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.
Skin is the protective barrier that protects all of the internal structures in the body, so it is important to keep it in its best condition. Skin can also be an indicator of underlying diseases, so monitoring any changes in skin and fur coat can help the doctor in making a diagnosis. Dogs that swim or spend a lot of time outside should be bathed to help wash away skin irritants, however, over-bathing can strip the skin of natural oils that pets need.
What are the causes, symptoms & diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
There numerous causes of bacterial skin infections. Scratching, licking and chewing excessively can be symptoms of a skin infection. Bacterial skin infections can be diagnosed by taking impression smears, tape preparations, cultures, and microscopic investigation. They can also be secondary to other types of infections, so it is best to come into our clinic, see our doctors, and make a treatment plan.
What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for ringworm?
Ringworm is caused by a fungus and is not actually a worm! The typical presentation of ringworm is a red lesion, with a ring of scaly skin around the edge. Treatment can require medication and anti-fungal shampoos.
What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?
There are many causes for allergies, which can include, but are not limited to environmental irritants, certain proteins in food, and medications, just to name a few. Treatment plans and diagnostics may include food trials, medications to decrease inflammation and block receptors, skin biopsies, and blood testing to help narrow down exact allergens.
What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?
There are many causes and treatments for parasitic skin diseases. It is best to start with an exam with our doctors and they would discuss the best testing and treatments for your pet with you.
What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?
Once a hormonal imbalance is detected by running blood work, the veterinarian can assess the values and create an appropriate treatment plan.
I recently had my check-up with Dr. B, and he mentioned that I have a lot of tartar on my teeth and something called a resorptive lesion. I had been noticing that my mouth wasn’t feeling so clean, and it did hurt when I ate my kibble.
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 780-432-7297. A team member will bring your pet inside and we will give you a call to go over the history. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations and some routine visits. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. For availability, please give us a call.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 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 card payments over the phone are available.
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 Mill Creek Animal Hospital