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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What Are Hot Spots?

It’s that time of year! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the weather is hot and humid. Swimming becomes a popular activity for both families and their dogs to cool down during the summer months. But with every good, the bad follows close behind. In this case, we’re talking about hot spots.

What are hot spots?
Patients who present with hot spots show symptoms of:

  • Red, hot, moist and painful patches of skin
  • Hair-loss surrounding the area
  • Are often incredibly itchy.

They can rapidly appear anywhere on the body, with common locations being the back, neck and chest. They form when moisture and heat become trapped beneath your dogs’ fur. Dogs with thick or double coats – like Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labs, and Rottweilers – are more susceptible to getting hot spots.

What causes hot spots?
Hot spots can be caused by many factors, from self-infliction to underlying disease. Self-infliction can be caused by a dog licking, scratching and biting at a particular spot, therefore causing the condition to worsen. It can present to be true after moisture has become trapped underneath the fur after swimming or hot and humid days. The underlying disease could be resultant of the following:

  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Parasites, such as fleas or mites
  • Skin infections
  • Irritation due grooming
  • Stress or boredom

How do you treat hot spots?
If you suspect that your happy companion may have a hot spot or hot spots, please book an appointment to see your veterinarian. Your vet will provide a plan of treatment for your pet to aid in the healing process.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.477.4040.

Written by: Meghan Toope, RVT

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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 902-477-4040. 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