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Dog Skin Care

Our skin is the largest organ of the body, therefore it is important to keep it healthy as it provides a barrier to infection.

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

Bacterial skin infections may arise secondary to parasites (fleas and mites), allergies, scratching/licking, immune-mediated conditions, and ringworm. Symptoms include redness, flaking, and/or thickening of the skin, swelling, and discharge. We can diagnose skin infections with a swab or tape prep that is observed under a microscope and allows us to see bacteria and yeast.

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for ringworms?

The causative agent of ringworm is a specific fungal infection. Symptoms include hair loss, red, itchy and crusty skin. The treatment includes an oral antifungal medication and multiple antifungal baths. Environmental clean-up is also recommended.

What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?

Allergies are a hypersensitivity to food and/or environmental factors. Common food allergens include but are not limited to: chicken, beef, lamb, soy, wheat, etc., because these are the most utilized ingredients in our pet food. In most cases, it is actually the ingredients that your pet has been exposed to throughout life that your pet will develop an allergy to. Environmental factors can be anything from grasses, weeds, molds, to dust mites in your house.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

Types of parasites that can affect the skin include fleas, mites (demodex, sarcoptes, ear mites), lice, and ticks. Treatment is dependent on the parasite found.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?

Hormonal conditions that can affect the skin are Hypothyroidism and Hyperadrenocorticism, commonly referred to as Cushing’s. These conditions can lead to secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections and are treated with antibiotics or antifungal therapy as well as treating the underlying condition.

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Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 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 McLean Animal Hospital