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.
Many dogs out there suffer from skin problems, often due to food or environmental allergies. External parasites can also be a cause, though often are more short-term and easily treated. Dogs with skin allergies deal with it for their whole lives, and we can manage it through multimodal methods such as oral medication, bathing, and topical treatments.
What are the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
Skin conditions can have a variety of causes. If a bacterial infection is suspected, your veterinarian may want to take a skin scraping sample from your dog. It involves taking a very small scraping of the affected areas on your dog’s skin. The procedure is relatively painless for your pet and can be performed during your consultation. The sample will be analyzed under a microscope to look for bacteria, yeast or other causes of skin infections. Your veterinarian will then discuss a treatment plan for your dog.
What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for ringworm?
Although the name suggests otherwise, ringworm is not a worm, it is caused by a fungus. Ringworm can be a contagious infection that can lead to patchy areas of hair loss and cause circular looking lesions on your dog’s skin. Ringworm can spread to other animals and humans too. There are a variety of tests that your veterinarian can do to diagnose ringworm. Once a positive diagnosis is found, your veterinarian can prescribe a treatment that is right for your dog.
What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?
External parasites such as Demodex, mites, fleas and lice can cause disease in your dog’s skin. These bugs feed on your dog, causing irritation and sometimes secondary infections. They can acquire these parasites from the environment or other infected dogs. Treatment involves either topical or oral medication to kill the parasite, and other medications if needed to treat secondary signs.
What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?
There are a number of diseases that involve your dog’s endocrine system that can lead to skin disease. Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s Disease are two examples of this. A physical exam and blood test chosen by your veterinarian can help diagnose these conditions.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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.
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 to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital