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.
FAD is the most common skin disease found in dogs and cats caused by an external parasite. A flea will bite the pet to take a blood meal, and the saliva of the flea will cause an allergic chemical reaction of the skin. Adult fleas are the only cause of this disease as they require blood to survive. Other pupae and larval stages of the flea may be found on your pet and in the environment but won’t be the cause of skin irritation.
Red sore skin
Scabbing of the skin especially on the hind end near the base of the tail where the pet can reach and chew the skin open
Hypersensitivity when touching the skin in affected areas
Flea dirt visible when using a fine comb, flea feces (digested blood) looks like small flecks of pepper and when on a white damp cloth can turn red
A quick kill flea treatment usually oral tablets are preferred as the skin is usually too sore and scabby to use topical treatments
Flea treatments for at least 3-4 months to ensure all life stages on the pet and in the house are killed
Flea spray if needed in the environment
Often if there is a severe enough allergy a steroid injection will be given to help soothe and reduce the itching
Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed if an open sore is infected
Flea prevention is recommended as soon as the temperature starts to rise until the first snowfall stays on the ground
Even if the pet doesn’t go outside, there is still a risk of picking up a ‘hitchhiker’ flea and bringing it into your house
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 519-453-2940. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!