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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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 us. 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.
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 to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 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!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital