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.

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Dog Skin Care

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


There are primary and secondary reasons for bacterial skin infections. Our veterinarians will examine your dog and suggest the appropriate testing. These tests may include taking a sample from your pet’s skin or a blood test. Most dogs present as red, itchy and malodorous when they have a skin infection.

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


Contrary to popular belief, ringworm is a fungal skin infection (not a parasite). It can be treated with topical antifungal creams and or shampoos.

What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?


Ringworm symptoms can vary from none (asymptomatic carrier) to round, bald and red lesions. The veterinarian may examine the hair/lesion with a black light, look at hair samples and/or send samples away for a fungal culture.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?


There are three causes of allergic skin diseases: contact, food and environmental. In all cases, avoidance or removal of the allergen will reduce symptoms. Desensitization to the allergen is also effective. If you think your dog has allergies, our veterinarian may ask you to make changes to their diet and environment. They may also refer you to a veterinary dermatologist.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?


Fleas and a variety of mites and lice cause parasitic skin diseases. Once our veterinarian has determined what parasite is present, they will treat it appropriately.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?


Imbalanced hormones can manifest as skin diseases. Our veterinarian
will determine the primary hormonal issue and treat the secondary skin condition
once blood and skin samples are taken.

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Last updated: October 21, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital