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.
Regular brushing and bathing of your dog may be necessary depending on the type of dog you own and whether they have a long coat. Some dogs are particularly prone to skin problems whereas other dogs may never have issues.
What are the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
Bacterial skin infections are quite common in dogs. Several things can cause these infections such as fleas, an allergic reaction, scratching, infections, among other things. Symptoms can include scratching, dry skin, odour, and swelling.
What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworms?
It is a fungus that can spread from one infected animal to another. You may notice hair loss, scabbing, or crusting of the skin. In addition to environmental decontamination, various oral and topical treatments will be needed to treat a ringworm infection.
What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?
Dogs can be allergic to all the same things that people are allergic to such as grasses, pollens, treats, food etc. Treatment is based on avoidance of the allergen if we can. Otherwise, we may need to employ regular bathing, anti-itch medication and the addition of omega oils to the diet.
What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?
While there are many causes for, fleas are the most common. Prevention is the best treatment, stop it before it begins. If your dog ends up with this, there are a variety of treatment options that your doctor could go over with you.
What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?
There are several hormonal diseases which can cause changes to the skin and coat. Commonly we can see hair loss and skin problems with thyroid, adrenal or reproductive diseases. Blood work will be necessary to diagnose, and proper medical management will be required.
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 902-477-4040. 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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
4. 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.
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 Spryfield Animal Hospital