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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital