Dermatology Services for Pets

Just like humans, the skin is the largest organ in a pet’s body. Their hair, skin, fur and nails are some of the most impactful aspects of their health. When everything is working properly, it is of no consequence. But just one small rash can cause a great deal of pain and complications if left untreated. Here at Ganaraska Animal Clinic, we provide a full roster of care to keep your pet’s skin looking fresh and as healthy as possible. Call us at 905.885.8151 to learn more about our range of preventative treatments and active therapies.

How can I tell if my dog or cat’s scratching is normal?

Yes, all pets display a certain level of scratching and licking. When dogs get the “zoomies” scratching may be one of the things they do repeatedly. If their movements are causing inflammation or sores then it may be time to reach out to us. The following signs may also indicate an underlying problem versus a harmless habit:

  • Unpleasant odour at area being scratched/licked/bitten
  • Hair loss
  • Anal gland problems
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

    What causes skin issues in pets?

    Your furry family member’s dermatological woes are usually caused by these major factors:

  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Allergies to certain foods, dust, pollen, plants, grasses, etc.
  • Parasites like fleas, ticks and ringworm
  • “Hot spots” or areas underneath fur with painful sores

    How are skin problems in pets treated?

    After a consultation with one of our veterinarians, your pet will have a treatment plan created specifically for their case, lifestyle and your preference. It can include one or a combination of topical/oral medications, injections and environmental changes (e.g. if your pet is allergic to certain plants, then you will have to remove them from your home or avoid them on your walks).

  • Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

    Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

    1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

    2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

    3. Hours of Operation

    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

    - Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic