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.
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.
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
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 416-752-5114. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (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".
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: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!