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.
Dermatological diseases are complex and are sometimes difficult to diagnose and treat. There are many problems that can arise with the skin. One of the most common causes of skin problems is allergies caused by food, the pet’s environment and/or fleas. Other skin conditions can be caused by underlying health issues including autoimmune and metabolic diseases. Further diagnostics will help pinpoint the health issue that may be causing the skin disease.
What are the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
Allergies can cause itching and scratching and damage to the normal skin barrier, which can lead to secondary bacterial infection. A bacterial infection can also be secondary to other factors such as trauma, excessive moisture, or skin mites. Signs include itching, redness, bumps or scabs, crusting, or hair loss. We may suspect bacterial infection based on examining your dog, but often, we recommend microscopic examination of a swab or scrape from the skin to confirm the diagnosis.
What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?
Dogs can be allergic to a number of things in their environment, including pollens, grasses, dust mites, and moulds. Flea allergies are very common in our pets and can be triggered by just a few flea bites. Food allergies to common dietary ingredients (most often a protein such as beef or chicken) are also very prevalent.
There are many treatments for allergic skin disease including topical treatments, prescription diets, shampooing, oral medications, and injections. The best management strategy is different for every owner and pet, so we will work with you one on one to make a treatment plan.
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 613-544-7387. 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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital