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The Itchy Pet

These days more and more cats and dogs have starting itching, scratching and chewing at themselves,  just like people pets can have environmental and food allergies. They can damage their skin, and keep you and themselves up all night scratching at their itchy skin. Treating allergies is something that takes time. A food change means sticking to the new food without any treats are mistakes for some time to ensure that it’s working. Medications that can be given may start to help the itch but will need to be kept up with. It can seem discouraging when you don’t see immediate help for your pet right away.

The long sleepless nights they are up itching and licking at themselves can be frustrating. It is important to find the reason for the itch (whether it’s environmental allergies, food allergies or even fleas). Pets can itch if they have fleas and or are allergic to fleas. Flea control can sometimes be all that is needed to control itching. Flea control such as Bravecto can be given year-round to ensure even on the warmer winter days they are not getting fleas.

If it is a food allergy and a food trial needs to be started, we will switch them to a different protein as it is often the protein that they are allergic too (e.g. Chicken or Beef). If it is an environmental allergy, it is hard to control their exposure to the allergens, and medications will need to be sued to keep itching at bay. Avoiding swimming and hiking in peak allergy seasons, as well as hypoallergenic bedding and gentle detergents in the home. If we are going outside, then we need to be sure to clean skin folds, ears, armpits and feet after a walk. Although allergies can be a long-term condition, there is hope with patience. Time and willingness to find relief can help our pets live an itch-free life!

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2018 Readers' Choice Awards Winner!

We are so happy to announce that we have won the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in Mississauga in the category of Best Veterinary Hospitals! This award is very special to us as the voting is done by the community and our clients. We would like to thank every person who took the time to vote, or even took the time to share your experience with someone else.

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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