Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Your pet’s skin is the largest organ comprising their body. The skin acts as the first barrier to harm from outdoor sources. As a result, it is incredibly important to maintain that barrier to the best of our ability. Skin issues can arise when environmental factors or metabolic changes negatively impact the skin.
What are the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
Bacterial skin infections have multiple causes. Underlying allergies, moist hot weather and exposure to contaminated water can all cause bacteria to invade the skin and cause a problem. Redness, itchiness, discharge and odour are all signs of infection. Bacterial skin infections are typically diagnosed by examining a sample taken from the skin under the microscope for bacteria. In some circumstances, a sample of the bacteria is sent to a lab where it is grown and tested against multiple antibiotics to determine the most effective treatment. This is called a culture and sensitivity, and it is particularly important in cases of drug-resistant bacteria.
What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworms?
Contrary to popular belief, ringworm is a fungal skin infection (not a parasite). It can be treated with topical antifungal creams and or shampoos.
What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?
Allergies fall into two categories: food and environmental. Environmental allergies or atopy are more common than food allergies. Regardless of the cause, allergies can be time-consuming, expensive and frustrating for you (and for us!). There are many treatment options for allergies. We can help you determine the one best suited for your dog.
What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?
A variety of organisms can cause parasitic skin diseases. Some of these are visible to the naked eye. However, many can only be seen under the microscope. Both oral and topical medications are available to treat parasitic infections.
What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?
Hormonal skin diseases, also caused endocrine skin disease, are caused by hormonal imbalances in the body and are often only one sign of these complex diseases. Disorders of the thyroid and adrenal glands are examples of endocrine disorders that can manifest as skin disease.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Our doors are now unlocked and we are allowing 2 people at a time in the clinic for food sales and medication pick-up only (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
We do ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the clinic and use the hand sanitizing station outside our doors. If you require a mask, please call the clinic for assistance prior to entering. Anyone who enters the clinic will be asked to sign in and provide their name and phone number for tracking purposes.
3. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital