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.
Many dogs have skin sensitivities. Some are allergy related due to an environmental or dietary factor while others are caused by parasites. No matter what the issue, skin problems can be very irritating for your dog. Our knowledgeable team of veterinarians can provide your dog with relief options and help keep their skin healthy.
What are the causes, symptoms & diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?
There are many causes of skin irritations and infections. During a veterinary consultation, the areas of concern will be carefully examined and if required a skin scraping and cytology can be performed. This will allow them to evaluate the sample on a microscopic level.
What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworms?
Despite the name, ringworm is not actually a worm or even caused by a worm. It is a fungal infection of the top layers of the skin and hair. Classic symptoms include lesions or “sores” that typically appear on a dog’s head, ears, paws or forelimbs. These lesions can cause patchy, crusted circular bald spots that sometimes look red in the center. It’s also possible for a dog to carry the fungus and not show any signs or symptoms. A “Wood’s” lamp exam or fungal culture will be performed if the lesion is suspicious of ringworm or if a family member has been diagnosed with this zoonotic disease.
What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?
Skin allergies in dogs are typically caused by two factors: environmental and food-related allergens. Food allergies can be controlled with proper diet and by avoiding the triggers that cause discomfort to your dog. Environmental allergens can be controlled with medications that can help reduce the side effects of skin allergies. Avoidance of known or suspected allergens can also reduce symptoms. Blood tests or referral skin allergy testing can be performed to identify common allergens and develop hyposensitization treatment for an affected pet.
What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?
Fleas and mites are the biggest culprits causing parasitic skin issues. Treatment options typically come in either a topical or oral form. Please feel free to speak to our staff and decide which treatment option would be right for your pet.
What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?
An imbalance of hormones can cause hair loss or delayed growth and skin changes as well as redness and itching due to secondary infections. Our veterinarians will discuss medication therapy if your pet has a confirmed hormone imbalance.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
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 policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday CLOSED
The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.
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. 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 cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical 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 Centennial Animal Hospital