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Dog Skin Care

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is made up of multiple layers. The outermost layer of skin is the body’s first line of defense against the environment. A fully intact, healthy outer skin layer normally prevents any bacteria, allergens, yeast and/or parasites from entering deeper into the skin and more importantly into the rest of the body. If the normal skin barrier is damaged or defective in some way, the skin is susceptible to developing skin disease.

What are the causes, symptoms and diagnostic methods used for bacterial skin infections?

Normally bacteria live harmoniously on the outer surface of the skin and can actually be beneficial for skin health. However, if the normal skin barrier is interrupted or defective in some way (i.e. wounds, allergies, hormonal imbalances, parasites, etc.), this bacteria or other bacteria from the environment are able to pass into the skin and lead to bacterial skin infections. The usual clinical signs of a bacterial skin infection are red, moist skin but can also include itching, crust formation and/or flaking of the skin. Diagnosis of a bacterial skin infection is usually made through cytology (looking at cells under a microscope) and occasionally, cultures. The most common method for collecting a skin sample for cytology is by applying a regular piece of tape onto the affected skin and having the adhesive surface pick up skin cells and bacteria.

What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworm?

Despite the misleading name, ringworm is not actually a worm. Ringworm is a type of fungus that can grow on the skin of animals and humans. Typically, ringworm affects young puppies or dogs that have damaged or defective skin barriers or that have weakened immune systems.

While ringworm infection in humans creates a very distinct ring pattern on the skin, ringworm in dogs can look like many things, making it more challenging to detect and diagnose. Typically, dogs with ringworm infection have a loss of hair with dry, flaky skin. Diagnosis is made by using a special light called a Wood’s lamp or through culture.

What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?

Allergic skin disease is a condition that can be very frustrating for owners, dogs, and veterinarians alike. There are many factors that can contribute to skin allergies, including food allergies (most commonly to a protein/meat in the diet), environmental factors such as pollens and/or grasses, or a combination of food and environmental factors. Treatment depends on the cause, but usually, it is a manageable disease and not one that can be cured.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

Fleas are the most common cause of parasitic skin disease. However, mites and ticks can also be a concern. There are many preventative products available. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the product that will work best for you and your pet.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?

Hormonal skin disease is less common than most other skin issues. In dogs, hypothyroidism is the most common hormonal condition that results in skin disease. Hypothyroidism is an easily manageable condition, where the dog receives thyroid supplementation for life.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our inside door will be locked. You can come into the vestibule and we will let you in when you get here or you can call us at 705-674-9191 upon arrival for your appointment or pick up. We ask that only one person bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian.

2. We are continuing to accept regular appointments so please call ahead to book a time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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 disease.

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 Baxter Animal Hospital