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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Dog Skin Care

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.

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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 and take payment over the phone. 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.

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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital