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.

Dog Skin Care

Skin ailments and conditions can be very irritating to your dog. Infections can be caused by several different pathogens as well as certain health conditions.

What are the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?

Skin problems can be caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi, and even allergies. The most obvious sign of a skin condition is excessive itching, hair loss, and redness. The cause of skin infection is diagnosed with a skin scraping, where a scalpel blade is used.

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

Despite the name, ringworm isn’t a worm at all, but a fungus. The most obvious sign of ringworm is hair loss in round formations and itching. Diagnosis involves using a special tool called a Wood’s lamp, which emits a special form of light that will cause the ringworm pathogen to fluoresce. From there, we can send a skin culture to the lab to determine what strand of ringworm is affecting your pet, as different strands require different medications.

What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?

Allergies are caused when your dog’s immune system has an incorrect response to something in the environment or their food. As a result, they can experience inflammation of the skin and itchiness. To treat the skin, we first need to find out what your dog is allergic to by doing an elimination trial with their food or allergy testing. If they’re reacting to something in the food, we can switch diets to something that does not contain what they are allergic to. If it is something in the environment, we may need to prescribe seasonal allergy medications. The skin condition may be treated with antibiotics if there is an infection present.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

Parasites found in the environment, such as mites and fleas, are the most common culprits of this type of skin disease. Monthly parasite preventatives protect against most of these parasites and are also used to treat them.

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 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 613.443.5459. 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.

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 - 4:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.

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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital