to 2 bags or 2 cases per client. 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.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Clarkson Village Animal Hospital