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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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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 416-752-5114. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

7. 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.

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 McLean Animal Hospital